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Christmas Jello Shots

These Christmas jello shots will make your holiday celebration feel like a full-blown extravaganza. Not only do they add an eye-catching pop of color to your table setting, but they also feature all the traditional flavors of the season that will delight everyone. Plus, they’re easy to prepare – mix up the ingredients in advance and let refrigeration take care of the rest! So grab your jelly shot glasses and jiggle away into a merry Christmas time like no other.

A white rectangular platter with multi colored jello shots in cups
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I love to serve these colorful and pretty jello shots at a grown-up-only party. One reason is I don’t want to tempt young people to sneak one or two of these cute cups.

But, don’t give up on the idea of serving these holiday jello shots at your next holiday party because children are attending. The solution is to place the platter containing the jello cups higher than little hands can reach.

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I’m not a big Jello fan, but I will admit that I ignore that fact when I serve these fun Jello shots. In fact, after a couple of these babies, I forget why I don’t eat jello.

Hubby likes Jello, and when he tried one, he said, “Yum, you can’t even taste the vodka.” Which is another reason to keep them away from the kiddos.

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Helpful
Tips
  • Use whatever jello flavors or gelatin you like, but these four are my favorites.
  • Green jello (lime) is popular during the holidays. If I had to say which is my favorite, it would have to be lime jello.
  • There are a few flavors of red jello. I use dark cherry jello, but I’ve used cranberry jello and strawberry jello.
  • I use filtered water and boil it in this quick boil pot.
  • I’m using vodka in this recipe, but you can use any clear alcohol like white rum, coconut rum, or blanco tequila.
  • You can also use other liquors like bourbon, scotch, or whiskey for these shots, if you don’t care that the color of your jello will be darker.
  • The plastic shot glasses I purchased are 2 ounces, but get whatever size you prefer. I bought these since squeezing the jello out of the cup is easy AND they came with lids so when you place them in the refrigerator to solidify, they can be stacked on each other.
A white platter with colorful jello shots in plastic containers
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How to make Christmas jello shots

Pre-step

Get out the jello shot cups, measuring glasses, and mixing bowls.

Place 2 cups of filtered water in a large measuring glass and add ice cubes to get the water as cold as possible.

NOTE: Even though you see two boxes of jello below, I actually added yellow and orange. Mainly because I made syringe jello shots the same day I photographed this recipe. 🙂

Step one

Get the simple ingredients – vodka and boxes of jello.

Red and green jello in the boxes with vodka and jello cups in back
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Step two

Empty each box of jello in the various glass bowls. Cherry (A), lime (B), orange (C), and lemon (D).

Cherry jello powder and lime jello powder added to measuring glasses
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Orange jello powder and yellow jello powder in bowls
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Step three

Boil the water either in a saucepan on the stovetop or in a quick boiler. Add 1 cup of boiling water to each bowl of jello powder.

Hot water poured into the cherry jello and lime jello
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Hot water poured into the orange jello and yellow jello
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Step four

Stir each jello flavor with a whisk or large tablespoon until the hot water melts the gelatin powder.

Step five

Add 1/2 cup vodka to each bowl. Also add 1/2 cup cold water to each bowl and stir the mixture again.

Step six

Line the jello cups on the table and pour each color into the cups. I use a measuring cup with a spout for easy pouring.

Step seven

Place the lids on each cup and stack them in the fridge for at least 4 hours to solidify.

Vertical view of jello shots in cups on a white platter
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So vibrant!

A rectangle platter with red, green, yellow, and orange jello in cups
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If you want you can dollop on a little whipped cream, although I choose not to.

Overhead view of the platter of colored jello in cups
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Time to try one. See, it’s easy to squeeze!

A hand holding a jello cup and squeezing it to get the jello out
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I hope you enjoyed this Christmas Jello shot recipe! Make them for your next Christmas party.

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Christmas Jello Shots

Get into the holiday spirit with these delicious Christmas jello shots! These festive, tasty, and fun treats are perfect for any party or gathering.
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Keyword: colorful jello shots, holiday cocktail, jello shots
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Time in the fridge: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 40 servings
Calories: 60kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces lime jello (box)
  • 3 ounces black cherry jello (or other red flavor)
  • 3 ounces orange jello
  • 3 ounces lemon jello
  • 4 cups boiling water (divided – 1 cup per flavor)
  • 2 cups vodka (divided – 1/2 cup per flavor)
  • 2 cups cold water (divided – 1/2 cup per flavor)

Instructions

  • The night before you make this recipe, put as much vodka as you need in the freezer if you don't store it there already. You want it as cold as possible.
  • Before making the recipe, fill a big bowl or measuring cup that fits at least 2 cups of water. Add ice cubes to get the water as cold as you can.
  • Put enough water on to boil – 4 cups.
  • Empty each package of jello mix in separate glass containers or bowls.
    3 ounces lime jello, 3 ounces black cherry jello, 3 ounces orange jello, 3 ounces lemon jello
  • Pour 1 cup of boiling water into each flavor of jello.
    4 cups boiling water
  • Stir each flavor of jello with a whisk (make sure to rinse between each flavor as you don't want to sully the color/flavor) or tablespoon until the powder has melted.
  • Pour 1/2 cup of chilled vodka into each flavor of jello.
    2 cups vodka
  • Fish out any ice left in the cold water and discard. Pour 1/2 cup of cold water into each flavor of jello.
    2 cups cold water
  • Stir the jello until combined.
  • Line up the jello cups on a table.
  • Either transfer the jello to a container with a pouring spout or carefully pour each flavor of jello into the jello cups.
  • Place the lid on each Jello cup and stack them in the refrigerator for 4 hours.
  • Serve
  • Smile
  • Enjoy

Equipment

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Notes

Helpful tips

  • Use whatever jello flavors or gelatin you like, but these four are my favorites.
  • Green jello (lime) is popular during the holidays. If I had to say which is my favorite, it would have to be lime jello.
  • There are a few flavors of red jello. I use dark cherry jello, but I’ve used cranberry jello and strawberry jello.
  • I use filtered water and boil it in this quick boil pot.
  • I’m using vodka in this recipe, but you can use any clear alcohol like white rum, coconut rum, or blanco tequila.
  • You can also use other liquors like bourbon, scotch, or whiskey for these shots if you don’t care that the color of your jello will be darker.
  • The plastic shot glasses I purchased are 2 ounces, but get whatever size you prefer. I bought these since squeezing the jello out of the cup is easy AND they came with lids so when you place them in the refrigerator to solidify, they can be stacked on each other.

Nutrition

Serving: 2servings | Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 42mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 7g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.01mg
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18 Comments

  1. Now this is a fun grownup treat for Christmas parties. Love the colours, and the presentation is perfect. I know these will be a hit during the holiday season. I will even make some alcohol-free ones for the drivers and kids.

  2. This is such a fun idea for the holidays! ๐Ÿ™‚ I would have never though to make jello shots for Christmas entertaining.

  3. This was my first time making jello shots, wow! What a combination. I used green apple jello and it was so good. I will make them again for the holidays in green and red color.

  4. I absolutely loved the Christmas jello shots recipe! They were a hit at my birthday party. Thanks so much for sharing this fantastic recipe! ๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿน๐ŸŽ‰

  5. Really good! Did a test run yesterday and both my husband and I agreed these are great for Christmas. I used strawberry jello and tequila was the alcohol. They were yummy, like mini margaritas and so easy. Thank you so much, these are perfect.

  6. Oh my, it’s almost that time of the year! And this Jello shot is a perfect way to start! It looks yummy and very enticing! Kids will definitely love and enjoy this treat!

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