Of all the drinks that qualify as classic cocktails, none is more suited to being transformed into a Jello shot than the Tequila Sunrise. This was a drink whose recipe was printed on the back of every bottle of Jose Cuervo Gold in 1973. It’s not exactly … highfalutin. But it does have a cool backstory: The Tequila Sunrise was created in 1972 at The Trident in Sausalito, California, during a private party for The Rolling Stones before they launched their Exile on Main Street tour. Legend has it that Mick Jagger ordered a Margarita and was handed a Tequila Sunrise instead, and he, Keith and the boys ended up ordering them at bars all across the US during the ensuing tour.
Turning the tequila, orange juice, and grenadine concoction into party Jello shots is not only easy, it’s also completely suited to the drink’s history.
Here’s how to do it:
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 packet Cherry Jell-O
- ½ cup tequila
- ½ cup orange juice
- Heat 1 cup of orange juice until it starts to bubble and combine with the Cherry Jell-O, stirring until the gelatin dissolves.
- Add the tequila and remaining orange juice and mix thoroughly
- Pour the mixture into plastic shot glasses and refrigerate until it sets (about 2.5 hours).