How to Make Jello Shots + 17 Jello Shot Recipe Ideas Based on Cocktails

Fourth of July usually calls for lots of delicious BBQ recipes, lemonade and a few good desserts including one must know recipe How to Make Jello Shots.

Jello shots are just about the easiest thing you can possibly make. Honestly, any flavor with almost any liquor will turn out pretty darn delicious.

But, if you really want to up your Jello Shot Game, you’ll need to step outside the standard Lime or Cherry Jello Box flavor.

This is a super easy recipe for any beginner, and we also include some tips on how to make some unique flavors with other alcohols that will be sure to be the talk of the party.

How to Make Jello Shots Unique Recipe Ideas Based on Popular Bar Shots

These slippery little critters are always a big hit – but be careful, the effects of the alcohol tends to sneak up on you and you might end up pooped out in bed (or on the floor) before the day is through.

Please drink and eat these responsibly and keep alcohol away from children.

How to Make Jello Shots

I love a good Jello shot, I mean, who doesn’t? It’s the adult version of the snack that every body loves. Here are a few of my how to make liquor Jello shots tips and tricks.

how to make jello shots
  1. I use the small packets of Jello (the 3oz size) and follow the directions on the package for making them EXCEPT for the cold water. In place of 1 cup of cold water, use 1 cup of cold booze (usually Vodka)!
  2. If you want a weaker Jello shot with less of a kick, use half water and half alcohol.
  3. To make them easy to make and store, buy the small 2oz plastic condiment cups (aka ramekins) that come with lids.
    These are the perfect size for the shots, plus with the lids you can easily stack them in the refrigerator. (They are hard to find in stores, but you can find them online here!)
  4. Place cups onto a baking sheet or pan so you can easily move them in and out of the refrigerator.

Do Jello Shots have to be made with Vodka?

No way! Most people do use Vodka and their favorite Jello flavor for Jello Shots, but why not think OUTSIDE the box?

As a matter of fact, why not think about your favorite mixed drink? You can probably turn it into a Jello shot easily!

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I’ve listed a ton of unique twists on Jello shots below that are based on the most requested cocktails.

How do you make layered Jello shots?

Making layered Jello shots is easier than it looks. Simply add the Jello mix to your cups and refrigerate to set in between layers.

This will take a little more effort and time, but the end result looks pretty cool!

layered jello shots

Unique Jello Shot Recipes based on your favorite cocktails

Keep in mind that all of these call for a small 3oz package of Jell-o and 1 cup of alcohol TOTAL.

When creating your own copycat cocktail Jello shot recipes, just follow these guidelines:

  • If more than one alcohol is listed below, split the amount of alcohol used equally so that the total amount used is 1 cup.
  • For instance, if two alcohols are listed, use 1/2 cup of each.
  • If you want a weaker version of something with 2 alcohols listed, you would use 1/2 cup of water, 1/4 cup of alcohol #1 and 1/4 cup of alcohol #2.

Margarita Jello Shot

  • 3oz package of Lime Jello
  • 1 cup of tequila
  • Sprinkle a tiny bit of salt on the top just before serving
  • Optional: If you like spicy, sprinkle a little bit of Tajin on top too

Pina Colada Jello Shot

  • 3oz package of Pineapple Jello
  • 1 cup of Malibu coconut rum
  • Garnish with toasted coconut flakes just before serving

Fuzzy Navel Jello Shot

  • 3oz package of Orange Jello
  • 1/2 cup peach schnapps
  • 1/2 cup vodka

Applejack Jello Shot

  • 3oz package of Green Apple Jello
  • 1 cup Jack Daniels

Holiday Spice Jello Shot

  • 3oz package of Orange Jello
  • 1 cup Captain Morgan rum
  • Optional: sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top just before serving

Mimosa Jello Shot

  • 3oz package of Orange Jello
  • 1 cup champagne
  • Extra fancy: add a slice of strawberry

Orange Creamsicle Jello Shot

  • 3oz package of Orange Jello
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup milk

Lemon Drop Jello Shot

  • 3oz package of Lemon Jello
  • 1 cup Absolut Citron vodka
  • Sprinkle sugar on top just before serving

Sweet Tea Jello Shot

  • 3oz package of Lemon Jello
  • 1 cup Sweet Tea Vodka

Raspberry Dream Jello Shot

  • 3oz package of Raspberry Jello
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup Chambord

Grape Jolly Rancher Jello Shot

  • 3oz package of Grape Jello
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup Midori

Watermelon Jolly Rancher Jello Shot

  • 3oz package of Watermelon Jello
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/2 Pucker (sour apple schnapps)

Cherry Chocolate Jello Shot

  • 3oz package of Cherry Jello
  • 1 cup Godiva Chocolate Liqueur

Cherry Cola Jello Shot

  • 3oz package Cherry Jello
  • 1/2 cup Amaretto
  • 1/2 cup Coke

Rum and Cherry Coke Jello Shot

  • 3oz package of Black Cherry Jello
  • 1/2 cup Coca Cola
  • 1/2 cup rum

Cherry Lemonade Jello Shot

  • 3oz package of Cherry LemonadeJello
  • 1 cup vodka

Peanut Butter and Jelly Jello Shot

  • 3oz package of Strawberry Jello
  • 1/3 cup Chambord
  • 1/3 cup Franjelico
  • 1/3 cup Baileys

Thank you to guest contributor Robin for some of the above recipe/suggestions. The rest are my inventions from many years of bartending – enjoy!

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3 thoughts on “How to Make Jello Shots + 17 Jello Shot Recipe Ideas Based on Cocktails”

  1. These are freaking yummy watch out though they go down down smoothly you wont fill em creep up on you & before you know it you’ll have eaten 20 of em lol :)

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  2. Yummy….really good make with fresh watermelon, cherries, oranges added……pure mixed with beverage of choice (we used grape vodka). You can also add fresh fruits in your water for natural home made vitamin water without add additives, sugar. Fresh is best…..:)

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