How to make jello shots

Throwing any BBQs or pool parties this summer? What about serving summer jello shots?

How to make Jello shots for summer. A roundup of awesome summer Jello shots with summery flavors for your BBQ, pool party, or any summer party. #Summer #JelloShots #SummerParty

This roundup of 12 summer Jello shots brings me back to my college days. Are Jello shots still a thing? I’m pretty old now. Or are all the kids (of legal drinking age) playing ping pong with beer and whatnot? Well, for my peers who remember well the beauty of the Jello Shot, here is a collection of  summer Jello shots to serve at your BBQ, pool party, or any gathering in the hot months. And this time, instead of adding cheap booze, you can dress up your Jello shots with fine liquor and flavors of summer.

Need more fun food for summer ideas? These cocktail slushies are also great for summer parties. Or these winesicles.

how to make Jello shots

Here is a basic recipe for Jello shots to get you started.

you will need:

  • 1 (3-ounce) package Jello
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup cold booze (vodka is the classic)
  • 2-ounce plastic cups 

what to do:

Empty jello powder into a mixing bowl and add the boiling water. Stir for two minutes or until jello is dissolved. Add the cold water and vodka. Stir and pour into 2-ounce cups filled about two-thirds of the way. Chill in the fridge for a couple hours or until well set. (TIP: For less strong Jello shots, you can use 1/2 cup cold water and 1/2 cup cold booze.)

Jello Shots

Let’s face it, Jell-O shots come with some baggage behind them.  Personally, even though I’m no longer the college student who thought Jell-O shots were the key to a fantastic girl’s night in, they are still pretty fun for a more adult party.  Not to mention, they are delicious!Lately I have been sharing a ton of totally fun rainbow ideas.

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But I haven’t shared a lot of adult rainbow ideas so before the month closes out, I just knew that Rainbow Jello Shots had to make its presence known. Why? Because they are delicious. And pretty.

Now keep in mind that if you make these, Rainbow Jello-O shots could easily be mistaken for a kid recipe. After all…rainbows, Jell-O, whipped cream, sprinkles…  Make sure these are kept safely around the 21 and up crowd because…alcohol. You will enjoy making these and serving them up just as much as your next party will enjoy knocking them back!

Just be careful, they can sneak up on you QUICK. I put mine in glass shot glasses, but we found disposable bendable shot glasses so much easier to drink from because it’s easier to wiggle the Jell-O out – we found them at our local Party City.

If you like the idea but aren’t a shot fan, serve them in shot glasses or other appetizer dishes with a tiny spoon.  Classy and fun.

Rainbow Jello Shots

Jello Shot Recipe

You mean, other than a gorgeous way to liven up a party with pretty rainbows (or whatever color combo floats your boat)? Jell-O shots are a creative and fun way to serve up the alcohol to all your friends, kick back with a game of Cards of Humanity, and let loose. You can make Jell-O shotswith one Jell-O flavor, which is the simplest to put together, or you can get creative by blending mixes, creating stripes, or even rainbow colors like below.

Pro-Tip:If you like, drop fruit in the middle before your JELL-O sets. I’ve had good luck with colored cherries or pineapples or candy like gummy bears or Swedish fish. You can also make them in a DISPOSABLE SHOTGLASS for parties! Just grab one of these sets to create your masterpieces, and your party can grab and go!

Be sure to plan out your timing before you start working – remember Jell-O takes time to set up in the fridge!

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Ingredients for Jello Shots:

  • 3 oz Jell-O in rainbow colors
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup Vodka
  • ½ cup cold water

Rainbow Jello Shot Recipe

Print below

  • 3 oz Jell-o in rainbow colors
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup Vodka
  • ½ cup cold water
  1. In a medium bowl, stir together blue Jell-o and boiling water until the Jell-o dissolves.
  2. Add the vodka and cold water, and stir to combine.
  3. Pour 2 tsp of Jell-o into 16 shot glasses.
  4. Repeat with the remaining colors, layering them from blue to red in rainbow order.

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