Save the Champagne; what your pared-down holiday party needs is TEQUILA!

Unless you’re having a Tacky Christmas Party, Jell-O shots are, well, a little unrefined for festive holiday season gatherings. But since all bets (and plans) are off in 2020, anything goes!

‘Tis the year to have whatever the hell cocktail makes you and your guests happy—just make it pretty and delicious!

Blue Mezcal Margarita Gelatin Shots are an easy, make-ahead cocktail that are guaranteed to make everyone merry and will essentially rock the party!

I make them like a craft cocktail: all-natural with unflavored gelatin and fresh-squeezed lime (never lime-flavored Jell-O!) and with quality spirits: Espolon Blanco tequila, an approachable and not terribly aggressive mezcal (Montelobos, Ilegal Joven) and Giffard Blue Curaçao.

The mezcal adds depth and warmth with its smokiness and that deep Caribbean blue hue is simply dreamy.

During the holidays, give your super-simple blue mezcal margarita shots a festive name: Blue Christmas!

After all, what would the holidays be without the Elvis’ Christmas Album and a boozy cocktail in hand around a roaring fire?

And when those blue snowflakes start falling
That’s when those blue memories start calling
You’ll be doin’ all right, with your Christmas of white
But I’ll have a blue, blue blue blue Christmas

Garnish notes: Pomegranate seeds are not only festive; they bring a burst of antioxidants with each bite while quaffing aromatic rosemary is good for stress relief. Like Santa, we believe!

Party tips: Don’t forget to add “Blue Christmas” to your party playlist and for serving, wait and pull the Blue Mezcal Margarita Shots out of the fridge about an hour or two into the party.

Cheers!

To make more: Make the recipe (repeat 3 or 4x) in batches.

Hey, Jell-O shot queens, check out these Cosmo Gelatin Shots!