Apple Cider Jello Shots are not your average Jello shot, and they will be the star of your holiday party. Infuse bourbon with cinnamon and combine with Martinelli’s Apple Cider, sugar and gelatin — with an extra cinnamon sugar rim! — to make this festive holiday treat that’s fun for the whole (21+!) family.
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This shouldn’t surprise you: One of my favorite things about the holidays is getting to make food to share with my friends and family.
The winter season is one of my favorite times to try new recipes because I love sharing that experience with my loved ones.
For example, a couple of years ago, I made Champagne Jello Shots for New Year’s Eve and they were cause for much amusement.
My brother and I laughed and laughed as we showed my mom how to eat a Jello shot. It was so silly!
(Technically, you’re supposed to run your finger around the edge of the cup and just pop it into your mouth. But my mom opted for a spoon! So classy, she is.)
Jello shots are underrated, I think. They get a bad reputation for their part in college party culture. And I get that.
But they’re also an entertaining treat for all ages (21+ of course!) that can still be enjoyed in moderation.
They can even be made alcohol-free if you so choose!
Case in point: My family sometimes does Jello shots at football game tailgates, and it’s a nice way to toast our team as a group before heading into the stadium.
It’s that camaraderie that inspired these Apple Cider Jello Shots with Bourbon.
APPLE CIDER JELLO SHOTS WITH BOURBON
I wanted to come up with an autumnal dessert drink to enjoy with my family and friends in celebration of the holidays, and I teamed up with Martinelli’s to bring you this super fun and delicious recipe.
Apple Cider Jello Shots are definitely not your average Jello shots.
While using the jello mixes for jello shots and plain vodka has a time and place, what I love about jello shots is that there’s so much more room for creativity!
I much prefer to make my own flavors of jello shots using unflavored gelatin and delicious raw ingredients, and that’s where Martinelli’s comes in.
Martinelli’s makes an apple cider that I will happily drink cold or hot. It’s both sweet and robust, perfect for sipping.
But it’s also incredible when paired with a cinnamon-infused bourbon in these Apple Cider Jello Shots.
the best whiskey for apple cider jello shots
You’ll need to do some stove cooking and gelatin magic to make these Apple Cider Jello Shots, but it’s easy and you’ll kick yourself for not trying homemade Jello shots before now!
Start by infusing your favorite bourbon or whiskey with a few cinnamon sticks.
If you’re not sure what kind to use, I shared all my favorite brands in my bourbon 101 guide. Feel free to use Irish whiskey or rye if those are more up your alley.
Sometimes I like to make some extra cinnamon-infused bourbon for other cocktails later.
If you’re not a fan of bourbon, you can try making this with spiced rum.
HOW TO MAKE JELLO SHOTS WITH WHISKEY
To make the Apple Cider Jello Shots, all you need to do is combine the Martinelli’s apple cider and sugar in a saucepan and sprinkle the gelatin over the top.
After a few minutes, the surface will look wrinkled, like a piece of fabric. That’s exactly what you want!
It means it’s time to heat things up. Turn on the stove and stir until the mixture becomes liquid again.
Once everything is dissolved, you can add the spiced bourbon and pour the mixture into your prepared shot glasses.
I rimmed these Apple Cider Jello Shots with a lemon wedge and a cinnamon sugar rim for an added flourish and an extra finishing touch. This extra step will impress everyone!
I hope you try making these Apple Cider Jello Shots with Martinelli’s apple cider this holiday season.
Your family and friends will love them, and I have a feeling they will become a tradition in no time.
Love Jello shots? Try these!
- Baby Guinness Irish Coffee Jello Shots — These ones look like little cups of coffee or tiny pints of Guinness — so good for St. Patrick’s Day!
- Paloma Jello Shots — I love these ones in summertime. The grapefruit tequila combo is to-die-for!
- Mojito Jello Shots — Mint, lime and rum come together in the most amazing fashion in these little mojito cups!
- Glow in the Dark Jello Shots — For Halloween, these gin & tonic jello shots give off a spooky glow under black light!
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For the Jello Shots
- 1 cup cinnamon whiskey (see note)
- 1 cup Martinelli’s apple cider
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 packets gelatin
For the cinnamon sugar rim
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- lemon wedge
- Gently grease shot glass cups with cooking spray to help the Jell-O shots release better. Wipe away excess with a paper towel so that only trace residue remains.
- In a saucepan, combine apple cider and sugar. Sprinkle gelatin over top. Let sit 2-3 minutes until the surface is wrinkled.
- Heat on medium heat and stir until sugar and gelatin have dissolved. The mixture should be smooth with no graininess. Stir in spiced bourbon.
- Pour into the prepared shot glasses. Refrigerate until set, about 4 hours.
- Meanwhile, make the cinnamon sugar. In a medium bowl, combine sugar and ground cinnamon. Stir until evenly distributed. Pour some onto a plate for rimming the glasses. Rub a lemon wedge around the edge of the shot glasses. Roll the edge in the cinnamon sugar. Serve.
If you don't have cinnamon whiskey on hand, feel free to use Fireball or any other bourbon.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 145Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 2gSugar: 23gProtein: 1g
Video by Chris Henry Co.