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Butterbeer Jello Shots

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Bring the magical wizarding world to life with these fun and decadent butterbeer jello shots.
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  1. BUTTERBEER JELLO SHOTS INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS BUTTERBEER JELLO SHOTS RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
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You’ll be transported to the Three Broomsticks with these butterbeer jello shots. A fizzy drink with hints of cream soda and butterscotch is mixed with butterscotch schnapps and vodka to make classic butterbeer even more magical.

For another yummy recipe, try our great jello shots recipe. Try our ultimate butterbeer recipe for all those younger Potter fans. It tastes just like the real thing and is so much fun!

BUTTERBEER JELLO SHOTS INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

  • 1 cup cream soda
  • ¾ cup butterscotch schnapps
  • ¼ cup vanilla vodka
  • 2 (0.25-ounce) unflavored gelatin pouches
  • 1 teaspoon butter-flavored extract
  • ¼ cup caramel drizzle in a squirt bottle, like Ghirardelli caramel coffee topping
  • ¼ cup gold colored sugar sprinkles
  • ¼ cup thick jarred caramel topping 
  • Squirt whipped topping for garnish
  • 12 (2-ounce) plastic shot glasses

PRO TIP:

Different stores carry different sized plastic shot glasses, ranging from 1.5 ounces to 2.5 ounces. Use what you can find, and just know that this recipe will make more or less jello shots depending on the size of your disposable shot glasses.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

VODKA: If you already have an unflavored vodka, can you substitute it for the vanilla vodka and just add 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, along with the butter-flavored extract, to your liquids.

SPRINKLES: If you can not find the gold sugar sprinkles for this butterbeer shot recipe, you can add 1 to 2 drops of gold or yellow food coloring to ¼ cup large grain sanding sugar, mix well, and you will have created your own gold sugar sprinkles. Food grade GEL colorings work best. I like to use the Americolor brand.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS BUTTERBEER JELLO SHOTS RECIPE

PRO TIP:

This recipe makes 12 shots. If you are making these for a party and need more, you can easily double the recipe.

STEP ONE: Pour soda into a small saucepan, then sprinkle both envelopes of plain gelatin evenly over the top. Swirl the gelatin around so that it gets absorbed by the cream soda. Let it sit for 5 mins to allow the gelatin to bloom.

STEP TWO: Set out your plastic shot glasses onto a small rimmed tray (this makes it easy to transport your filled shot glasses to the refrigerator). Set aside. 

STEP THREE: Once your gelatin has bloomed in the cream soda, turn on the saucepan to medium heat and gently heat up your cream soda for 3 minutes or until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Do not boil it. Make sure to stir it well. Turn off the heat and add the ¾ cup of butterscotch schnapps, ¼ cup vodka, and the butter-flavored extract. Stir well.

PRO TIP:

Do not allow this mixture to boil!

STEP FOUR: Transfer your liquids carefully from the saucepan to a large glass measuring cup with a handle and pourable spout. This makes filling the small shot glasses much easier.

STEP FIVE: Fill each of your shot glasses, leaving a ¼ inch at the top so once your jello shots set up, you can rim your glasses with the garnish. Place your tray of filled shot glasses into the refrigerator for 2 hours (up to overnight) to firm up.

STEP SIX: In a small, shallow dish, pour in your gold sugar sprinkles. In a separate small bowl, place your thick jarred caramel sauce. You will first dip the top rim of your jello shot into the thick caramel, then into the gold sugar sprinkles. Repeat with the remaining jello shot glasses.

STEP SEVEN: Squirt the whipped cream onto each jello shot, then drizzle with the squirt caramel topping. You can add extra sugar sprinkles to the top if desired.

PRO TIP:

Wait until just before you are ready to serve the shots to top with the whipped cream and caramel topping.

HOW TO SERVE

These sweet drinks are sure to be a crowd-pleaser and make everyone imagine they are sitting in the Leaky Cauldron. Host your own real-life wizarding party or Harry Potter movie night with these fun adult drinks and complete with chocolate frogs and lots more fun. Of course, a movie night needs rainbow popcorn or Disney churros to make it extra special.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: These Harry Potter butterbeer jello shots can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Make sure to wait until you are ready to serve them before adding the squirt whipped topping and the caramel drizzle.

IN THE FREEZER: Because of the gelatin and alcohol, these butterbeer shots won’t freeze very well.

Harry Potter drinks are a fun way to bring the magic to life and all of you grown-up Potter lovers will love this alcoholic twist on a classic butterbeer recipe.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use rum for these jello shots instead of vodka?

Traditionally, jello shots are made with vodka but you could also make them with rum if you’d prefer. 

How many shots are in a jello shot?

About four jello shots will equal one regular shot.

How to store vodka jello shots?

If you have any leftover jello shots, you can store them in the fridge for up to a week covered tightly with lids or plastic wrap. You can make them 3 days ahead of your party before serving, but make sure you are storing the containers with the lids on.

Can you freeze jello shots?

No, I don’t find that jello shots freeze well because of the gelatin and alcohol. While you can pop in the freezer for a few minutes to help speed along the setting process, you shouldn’t store them in the freezer after they’re done.

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Butterbeer Jello Shots

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Bring the magical wizarding world to life with these fun and decadent butterbeer jello shots.
Prep Time 12 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 12 minutes
Servings 12 jello shots

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup cream soda
  • ¾ cup butterscotch schnapps
  • ¼ cup vanilla vodka
  • 2 packets unflavored gelatin (0.25-ounce packets)
  • 1 teaspoon butter-flavored extract
  • ¼ cup caramel drizzle in a squirt bottle like Ghirardelli caramel coffee topping
  • ¼ cup gold colored sugar sprinkles
  • ¼ cup thick jarred caramel topping
  • Squirt whip topping for garnish
  • 12 plastic shot glasses (2-ounce glasses)

Instructions
 

  • Pour your cream soda into a small saucepan, then sprinkle both packets of the unflavored gelatin evenly over the top. Swirl the gelatin around so that it gets absorbed by the cream soda. Let it sit for 5 minutes to allow the gelatin to bloom.
  • Set out your plastic shot glasses onto a small rimmed tray (this makes it easy to transport your filled shot glasses to the refrigerator). Set aside.
  • Once your gelatin has bloomed in the cream soda, turn on the saucepan to medium heat and gently heat up your cream soda for 3 minutes or until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Do not boil it. Make sure to stir it well. Turn off the heat and add the butterscotch schnapps, vanilla vodka, and the butter-flavored extract. Stir well.
  • Transfer your liquids carefully from the saucepan to a large glass measure cup with a handle and pourable spout. This makes filling the small shot glasses much easier.
  • Fill each of your shot glasses, leaving a ¼ inch at the top so once your jello shots are set up, you can rim your glasses with the garnish. Place your tray of filled shot glasses into the refrigerator for 2 hours (up to overnight) to firm up.
  • In a small, shallow dish, pour in your gold sugar sprinkles. In a separate small bowl, place your thick jarred caramel sauce. You will first dip the top rim of your jello shot into the thick caramel, then into the gold sugar sprinkles. Repeat with the remaining jello shot glasses.
  • Squirt the whipped topping onto each jello shot, then drizzle with the squirt caramel topping. You can add extra sugar sprinkles to the top if desired.

Notes

PRO TIP: Different stores carry different sized plastic shot glasses, ranging from 1.5 ounces to 2.5 ounces. Use what you can find, and just know that this recipe will make more or less jello shots depending on the size of your disposable shot glasses.
 
PRO TIP: This recipe makes 12 shots. If you are making these for a party and need more, you can easily double the recipe.
PRO TIP: Wait until just before you are ready to serve the shots to top with the whipped cream and caramel topping.

Nutrition

Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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