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Fun Jello Shots Recipes and Equipment

Updated on February 25, 2014

Add Some Fun To Your Next Party With Yummy and Colorful Jello Shots

Jello has played a big part in our summer experience for years. Fancy jello salads in decorative molds and refreshing cubes of jello in dessert cups with whipped cream seemed to be a staple at every summer picnic I attended as a child. This colorful, jiggly tactile treat is not just for children, however. Jello shots are a welcome and fun way to brighten up any party. With a little creativity, the right equipment and an array of fruitful flavors, your jello shots will be the hit of the festivities.

I had heard of these, seen more than my share of them on facebook and instagram but never had I tried them until last summer. They are now my new summer party favorite. Everyone brings a tray and the whole group has fun sampling different flavors and new concoctions.

Basic Jello Shot Recipe

If you can make jello, you can make these squiggly, jiggly shots. Simply follow the directions on the package but instead of adding cold water, you add the alcohol of choice. These are so fun to make and such a crowd pleaser, you will probably find yourself finding ways to get more creative with each party. Experimentation is fun and the options endless.

If you'd rather go with tried and true, a great jello shot recipe book will provide instructions and ideas.

Jelly Shot Test Kitchen: Jell-ing Classic Cocktails—One Drink at a Time
Jelly Shot Test Kitchen: Jell-ing Classic Cocktails—One Drink at a Time

These recipes are made to impress with the added allure of being little works of art. Jello has never looked so good!

Jello Shots! - The Ultimate Recipe Guide - Over 50 Delicious & Best Selling Recipes
Jello Shots! - The Ultimate Recipe Guide - Over 50 Delicious & Best Selling Recipes

Turn your favorite shots and cocktails into fabulous bite-sized party treats for adults.


How to Get it Out of the Little Cup - The Jello Shot Technique

My first attempt of extracting the jello shot from the small plastic shot glass was anything but smooth. I guess I thought it would just pop out with a little squeeze and a light jab with my tongue. Not so. The more seasoned jello shooters in the room walked me through it.

1. Tip the jello

2. Firmly run your tongue along the inside of the shot glass, trying to get your tongue down to the bottom. If this part of the process doesn't appeal to you, simple run a plastic nice around inside to loosen it up.

3. At this point it should be loose enough that you can just inhale it.

Perfecting the technique just adds to the fun of the experience.

Twist'n Shot Jello Shot Cups
Twist'n Shot Jello Shot Cups

If you would prefer a more automated way to get your jello from the cup to your mouth, these cups are an easy choice. With just a twist, the jello is loosened for you.


Practice Makes Perfect

The Things I Learned While Making Jello Shots

When It comes to jello shots, you do get better at them over time. Here are some of the things I learned and discovered through trial and error.

-The quicker you rinse or wash out the pot after making the jello, the better. Once solidified, it is harder to wash. Always use hot water.

-When transporting the shots along with food, don't do what I did. I had put the jello shots atop of a hot casserole in the car and by the time I got to the party, they had all liquified.

-When preparing these for a large group, try substituting some of the alcohol with juice or water. You don't want guests to get drunk. Being so tasty, it is easy to forget that these are heavy laden with alcohol. Diluting them not only saves on the cost of the alcohol but it gives the guests a chance to try a few without being flat on the floor.

-I once forgot to mist the shot glasses with a non-stick cooking spray first. Needless to say, getting them of the cup was challenging and even awkward (in a funny sort of a way).

-Vegans will probably pass on the shots, as gelatin is made from cow bones. This was pointed out to me. Fortunately, I am not a vegan so partaking is guilt free for me.

Jello Shot Syringes

One of the favorite ways to devour jello shots is my injecting them straight into your mouth. Of course, someone else could do that for you as well. These jello syringe molds are made especially for that purpose.

Wholesale Lot 100 Jello Shot Syringes Injectors Injector Bar Party 0 - 2 Ounce Fill Capacity
Wholesale Lot 100 Jello Shot Syringes Injectors Injector Bar Party 0 - 2 Ounce Fill Capacity

If you're making a big batch, this larger amount will come in handy. Remember, they are easily disassembled for the dishwasher and can be used again and again.

Party Essentials 1.5 Ounce Gelatin Shot/Gelatin Syringe Injectors with Caps, 12-Count, Clear
Party Essentials 1.5 Ounce Gelatin Shot/Gelatin Syringe Injectors with Caps, 12-Count, Clear

For smaller, intimate get togethers, a dozen jello syringes will do the trick.


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Jello Shot Flavors

Most grocery stores carry the popular flavors of jello. The standard jello flavors of lemon, lime, cherry and orange pair well with vodka and a multitude of other spirits. However, when you want to a bit more exotic, it also comes in your favorite cocktail flavors. These fancy flavors are easily ordered online.

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Jello Shots Have Been Around Since The Fifties

Although many would like to take credit for the invention of jello shots, it is commonly believed that it all started at a military base in the 50's. Trying to sneak a little nip while on duty could present certain problems and a creative soldier came up with a solution. While serving the men a refreshing orange jello snack, he simply substituted vodka for cold water and no one was the wiser. The recipients of these jello shots undoubtedly spread the word and thus the popularity of the jello shot continues to grow to this day.

Of course, these smooth tasting delights go down easily but can pack a big punch. Remember, ever two jello shots are equivalent to a full shot of alcohol. Some hosts have been know to experiment by making them a bit stronger even yet. Pace yourself, especially if you have an additional drink on the go.

Safe and social jello shot consumption ensures a great atmosphere for everyone!

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    • Judith Nazarewicz profile image

      Judith Nazarewicz 

      5 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      I haven't made these in ages! Will have to try one for our next barbecue. I know the guests will love them. Especially after a day of floating down the river. :-)


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