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If you’re a lover of all things orange, then this creamsicle jello shot recipe is for you. This easy-to-make and very delicious adult treat will have your mouth watering in no time with a great mix of fizzy orange soda and flavored vodka.
Jello shots are great fun to serve at parties. We have different varieties of jello shot recipes depending on the occasion. You’ll be transported to the wizarding world with our butterbeer jello shots, and our fruity jello shots are a colorful treat any time of year.
Creamsicle Jello Shot Ingredients
- 1 (0.25-ounce) packet unflavored gelatin
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup orange-flavored soda/cola (I used Crush Orange soda brand)
- ½ cup vanilla vodka (such as Smirnoff or Pinnacle brands)
For the Garnish
- heavy whipped cream in a squirt can (I used Reddi-Whip brand)
- Orange sanding sugar sprinkles
Remember that different brands offer different sized disposable shot glasses (some even come with lids for storage), so you will just need to fill the plastic cup of your choice ¾ full to leave space for the garnish. You will also need to note that you will get more servings if you use smaller glasses.
SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS
VODKA: If you can find whipped cream vanilla-flavored vodka, you can substitute it for plain vanilla vodka. The whipped cream vodka is slightly sweeter than a standard vanilla vodka, so I highly recommend giving it a try if you can find it in your area. Smirnoff and Pinnacle brands make a great version of the whipped cream vanilla vodka.
VANILLA VODKA: If you already have an unflavored vodka, can you substitute it for the vanilla vodka and just add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
JELLO: You can substitute orange flavored jello for the unflavored in this simple recipe. You will just omit the orange soda and follow the directions on the packet of orange jello. You will add your vodka to the orange liquid before pouring it into the shot cups to set.
How to Make This Creamsicle Jello Shot Recipe
If you are making these for a party and need lots of shots, you can easily double this recipe.
STEP ONE: In a large mixing bowl, with a pour spout, stir together the boiling water and the unflavored gelatin until all the gelatin is dissolved.
An 8 cup measuring cup works great for this as it makes it much easier to pour the liquid into the little shot containers.
STEP TWO: Add the vanilla vodka and the orange-flavored soda to the hot jello mixture. Stir well, then very carefully pour the liquid into the individual plastic shot cups.
If you place all your empty plastic containers onto a small rimmed baking sheet before filling them with the liquid, it will be easier to transfer your creamsicle orange jello shots to the refrigerator to chill.
STEP THREE: Chill the creamsicle jello shots for 3 to 4 hours or until firm.
STEP FOUR: Garnish each jello shot with a squirt of a little whipped cream and a sprinkle of orange sprinkles.
How to Serve
This delish jello shot recipe would fit right in the next time you have a party. The festive orange color of these creamy jello shots would be an obvious option for a Halloween party, but you could really serve them any time of year.
IN THE FRIDGE: You can make these orange creamsicle shots up to 5 days ahead of time, but you will need to wait to garnish them until you are ready to serve them.
IN THE FREEZER: This jello shot recipe doesn’t tend to freeze very well because of the gelatin and alcohol.
This perfect party shot recipe recreates the real creamsicle flavor for a little bit of adult-level fun at your next party. Creamy, fizzy, and full of sparkle, these alcoholic orange creamsicle jello shots are a delightful treat.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Traditionally, jello shots are made with vodka, but you could also make them with rum if you’d prefer.
About four jello shots will equal one regular shot.
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 these orange creamsicle jello shots with vanilla vodka recipe 3 days ahead of your party before serving, but make sure you are storing the containers with the lids on.
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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Creamsicle Jello Shots
- 0.25 ounces unflavored gelatin
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup orange-flavored soda I used Crush Orange soda brand
- ½ cup vanilla vodka such as Smirnoff or Pinnacle brands
- heavy whipped cream in a squirt can I used Reddi-Whip brand
- orange sanding sugar sprinkles
- In a large mixing bowl, with a pour spout, stir together the boiling water and the unflavored gelatin until all the gelatin is dissolved. An 8 cup measuring cup works great for this as it makes it much easier to pour the liquid into the little shot cups.
- Add the vanilla vodka and the orange-flavored soda to the hot gelatin mixture. Stir well, then very carefully pour the liquid into the individual plastic shot cups.
- Chill the creamsicle jello shots for 3 to 4 hours or until firm.
- Garnish each jello shot with a squirt of heavy whipped cream and a sprinkle of orange sanding sugar sprinkles.