Introduction: How to Make Jello Shots

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In about ten minutes, you will own the secrets of JELL-O shot making !

A JELL-O shot is possibly the most entertaining of all drinks and despite what some may suggest, it is awfully simple to make.

Note for those of you who are not familiar with JELL-O shots:

A JELL-O shot is a portion of JELL-O which contains a very high level of alcohol. Swallowing chunks of this JELL-O is an entertaining way of ingesting a generous amount of alcohol without the pain of tasting it.

Step 1: What You Need

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a) 1 box of JELL-O powder
b) 1 cup of boiling water
c) 1 cup of ice cold alcohol (the colder, the better)
Note: For the demonstration, I used plain 40% alcohol, but it works just as fine with vodka or rum.


a) A big bowl
b) Any kind of container you want to serve your shots in. (I recommend plastic shooters or plactic cups).
c) A measuring cup that can measure at least 1 cup.

Step 2: Mix Them Up

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1- Empty the Jell-O pouch into the big bowl.

2- Add 1 cup of boiling water.

3- Stir vigorously until the powder is completely dissolved.

Note: Step 3 is crucial if you want to avoid the awful skin that you find sometimes at the bottom of your JELL-O... I heard stories about people that actually LIKE this skin.... I think it's gross.... we used to call it "JELL-O placenta"

4- Add 1 cup of ice cold alcohol and mix well again.

Note: The colder your alcohol is, the better the result. I think this has to do with the activation of the gelatin. Personally, when possible, I keep the bottle of alcohol in the freezer for several days before making my shots. Don't believe the skeptics: the bottle won't blow up!!

Step 3: Pour and Chill

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Once the Jell-O shot mix is ready, pour it in the containers you want to serve the shots in. Sometimes I just leave it in the bowl and then I eat it all at once... I guess you can call this a JELL-O shotgun!!!

Put it all in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. Here you will have to check once in a while if the jelly has set because the exact time needed depens on the containers you use and the "weather conditions" inside your fridge.

Step 4: Enjoy! + a Word About Drinking Responsibly

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It is now time to amaze your guests whit this very special treats!!!!

To get the maximum effect out of your shots, I suggest you throw it as a chunk in the back of your throat. The chance of suffocation is non-existant and the less time it spends near your tongue, the more you can trunk in without being annoyed by the alcohol's taste. So chug it down and feel the party heat come up from your belly!!!!!

As you may or may not know, a generous amount of alcohol ingested in a short amout of time can be bad for you. In some instances, it can even kill you.

Therefore, if you want to have fun with JELL-O shots for years to come, please use it responsibly.

Thank you and have great parties,



KalieB2 (author)2017-01-28

I just made green apple jello shots with cinnamon schnapps, tastes like apple pie...i used two boxes green apple jolly rancher jello two packets gelatine two cups hot water..mix well 1 cup cinnamon schnapps(very cold) mix..put in plastic condiment containers (sprayed with a lil pam) put in freezer to jell faster...

JillyMuns (author)2017-01-01

This was my offering to a NYE party that I couldn't attend. My friends said that the shots were too strong with the alcohol. I'd make this recipe again but would only use a 1/2 cup of cold alcohol with a 1/2 cup of cold water.

waldondo (author)2007-10-08

sweet man thx

uniwshop (author)waldondo2016-08-30

Nice article.

EmilyJ61 (author)2016-06-21

how many jell-o shots does this yield?

AmandaN37 (author)EmilyJ612016-06-24

I just made these and filling the cups 2/3rds full it made 14 Jello shots

Sporty2001 (author)2016-06-08

I make jello shots using syringes. No needles! I bought a 300 syringes for a 'Harley' wedding for friend's of mine. They were a hit at the reception, and all I had to was 'suck up' the alcohol with the syringe, throw 'em in a big bowl and put them in the fridge the night before. I make them every year now that we do a ride on our friends' anniversary for the party afterwards.

Memes 77 (author)2016-03-15

I'm going to do it today I love jello but I'm not big fan of alcohol.. But leaky been dealing with relationship issue and I want something with alcohol so I tought of it can I do it with Bacardi instead of rum

RodrigoV34 (author)Memes 772016-06-08

Bacardi IS actually rum.

Whams (author)2016-01-17

Hi. Call me Whams. I joined JUST to comment on this. I had some peach schnapps in the fridge. Was not thrilled with it, but due to radiation treatments, I could not even drink it. So.. I got to thinking, & it led me here. I am no jello fan, so I had none at home & I really have no idea what the jello thing is all about anyways, It's a 1950's thing, I guess. (tho it does make a festive holiday cake.) #1) Went to store & found CRANBERRY Jello. Woo Hoo. Crantini shots? For future reference only, tho I did snag me a box. #2) thinking that schnapps is a bit thick, unlike vodka. I am trying it with 4 ozs schnapps & 4 ozs vodka. With peach jello. I am hoping for a minor miracle. I really need one night of solitary debauchery. (Solitary is best if you think you may be falling down at some point.) #3 about it might be too watery. Silly, even I know that what makes Jello all jiggly jiggler jiggety-do-wopis water to jello ratio, Add LESS water for a thicker producr that might make your hair stand on end. I did add less water. But for another reason. I dropped the bag after opening, open side up. (Thank you Spirit Owl) & I lost some powder. I guess that makes not a jello virgin anymore. All in all tho, I am thinking this is going to be an interesting experiment. Are there any other inventive ways with alcohol you may want to share? Cause if I am gonna die, let's have a party. :D

Hyacinth69 (author)Whams2016-03-13

Hey Whams, I was wondering how you are doing and if your "shots" cured you?

Whams (author)2016-01-17

Oh hell. One more thing. (and my apologies for the earlier typos.) As to the boiling water hitting the cold alcohol. I let my jello mix stand at room temp for awhile (while I was cleaning up the floor from my tragic jello spill). I am thinking that alcohol mix I put in the freezer a few hours ago will work just fine. And I am using ice cube trays, sans cooking spray. To release from the ice cube try, run a little hot water into the sink (plugged, of course), then dip the bottom of the tray in hot water to release. Peace, love, and rock-n-roll. Save me a place, David Bowie.

Dave max (author)2016-01-13

Just Made it for Fun .Was amazing and the gang liked it very much.Also if you want those same jello Shot cups i find it on amazon

DanaV8 (author)2016-01-04

I just made a double batch! I can't wait to try them!! Mmmm!

StephanieR44 (author)2015-12-31

Just a normal 3 oz box right?

SarahW92 (author)2015-12-31

What about wine would that work?

laneb6 (author)2015-12-30

i love this instructional.... thank you!

couponchief (author)2015-12-26

We put these in a large syringe for Halloween, good fun!

cdaniel2 (author)2015-12-23

Do you think that Rumple Mintz would work well in here? Strawberry-Peppermint sounds fantastic.

Cookiee0517 (author)2015-12-21

Can u use smirnoff!???

ArelyA (author)Cookiee05172015-12-23


Donna P (author)2015-12-17

I have been looking for the very long time in lookin. Very cool.

g for this recipe

EliseC4 (author)2015-12-05


brandeeeh (author)2015-08-28

Can you use tequila?

RebeccaP30 (author)brandeeeh2015-11-06

I used tequila but I mixed it with half lemon and half lime jello ( I find the lime jello too sweet by itself). It worked great!

CWall123 (author)brandeeeh2015-10-29

I used tequila before when making margarita ones, with green jello. Its better to use a half cup of tequila, a half cup of cold water, and a full cup of boiling water because I used a full cup of tequila and they were too strong.

Bilou (author)brandeeeh2015-08-28

I've never tried it, but for all I know, I don't see why it wouldn't work... If you decide to try, keep us posted!!

GeGe8K (author)2015-07-07

Love it, will make some for my next party ! Great recipe thankks

dchrenek (author)2014-05-27

Great recipe:) The reason for the super cold alcohol is because the boiling water you add (100c 212f) is greater than that of alcohol (78c 173f) and would evaporate all of the good stuff:) Thank you for the great recipe!

yellowcatt (author)2014-03-29

Isopropyl alcohol is a poison, so I very much doubt that it is in tesco's own brand vodka.

peffers (author)2011-10-08

Thought you guys might be interested in this. It's an article about how the Jell-o shot was invented by Tom Lehrer, a musical satirist. The story goes, he was in the US Army from 1955-1957 and invented Jell-o vodka to circumvent an army policy against alcoholic beverages.

craig3 (author)2011-04-04

do you like have to dig them out of the shot glass when you eat it, or do they come out and you eat it as a jelly thing?

asalter (author)craig32011-08-31

If you spray your shot glasses (preferably the plastic variety) with a little bit of cooking oil spray they slide out really easily, and providing you don't use virgin olive oil there is no unwanted flavour either :)

Bilou (author)craig32011-04-04

Most of the time, i do it in standard freezer ice tray and scoop them out effrotlessly... Also, i will often just have it in a large bowl and pass spoons around... Lots and lots of fun!!!

srabel10 (author)2010-09-11

Lmao I love this, Gott to make some now!!

Gadomuda (author)2008-07-05

I tried the version of jello shots and found them to be a bit runny. they were very stiff and i tried to make them in an egg shaped jello mold but they just sloshed all over the place. any idea on how to make them more of a "jiggler" consistency?

ross353 (author)2008-06-09

just wondering whats the consistancy of your jell-o? i have only made jell-o shots once and they were too hard. i did however use mostky vodka in the mix. they were still fun to eat

Bilou (author)ross3532008-06-09

When I do it it's just the same as the kid's stuff.

jimbob6000 (author)2007-12-05

is this basicly lyk jelly wid vodka?

Bilou (author)jimbob60002007-12-05

Right on buddy!!

Bilou (author)2007-11-27

Frankly, I don't know for sure... but the "half 'n' half" version I make is plenty for me and my friends... hihihi

thisxisxstephanie (author)2007-10-26

Awesome! I am going to do this for my halloween party, but I just saw another instructable on how to make UV reactive Jell-O. The two together should be great!

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