Tequila Sunrise

The summer sun has officially risen over Brooklyn and this Memorial Day weekend was a scorcher (which meant I got in some much needed beach and biking time). To celebrate the holiday weekend and the love of the sun I made this Tequila Sunrise jello which was served at a backyard BBQ. Its gradient layers are made with real orange juice, silver tequila, and grenadine with cherries. It was delicious. Happy summer everyone!

Tequila Sunrise

3 tablespoons (3 envelopes) of unflavored gelatin powder
3/4 cups cold water
1 1/4 cups boiling water
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup clear (silver) tequila
1 1/2 cups Orange Juice (without pulp)
3/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of Grenadine
3/4 cup pitted dark sweet cherries.

Sprinkle 2 tablespoons (2 envelopes) unflavored gelatin over 1/2 cup of the cold water and allow the gelatin to absorb the water.  Stir in 3/4 cup of the boiling water until gelatin is fully dissolved. Stir in sugar until dissolved. Stir in orange juice and tequila. Reserve 1 1/4 cup of the orange juice and tequila mixture and pour the remainder into a 6 cup mold. Refrigerate until gelatin is set but not firm (should stick to your finger when touched).

Meanwhile, stir 2 tablespoons of the grenadine into the reserved 1 1/4 cup of the orange juice/tequila mixture. Gently spoon into the mold over the first orange juice/tequila layer. Refrigerate until gelatin is set but not firm.

Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, sprinkle 1 tablespoon (1 envelope) unflavored gelatin over 1/4 cup of the cold water and allow the gelatin to absorb the water.  Stir in 1/2 cup of the boiling water until gelatin is fully dissolved. Stir in 3/4 cup of the grenadine. Refrigerate until thickened to the consistency of a gel. Fold in cherries and gently spoon into the mold over the second orange juice/tequila/grenadine layer. Refrigerate until firm. Unmold and serve.

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12 Responses

  1. Yuuuum-yum-yum-yum! Definitely going in the To Make pile! On an unrelated note, I stumbled upon your book by accident while browsing for new books for my Kindle. Bought it, loved it and bought 2 hard copies (one’s a gift). Finally someone who loves jelly as much as I do!!

  2. Sherry Corbett Consalvi

    I am a very new reader to these posts. What is the name of your book(s) ? The Tequila Sunrise looks great, but knowone in my household likes Tequila. How would Vodka work instead of Tequila ? That is something everyone would love, since they all like screwdriver drinks

  3. Alexis

    Hi There!
    I’m going to attempt to make this in jello shot format and I want to make them a bit boozier. I only plan to do two layers. What ratios would you use to make them stronger but still jello-y?

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