How to Make Jello Shots

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Jello Shots (Jello Shooters)

Recipes and Tips for Serving,
Eating, and Making Jello Shots

The question of how to make jello shots is a fairly new one. But no doubt, all the future "2000s" theme parties will feature them and not just for their popularity with the college crowd; Jello shots commonly make their way into the company picnic, yacht club, wedding or shower, and cocktail party as well as the frat party. 

Jello Shots, or more accurately, Jello Shooters, are a mixture of Jello and/or other gelatin and spirits or wine, set into shot-size servings, if not in actual shot glasses. So one thing is for certain: there's never any "drinking on an empty stomach" with Jello shots. 

The Basic Vodka Jello Shot Recipe is an excellent way to learn how to make Jello shots. The principles are the same for every other shooter recipe:

1 (6-ounce) box of raspberry Jell-O, or other flavor of your choice
2 cups boiling water
2 cups vodka


In a bowl, pour the boiling water over the Jello and stir until thoroughly dissolved. Cool to room temperature, then stir in the vodka. Pour the mixture into shot glasses or Jello shot cups. Refrigerate until well-set, at least 6 hours. Makes 32 1-ounce jello shots, give or take.


Use flavored vodkas with the corresponding gelatin flavor, such as citrus/citron vodka with lemon Jello.

Jello Shot Cups with Lids from

More Jello Shot Recipes:

Most any drink or popular flavor can be translated into a jello shot recipe using the appropriate spirits, wine or liqueur and flavor of Jello. Use the "dissolve, cool, add cold ingredients" directions above to prepare any of these great combos:

Margarita Jello Shots
1 6-ounce package lime Jello, 2 cups boiling water, 1 1/2 cups white (not gold) tequila, 1/4 cup Triple Sec or Cointreau, 1/4 cup fresh lime juice

Pina Colada Jello Shots
1 6-ounce package pineapple Jello, 2 cups boiling water, 2 cups Malibu (coconut) rum

Rum and Cola Jello Shots
1 6-ounce package cherry Jello, 1 cup boiling cola, 1 cup cold cola, 2 cups light rum

Champagne Jello Shots
1 6-ounce package white grape Jello (or just grape flavor), 2 cups boiling water, 2 cups champagne or sparkling wine

Dreamsicle Jello Shots
1 6-ounce package orange Jello, 2 cups boiling water, 2 cups vanilla liqueur

Lime in the Coconut
1 6-ounce package lime Jello, 1 cup boiling water, 1 cup coconut milk, 2 tablespoons lime juice, 2 cups coconut rum

Practical Tips for Making Jello Shots:

  • Never cook the alcohol or pour it into boiling water unless you want non-alcoholic jello shots.
  • Allow more time than usual for the Jello to set because of the alcohol in it.
  • Too much alcohol overpowers the shooter, making it unpalatable. A good rule of thumb is to use alcohol equal to half the water called for (all of the cold water).
  • Using plastic Jello shot cups with lids is the easiest means of storing and serving Jello shooters. The lids make for easy stacking in the refrigerator. To serve, simply place the containers on ice in a punch bowl.
  • To eat Jello shooters, run your finger or a popsicle stick around the edge of the shooter to loosen it and shlurp it down like an oyster on the half-shell. Please eat responsibly.
  • A lot of jello shot recipes call for '1 package' of Jello, without specifying the package size, but you can figure that out by the total amount of liquids in the recipe:
  • A small (3-ounce) box of Jello calls for a total of 2 cups of liquid.
  • A large (6-ounce) box calls for 4 cups of liquid.


Will jello shots go the way of spelling Jello, "Jell-0"? Perhaps, but by that time you can just sit back in your rocking chair and tell the grand-kids exactly how to make jello shots for their "turn of the century" party.

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