From Cinco de Mayo to the end of summer, celebrate everything with a round of Paloma Jello Shots! Packed with delightful grapefruit flavor, give these tiny tequila treats get a salted rim and a cute candy garnish.
You know how sometimes, you can just get stuck in a routine, and forget about something awesome that you love? This happens to me all the time.
For example, rediscovering a favorite band when a song comes on some random Spotify playlist.
Or finding a delicious spice in the back of the spice cabinet that hasn’t expired yet.
Or locating the planner you started on January 1, only to realize you haven’t updated it in more than 6 weeks.
Similarly, I realized recently that it’s been quite a hot minute since I shared a Jello shot recipe. These are some of the most popular ones on Feast + West, and am just so sorry for leaving you hanging!
Champagne Jell-O Shots came first, and they blow up every year around the holidays.
These Baby Guinness Irish Coffee Jell-O Shots are superb for St. Patrick’s Day.
And Thanksgiving will never be the same without these Gourmet Apple Cider Bourbon Jell-O Shots.
Jello shots, the boozy party treats of the college era, can be just as fun — if not more so — as an adult. When people find out I make Jello shots, they think I’m mixing vodka with the nasty colored stuff.
Let me assure you that you will NOT find those kinds of Jello shots here.
If you want to make Jello shot versions of your favorite cocktails, if you want to make Jello shots with more natural flavors or if you simply want to make them pretty, then you are in the right place.
And you’re in luck, because I have another recipe for you today! This recipe for Paloma Jello Shots is here to help you celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Taco Tuesday, afternoons by the pool.
I was chatting with a bartender last week, and she explained that the paloma is actually more ubiquitous in Mexico than the classic margarita. She said a lot of people think the margarita is the official drink, but that simply isn’t true.
With Cinco de Mayo coming up tomorrow, I thought it would be the perfect time to turn this drink into Jello shots! They’re perfectly sweet-and-sour with a salt or sugar rim and a grapefruit gummy candy for a garnish.
(I won’t let it go so long before sharing another recipe for them. Promise.) // susannah
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Yields 16 jello shots
5 minPrep Time
15 minCook Time
4 hr, 20 Total Time
- Prepare molds.(I used plastic cups.) Spray them lightly with cooking spray.
- In a small saucepan, combine sugar, water and grapefruit juice. Sprinkle gelatin over top and allow to rest for 5 minutes until gelatin is softened and the liquid’s surface appears slightly wrinkled.
- Turn heat on to medium. Stir mixture until sugar dissolves and gelatin is smooth. Do not boil. Remove from heat. Stir in tequila. Distribute the liquid evenly among the molds. Refrigerate 3 to 4 hours before serving.
- Garnish with a salt rim and a wedge of grapefruit gummy candy.
The taste of these jello shots is very bitter when enjoyed as soon as they are set (3-4 hours). I find they taste much better — sweeter but still flavorful — once they have sat for 12-24 hours. I recommend making them in advance!