The Best Jello Shot Recipes

The best jello shot recipes you will ever need are right here! From basic flavors to the more complicated and cocktail-inspired, don’t miss out on these party treats. They are making a comeback!

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The jello shot is back!

I recently read an article in Punch announcing the return of the Jello shot.

After two years of fewer parties and less time with our loved ones, people are back to celebrating, — both at home and out and about — and jello shots are invited.

Though I’m years out of college, I don’t mind a jello shot or two, especially more grown-up flavors like champagne or margarita. Below I’m sharing a little about making jello shots as well as some of the best jello shot flavors.

How to make jello shots

There are two ways to make jello shots: with flavored gelatin dessert mix or unflavored gelatin powder. Neither way is right or wrong!

Jello shots with flavored jello are made with a brand-name gelatin mix, like Jell-O or Starburst. They are typically made with vodka, though other spirits can be used.

Jello shots with unflavored gelatin are made with powdered gelatin (most commonly Knox brand). They can be used with multiple flavors of juice and types of spirits to create limitless flavor combinations.

Gelatin isn’t vegan, however. If you’re in need of a vegan option, don’t miss this recipe for vegan jello shots.

If you endeavor to make jello shots, make sure to check out these tips and tricks.

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Best cups for jello shots

Jello shots are most often served in little cups for individual enjoyment.

Jello shot cups with lids are great for storing a lot in the fridge (they stack!) and for transporting (their smooth tops are protected!)

These plastic shot glasses are great for shots that look like miniature cocktails.

You can even make them jigglers style (remember those?) by pouring the mixture into a lightly greased baking dish, then cutting them into squares.

At Halloween, these plastic syringes make for a super creepy presentation! (Especially if you pair them with vodka gummy worms.)

If you don’t have enough of the small shot glasses, you can use ice cube trays or even a muffin tin.

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Anytime Jello Shots

These jello shots can withstand the test of time. Make them any time of year.

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Classic Jello Shots
Learn how to make jello shots with vodka and boxed gelatin dessert mix.
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Champagne Jello Shots
Made with real champagne (or any sparkling wine like prosecco), enjoy these sparkly gelatin alcoholic treats for celebrations all year long, from New Years to birthdays.
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Moscow Mule Jello Shots
Sweet and gingery with a touch of citrus, turn the classic vodka mule cocktail into Moscow Mule Jello Shots.
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Spring Jello Shots

These recipes for jello shots work well for spring parties and holidays.

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Baby Guinness Irish Coffee Jello Shots
These layered gelatin treats for St. Patrick's Day look like miniature beers, but taste of Irish coffee and the popular Baby Guinness shooters.
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Mojito Jello Shots
Mojito jello shots are inspired by everyone's favorite minty rum cocktail. So perfect for summer!
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Gummy Bear Jello Shots
These gummy bear jello shots are so fun and colorful! They contain real gummy bears, too.
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Summer Jello Shots

These jello shots are perfect for warm weather. Make them for beach days, pool parties and summer soirees.

Margarita Jello Shots
Perfect for summer or taco night, Margarita Jello Shots are made with tequila and lime juice.
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From Cinco de Mayo to the end of summer, celebrate everything with a round of Paloma Jello Shots! Packed with delightful grapefruit flavor, give these tiny tequila treats a salted rim and a cute candy garnish. (via
Paloma Jello Shots
Paloma Jello Shots are a jiggly take on the classic tequila cocktail. Sweet and tart, the grapefruit flavor is so unique for a jelly shot!
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Red White and Blue Jello Shots Stars
For a patriotic treat, these jello shot stars are made with chunks of red jello and blue jello. They're cut into pieces and combined with white jello: an unflavored gelatin mixture made with sweetened condensed milk.
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Orange Creamsicle Jello Shots
Summertime calls for a dreamy orange creamsicle, but why not in jello shot form?
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Tequila Sunrise Jello Shots
These tequila jello shots are just like the classic cocktail with layers of orange and grenadine!
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Tequila Jello Shots
These tequila jello shots feature margarita mix, lime jello and your favorite tequila for a fun party treat.
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Fall & Winter Jello Shots

For the fall and winter months, these jello shots are perfect for holiday celebrations.

Light up your Halloween party with a round of boozy Glow in the Dark Jello Shots! These classy gelatin treats taste just like a gin and tonic OR a vodka tonic with lime! Delight your guests with this tricky spin on a Halloween cocktail. (via
Glow in the Dark Jello Shots
Glow-in-the-dark jello shot are ones that guests won't soon forget! These are gin & tonic jello shots, and the glowing is thanks to the quinine in tonic water.
Fireball Jello Shots
Fireball jello shots are made with cinnamon whiskey and orange jello for a wintry delight.
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Cranberry Jello Shots
Perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas, these cranberry-flavored shots are perfect for celebrating with family.
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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 Bourbon Jello Shots
With all the flavors of autumn, these Apple Cider Jello Shots are made with apple cider and cinnamon whiskey, and make a great holiday treat!
Rumchata Cheesecake Pudding Shots
Okay, so these ones aren't fruity jello, but they're just as fun and made with pudding mix! Rumchata is a cinnamon-flavored cream liqueur.
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Cinnamon Apple Jello Shots
Cinnamon whiskey and green apple jello together make for a tasty apple dessert jello shot. They taste like apple pie!
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