Blood Orange Margarita Jello Shots

by Erin

You don’t have to be in college to enjoy these jello shots. Prepare them inside of the rinds of blood oranges to impress guests at your next party.

Blood Orange Maragita Jello Shots 2

Happy National Margarita Day! I’ve teamed up with a fun group of bloggers to celebrate this boozy holiday with an assortment of margaritas and margarita-inspired food items. We’ve got you covered no matter what way you like to get your margarita fix. I contributed a grown-up version of jello shots because they arn’t just for college kids anymore. These are made with fresh blood orange juice and gelatin, not a boxed mix, and then allowed to set inside the rinds of the blood oranges themselves. Once solidified you can slice them up just like and orange!

National Margarita Day


Margarita-inspired food:

Blood Orange Maragita Jello Shots 1

Three years ago: Cajun Mac & Cheese

Four years ago: Pizza Bagels


Makes 64 shot slices


1 cup water

1 cup sugar

3 envelopes unflavored gelatin

1/2 cup fresh blood orange juice

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

3 Tbsp fresh blood orange zest

1 cup tequila (or another cup water for virgin)

4 blood oranges, halved and fruit scooped out

2 Tbsp sugar mixed with 1 Tbsp salt (optional)


  1. In a medium pot over medium heat, combine water and sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves and remove from heat. Slowly add the gelatin while whisking and stir until dissolved. Add the juices and zest then allow to steep for 12-15 minutes. Strain out the zest then stir in the tequila (or water).
  2. Fill each orange half with the jello mixture, being careful that they securely sit level (a cupcake pan works nicely). Place in the refrigerator and allow to set for at least 3 hours. After the jello has set, slice each half into 4 wedges before serving. Dip edges in sugar mixture if desired.

Source: Adapted from A Beautiful Mess, originally adapted from Food & Wine.

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Julie | Bunsen Burner Bakery May 31, 2016 - 11:23 am

Confession: I have ALWAYS wanted to make these, because they look like so much fun! Except I hate Jello. Conundrum. Maybe blood orange will make the jello a little more palatable – they look gorgeous.

spiffycookie May 31, 2016 - 11:29 am

Aw man well if it makes you feel any better about the jell, it is homemade and not from a packet! But I bet it’s a texture thing which I cannot fix haha.

Kristen @ Dinner For Two Blog March 1, 2015 - 7:02 pm

These are so pretty! I wish I had known it was national margarita day!

Bea February 26, 2015 - 4:18 pm

Truth = I love, love, love jello shots. Yes, really and jello shots disguised as blood orange slices is amazing. Love everything about this – and of course blood oranges rule :)

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes February 23, 2015 - 12:41 am

These are awesome!! Next party I have these are making an appearance!

Leslie Limon February 22, 2015 - 4:57 pm

This reminded me that it’s been way too long since I’ve had a jello shot. I need to remedy that situation ASAP, and these are just the jello shots I need. :D

Renee - Kudos Kitchen February 22, 2015 - 4:12 pm

How fun are these!!??!! Let’s get the party started!!!

Cindys Recipes and Writings February 22, 2015 - 2:45 pm

Ive seen these kind of jello shots before, thanks for the recipe!

Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily February 22, 2015 - 12:49 pm

These are so stinking cute!!! I’ll have to throw a party just so I can make these! oxox

spiffycookie February 22, 2015 - 4:07 pm

Perfectly good reason to throw a party, thanks Gwen!

Danielle February 22, 2015 - 12:29 pm

omgosh!! LOVE that! So cute and fun….CHEERS!

zainab February 22, 2015 - 11:49 am

It’s been way too long since I’ve done Jell-O shots. These adult version is just wonderful!!

spiffycookie February 22, 2015 - 4:07 pm

No excuse to not make them now!

Camilla @ Culinary Adventures February 22, 2015 - 10:56 am

Does my foodie blogger club card get revoked if I admit that I’ve never made – or had – jello shots!?? I love the way these look, Erin. I might have to try them stat.

spiffycookie February 22, 2015 - 4:09 pm

I wouldn’t say jello shots are a foodie requirement but I am impressed you made it through your 20s without ever trying one! Time to fix that (of course you can make a virgin versions as well for a fun kids treat).

Stacy February 22, 2015 - 10:28 am

Those are so beautiful, Erin! I would kind of hate to eat them and mess them up. But I would, oh, I would!

spiffycookie February 22, 2015 - 4:10 pm

Hahaha it will be a beautiful destruction for sure.

Heather / girlichef February 22, 2015 - 8:54 am

These are SO MUCH FUN, and I know I’d probably get myself in trouble around them. Therefore, I have to try making a batch. Perfect twist on a margarita, I love these!

spiffycookie February 22, 2015 - 4:11 pm

Dangerous = must try, love it. Thanks Heather for organizing this event!

Joanne February 22, 2015 - 7:50 am

Oh man I have not done jello shots in FOREVER. Way too long. I love how you’re serving these in the orange peel. SO cute!

spiffycookie February 22, 2015 - 4:11 pm

Serving them in the fruit means they are classy jello shots ;-)


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