How to Make Jello Shots

Capture the fun of childhood with these crowd-pleasing, grown-up Jello Shots.

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I hear Jello Shots and I’m back at my small liberal arts college in southern Indiana on the perfect spring day. We’ve decided to have a picnic down by the river. But it’s a picnic college-student style with some cheese and crackers and a cooler full of our favorite beverages. The dessert: Jello Shots. I mean, how can you go wrong with this jiggly, Jello-y concoction?

It’s fun and playful, a great chaser to a Rum Runner or these classic Mason Jar Beach Cocktails. While I like to have them as dessert, they’re also a good way to toast the start of the party. And because they’re interactive, they can be a great conversation starter.

Why You Will Love This Cocktail Recipe

Whether you’re living your best college life, reliving those days years later, heading to a BBQ, or planning an evening on the deck, these Jello Shots remind you of carefree days of fun in the sun.

How to Make Jello Shots ingredients


  • 1 packet of Jello (3 oz, any flavor you prefer)
  • 1 cup of water (boiling)
  • 1/2 cup of water (cold)
  • 1/2 cup of vodka


  • 1 packet of Jello 3 oz, any flavor you prefer
  • 1 cup of water boiling
  • 1/2 cup of water cold
  • 1/2 cup of vodka


  • Take a mixing bowl, add the Jello, and then pour in the boiling water. Stir the mixture until the Jello is completely dissolved.
  • In the same bowl, add the cold water and then the vodka. Ensure everything is thoroughly mixed together.
  • Carefully pour the mix into shot glasses or any other small containers you have.
  • Pop them into the fridge to cool and set for about 2 hours. Serve once the shots have become firm.


Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.2g | Protein: 0.02g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 0.3mg | Sugar: 0.2g | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.003mg

Tips & Tricks for Perfect Jello Shots

  • Keep stirring until the Jello is completely dissolved in the hot water.
  • Use cold vodka instead of room temperature vodka to speed up the setting time of the shots.
  • Two hours will work for setting the Jello, but if you have the time, chill them overnight for a better texture.
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What type of containers should I use?

Get creative! Silicon molds, hollowed-out fruits, or mini dessert cups can work. You might have some toothpicks or small spoons on hand, too.

Can I switch vodka with other alcohols for the Jello Shots?

The sky’s the limit. You can use rum or tequila or whatever you have in your pantry. Different liquors will impact the texture of the shots.

What flavors can I try?

Go crazy! Cherry, lime, orange, pineapple, blue raspberry, or pomegranate… The list is as long as your imagination.

How can I dress up my Jello Shot?

Before serving, add a dollop of whipped cream to the shot for some extra pizzazz.

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Jello Shots Variations Worth Trying

  • Low-Carb Jello Shots: Swap regular Jello for sugar-free and use a low-carb, low-calorie vodka.
  • Jello Mocktail Shots: Replace vodka with cold fruit juice or water.
  • Champagne Jello Shots: Use champagne or sparkling wine to add fizz to your shots.
  • Margarita Jello Shots: Combine lime Jello with tequila and a touch of salt.

How to Store

Jello Shots can be made and stored in advance (even up to 10 days in the fridge), but they’ll taste best if they’re used within a day or two of preparation. You can store leftovers the same way—just make sure to protect them with plastic wrap or a lidded container.

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