How to Make Jello/Jelly Shots

How to Make Jello/Jelly Shots

Jell-O or jelly shots (as known in the UK) are a fun treat to make and serve between friends and family. They can be made with any flavoured gelatine and your favourite liquor or liqueur. You may be thinking that buying an expensive bottle of liquor is necessary for these shots. But, luckily for anyone on a budget (students, we’re looking at you), that is not the case. Using a budget-friendly version of your chosen liquor will do the job just as well. The sweet flavours of the gelatine and the shart liquor taste will balance one another out. So if you’re interested in trying jelly shots, give this easy recipe a go!


We’ve put together the ideal, simple recipe for anyone wanting to mix things up at a party. Just remember to enjoy these jelly shots responsibly and remember to take care of yourselves – and each other! It is often recommended that jello shots be made with vodka, rum or tequila. Though the liquor choice is entirely up to you.

  • 1/2 Cup of Water
  • 1/2 Cup of your chosen liquor
  • 1 package or 3 ounces of your chosen flavoured gelatine
  • 1 cup of boiling water

Mixing the Ingredients

1. Using a measuring cup, add the jello powder and 1 cup of boiling water. Once both ingredients are in the measuring cup or jug, start whisking them together. The powder should completely dissolve into the water. Leave the mixture to cool for a few minutes before adding anything extra.

If you’re making them non-alcoholic, decant the mixture into the shot cups and get them in the fridge to set.

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2. Now if you are making the jelly shots for adults, the next step is adding the alcohol. When adding liquor, it is better to wait for the mixture to cool before pouring it in. This is so the alcohol doesn’t burn off, which can happen if it is added to the mixture whilst it is still hot. Be sure to thoroughly mix the alcohol into the shot so that they’re not uneven once set. 

Equally Pouring the Jelly

Once you have whisked the ingredients together, pour the mixture into shot glasses – ideally, squeezable jello shot cups. Both plastic and glass shot glasses can work for these sweet treats, but squeezable cups will make life much easier when it comes to eating them. Plastic cups are also recommended in order to reduce the chill time of the shots.

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Possibly the hardest part is waiting, so it would be worth killing some of this time by clearing up everything you’ve used. It can take around 1-2 hours for jelly shots to set. Though it is also recommended that the shots are left to sit overnight, if possible, to have time to set properly. You most definitely don’t want to serve friends and family runny jelly shots! Jello shots are best when served cold and can be kept for a good long while, especially if you’ve made them in cups with lids. 

Best Liquor Choices for Jelly Shots

Everyone has their own preference when it comes to alcohol. However, you want to make sure that it will gel with the flavours of the jelly. Remember when purchasing alcohol for the jelly shots, it doesn’t have to be expensive… a cheap bottle will do. In any case, you still have to be considerate. Depending on how much you add to the mixture it can change the texture of the gelatine. Too much alcohol and it won’t set very quickly. The most frequently recommended liquor to use is vodka. However, you could also try the other classics: rum, gin and even tequila.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to make strong jelly shots?

To make jelly shots stronger, use high percentage alcohol. Though you must always keep in mind when making strong jello shots that you still need a 50/50 ratio of alcohol to water. This is necessary in order for the jelly shots to set properly. Too much alcohol and they will take too long to set or won’t set at all.

How long do jelly shots last?

As it stands, jello shots can last up to a week in the refrigerator. For them to last this long, however, they need to be wrapped in cling film or put into cups with lids. This is because your refrigerator will dry out the jelly shots and leaving them tasteless. If possible, try to use them as soon as they’re ready or within 2-3 days of being made.



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