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Jello Shots are a fun and easy fruity co*cktail shot made with Jell-O or gelatin and alcohol! This recipe for Berry Rum Jello Shots also includes the ultimate jello shot guide for any alcohol!

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Looking for a fun, easy, and fruity co*cktail for parties? These shots are made with Jell-O or gelatin and alcohol! This is the Ultimate Guide for How To Make Jello Shots, where I’ll share tips, ideas, and some of my favorite recipes!

There are so many flavor and color possibilities when it comes to these gelatin co*cktails! If you’re planning a party for a special occasion, try these Champagne or Halloween Jello Shots recipes!

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This Is The Best Jello Shot Recipe!

Jello Shots have been a popular item at parties for years, and there are so many ways to make them! This post will walk you through all you need to know about using Jello and gelatin, different alcohols, shelf life, and TONS of recipe tips – so read closely!

The flavor possibilities are endless, and they’re super easy to make!

Jello Shot Recipe Ingredients

These fun party shots are a very simple combination of ingredients, but there are many flavor possibilities depending on your choice! These shots are made with Jell-O/gelatin, water, and alcohol.

If you’re making them from scratch with unflavored gelatin, you’ll want to consider adding some form of sugar with simple syrup, soda, or fruit juice.

What alcohol is best for Jello shots?

You can use any alcohol you want, but some spirits are definitely better than others when it comes to making this recipe.

  • Vodka – This is the most common alcohol used. If you’re making them for potency and less for taste, this probably is the best option. Try using flavored vodka to make it more palatable.
  • Rum – This is my favorite alcohol to use, it tastes great with pretty much every jello flavor, it’s smooth, and flavored rums can really add a lot to a shot! I like using white rum because it doesn’t change the color of the shots.
  • Gin – Just don’t do it. I love Gin, but in all of our testing, everything tasted medicinal.
  • Tequila – This is a middle-of-the-road choice. Tequila wouldn’t be my first pick but it tasted good when made with lime jello, triple sec, and a sprinkle of coarse salt for a Margarita Jello Shot.
  • Whiskey/Bourbon – This is my second favorite combo, but it truly depends on the flavor of jello you choose. We love Bourbon with Peach and Black Cherry jello. Irish Whiskey is a little more versatile.
  • Brandy – Brandy is made by distilling wine and usually comes in fruity flavors that lend well to jello shots. I love using apricot and blackberry brandy in my recipes.
  • Wine/Champagne – Both make great shots! You can make my Sangria Jello Shots or Champagne Jello Shots. Both are made with straight gelatin, and the flavor of the alcohol itself really is the star!
  • Beer – I’m not a huge fan of beer, but in our testing, we felt that a fruity IPA paired with orange jello had the best flavor.
  • Liqueurs – These are almost always a good idea when it comes to making Jello Shots. These sweetened liquors add a lot of flavor to the shots and let you get extra creative. Try using Pucker for a sour twist!

And if you’re looking for something sweet, I highly recommend checking out my Pudding Shots recipe especially if you love Irish Cream and White Russians!

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While this is a really easy recipe, make sure you have either 2oz. cups or 1oz. cups (affiliate links) to put them in.

How To Make Jello Shots

Making them with packaged Jello-O is the easiest way to make them, and I find that the shots tend to set a little quicker.

Making them from scratch might not be the cheapest way to make them, but you have a little more control over the flavor with this method! It also makes a larger batch.

The Ratio for Make Jello Shots with packaged Jello is:

  • 6 ounces of water
  • 1 box Jello powder mix
  • 10 ounces of alcohol

The Ratio for Make Jello Shots with gelatin is:

For the full base recipe method for each technique and flavor ideas (including my favorite recipe), see the notes section of the recipe card at the bottom of this post 🙂

Jello Shots Recipe Tips

Don’t Boil For Gelatin –If you’re using Jell-O, you can bring the liquid to a boil. However, if using gelatin, I recommend just bringing it to a light simmer.

Skip The Molds –In my experience, fun-shaped silicone molds aren’t the best, and you usually have to use cooking spray with them for jello shots, making them kind of gross.

Don’t Overfill –If you’re not planning on serving these right after they are set and are storing them in the fridge for a few days, make sure to leave room at the top for the lid.

Mini Baster –This is actually the cleanest and easiest way to fill up your shot glasses. I love thismini baster (affiliate link)!

Measuring Cup –I have found that a small measuring cup also works great for distributing the shots into the cups. I really likethis cup(affiliate link) because it has a nice spout for easy, no-mess pouring.

Hot Liquids –I recommend heating water or wine. However, if neither of these is used in your recipe, any liquid can be used.

Cookie Sheet –The easiest way to transport from the counter to the refrigerator after filling is by arranging the cups on a cookie sheet.

Layering –If you want to make layered shots. Make your first layer and place it in the fridge for 1 hour to set before adding the next layer. Repeat for as many layers as you want.

How to serve the Best Jello Shots

Preparing these shots in small plastic shot glasses or disposable condiment containers makes them very easy to serve.

It’s best to serve jello shots chilled right from the fridge.

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Jello Shot Recipe FAQs

How long does jello take to set?

They will typically take between 1.5 to 3 hours to set. This will depend on the size and the proof of the alcohol that’s used.

How long do jello shots last?

They should be consumed within 1 week of being made.

Can They Be Frozen?

Personally, I wouldn’t recommend it. During our testing, freezing for long periods of time tends to break down the shot resulting in an unpleasant texture. However, if you need to speed up the setting process, it can work.
Gelatin sets at around 50 degrees, and water freezes at 32, so we’re shooting for somewhere in there, which really makes storing your shots in the refrigerator the perfect spot
We found that popping them in the freezer for 20 to 30 minutes sped the process up, but don’t leave them in there longer than that.

How much alcohol should you put in Jello shots?

The liquid ration should be 1 to 2 parts alcohol.

Should alcohol be cold when making jello shots?

It is helpful, but not necessary.

Do Jello shots get stronger the longer they sit?

The strength of the alcohol does not increase, but the firmness of the jello will continue to increase over the first 24 hours or so.

Can you put too much alcohol in Jello shots?

Yes, using too much alcohol can prevent the jello from setting up properly. I recommend using no more than 2/3 alcohol no more than 80% proof.

Is it OK to make Jello shots the night before?

Absolutely, this is actually my recommendation because they need several hours in the fridge to set up.

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Berry Rum Jello Shot Recipe

Author Rebecca Hubbell

Course Drink

Cuisine American

Prep Time 5 minutes minutes

Cook Time 3 minutes minutes

Chill Time 2 hours hours

Total Time 2 hours hours 8 minutes minutes

Jello Shots are a fun and easy fruity co*cktail shot made with Jell-O or gelatin and alcohol! This recipe for Berry Rum Jello Shots also includes the ultimate jello shot guide for any alcohol!


  • 6 ounces water
  • 1 (3oz.) box Berry Blue Jell-O
  • 3 ounces White Rum
  • 4 ounces Peach Schnapps
  • 3 ounces Triple Sec


  • Bring water to a low boil in a pot.

  • Add the Jell-O mix to a large heat-proof bowl and whisk in the boiling water until the powder has completely dissolved.

  • Add in the alcohol and transfer into 2oz. sized plastic cups arranged on a baking sheet using a measuring cup or mini baster.

  • Place the baking sheet loaded with jello shots in the refrigerator and allow them to set for 2 to 3 hours.

  • Once set, enjoy immediately or cover with lids and store in the refrigerator.



With Jello Base Recipe:


  • 3oz. box of Jell-O
  • 6 ounces of hot liquid
  • 10 ounces of cold water or other liquid


    1. Add Jell-O to a medium heat-safe mixing bowl.
    2. Heat the water in a pot until just barely boiling, remove and pour the cup of boiling water into the bowl. Whisk until the Jello powder has completely dissolved.
    3. Add vodka or another alcohol of your choice.
    4. Distribute into jello shot cups and chill on a baking sheet in the refrigerator for 1.5 to 2 hours.

From Scratch Base Recipe:



  1. Whisk together gelatin and 1/4 cup of either alcohol or water in a large heat-safe mixing bowl and let sit so the gelatin can bloom.
  2. Heat 1 cup of liquid in a pot until just barely simmering, remove and pour into the bowl with the gelatin mix and whisk until combined.
  3. Add in the remaining liquid and pour the mixture into plastic cups on a baking sheet.
  4. Place jello shots in the refrigerator to set for 1.5 to 3 hours.

Recipe Notes

  • Final Amount Varies – The amount of shots recipe makes will vary based on the size of the cup you use and how full you fill it.
  • Skip The Molds – In my experience, fun shaped silicone molds aren’t the best and you usually have to use cooking spray with them for jello shots which makes them kind of gross.
  • Don’t Overfill – If you’re not planning on serving these right after they set and are storing them in the fridge for a few days, make sure to leave room at the top for the lid.
  • Mini Baster – This is actually the cleanest and easiest way to fill up your shot glasses. I love this mini baster!
  • Measuring Cup – I have found that a small measuring cup also works great for distributing the shots into the cups. I really like this cup because it has a nice spout for easy, no mess pouring.
  • Cookie Sheet – The easiest way to transport from the counter to the refrigerator after filling is by arranging the cups on a cookie sheet.
  • Shelf Life – They should be consumed within 1 week of being made.


Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Sugar: 7g

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What is the best alcohol to use for jello shots? ›

Vodka and rum are the most popular options, but you can use just about anything. Once you have this basic Jell-O shot recipe down you can dress up your shooters with different colors, flavors, and add-ins.

What is the ratio of alcohol to water in jello shots? ›

Their key takeaways: A standard recipe made with 3 ounces of Jell-O powder calls for 5 ounces of 80-proof vodka and 11 ounces of water, but this results in a shot that tastes watered-down. To make a stronger shot, use just 4 ounces of water and between 8 and 14 ounces of vodka (to taste)

Do jello shots get stronger the longer they sit? ›

Jello Shots, like life, are all about balance. That said, if you want a strong one, it is possible if you leave it in the fridge long enough. In a Supercall experiment, we found that the strongest Jello Shot that will set is three-to-one ratio of 80-proof alcohol to water, and it took a full day to become mostly solid.

Should alcohol be cold when making jello shots? ›

Note: The colder your alcohol is, the better the result. I think this has to do with the activation of the gelatin. Personally, when possible, I keep the bottle of alcohol in the freezer for several days before making my shots.

Does vodka replace the cold water in jello shots? ›

Empty jello powder into a large mixing bowl and add the boiling water. Continue stirring for two minutes or until the jello is completely dissolved. Add in the 1/2 cup of cold water and 1/2 cup of vodka. Stir until mixed and pour into 2oz.

How do you make jello shots slide out easily? ›

Use your finger to trace the inside walls of the cup to loosen the jello from the sides (you can also use some nonstick cooking spray to help them come out before filling the cups). Flip the cup up near your mouth and suck the shot out.

Why do you flip jello shots upside down? ›

That's where a new trick comes into play that promises to make downing those Jell-O shots at the party so much easier to consume: turn the shot upside down to prevent the Jell-O from sticking to the cup.

What makes jello shots not set? ›

Jello shots won't set properly if you add too much alcohol. Generally, a basic batch of jello shots is made with one cup of juice or water, one packet of gelatin, 1/2 cup of cold water and 1/2 cup of alcohol. However, jello shots can be made with as much as 2/3 cup alcohol without changing their texture.

Is 1 cup of vodka too much for jello shots? ›

This jello shot recipe uses 1/2 cup vodka for 12 shots = 1/3 ounce vodka per shot. That's 4 jello shots to equal 1 regular shot of vodka. Even if you take out the cold water and use 1 cup vodka = that's still only 2/3 ounce vodka per shot. This is typical of jello shots.

Do you spray cups for jello shots? ›

Place shot glasses on a baking tray for easy transport. Pour gelatin mixture into paper or plastic shot cups* and chill in refrigerator until set, 1 hour or more. *Reviewers suggest coating the shot cups lightly with cooking spray so the shots slide right out.

Why do you need cold water for jello shots? ›

Pour a half-cup of ice water into the bowl and whisk to combine. Adding this to the gelatin (along with the spirits) helps it set and firm up more quickly, which is necessary to achieve that "jello" texture, so the colder the water then the better. Pour the mixture into plastic or paper shot glasses.

How far in advance should you make jello shots? ›

Jello shots taste best fresh, so make them the day of your event or up to 2 days before. Technically, you can make them more in advance, but they tend to shrivel and shrink after a week in the fridge. Don't serve them if they are more than a week old.

Can you make jello shots the night before? ›

Jello shots last in the refrigerator for three to five days. They can last even longer than that, but if you want them at their best, you should consume them within a couple days of making them. Now that you've got the pro-tips, time to put them together and make a batch of jello shots for your next party!

Can you put jello shots in the freezer to set faster? ›

The shots will stay good in the fridge for three to four days, so there's really no rush. But be sure to plan accordingly because there's no way to speed up this crucial step. Sticking Jello Shots in the freezer doesn't quicken the setting process as some might believe.

Does it matter what vodka you use for jello shots? ›

What brand of Vodka can I use for making Jello shots? The brand is entirely up to you - but if it was me I'd go budget brand like Absolut or Stoli and you can have a lot of mixing the flavored vodka with jello flavors - off the top of my head I would say Strawberry Jello with Absolut Peppar.

Is Titos good for jello shots? ›

jello shooters Jello shooter recipe ⬇️ 1 pack jello 2 cups boiling water 1 cup cherry vodka 1 cup Tito's Vodka Stir well and refrigerate for 6 hours or more #cheers summervibes.

Why didn't my jello shots set? ›

Why didn't all my shots set properly? Typically this happens when you didn't stir the gelatin mix with the boiling water long enough. It takes about 1.5 to 2 minutes to make sure that it fully dissolves. It's best to use a whisk.

What cups are used for jello shots? ›

Plastic Portion Cups With Lids, Souffle Cups, Jello Shot Cups.


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