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These Jello shots are such an easy “cocktail” to make! Lots of bright vibrant colors and delicious fruity flavor combinations make them ideal to add to your next party menu. And, because they’re served in cups, they’re a breeze to make a couple days ahead of your party and store.
Pssst…Jello isn’t just for drinks! You’ll want to try this Jello poke cake or no-bake strawberry Jello pie as well. For a few more fun party cocktail ideas, check out our pink starburst cocktail, wine slushies and White Claw slushie.
JELLO SHOTS INGREDIENTS
You will need:
- 3 ounces jello gelatin powder mix, varying flavors
- 1 cup boiling water
- ½ cup of cold water
- ½ cup vodka, plain or flavored
- 2-ounce plastic cups with lids or shot glasses
- Whipped cream, optional
- Fruit toppings, optional
PRO TIP: I usually serve our simple Jello shots in mini 2-ounce cups with lids. For Halloween, you could also make Jello shot syringes for a great themed option.
SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS
JELLO FLAVOR: This recipe is basic and you can use it to create many great tasting flavors for any event. I love making strawberry, lemon, grape, and orange. But you could truly make any flavor of Jello you love plus mix them up into fun new pairs. For a party or gathering, you could even make different colors that match your decor, holiday or your favorite sports team.
VODKA: There are so many fun and different flavors of vodka available now. Here are a few ideas for fun flavor combinations that you’ll have to try!
- Berry Jello with lemon or berry acai vodka
- Lemon Jello with lemon vodka
- Lime Jello with lime vodka
- Strawberry Jello with vanilla vodka
- Orange Jello with citrus vodka
ALCOHOL: There is so much flexibility with this simple recipe. Try peach Schnapps or Malibu Rum. What about champagne jello shots or Margarita jello shots?
HOW TO MAKE THIS JELLO SHOTS RECIPE
STEP ONE: In a small pan, boil one cup water. Once boiling, add jello powder mix to the hot water and whisk until completely dissolved.
STEP TWO: Remove pan from the stove and pour the jello mixture into a separate pourable container. This can be either a glass measuring cup or a small pitcher.
STEP THREE: Begin by whisking in cold water, and then add in vodka. Once combined, pour mixture into 2-ounce plastic containers or any plastic shot glass until almost full.
PRO TIP: Allow the dissolved gelatin mixture to cool slightly before adding in vodka. This will prevent alcohol from boiling out, resulting in weaker shots. By pouring the mixture into a separate container, this will allow the mixture enough time to cool to a sufficient temperature and make it easier to pour into your containers!
STEP FOUR: Allow to set in the fridge for a minimum of one hour. Two to three hours is really ideal for great consistency.
STEP FIVE: When you’re ready to serve, you could even top with a dollop of whipped cream and fruit or even a maraschino cherry!
PRO TIP: If you’re feeling fancy, feel free to combine two flavors together! Fill a 2-ounce container up halfway, allow first layer to set in the freezer for about 20 minutes, just to help it firm up a little faster, and then pour on the second flavor. Allow mixture to set in fridge for a couple of hours until completely set.
HOW TO SERVE
Serve these yummy shots for a party any time of year. They are so easy to make and keep in the fridge well for up to a week.
IN THE FRIDGE: You can use baking sheets or dishes to stack your Jello shot cups on while they’re chilling so that you can stack them in the fridge. You can also store them in airtight containers to keep them contained from toppling over.
IN THE FREEZER: Because of the gelatin and alcohol, this jello shot recipe doesn’t tend to freeze very well.
These classic jello shots are perfect for any grown-up party. Fun flavor combinations and bright colors that your party guests will love will make them the hit of the party!
Traditionally, Jello shots are made with vodka. You could also make them with Schnapps or rum if you’d prefer. Try fun flavors like Peach Schnapps or Malibu Rum.
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 with their lids tightly on. You can make them 1-2 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 in the freezer after they’re done.
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More Easy Recipes
- 3 oz jello gelatin mix varying flavors
- 1 cup water boiling
- ½ cup cold water
- ½ cup vodka plain or flavored
- 2 oz plastic containers with lids or shot glasses
- Whipped cream optional
- Fruit toppings optional
- In a small pan, boil one cup of water.
- Once boiling, add in jello gelatin mix and whisk until completely dissolved. Remove pan from the stove and pour the mixture into a separate pourable container. This can be either a glass measuring cup or a small pitcher.
- Begin by whisking in cold water, and then add in vodka.
- Once combined, pour finished mixture into 2 oz containers or any plastic shot glass until almost full.
- Allow to set in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour, preferably 2-3 hours.