How to Make Rainbow Jell-O Shots: Recipe With Pictures

Updated on December 11, 2019
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How to Make Gay Pride Rainbow Jell-O Shots
How to Make Gay Pride Rainbow Jell-O Shots | Source

If you're hosting a party and really want to wow your guests, rainbow Jell-O shots are the way to do it! Be prepared to put some time and effort in if you want each shot to be perfect, but the results will be worth it. Especially fitting for Gay Pride parties, rainbow Jell-O shots are festive, impressive, and sure to liven up your party!

This recipe is for 150 Jell-O shots, but you can easily scale it back to fit the size of your party. Make these a day ahead of time, as each color layer needs time to set. You'll probably want 2 or 3 shots per person because they will go fast!

3.5 stars from 38 ratings of Rainbow Jell-O Shots

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour 30 min
Cook time: 10 hours
Ready in: 11 hours 30 min
Yields: 150 Jell-O shots


  • 4 (3-oz) boxes Jell-O, cherry or strawberry
  • 4 (3-o) boxes Jell-O, orange or peach
  • 4 (3-oz) boxes Jell-O, lemon or pineapple
  • 4 (3-oz) boxes Jell-O, lime or margarita
  • 4 (3-oz) boxes Jell-O, berry blue or grape
  • 20 cups boiling water, 4 cups per layer
  • 20 cups (about 2 handles) ice cold vodka, 4 cups per layer


If you don't want your shots to be as strong, you can substitute cold water for some of the cold vodka. 2 cups of water and 2 cups of vodka is a common ratio.

You Will Also Need

  • 150 clear 2-oz shot glasses
  • 1 measuring syringe

Party Essentials N25021 50 Count 2 oz Shot Glasses, 2-Ounce Clear
Party Essentials N25021 50 Count 2 oz Shot Glasses, 2-Ounce Clear
Shot glasses should be a hard plastic with a flat bottom for best results, like these. Softer plastic, or molded bottoms, will not work as well. You also want to make sure they are tall thin shot glasses, as opposed to shorter, wider glasses. With wider shot glasses each layer will be very thin and the different colors won't stand out as much.


  1. The most common flavor combination is cherry-orange-lemon-lime-blueberry, but the most important thing is choosing the right colors.
  2. First, you'll want to set out your shot glasses on trays to make them easy to transport because they'll be coming in and out of the fridge multiple times. You can also spray the inside of each cup with a little cooking spray, such as Pam, to make the shots slide out easily when they're done.
  3. Start making the red Jell-O. Empty all four packages into a large bowl, and add 4 cups of boiling water. Mix vigorously, until all the gelatin is dissolved. Add 4 cups of ice-cold vodka (keep the vodka bottle in the freezer until you need it) and stir.
  4. Now comes the time-consuming part. Grab your syringe and fill it up with the Jell-O liquid mixture. Shoot 10 mL of the liquid into each shot glass. It's going to take some time if you're making 150 shots, but the results will be much more impressive if all the layers are uniform!
  5. Transfer all the glasses into the fridge, and let them cool for at least 2 hours. Check to make sure they've set by gently touching the top of a few of the glasses to make sure they're firm enough to begin a new layer. If they are still too liquidy, the colors will blend and all your work will be wasted!
  6. Once the first layer has set, repeat steps 3–5 with different colors of Jell-O in the following order: orange, yellow, green, and blue (or purple). Allow a few hours between each layer, for the new layer to set.
  7. After all of the colors have set, prepare for your guests to be amazed! It's helpful to leave a jar of plastic toothpicks out next to the shots, so guests can loosen the Jell-O from the edges of the glass without needing to stick their finger in the Jell-O.
Gay Pride Rainbow Jello Shots Recipe
Gay Pride Rainbow Jello Shots Recipe | Source

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    • brokenmeadows profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thanks @HeatherSays! If you want to make it festive for Halloween, try using layers of orange and black. For the orange just use orange jello, and for black you can use black cherry jello and add a few drops of blue food coloring. If black cherry and orange doesn't sound good, you can use almost any flavor of jello and add a few drops each of blue, purple, and green food coloring, or black food coloring if you can find it.

    • Heather Says profile image


      6 years ago from Arizona

      I've never had or made Jell-o shots before but you make it look incredibly easy. I'm pinning this to make for an upcoming Halloween party. Great hub and thanks for sharing :)

    • brokenmeadows profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago

      Thanks Nicole! These ones take time but the result is always worth it :)

    • Nicole Henley profile image

      Nicole Henley 

      7 years ago from San Leandro

      I am going to post this one to my friend on Facebook. She is a jello shot queen. She'll love this idea. Thanks! It'll make our next party great.


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