Whether you’re throwing the grandest Halloween bash of the century or trying to get through Thanksgiving with your extended family, jello shots are a sure way to liven up any holiday event. And don’t fret over the preparation—theming these little treats with holiday flair is easier than you think! The possibilities are endless with accessories like sprinkles, edible glitter, whipped cream, vibrant colors, sugar rims, and small candies.
If you want to truly wow your party guests with a memorable little trinket that tastes just as good as it looks, read on. You're ready to go as long as you can get your hands on Jello mix, water, accessories of your choice, and disposable jello shot cups. So choose a holiday jello shot from below and get to work! Bottoms up!
Maybe it’s your first time making jello shots. Or perhaps you’re in a rush and don’t want to mess anything up. Either way, we’ve got some quick tips to help you concoct the perfect holiday jello shots!
Set, set, set! Don’t pull the shots out of the freezer too early. You should give yourself plenty of time for them to set. Making them the night before an event is best, but jello shots only need 2-4 hours to set properly.
Short on time? The most time-consuming part of making jello shots is allowing them to set correctly, but if you didn’t follow the first tip and don’t have much time, we’ve got you! Use cold ingredients in your mix to help it set more quickly. For example, put your alcohol in the freezer and water in the fridge!
Keep it even! If you want your final products to look neat and appealing to guests, try to pour even amounts of your mixture into the disposable jello shot cups. Be sure to measure out each shot carefully—unless you want some guests running to the bathroom while others remain stone-cold sober!
On to the Recipes!
Take your pick of the jello shot recipes below for whichever holiday you want to spice up. These shots are sure to complement festive feasts of all sorts, from the Thanksgiving turkey to the Hannukah latkes!
Christmas: Santa Jello Shots
Start by boiling 2 cups of water in a small saucepan. Once you add a packet of red Jello mix, stir until dissolved. Then add 1 cup vodka and 1 cup cold water. Allow this mixture to cool for a couple of minutes before pouring it evenly into 2 oz disposable jello shot cups.
Before you stick these in the freezer, add a small handful of white snowflake sprinkles and stick mini candy canes in each glass. Then refrigerate these shots for 2-4 hours or until solid. Top with whipped cream and edible red glitter!
Halloween: Spooky Candycorn Jello Shots
Pour 1 cup of orange soda into a saucepan and boil. In a separate heat-safe bowl, empty 1 orange Jello packet. Add the soda to this bowl and whisk until the packet has dissolved. Add 1 cup whipped cream vodka to the mix and stir. Pour evenly into shot glasses and place in the freezer for 2-4 hours or until they set.
Once these are set, take them out and add a piece of candy corn and a tiny, plastic black spider to each shot glass! Black or purple sprinkles would also add to the fun.
4th of July: Independence Day Jello Shots
Add 1 cup of water to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Whisk in 1 packet of blue Jello until dissolved. Pour ¾ cup of vodka into a 2-cup measuring cup, then add cold water until it reaches the 1-cup line. Pour the saucepan contents into the measuring cup and stir. Use the measuring cup to pour this blue mixture into your disposable shot glasses, but only fill them 1/3 of the way! Set the shot glasses in the freezer for 1 hour.
Once these are set, pour 1 cup of boiling water into a heat-safe bowl and add 2 packets of clear gelatin. Whisk until dissolved. Then add 1 cup of cold water and 1 sweetened condensed milk into the bowl and stir. Place this mixture in the refrigerator to cool to room temperature. Once it cools, fill the shot glasses with this white jello mixture until they are 2/3 full. Stick them in the fridge again for 1 hour to set.
Repeat the first paragraph with a red Jello packet instead of blue, but now fill the last 1/3 of the shot glasses with this red mixture. Refrigerate the shots for 1-2 hours or until they are set. Top off with Pop Rocks or whipped cream and a cherry to match!
Thanksgiving: Turkey Day Jello Shots
Prebake 6 mini pie crusts in the oven. These will provide a sweet, crunchy finish to these Thanksgiving-themed jello shots! Combine 2 cups of apple cider, 1 teaspoon of vanilla, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in a small saucepan on medium heat. Whisk together, then bring to a boil. Turn off the heat and add 2 packets of gelatin, then stir until dissolved. Whisk in 3/4 cup spiced rum, then let cool. Pour the cooled mixture into the 6 mini pie crusts, then place in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours or until they set. Add whipped cream and cinnamon sprinkles on top, and enjoy!
Hannukah: Latke Dip Jello Shots
Everyone knows about the showdown between which is the best dipping sauce for those beloved potato pancakes called latkes: applesauce or sour cream. These jello shots are inspired by this ongoing controversy! (But don’t worry, we’re keeping it kosher.)
Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a small saucepan, then add 1 packet of green Jello mix. (This will represent the applesauce!) Next, add 1 cup vodka and 1 cup of cold water, then stir.
Once it cools for a couple of minutes, pour this mixture evenly into 2 oz disposable jello shot cups. Top with Cool Whip to imitate a dollop of sour cream. Everyone who questions your choice of topping will have a pleasant surprise awaiting them!
New Year’s Eve: Champagne Jello Shot
Pour 1 cup of champagne and 2 ounces of apple cider into a small saucepan. Sprinkle 2 unflavored gelatin packets on top and allow this to sit for 2 minutes. Turn the heat to medium but do not bring the mix to a boil. The gelatin will dissolve slowly. Once it dissolves, take the mix off the heat and mix in 6 ounces of apple cider. Pour this mixture into 2-ounce cups and refrigerate for 2-4 hours. This recipe should yield about 16 shots, which is plenty for a swingin’ New Year’s Eve party!
Once set, wet the rim of each shot glass and insert it into a container of edible flecks of gold. Then stick non-lit sparklers in each shot and pass around the lighter later in the night for a flashy photo op!