10 Fun Jello Shot Recipes Inspired by Popular Cocktails

Mimic Your Favorite Drinks With Boozy Jigglers

Creamsicle Jello Shots With the Cocktail
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Many of the best tasting jello shots mimic the most popular cocktails and it's very easy to adapt a drink into this fun party favor. From the tropical blue Hawaiian to the tasty cosmopolitan, these cocktails already have the perfect flavor combinations. It's only natural to use them as a starting point ​for creating new shooter recipes

The key is to look at the original drink's ingredients and, because of the gelatin flavors available, fruity mixed drinks work best. Choose the main flavor for your gelatin, then accent it with liquors that help you achieve the desired flavor. Most of the time, you can use the same spirits as the cocktail, the proportions simply need to be adjusted so the gelatin will set.

These recipes are just the beginning when it comes to jello shots, so don't stop here. Use them as inspiration to transform your favorite drinks into fun, boozy jello for your next party

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    How to Make Jell-O Shots

    Colorful Jello Shots
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    Each of these recipes uses a single, 3-ounce box of gelatin, which is the most common size. It will make about 16 1-ounce shots and you can multiply the recipe to make more or to fit bigger cups.

    The method is the same for each jello shot recipe

    1. Mix the liquors and any juices with cold water and chill in the refrigerator so they are a consistent temperature.
    2. Pour the gelatin into a bowl.
    3. Add the boiling water, stirring until the gelatin is completely dissolved.
    4. Stir in chilled liquor, juice, and water mix.
    5. Pour into shot glasses, molds, or a baking pan for a sheet of jello to cut up once set. 
    6. Refrigerate until the liquid sets. This should be at least 2 hours, but overnight is recommended.
    7. Serve cold.

    Layered Shots

    You may also want to try layering these shots using two or three of the individual recipes. For example, a cosmopolitan-piña colada shooter is a perfect combination.

    To layer gelatin, simply mix up the bottom layer and let it set completely. Then mix the second and pour it on top of the first and allow that to set up.

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    Blue Hawaiian

    Blue Hawaiian Jello Shots in Martini Glasses
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    The blue Hawaiian is a favorite tropical cocktail that is best described as a blue piña colada. In keeping with the blue color, use a blue gelatin like Jell-O's Berry Blue. It does change the flavor a bit, but it's no less delicious.

    • 1 3-ounce box blueberry gelatin
    • 1 cup boiling water
    • 3 ounces coconut rum
    • 2 ounces blue curaçao
    • 1 ounce pineapple juice
    • 1/4 cup cold water

    The blue curaçao alone is not enough to get a really good blue from the gelatin, especially with the pineapple juice. You can also skip the blueberry and use plain or pineapple gelatin. In either instance, the color can be enhanced with a few drops of blue food coloring.

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    Cosmopolitan

    Cosmopolitan Jello Shots in Orange Rinds
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    The cosmopolitan is one of the most popular vodka martinis. It is also one of the easiest recipes to transform into a jello shot. The only extra ingredient you need is the cranberry gelatin. Otherwise, this recipe is exactly like making the cocktail. So, why not mix up a real cosmo while you wait for the gelatin to set?

    Just like the cocktail, you can switch to a flavored vodka if you like. Any citrus vodka is a good choice and there are some great budget-friendly options that are perfect for this recipe.

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    Creamsicle

    Creamsicle Jello Shots With the Cocktail
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    The creamsicle cocktail is a pure delight and it is just as tempting when that orange-cream cocktail is adapted into a jelly shot. To replace the cream of the drink, choose a vodka with a cream-like taste. It's the perfect excuse to pick up one of those tasty whipped cream vodkas.

    If you would like a little more orange in your creamsicle shot, replace 1 ounce of triple sec with orange juice. It ramps up the citrus just enough without overwhelming the vodka.

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    Jolly Rancher

    Jolly Rancher Jello Shots With Orange Twist
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    The Jolly Rancher is a cocktail that can take on almost any flavor you like. The first recipe mimics the cranberry-apple-peach combination from the standard Jolly Rancher drink recipe, but don't stop there. Just like the drink, the flavor combinations here are endless.

    • 1 3-ounce box cranberry gelatin
    • 1 cup boiling water
    • 4 ounces apple vodka
    • 2 ounces peach schnapps
    • 1/4 cup cold water

    Watermelon gelatin is irresistible and, taking inspiration from the candy, this jello shot is the perfect place to use it. In this case, the cranberry and peach are gone. You can easily bring either back by choosing a flavored vodka or cutting the vodka and using peach schnapps or cranberry juice.

    • 1 3-ounce box watermelon gelatin
    • 1 cup boiling water
    • 2 ounces apple schnapps
    • 4 ounces vodka
    • 1/4 cup cold water
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    Lemon Drop

    Lemon Drop Jello Shots in Lemon Rind
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    The lemon drop is a favorite drink that comes in both martini and shot form. It's only natural to take it one step further and create a sweet-tart jello shot.

    • 1 3-ounce box lemon gelatin
    • 1 cup boiling water
    • 4 ounces lemon or citrus vodka
    • 2 ounces triple sec
    • 1/4 cup cold water

    Lemon vodka is admittedly difficult to find. Deep Eddy Vodka makes one of the best and you can't beat the price. If that's unavailable, choose a citrus vodka and consider splitting the triple sec with lemon juice to give it a punch of lemon.

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    Mimosa

    Mimosa Jello Shots in Champagne Flutes
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    Can a fancy drink like the mimosa really work in a jello shot? Absolutely and this is one of the most popular cocktail to shooter transformations on the list.

    • 1 3-ounce box orange gelatin
    • 1 cup boiling water
    • 3 ounces Champagne
    • 2 ounces orange juice
    • 1 ounce triple sec
    • 1/4 cup cold water

    The nice thing about this recipe is that it's light because wine is the only alcohol involved. It's perfect for casual affairs when your guests don't want to risk getting too drunk.

    If you would like to ramp up the booze, replace the triple sec with a clear vodka. You might even want to go with 1-ounce orange juice and 2-ounces vodka.

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    Piña Colada

    Pina Colada Jello Shots in Parfait Glass With Cherry
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    The coconut, pineapple, and rum combination that is the popular piña colada can be transformed into a jello shot in so many ways. Two of those the easiest options use pineapple gelatin.

    This first recipe finds a nice balance between pineapple and coconut. It is more in line with the shaken piña colada and is very easy to mix up.

    • 1 3-ounce box pineapple gelatin
    • 1 cup boiling water
    • 4 ounces coconut rum
    • 2 ounces pineapple juice
    • 1/4 cup cold water

    If you're in the mood for a jello shot that's a little more coconut than pineapple, this is the recipe for you. It includes coconut milk, which gives it a nice creamy taste that is a bit more like the frozen piña colada.

    • 1 3-ounce box pineapple gelatin
    • 1 cup boiling water
    • 4 ounces coconut rum
    • 2 ounces coconut milk
    • 1/4 cup cold water
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  • 09 of 11

    Sex on the Beach

    Sex on the Beach Jello Shots With Juice Pitcher

    The sex on the beach is another drink that can be recreated in a few ways when moving from cocktail to jello shot. The basic recipe uses vodka, peach, cranberry, and a second berry (black currant or raspberry). It's a lot to get into the tiny shooter, so there's room for interpretation here.

    Feel free to play with the flavored ingredients in this recipe. For instance, you might choose a peach vodka then swap the schnapps out for a berry liqueur like Chambord. Or, you could use a cranberry gelatin and orange juice.

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    Strawberry Daiquiri

    Strawberry Daiquiri Jello Shots
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    Any daiquiri recipe can quickly become a jello shot, but the strawberry daiquiri is the best candidate. It is incredibly easy because all you need besides the average daiquiri ingredients is a box of strawberry gelatin.

    • 1 3-ounce box strawberry gelatin
    • 1 cup boiling water
    • 3 ounces light rum
    • 2 ounces triple sec
    • 1 ounce lime juice
    • 1/4 cup cold water

    Switch out the gelatin flavor to create other daiquiri jelly shots. Banana, lime, melon, it doesn't matter. Just browse the gelatin flavors at the market and choose your favorite for this recipe.

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    Surfer on Acid

    Surfer on Acid Jello Shots
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    The surfer on acid is a very fun drink and it makes an equally fun jello shot. The combination of coconut, pineapple, and Jägermeister is a great taste and that kick from the Jäger makes this a shooter to remember.

    • 1 3-ounce box pineapple gelatin
    • 1 cup boiling water
    • 3 ounces coconut rum
    • 2 ounces Jägermeister
    • 1 ounce pineapple juice
    • 1/4 cup cold water

    If you like, skip the pineapple juice and pour an extra ounce of coconut rum. It's best to keep the Jägermeister at a 2-ounce pour or it will quickly overpower the shot's taste.