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How To Make Jello Shots

How To Make Jello Shots Recipe: Our easy Vodka Jello Shots Recipe can be made with rum or whiskey. Also, make Jello Shot Cups in fun rainbow colors!

Gelatin cups

It’s Jello Shot Season!

Give your next party a shot of excitement with this easy and delicious Jello Shots Recipe!

Are you planning a 21st birthday party? A holiday party? Maybe even a casual summer party?

  • Cue your favorite song.
  • Cue disco lights.
  • Cue good food.
  • Cue the booze.

You can’t plan a party without everyone’s favorite treat, Jello Shots! Rum Jello Shots, Vodka Jello Shots, Tequila Jello Shots, or whatever booze you may have. 

Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall…. You can enjoy Jello shots any time of the year for any type of party!

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Vodka Jello Shots Recipe Ingredients

  • Jell-O Gelatin Any flavor or color you like. Taste the rainbow!
  • Boiling Water – To dissolve the gelatin powder.
  • Cold Water – Mix with the boiling water to chill the gelatin. 
  • Vodka – Plain or flavored. You can also use rum, tequila, whiskey, or moonshine.
Gelatin Vodka Shot

How To Make Jello Shots with Vodka

  1. Boil. Set a kettle of water over high heat and bring to a boil. Pour the powdered jello into a medium mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk. Once the water is boiling hot, measure out one cup and pour it into the bowl. Then whisk in the cold water to lower the temperature. Finally, whisk in the booze!
  3. Pour. Ladle or pour the liquid jello shot mix into some sort of container.
  4. Chill. Move to the refrigerator. Chill until solid.

Wasn’t that easy?

Get The Full (Printable) Best Jello Shots Recipe Below. Enjoy!

Vodka Shots

Jello Shot Cups

It’s very easy to make your Jello Shots in mini disposable cups.

All you have to do is combine the ingredients, pour the mixture into tiny plastic (or paper) cups and then chill.

However,  you can also make jello shots in ice cube trays, or in a baking dish and then cut them into squares. 

Then simply place them on a serving platter.

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Rainbow Shots

If you’re feeling ambitious, try layering different flavors of Jello to create layers of color within the disposable cups… Like Rainbow Jello Shots or shots with random stripes.

  • Pour your first flavor into a thin layer.
  • Chill until firm.
  • Then repeat with as many colors/flavors as you like.

You can even tilt the plastic cups on their sides in a muffin tin to get the diagonal wave look you see in the photos. It’s so easy!

Just tilt the cups over and press a small piece of foil around each cup so it won’t move. Then layer, layer, layer.

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The Best Jello Shots Recipe

The key to making the best jello shots is to get the proportions right. It’s tempting to add extra liquor to the jello shots to make them potent.

However, if you add too much liquor, and not enough water, the jello shots won’t set properly.

We like pairing flavored booze with fun Jello flavors.

You can’t pass up trying tequila and lime Jello, malibu rum and mango Jello, or lemon vodka with blue raspberry Jello. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Can Jello Shots Last In The Refrigerator?

At least one week, but possibly up to two weeks.

How Do I Remove The Jello Shots From The Ice Cube Trays?

Once the Jello is firm, place the bottom of the tray in a baking dish of warm water to release the Jello Shots all at the same time. (Like old-school jello molds.) The tray usually needs to sit in the warm water for 1 to 3 minutes to release.

If you have stubborn jello shots, due to a thick plastic ice tray, you can let the warm water run over the corner of each jello shot. It will quickly turn over, making it easy to dump out.

How Long Do I Leave The Jello Shots In The Refrigerator?

That depends on how cold your fridge is… It usually takes 60-90 minutes until firm.

Can I Use Any Liquor For The Jello Shots Recipe?

Of course! Use whatever booze you like best! Vodka is traditional, but tequila, rum, and whiskey are good options.

Also, consider using fruit-flavored liquor.

How Much Alcohol Do I Put In My Jello Shots?

Technically, you should put 1/2 cup of liquor into your Jello Shots. However, you can use as much as 2/3 cup without changing the texture of the Jello Shots.

If you add too much alcohol, it will cause the Jello Shots to not set properly.

Can Jello Shots Go Bad If Not Refrigerated?

Yes, but it would take a few days. If you plan to leave them out for one day, the Jello Shots will be fine.

Just make sure the temperature of the air is not too warm, or they might melt.

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How To Make Jello Shots

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
How To Make Jello Shots: Our easy Vodka Jello Shots Recipe can be made with rum or whiskey. Also make Jello Shot Cups in rainbow colors!
Servings: 16


Ingredients Per Batch:

  • 3.25 ounce box of Jell-O Gelatin, any flavor
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup cold water
  • ½ cup vodka rum, or tequila (plain or flavored)


Jello Shot Cups:

  • Set a kettle of water over high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Pour the powdered jello packet out into a medium mixing bowl. Once the water is boiling, measure out one cup of hot water and pour into the bowl. Whisk until smooth.
  • Whisk in the cold water to lower the temperature. Then whisk in the liquor.
  • Pour the liquid jello shot mix into 12 to 16 (1.5-2 ounce) disposable cups. Place the cups on a rimmed baking sheet (or in a baking dish) and move to the refrigerator. Chill for 90 minutes, or until solid.
  • If making multiple flavors of jello shots, pour the powdered jello packets into separate bowls to keep the colors separated.

Jello Shot Cubes:

  • If you’d like to make jello shots without the disposable cups, you can use an ice cube tray as a mold. Or you can pour the jello mixture into a small baking dish, then cut it into squares once it has set.
  • In ice cube trays, let the jello shots set in the refrigerator, then place the trays in a pan of warm water for 1-3 minutes to loosen the shots, so they slide out. (Think old-school jello molds.) If your ice cube trays are thick and the jello shots won't come out, run warm the water over the top of each jello shot until it flips in the tray.

Rainbow Jello Shots:

  • You can also make rainbow jello shots by making 5-6 flavors and layering them all in each cup. Each batch must be made and chilled separately to keep the layers/lines crisp.
  • Wait at least 30-60 minutes before adding the next layer. Every time you add a flavor you multiply the batch by at least 12. Therefore, making jello shots with 5 colors would create 60+ jello shots!



Jello Shot Recipe Variations: Try making basic jello shots with intriguing flavor combinations… Mango Jello + Coconut Rum. Black Cherry Jello + Whiskey, Pineapple Jello + Passion Fruit Vodka, Watermelon Jello + Tequila.
You can also swap the ½ cup of cold water for something else like coconut milk, lime juice, orange juice, or coffee. Be creative!


Serving: 1shot, Calories: 39kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 0g, Sodium: 28mg, Potassium: 5mg, Fiber: 0g, Sugar: 5g
Course: Beverage, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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19 comments on “How To Make Jello Shots”

  1. I loved how easy this is to make! So fun and festive!

  2. Five stars all the way, these are so fun and every one oohed and awed over them!

  3. These are going to be the best for future gatherings now that the covid restrictions are lifting! Cant wait to hang with my friends and have some jello shots!

  4. Just made this today, and it is awesome. My house smells heavenly, and my mouth is extremely happy. I made it exactly as instructed except for omitting the powdered sugar topping. This recipe is a definite keeper. Thank you SO much

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  6. Made these on Sunday to serve our friends who came over to watch the game. Everyone loved it.

  7. This was so fun!! My guests loved it!

  8. These were so fun to make! They were a hit with our friends!

  9. We had a great time making these AND eating them!

  10. How fun are these? These look like a great way to change up regular cocktails at a party!

  11. Life of the party with these!

  12. These are so pretty and a hit for any party!

  13. These are so fun! The rainbow shots came out great! Next time I’ll have to try the coconut milk variation.

  14. Love this! Especially the jello shot cube alteration. So easy and handy!

  15. This is awesome!! They look amazing!

  16. These look so fun!

  17. I love that it is so easy to make! So awesome!

  18. I made jello shots for our last party and these are definitely next on my list to make! They are so fun!

  19. I love all of your booze posts! I often make layered Jello shots for parties. I have the giant syringes that everyone loves, but the diagonal layers you did are pretty cool. I’ll have to give them a try. Thanks!