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Jello shots are bright, delicious, and full of fun and fruity flavor combinations. These classic Jello shots are such an easy “cocktail” to make and are perfect for any grown-up party. Your guests will love them, making them the hit of the party!
Jello Shots Ingredients
You will need:
- 1 cup boiling water
- 3 ounces jello gelatin mix, various flavors
- ½ cup cold water
- ½ cup vodka, plain or flavored
- 2-ounce plastic containers with lids, or shot glasses
- whipped cream, optional
- fruit toppings, optional
PRO TIP: We 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 Jello Shots
STEP ONE: In a small pan, boil one cup of water.
STEP TWO: Once boiling, add in the jello gelatin mix and whisk until completely dissolved. Remove the 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.
STEP THREE: Begin by whisking in cold water, and then add in the vodka.
PRO TIP: Allow the dissolved gelatin mixture to cool slightly before adding in the vodka. This will prevent the alcohol from boiling out, resulting in weaker shots. Pouring the mixture into a separate container will allow the mixture enough time to cool to a sufficient temperature and make it easier to pour into your containers.
STEP FOUR: Once combined, pour the finished mixture into the 2-ounce containers or any plastic shot glass until almost full.
STEP FIVE: Allow to set in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour, preferably 2 to 3 hours.
PRO TIP: If you’re feeling fancy, feel free to combine two flavors together! Fill a 2-ounce container up halfway, allow the 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 the fridge for a couple of hours until completely set.
How to Serve Jello Shots
Jello shots are so easy to make, you can see them for a party any time of the year. Depending on the season, you can easily switch up the Jello colors to match a party theme or holiday. You can also make these yummy shots ahead of time as they 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. Jello shots will last from 3-5 days in the fridge.
IN THE FREEZER: Because of the gelatin and alcohol, this jello shot recipe doesn’t tend to freeze very well.
Jello shots are an ideal treat to add to your next party menu. This colorful recipe uses simple ingredients that get served in individual 2 oz cups. Sure to delight your party guests, there are plenty of delicious fruity flavor combinations for every taste.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What alcohol is good for jello shots?
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.
How many shots are in a jello shot?
About four jello shots will equal one regular shot.
How do I store vodka jello shots?
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.
Can you freeze jello shots?
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.
How long does it take to make Jello shots?
Jello shots are quick and easy to make, requiring only about 10 minutes of active time and 3 hours of chilling time.
How many jello shots per box?
You will get approximately 10-12 jello shots from a single box of jello powder.
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- 1 cup boiling water
- 3 ounces jello gelatin mix various flavors
- ½ cup cold water
- ½ cup vodka plain or flavored
- 2 ounces 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 the jello gelatin mix and whisk until completely dissolved. Remove the 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 the vodka.
- Once combined, pour the finished mixture into the 2-ounce containers or any plastic shot glass until almost full.
- Allow to set in the fridge for a minimum of 1 hour, preferably 2 to 3 hours.