Best Jello Shot Recipe

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PREP TIME 240 min

Cocktail Type


Great for

Birthday Party



A tray of red Jello Shots garnished with berries and rosemary

Looking for the best jello shot recipe? Then read on, because with these bad boys, it’s impossible not to have a party! They’re bright, fun, and easy to make, and the best part is you can do the work ahead of the party. Pick your favourite flavour, and your best spirit, and get creative with added extras. You’re the General of Gelatine at this wobbly party, and with The Mixer by your side, you can create the best jello shot recipe and give your guests something to remember.



Get creative and blend jello flavours for unique results.


Mix the jello and water well with a whisk to dissolve completely.


Spray the plastic containers with a small amount of cooking spray before adding the jello. 



1 Person

75 Ml

2.5 Oz

2.5 Parts

Flavoured jello (1 packet)
235 Ml

7.83 Oz

7.83 Parts

Boiling water
120 Ml

4 Oz

4 Parts

Cold water
120 Ml

4 Oz

4 Parts

60 ml plastic containers with lids



Pour the jello into a large mixing bowl  


Add the boiling water and whisk well to dissolve the gelatine   


Add the cold water and vodka and whisk well to combine  


Pour the mixture into the plastic containers but leave a gap  


Pop the lids on and place them in the fridge for 3-4 hours or until set  


Serve cold and enjoy  

What is the best alcohol to use?

Vodka is the standard choice of alcohol because it doesn’t get in the way of the fruity flavour. That said, you can use rum or tequila to add a little more punch and flavour to your shots. You could even use a cocktail of spirits. Jello shots are a fun space to play around in, and we suggest you do exactly that to find your favourite flavour. 

Customise your jello shots

Jello shot ideas are only limited by your imagination. The recipe above is basic, but there are many ways to customise your jello shots. For extra sparkle, add a touch of edible glitter to the mixture. For added fruity flavour, add a grape or a strawberry to the cup before you pour in the liquid. For a magical moment, add a few jellybeans to each cup. You can even top the shots with whipped cream and sprinkles for a birthday celebration. If you’re feeling extra fancy, you can make three separate batches of different colours, and set them in layers to create a jello rainbow shot.   

 How long does vodka jelly take to set?

Ideally, it takes about 3-4 hours to set properly, but check them after 2 hours and see how they are doing. You can cheat it a little bit by placing them in the freezer to speed up the process but keep a close eye on them.   

How long do jello shots last?

Jello shots are best kept in the fridge where they will last for 3-4 days. So, if you’re catering for a party then it’s easy to get them done ahead of time. Take them out of the fridge only when you want to serve them. No one wants a mouthful of warm jello.  

How strong are these jello shots?

The jello shot ratio in this recipe is 1 part vodka to 3 parts water, so it is diluted down to around 12-13% ABV. This is fairly light if you consider a straight shot is 40% ABV. But that being said, this best jello shot recipe is for double shots, so don’t get carried away!   

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Vodka is a good starting point, but you can use any spirit for your shots. Any alcohol that is higher than 80-proof might struggle to freeze. You would need to balance it out with more water.

We suggest diluting the vodka with an equal part of water, but you can go all vodka for a stronger shot.

One or two days in advance is great because it takes the worry out of whether they’re going to set in time. That said, you can make the shots on the morning of your party if it’s an evening occasion.

Using store-bought jello is the simplest way to make jello shots. It’s already portioned and flavoured for your convenience.

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