How to Make Jello Shots


  • 1 (3-ounce) package of Jello in your favorite flavor: Any flavor works! Get creative.
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup alcohol: Vodka is classic, but rum, tequila, flavored liqueurs all add a fun twist.


  • Medium mixing bowl or large measuring cup
  • Whisk
  • Plastic shot cups (around 2 ounces each): You can also use small paper cups or silicone molds for fun shapes.


Prepare your cups: Arrange your plastic shot cups on a baking sheet or tray. This makes them easy to move to the refrigerator.

Dissolve the Jello: In your mixing bowl or measuring cup, add the Jello powder. Pour in the boiling water and whisk vigorously until the powder is completely dissolved (about 2 minutes).

Add the cold water and alcohol: Stir in the cold water, then your alcohol of choice. Whisk well to combine.

Pour and chill: Carefully pour the Jello mixture into the shot cups, filling them about ¾ of the way full.

Refrigerate: Place the tray of Jello shots in the refrigerator and allow them to chill for at least 4 hours, or ideally overnight, until fully set.

Serve: Serve your Jello shots chilled straight from the fridge.


  • Get creative with flavors: Mix and match your favorite Jello flavors with different spirits. Some ideas include cherry Jello with vodka, orange Jello with tequila, and blue raspberry Jello with rum.
  • Layered Shots: For a fancy look, make different colored Jello mixtures separately. Let each layer partially set in the fridge for about 30 minutes before adding the next.
  • Garnishes: Add a fun touch with mini gummy candies, sprinkles, or tiny fruit slices right before serving.
  • Strength: The more alcohol you add, the softer the Jello shot will be. Adjust the proportions to your liking, but keep in mind they may not fully set if the alcohol ratio is too high.

Important Note: Jello shots contain alcohol. Please enjoy responsibly and always have a designated driver if needed!


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