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How to Make Great Jello Shots

Updated on April 11, 2017

Squishy, Colorful, and Yummy Jello Shots

Jello shots, jello shooters, or Vodka Jelly (to the Brits) are the most fun shots invented yet to date. Jello shots are a summer party necessity, but there is no season and no party that wouldn't be improved by adding them.

Jello shots immediately bring a little life to the party. You cannot have a boring party with jello shots. It is not possible.

So, go ahead people...slurp your jello shot, suck it out with your tongue. Have a good time. Life's short.

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Remember your first Jell-O shot—and how naughty it felt to add booze to Bill Cosby’s favorite food group? Well times have changed, and so have those wiggly, jiggly shots you used to slam back with glee. All the rage with the postcollege party set, today’s gelatin shots are still cool and fruity, but with a hip and sophisticated edge that sets them miles apart from those plain old liquid drinks.


How's it done?

Basically what you want to do is prepare jello as usual...boil water (the amount listed on your box) and stir in your powder until fully dissolved. Then add your cold water/liquor, and refrigerate.

The key to making great jello shots is how much liquor and how much cold water. If you use no cold water, then the shot will likely be too strong, so you'll want to use some cold water with the liquor.

The recipe must be done correctly for the gelatin to set. If too much liquid is added, you'll just be left with colored liquid. You must decifer how much alcohol to add, and then leave that much water out. Perhaps you want to combine the liquor and cold water in a measuring cup first and make sure the total amount combined is what the box asks for for the cold water portion.

I would suggest:

30 Proof - 15% Alcohol - 1 Part Liq. 3 Parts Water

40 Proof - 20% Alcohol - 1 Part Liq. 4 Parts Water

50 Proof - 25% Alcohol - 1 Part Liq. 5 Parts Water

80 Proof - 40% Alcohol - 1 Part Liq. 8 Parts Water

90 Proof - 45% Alcohol - 1 Part Liq. 9 Parts Water

100 Proof - 50% Alcohol - 1 Part Liq. 10 Parts Water

150 Proof - 75% Alcohol - 1 Part Liq. 15 Parts Water

190 Proof - 95% Alcohol - 1 Part Liq. 20 Parts Water

Lime Jello

How can you not have fun when green jello is involved? Try one of these in your next batch of lime jello shots.

  • Bacardi Vanilla
  • Coconut Rum
  • Tequila
  • Apple Puckers
  • Rootbeer Schnaps and raspberry Vodka

    (supposedly tastes like bottle-cap candies)

  • Tequila and Triple Sec
  • Vodka

Gelatin Shot Books

Have a handy guide nearby...

Fruit Slice Jello Shots

A little slice of happiness.

A fun alternative to the traditional shot cups is to make the jello into a slice of fruit. Oranges are the most commonly used peel, but any citric fruit will do. Keep in mind, however, that lemon and lime peels will force their flavor on your chose your mixes wisely.


Cut your fruit in half and scoop out the insides, being sure to not puncture the peel. Fill each half peel with your jello shot mix of choice. Chill until fully set, and then cut into wedges.

Fruit Slice Jello Shots - A little slice of happiness.

Orange Slice Jello Shot
Orange Slice Jello Shot | Source

A fun alternative to the traditional shot cups is to make the jello into a slice of fruit. Oranges are the most commonly used peel, but any citric fruit will do. Keep in mind, however, that lemon and lime peels will force their flavor on your chose your mixes wisely.


Cut your fruit in half and scoop out the insides, being sure to not puncture the peel. Fill each half peel with your jello shot mix of choice. Chill until fully set, and then cut into wedges.

Tips for Great Jello Shots - Ah, the magic of gelatin !

  1. Let the jello cool before adding the alcohol. At high temperatures, the alcohol is evaporated out leaving you with non-alcoholic jello shots...which probably won't go over well. Alcohol boils at 173º F.
  2. Use a turkey baster to fill the cups. It is quick, clean & easy.
  3. According to Jellophile, fresh or frozen pineapple, kiwi fruit, figs, mangoes, guava or papaya, or fresh ginger will prevent gelatin from setting. All contain an enzyme that keeps gelatin from setting. All are fine, however, if cooked or canned.

How do you like it?

How do you take your jello?

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Pineapple Jello

Try these with pineapple jello:

  • Malibu Coconut Rum - Pina Colada!
  • Pineapple Malibu
  • Coco Lopez
  • Parrot Bay Rum
  • Blue hawaiian maui and vodka
  • Tropical Maui

Jello Shot Cups

Paper or plastic?

The question of paper or plastic is one of personal preference. You can also get syringe to fill with the jello shot mix.


  • PROS:
    - You can easily unfold it, crumple it, whatever you need to get out every last bit of jello.
    -You can easily pick up at a fast food restaurant if you're in a pinch.
  • CONS:
    -You can't get lids which enable you to stack them,
    -They may be difficult to work with when filled with liquid.
    -You have the potential of the liquid seeping through folds before setting (though this rarely happens).


  • PROS:
    -You can get lids enabling you to stack them in the fridge to take less room.
    -They are smooth on the inside, so often you can use your tongue around the sides to get jello to slide out easily.
  • CONS:
    -If jello doesn't pop out, it is harder to get your tongue to the bottom.

Orange Jello

Try these with orange jello (also try making the jello in an orange peel):

  • Vanilla Vodka - orange creamsicle !
  • Peach Schnapps
  • Grand Marnier
  • Brandy
  • Amaretto
  • Irish Whiskey
  • Midori and Vodka
  • Orange Vodka

Jello Shot Cake - Yummy!

Make your own Jello Shot Cake to top off the evening (or picnic!).

How to Make Jello Shots - Video Clips

So you're more audio-visual and can't bear to read these instructions on how to make jello shots? Watch an instructional video clip by self-proclaimed jello shot masters - keep in mind that they all have their own style and methods. Go with your gut.

Which do you prefer?

How do you prefer to serve (or receive) jello shots?

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Strawberry Jello

  • Bacardi Grand Melon
  • Jagermeister
  • Banana Rum
  • Light Rum

Watermelon Jello

And with your Watermelon flavored jello:

  • Watermelon Bacardi
  • Midori melon liqueur
  • Malibu coconut rum
  • Watermelon pucker
  • Watermelon vodka

Other Combinations

  • Cranberry Jello and Vodka with a slice of lime stuffed in
  • Peach Jello and Peach Schnapps

    Peach Jello and bourbon

  • Mixed Fruit jello and dark rum

    Mixed Fruit jello and wilderberry schnapps

  • Green apple jello and sour apple pucker
  • Strawberry banana jello and Blue Hawaiian maui
  • Pineapple jello and cranberry jello with Malibu Rum
  • Cherry jello and orange jello with Captain Morgan
  • Lemon jello and lime jello with Irish Whiskey

Cherry Jello or Black Cherry Jello

  • Cherry Jello and Fire Ball
  • Cherry Jello and Cherry Brandy
  • Black Cherry Jello and Amaretto
  • Black Cherry Jello and Southern Comfort and drop a cherry into the cup
  • Cherry Jello and Smirnoff watermelon vodka

Raspberry Jello

Try these with raspberry jello:

  • Banana Rum
  • Raspberry Schnapps

Grape Jello

Try these with grape jello:

  • Blackberry brandy
  • Vodka

Any tips for us? comments? questions?

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      sierradawn lm 

      4 years ago

      I had never had any jello shots before reading this lens. Now I am hooked! I love them best in orange peel halves!

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      5 years ago

      definitely going to try these! sounds great :)

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      6 years ago

      need some good plain bacardi jello shots, any suggestions?

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      6 years ago

      there great, especially when you match both the jello and liqour flavors or even brandy flavors.

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      6 years ago

      I still have to try these :D They sound magnificent.

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      alex89 lm 

      6 years ago

      sounds like fun :)

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing, I will try this out..:)

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      6 years ago from Upstate, NY

      @anonymous: Sounds awesome!

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      6 years ago

      How would blackberry wine and cherry jello taste together?

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      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this. I will try this the next time there's a party at my place.

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      6 years ago

      Lots of combination for jello shots. T

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      6 years ago

      Wow, great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      awesome idea! thaks for this lens.....def doing some for our next get together!

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      6 years ago

      Looking cool!

      Thnx for share the recipes

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      Dancing Cowgirl Design 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Yummy Yummy! Send samples.

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      7 years ago

      Very informative! Great information - I love Jello shots!

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      7 years ago

      one could get in a lot of trouble trying all of these shots, good job !

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      Nice Squidoo. Very enjoyable to read. Chris

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      7 years ago

      I have just lensrolled from your lens to my lens about zubrowka. i've never had a jello shot - or vodka jelly as us bloody brits put it apparently! but love the lens and am definitely going to try some now.

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      These are always a blast at any of our functions..... nice to have some new recipe ideas Great Lens!!!

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      8 years ago

      Good to know! I'm turning 21 soon, so maybe I'll try one! (Don't worry, I won't abuse my jell-o-shots-making powers!) Thanks! Nice lens.

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      8 years ago

      I'm going to pass your lens address onto my young co-worker. Saturday night and jello shots dominate her vocabulary every monday morning :)

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      Lee Hansen 

      8 years ago from Vermont

      I have never enjoyed a jello shot - I think I'll make these for the holidays this year, along with a batch of Boilo, the champagne of coal cracker country.

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      8 years ago

      Jello shot syringes look a little gross. Good recipes and good lens!

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      9 years ago

      [in reply to Jello Shot Freak]

      Links are here, by the way:

      Jello Shot Recipe -

      5 Tips On Taking Jello Shot Out -

      Amaretto Jello -

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      Great info! This jello shot recipe topic is really interesting and popular, as I see.

      I would add couple of articles from Jello Shot Recipe Blog

      5 Tips On Taking Jello Shot Out :)))

      And also a very special Amaretto shot - Orange Jell-O Amaretto


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      10 years ago

      I haven't had one of these since...well, it's been a while. Nice work!

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      10 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Jello shots...sounds wonderfully fruity!

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      What a great idea for a lens. Can't wait to put together a Cherry Jello with watermelon vodka. Sounds yummy.


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