Red, white, and blue Jello shots made with or without alcohol are a perfect patriotic party treat!
What Do You Need To Make Jello Shots?
Jello shots are made by pouring flavored gelatin into shot glasses - typically the plastic disposable kind. This recipe uses layers of red, white, and blue Jello, making them perfect for any patriotic gathering such as Memorial Day or the 4th of July!
Here's what you'll need:
- Shot Glasses: I bought this set from Amazon , they are perfectly sized at 1-ounce each and this recipe will allow you to fill about 60 of them. They're recyclable, too!
- Flavored Jello: You'll need two 3-ounce boxes of Jello powder: red and blue. Whatever flavors you can find of either of those colors will work well.
- Unflavored Gelatin & Sweetened Condensed Milk: The white layer is made by combining Knox gelatin with a can of sweetened condensed milk for a mild, sweetly-flavored middle layer.
- Alcohol: You do not have to make these Jello shots alcoholic - just follow the instructions in the recipe card for the non-alcoholic version. If you're feeling frisky and want to party, though, you can use any kind of clear liquor you want.
- Decorations: You can leave these patriotic Jello shots plain - they're totally adorable as they are - or you can garnish them with whipped cream and sprinkles, a cherry, or some decorative patriotic toothpicks.
What Kind Of Alcohol Can I Use?
If you choose to make alcoholic patriotic Jello shots, there are several options you can use. Make things even more snazzy by using fun flavored liquor such as vanilla, coconut, caramel, and whipped cream.
Whatever you choose, make sure the alcohol is clear so that it doesn't muddy the colors in the layers.
- Vodka: The most common spirit used in Jello shots - a classic choice.
- Rum: White rum is another popular choice!
- Tequila: Another clear spirit that'll work great in this recipe.
How Long Do These Take To Make?
While the Jello layers are incredibly simple to make, this recipe will take some time from start to finish. The vast majority of that time is "hands off" while you wait for each layer to firm up in the refrigerator before pouring the next one.
To get clean, straight layers of Jello, you will want to give each layer ample time to fully set up before moving on to the next layer.
From start to finish, you'll need about 4 hours to complete this project - from the time you mix the first Jello flavor until you're ready to serve the shots.
Helpful Tip: Want to save time when boiling the water for the Jello? An electric kettle is awesome for that!!
Can Jello Shots Be Made In Advance?
Absolutely! Jello shots can be made 7-10 days in advance when stored in the refrigerator, though they'll take up a bit of room in your fridge if you need to store them for that long. The Jello will slowly lose its firm texture and begin to weep after a few days, so the quicker you eat it, the better!
I do not recommend freezing Jello shots. You'll find differing opinions about this across the Internet. Jello does not retain its texture once frozen and thawed, and the Jello would expand in the freezer and crack the shot glasses.
How Do You Eat Jello Shots?
Since many Jello shots recipes are alcoholic, the Jello in the shot is usually eaten all at once by loosening the Jello from the shot glass (using your finger or a spoon and then pouring it into your mouth (be sure to chew carefully!) The same technique can be applied to non-alcoholic shots as well.
As you can see in the photo above, you can also eat the Jello shots using little spoons. This is especially fun if you've topped the shots with whipped cream and want to serve them as a mini dessert instead of a party "beverage".
As always, if you choose to make the alcoholic version of these patriotic Jello shots, please drink responsibly.
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