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Pumpkin Spice Latte Jello Shots

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With all the deliciousness of a gourmet coffee, these pumpkin spice latte jello shots put an adult spin on the popular fall flavor.
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  1. Pumpkin Spice Latte Jello Shots Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Pumpkin Spice Latte Jello Shots Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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When autumn is in full swing, these pumpkin spice latte jello shots add another way to enjoy this wildly popular flavor. With coffee, whipped cream vodka, vanilla coffee cream, and sweetened with pumpkin spice, this over-the-top party drink is guaranteed to be a hit.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Jello Shots Ingredients

Pumpkin Spice Latte Jello Shots raw ingredients that are labeled

You’ll need:

  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 (0.25-ounce) packets of unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup cold brew coffee, unflavored and unsweetened, medium/bold brew
  • ¼ cup whipped cream flavored vodka
  • ¼ cup French vanilla-flavored coffee creamer
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice flavor syrup (I used Torani brand)
  • Garnish – Extra creamy squirt whipped topping, dry pumpkin pie spice blend & 3 green straws cut into small pieces

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

PUMPKIN SPICE SYRUP: The pumpkin spice flavor syrup can be found online or where you buy other coffee flavor syrups. This is the same way your favorite coffee shops flavor your hot lattes for pumpkin spice or other flavored lattes. If it is not in your grocery stores or big box retailers year-round, it can easily be purchased on Amazon or other online retailers. I like to buy larger-sized bottles and use it to flavor my morning brewed coffee during the fall season.

VODKA: You can substitute the whipped cream vodka with vanilla vodka or unflavored vodka if you cannot find the whipped cream flavored at your local liquor store. The vanilla or unflavored vodka adds a slightly stronger vodka flavor profile to your jello shots. The whipped cream-flavored vodka is sweeter and lends a milder alcohol flavor to your pumpkin spice latte jello shots.

COFFEE CREAMER: We used French vanilla-flavored coffee creamer for this delicious pumpkin spice jello shot recipe, but standard vanilla will work great too. If you can find a pumpkin pie spice-flavored coffee creamer during the holiday season, then you can use that and omit the pumpkin spice-flavored coffee syrup. A caramel coffee creamer would work in this recipe, also.

How to Make This Pumpkin Spice Latte Jello Shots Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

I love to always keep the cold brewed coffee in my refrigerator for iced coffees. Your favorite brand will work; you will just want to make sure that it is unflavored and unsweetened. If you do not want to buy the cold brew from the refrigerated section of your grocery store, you can just brew a large pot of coffee and reserve 1 cup. You will need to allow it to cool completely before using it. Make sure your brewed coffee is unflavored as well. I like a medium or bold variety for this recipe.

STEP ONE: Place 9 jello shot cups (they must be at least 2 ounces in size) onto a rimmed tray or plate and set aside.

STEP TWO: In a small bowl, add the water, then sprinkle gelatin packets over the top surface of the water. Swirl the bowl to allow the gelatin to be absorbed by the water. Microwave on high for 20-30 seconds or until the gelatin has dissolved. You may need to stir the hot gelatin mixture to make sure you have no lumps remaining. Set aside to cool slightly while assembling the remaining ingredients.

gelatin and water stirred in a cup after being microwaved

STEP THREE: In a 2-cup-sized spouted measuring cup, add the cold brew coffee, whipped cream flavored vodka, French vanilla coffee creamer, and pumpkin spice flavor syrup. Stir to combine.

coffee, vodka, coffee creamer, and pumpkin spice syrup stirred in a cup

STEP FOUR: Add the warm, dissolved, unflavored gelatin to the coffee mixture and stir well.

STEP FIVE: Slowly pour approximately 1½ ounces of the pumpkin spice latte mixture into each jello shot cup. You may want to add just a touch more than the 1½ ounces to each cup to make a nice full cup.

jello shot mixture poured into cups

STEP SIX: Place the tray of pumpkin spice latte jello shots into the refrigerator for a minimum of 8 hours or up to overnight to allow the gelatin to fully set up.

STEP SEVEN: Once the pumpkin spice latte jello shots have set up, you can garnish each one with a squirt of the whipped topping, a light dusting of pumpkin pie spice, and a piece of green straw. 

PRO TIP:

You will want to wait until you are ready to serve these tasty shots before garnishing them.

whipped cream and pumpkin pie spice topped on top of the jello shot

How To Serve

These pumpkin spice shots make a fun cocktail treat for your fall gatherings. Add our butterbeer jello shots for a variety of grown-up drinks to offer. A plate of our cucumber bites and bacon-wrapped jalapeño poppers will provide munchies for your hungry guests.

If you’ve jumped on the pumpkin spice bandwagon, our homemade pumpkin spice latte and pumpkin spice muffins will feed your craving.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: These pumpkin spice latte jello shots are best served cold. You can make these ahead and keep them covered with plastic wrap, for up to 2-3 days, before serving them.

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

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This tasty party shot will make a great addition to your fall events and grown-up gatherings. They are creamy, loaded with warm spiced flavor, and taste just like a gourmet coffee with a boozy twist.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do I store vodka jello shots?

If you have any leftover jello shots, you can store them in the fridge for 2-3 days, 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 them 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.

Can I make these ahead of time?

These latte jello shots can be made up to 2-3 days ahead of time.

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With all the deliciousness of a gourmet coffee, these pumpkin spice latte jello shots put an adult spin on the popular fall flavor.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 9

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ cup water
  • .50 ounce unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup cold brew coffee, unflavored and unsweetened, medium/bold brew
  • ¼ cup whipped cream flavored vodka
  • ¼ cup French vanilla flavored coffee creamer
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin pie spice flavor syrup, I used Torani brand
  • Extra creamy squirt whipped topping, dry pumpkin pie spice blend & 3 green straws cut into small pieces (garnish)

Instructions
 

  • Place 9 jello shot cups (they must be at least 2 ounces in size) onto a rimmed tray or plate and set aside.
  • In a small bowl, add the water, then sprinkle the packets of unflavored gelatin over the top surface of the water. Swirl the bowl to allow the gelatin to be absorbed by the water. Microwave on high for 20-30 seconds or until the gelatin has dissolved. You may need to stir the hot gelatin to make sure you have no lumps remaining. Set aside to cool slightly while assembling the remaining ingredients.
  • In a 2-cup-sized spouted measuring cup, add the cold brew coffee, whipped cream flavored vodka, French vanilla coffee creamer, and pumpkin spice flavor syrup. Stir to combine.
  • Add the warm, dissolved, unflavored gelatin to the coffee mixture and stir well.
  • Slowly pour approximately 1½ ounces of the pumpkin spice latte mixture into each jello shot cup. You may want to add just a touch more than the 1½ ounces to each cup to make a nice full cup.
  • Place the tray of pumpkin spice latte jello shots into the refrigerator for a minimum of 8 hours or up to overnight to allow the gelatin to fully set up.
  • Once the pumpkin spice latte jello shots have set up, you can garnish each one with a squirt of the whipped topping, a light sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice, and a piece of green straw. You will want to wait until you are ready to serve your jello shots before garnishing them.

Notes

  • 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.
  • I love to always keep the cold brewed coffee in my refrigerator for iced coffees. Your favorite brand will work; you will just want to make sure that it is unflavored and unsweetened. If you do not want to buy the cold brew from the refrigerated section of your grocery store, you can just brew a large pot of coffee and reserve 1 cup. You will need to allow it to cool completely before using it. Make sure your brewed coffee is unflavored as well. I like a medium or bold variety for this recipe.
  • You will want to wait until you are ready to serve these tasty shots before garnishing them.

Nutrition

Calories: 25kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.4g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.001g | Saturated Fat: 0.001g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.001g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 0.3mg | Sugar: 0.4g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.02mg
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