Gourmet Apple Cider Bourbon Jell-O Shots are not your average Jell-O 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 to make this festive holiday treat that’s fun for the whole (21+!) family. (via

Apple Cider Jell-O Shots with Bourbon

  • Author: Susannah Brinkley
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours, 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 jell-o shots 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Cuisine: American


With all the tastes of autumn, these Apple Cider Jell-O Shots with Bourbon make a great holiday treat!


For the Jell-O Shots

  • 1 cup bourbon or whiskey
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 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


  1. In a mason jar or glass container, combine bourbon and cinnamon sticks. Cover with lid and let sit. For stronger cinnamon flavor, infuse 1-2 days or longer. In a pinch, 1-2 hours will suffice.
  2. 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.
  3. In a saucepan, combine apple cider and sugar. Sprinkle gelatin over top. Let sit 2-3 minutes until surface is wrinkled.
  4. Heat on medium heat and stir until sugar and gelatin have dissolved. Mixture should be smooth with no graininess. Stir in spiced bourbon.
  5. Pour into the prepared shot glasses. Refrigerate until set, about 4 hours.
  6. 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.