Making Jello shots is like making regular Jello, except with alcohol added instead of cold water. It is poured into shot glasses or tiny cups instead of bowls.
- 1 6-ounce package of gelatin (flavored or unflavored — you decide)
- 16 ounces (2 cups) boiling water
- 6 ounces cold water
- 10 ounces 80-proof Alcohol (see tip for other proof liquors
- Assemble ingredients listed in the “Things You’ll Need” section below.
- In a bowl, mix boiling water with the powdered gelatin until fully dissolved. Give it at least a minute to fully activate the gelatin.
- Let gelatin cool for five or ten minutes to reduce alcohol vapor loss.
- Stir in cold water and alcohol.
- Pour resulting mixture into shot glasses or plastic cups
- Put the shot glasses or cups onto a tray and let the Jello set for two hours in the refrigerator.
- Dress up a party by taking Jello orange slices. Take a bunch of oranges and cut them in half. Use a spoon to cut around the edges between the rind and inner skin. Remove the fruit, leaving just the rind of half an orange. Fill the halves with Jello, and allow it to set in the refrigerator until firm. Cut the halves into thirds and you have another way of enjoying the Jello shots.
Depending on the proof of alcohol you use, adjust the proportions of alcohol to cold water to ensure that the shot still sets. Use the following ratios:
13 ounces of 30-50 (~20%) proof alcohol to 3 ounces cold water
10 ounces 80-100 (~45%) proof alcohol to 6 ounces cold water (U.S. standard)
6 ounces 150-200 proof alcohol to 10 ounces cold water
Minimize vapor loss by using a bottle of booze that was kept in your freezer for at least an hour. Be careful if you use an alcohol under 80-proof since it may freeze and break the bottle.
If you would like more “potent” shots, you can “push” the recipe a bit. This variation makes 6 large cups with 2oz (2x”shots”) of alcohol each, or 12 small cups with 1oz of alcohol each, yet still sets hard and tastes great. See warnings.
Use ice-cold alcohol. Use very hot water. Do not transfer it from the boiling vessel as this will sap critical heat. See warnings.
Dissolve 2 regular sized Jello packages or one large packet into 1.5 cups (12 oz) boiling water. Stir for at least a minute to fully dissolve and construct the gelatin.
Let cool for a few minutes - ten minutes isn’t enough to set up the Jello but it will do a lot to keep the alcohol from evaporating.
Add 1.5 cups (12 oz) of ice cold 80-proof booze of your choice (such as vodka).
Stir and pour into your cups or whatever. It sets hard in about 1 hour.Try checking your local party store for the small plastic shot cups. They also come with lids that make it really nice for serving.
Be extremely careful since these contain a lot more alcohol than you think. See warnings.
Your alcohol must be put into the freezer or dissolved. Jello must be cooled to room temperature. Failure to do so will result in the evaporation of all the alcohol before the jello sets.
Although shot glasses look prettier and allow you to see the vibrant colors of the Jello, paper cups allow for easier Jello shot consumption as they can be turned inside out. Ice cube trays also work well.
Plastic cups organize quite well in muffin trays, and are easier to handle and serve.
See the ‘how to’ on making rainbow jello for layering tips.
Be creative in mixing Jello flavors with alcohol. If you have a favorite alcoholic drink, try converting it into Jello shot form using unflavored Jello, juice, soda and alcohol.
Orange and cherry are Jello flavors that work well with Brandy.
You can match fruit flavored liquor with fruit flavored Jello. Here are some other popular liquor and Jello flavor combinations:
Lime Jello with tequila and Triple Sec (try adding a pinch of salt to the liquid mixture)
Lime Jello with Coconut Rum
Orange jello with orange cognac and brandy (such as Grand Marnier) or peach Schnapps
Unflavored gelatin with Coca Cola and rum
Cranberry Jello with vodka
Cherry Jello with cherry brandy
Raspberry jello with raspberry Schnapps
Tropical fruit Jello (or unflavored gelatin mixed with fruit punch) with dark rum or mango liqueur
Unflavored Jello with lemonade and whiskey
Strawberry Jello with light rum and strawberry liqueur (such as Pucker)
Apricot Jello with amaretto
Lime Jello with Sake
Lime Jello with Sprite, Pimm’s, and cucumber garnish
Strawberry Jello with champagne (retains some bubbles!)
Orange Jello with amaretto
Pineapple Jello with coconut rum
Blue Jello with Everclear
Water heated in the microwave can erupt dangerously. Look for a rolling boil before opening the door. If the water does not boil after a reasonable time, do not open the door and reach in since the shock will make the superheated water erupt.
Even though Jello shots taste like candy they each contain as much or more alcohol than a beer, wine or shot, so please consume in moderation; warn your guests, wait a few minutes between shots and count your drinks.
If you are having a Jello shot party, you may want to use more water and less alcohol when making the shots to avoid destroying the guests.
Jello stains are more difficult to clean than vomit, and the latter is not as colorful as you would think.
Small plastic cups or shot glasses, Oranges, a knife to slice them, and a spoon, stove, pot or kettle to boil water for Jello