Easy and Unique Jello Shot Recipes

Updated on January 19, 2020
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I love Jello shots and I enjoy giving tips on how to make them for your party.


Jello shots are always a hit at parties. They're sort of like a snack and drink all in one. Of course, you can make non-alcoholic jello shots just as you can make alcoholic ones. And you can make any of the recipes from this page with alcohol or not. They'll be great either way.

Although the go-to alcohol that's typically used for Jello shots is vodka, you can switch it up to a liquor of your choice if you prefer a different flavor. Some types of Jello shots actually taste better with other types of liquor. You can get very creative, and there's no real limit to the variety of shots you can make.

Unique Jello Shot Recipes

  • Pudding Shots
  • Mojito Jello Shots
  • Water-Themed
  • Mistletoe Shots
  • Strawberry Margarita
  • Rainbow
  • Caramel Apple
  • Champagne

Basic Jello Shot Recipe

This is a basic recipe for making standard jello shots.

You can switch the type of alcohol to suit your preference, or if you prefer the flavor of a certain type of alcohol with a certain type of jello. For example, you can mix a coconut rum with a pineapple jello to create a pina colada jello shot.


  • 1 package Jello powder
  • 1 cup boiling water (mix well before adding cold water/alcohol)
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup Vodka


  1. Dissolve the Jello powder in boiling water.
  2. Once fully dissolved, you can add the vodka and cold water.
  3. Mix this well and then pour carefully into your shooter cups.
  4. For a stronger recipe use 1/4 cup cold water and 3/4 cup vodka. For a weaker one, use 3/4 cup water and 1/4 cup vodka.


  • Make your shots a day or two ahead of time because they do not last forever. They're really only good for a few days to a week.
  • Try to find plastic shot glasses with lids for easy storage and to keep them more sanitary.
  • Remember to keep them refrigerated or cold but not frozen.

Pudding Shots

Pudding shots may not be particularly popular, but they can be very tasty and memorable. Once you've tried a good one, you'll be making them right along with your Jello shots.

Pudding is made with milk, so you will want to find a good cream liquor that you can use to substitute. Something like Bailey's Irish cream works great. Just substitute half of the milk (more or less depending on your preference for strength) for the liquor of your choice.

You may not be able to get as creative with pudding shots because they do not solidify as much as the Jello shots, but you can still do a bit with them: You can add a crumbled topping such as cookies or graham crackers, you can line the rim with sprinkles, and you can layer them in different colors so long as you keep them steady and upright.


Mojito Jello Shots


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 3 stems fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup white rum
  • Lime peels, hollowed and halved


  1. Heat the water over medium-high heat and dissolve the sugar into it.
  2. Once the sugar is fully dissolved, remove from heat and add the gelatin, lime juice, and 2 stems of mint leaves.
  3. Wait about 15 minutes to remove the mint stems and add in rum.
  4. Pour mixture into hollowed lime peels (limes that have been cut in half and the insides taken out) and sprinkle with remaining mint leaves.
  5. Refrigerate until firm (about 3-4 hours).
  6. Once the lime halves are solid, you can slice them. Slice from the peel side for an easier and smoother cut.

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Water-Themed Jello Shots

You can make a variety of water-themed shots with blue Jello. Use the blue Jello as the water and use toppers such as peeps, or place candies such as Swedish fish, inside the Jello to give it an aquarium effect.

Aquarium Jello bowls are quite popular because they're really neat-looking and yummy as well. Licorice is usually used to make seaweed and water plants, and candy fish are placed in once the Jello is partially solidified. You can even use chocolate or graham crumbs as a topping to create a beach scene, and even add an umbrella toothpick. Cute little gummy bears can be placed on your little beach as well for extra effect.

To make the blue water, just follow the recipe above for basic Jello shots and use blue-colored Jello for the powder mixture.


Mistletoe Jello Shots

This recipe substitutes all of the cold water that's used to make the Jello for two types of liquor instead. Although it's Christmas-themed, it's neat enough to make any time of the year.


  • 1 small (3 oz.) package of lime Jello powder
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup Apple Pucker, chilled
  • 1/2 cup Absolut Vodka, chilled
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint leaves


  1. Mix boiling water with the Jello powder until dissolved.
  2. Mix in the liquor and mint leaves and pour it into cups.
  3. Refrigerate until solid (at least 3 hours).
  4. Top them with whipping cream, mint leaves, and red candies.


Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

There are several recipes for this drink, so you can try which ever one you think you may like best or have the ingredients for.


  • 1 package of strawberry Jello powder
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 4 oz. Tequila
  • 2 oz. Cointreau


  1. Mix boiling water with the Jello powder until dissolved.
  2. Add the liquor and cold liquids.
  3. Pour the mixture into hollowed strawberries and refrigerate until solid (about 3 hours).
  4. Lightly dip the tops/rims of strawberries into salt.
  5. Garnish each with a lime wedge.


Rainbow Jello Shots

These can take a little longer to make than most of the other recipes but they're a lot of fun to eat/drink and look at. You just have to pick the colors that you want to use and decide which order you want them to be in.

You might want five colors, three colors, or even just two colors. Depending on the number of colors you pick, the width of each layer will be different. So if you do a lot of colors, the layers will be pretty thin and you have to try to measure it to make sure each layer is equal or the width that you want it to be.

Just follow the recipe for basic Jello shots and refrigerate after each layer, ensuring that it is solid before adding the next color. You can swap out the vodka for other types of liquor if you choose. If you have room in your glass, you can garnish your shots with whipped cream and sprinkles or a cherry.


Caramel Apple Jello Shots

This is a great recipe for Halloween or Christmas but, just like the others, it is good for any time of the year.


  • 1 envelope Knox unflavored gelatin
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup hard apple cider, divided in half
  • 1/4 cup sour apple schnapps
  • Caramel sauce or melted/softened caramel candies
  • Apple slices (if desired)


  1. Mix 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup apple cider, then sprinkle in the gelatin.
  2. Heat over low-medium heat and stir until gelatin is dissolved.
  3. Cool the mixture until warm-room temperature, then mix in the remaining cider and apple schnapps.
  4. Add apple slices to the shot glasses if desired.
  5. Pour the mixture into the glasses and refrigerate until solid (about 3 hours).
  6. Top with a thin layer of caramel sauce or softened/melted caramel candies.


Champagne Jello Shots

There are several varieties of this recipe, but the differences are usually with the fruit and topping used.


  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 1/2 cups champagne (can substitute with clear soda)
  • 2 pouches gelatin powder


  1. Mix the gelatin powder with boiling water until dissolved.
  2. Stir in the champagne and pour into shot glasses.
  3. Drop in a couple of berries or fruit of your choice and refrigerate until solid (at least 3 hours).
  4. When partially solidified, you can top them with an extra berry or piece of fruit.


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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Wow! All your Jello shot recipes just look yummy and I am sure they are. Thanks for these unique ideas and the method of their preparation.

      Thanks, voted up and pinned!


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