Jello shots are great if you’re in need something different from the traditional kamikaze or lemon drop.
Why not work your alcohol into a gelatin state, and serve chilled in small cups?
And, no. You don’t have to be a freshman on spring break to enjoy these shots. Nope. They can be enjoyed by most anyone.
So what is a jello shot anyway?
A jello shot is bite sized serving of regular jello with one additional special ingredient – that ingredient being alcohol. Although typically most popular among the college-aged crowd, jello shots can be welcomed addition to just about any party.
Just like your favorite jeans, jello shots can be dressed up or dressed down depending on your special event. You can keep things simple with these easy jello shot recipes or make your favorite mixed drink into jello with these mixed drink jello shot recipes.
Regardless of the recipe you choose, you can switch things up by the way that you serve your shots. Keep things casual with traditional plastic cups or get creative by serving your shots as fruit slices, in cocktail glasses, fancy jello shot cups or as jello jiggler shots.
Whatever your event, jello shots are the perfect thin to give your party a fun retro feel. Enjoy!
The great thing about jello shots is its versatility. You can flavor them with whatever flavor you’re craving, be it watermelon, lemon, strawberry, or even chocolate. Really, the possibilities are endless. Plus, you can determine how strong or weak you want the shots to be by adjusting the alcohol to gelatin ratio.
Most commonly used alcohol are rum and vodka, however, you can use almost any liquor of your choosing. Remember, though, the more alcohol you use, the stronger the shooter (duh!), and stronger the alcohol taste will be. So the more alcohol you choose to use, consider adding a bit more powder or water to counteract the strong alcohol flavor.
Jello Shot Ingredients
- 1 Packet of flavored Jello of your choosing**
- 3.5 cup of water
- 3 oz. of alcohol of your choosing
What You Need
- Jello packets in different flavors
- Vodka, flavored rum, tequila
- Vegetable cooking oil spray
- Small plastic cups
- Measuring cup
- Shallow baking pan (optional)
Making Jello Shots
- Line up your small plastic cups on a tray. The plastic cups restaurants use for condiments are ideal, but normal picnic cups should be good, too. Paper cups can also work.
- Spray vegetable cooking oil inside the cups. A quick blast will do. You don’t have to worry about the oil affecting the jello’s taste—it won’t.
- Put a cup of water to boil. Nope, a water heater won’t do—you really need to boil the water to ensure the jello powder dissolves completely.
- Once boiled, pour the water into a mixing bowl. Put in a single of packet of jello. Use a whisk to dissolve all the jello powder so it won’t leave any sediments.
- Mix in ¾ cup of your alcohol and ¼ cup of cold water. Vodka is usually the alcohol of choice when it comes to jello shots, but there are alternatives. To recall favorite cocktails, you can try using tequila for lime jello (margarita), coconut rum and pineapple jello (piña colada) and rum with strawberry jello (strawberry daiquiri). You can also use flavored vodka to go along with its corresponding jello flavor.
- If you want an even more potent jello shots, you can make it 1 cup of alcohol with no cold water.
- Use a ladle to put the jello into the cups.
- If you want to make several batches of different jello flavors in one go and boil all the water you need, you will need assistance, since jello requires boiling hot water to dissolve properly. You can try making one batch of the same flavor at the same time instead of doing different flavors instead.
- Put the jello shots in the refrigerator. Do not put them in the freezer! Give them four hours to gel completely.
- If you find that your refrigerator won’t’ be able to hold trays of cups or a bunch of plastic cups inside, here’s an alternative: Ladle the liquid jello shots into a shallow baking pan, preferably the pans that can be stacked up on each other. Pop them all carefully in the refrigerator, and wait for four hours. Once they’ve gelled, take them out and use a bread knife or even a plastic knife to cut them into small squares. Empty the baking pans into punch bowls and leave a ladle ready. People can then just ladle the jello shots into their cups like any drink.
- You can try experimenting with the amounts of water and what you mix in your jello. For example, some people use two cups of boiling hot water added with a little less of a cup of fruit juice, and another less of a cup of flavored vodka. Just remember that the more liquids you put in, whether they are alcohol, water or juice, the greater the chance of your jello shots not gelling properly.
- Keep in mind that jello shots may pack a punch, so you might want to keep yourself from knocking back one too many.