Tequila Sunrise

May 29, 2012 at 11:07 am | Posted in Alcohol, Booze, Cherry, Grenadine, Orange, Tequila | 12 Comments
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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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  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!!

    • Thank you Sarah! So glad you love jello too!!

  2. Can you replace gelatin with agar agar for this recipe? If so, do you know the conversion?


    • The conversion between agar-agar and gelatin is supposed to be equal amounts. I am not sure, however, how well agar agar will set with tequila. It may end up slushy. Maybe try a small batch first before diving into the whole recipe.
      Thanks and good luck!

  3. I grew up on jello molds! How lucky for me that I came across your site. I am definately going to look for your book. Thanks for helping to make jello molds “cool again”!

    • Thank you Sheila!

  4. 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

  5. Looks great! What size mold? 6 cups?

  6. 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?

    • I did make a two-layer jello shot version as well which has much more Tequila but less (no) fruit. The recipe is here: https://jellomoldmistress.com/2014/07/22/tequila-sunrise-shots With either recipe you could probably add a 1/2 to 3/4 cup of tequila and subtract 1/2 to 3/4 cup of OJ and it would still taste fine. Just depends on how much you like tequila! Good luck!

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