Tequila Sunrise Jello Shot

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The thing that makes a Tequila Sunrise a Tequila Sunrise is its orange to red “sunset” transformation as it moves down the glass. At least, until now. We’ve transformed the drink Mick Jagger made famous into a Jello Shot, which is perhaps the only way to make a Tequila Sunrise more party friendly. Because let’s face it, if you are drinking a Tequila Sunrise, it’s not because you’re in the mood to be taken seriously.

While it may lose some of its color-shifting appeal in gel form, we promise that the flavor is all there. And of the many, many cocktails that we’ve turned into Jello Shots, the Tequila Sunrise undergoes the transformation better than most because it’s already a sweet, boozy concoction intended for a good time. In addition to a packet of cherry Jell-O, the recipe calls for orange juice and tequila to achieve that classic Tequila Sunrise taste. And don’t worry, the agave isn’t overpowered by the other ingredients, especially if you use fresh squeezed OJ. While you’re at it, deck out the house with a whole summer Jello Shot spread, filled with Margaritas, Negronis and Blue Hawaiis.

Sweet, Dry


  • 1 Cup orange juice
  • 1 packet Jell-O
  • .5 Cup tequila
  • .5 Cup orange juice, chilled


Step one

Combine the boiling orange juice and the cherry Jell-O, and stir until fully dissolved.

Step two

Add the tequila and remaining orange juice and mix thoroughly.

Step three

Pour the mixture into plastic shot glasses and refrigerate until set (about 2.5 hours).

Contributed by Anna Archibald

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Mix It Up!

We call for cherry Jell-O because it is so common in grocery stores. If you want to get even closer to the original Tequila Sunrise, look for pomegranate Jell-O. You may not be able to find it in your local grocery store, but it is readily available online and will help get that grenadine flavor in there even more.

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