Tequila Sunrise Jello Shots are quick and easy to make in mere minutes and taste just like the classic cocktail, in a perfect party size. Serve them at pool parties and summer celebrations, each sweet sip is refreshing and delicious.
½cupfresh squeezed orange juice from 1-2 large navel oranges (pulp strained out)
Maraschino cherries & Navel orange small wedges
Place (18) 2 oz. sized, jello shot/condiment cups onto a rimmed tray and set aside.
You will need to make the cherry layer first by adding to a large mixing bowl, with a pour spout, the cherry flavored jello gelatin powder and boiling water. Stir to completely dissolve the gelatin powder.
To the cherry liquid add the tequila and grenadine syrup. Stir to combine.
Carefully pour the cherry liquid into the bottom ⅓-½ of each of the 2 oz. plastic cups.
Refrigerate for 2 hours before proceeding with the orange layer.
For the orange layer add to a large spouted mixing bowl the orange flavored jello gelatin and boiling water. Stir to completely dissolve the gelatin powder.
Add the tequila and fresh squeezed orange juice. Stir to combine.
Carefully pour the orange liquid on top of the cherry layer (make sure the cherry layer has completely set first) to fill each of the plastic cups.
Refrigerate for an additional 3-4 hours or until fully set.
Garnish each tequila sunrise jello shot with a small wedge of fresh orange and a maraschino cherry.
To Store: You can store these Tequila Sunrise Jello Shots in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
To Freeze: I do not recommend freezing these jello shots.
When making layered shots be sure to let the first layer set fully before adding the second layer so you get a defined line between the layers.
I like to line up my shot glasses on a flat, firm, moveable surface like a tray or cookie sheet. This makes it easier to move them back and forth from the fridge.
This recipe is really easy to double or triple.
If you want to keep this recipe very simple, you can swap out the grenadine syrup for ¼ of the juice from the jar of the maraschino cherries. This will save you from having to purchase an item that you may not use otherwise. Grenadine syrup is used in a variety of other cocktails and has a long shelf life so it will not go to waste if you do choose to use it.
I purchased 3 large navel oranges for this recipe (for the juice and the garnish) but if you want to make these jello shots ahead of time, or want to omit the orange wedge garnish, then you can substitute a good quality pulp-free orange juice in place of squeezing your own juice.
I used a mid grade silver tequila for this recipe because it is mixed with the flavored gelatin. You can use a gold tequila also but I do suggest using one that you would drink in a standard cocktail. You do not need to use the expensive top shelf varieties but I would stay away from the really low end ones.