Introduction: Jello Shots Without the Trash

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I love making jello shots for parties. What I don't love is picking up all those sticky little plastic cups after the party is over and throwing them in the garbage.

Unfortunately jello shots on their own are tricky to pick up and if you skip the cups you're likely to wind up with shots slipping through guests' fingers and landing on their clothes or your carpet.

Inspired by an article on serving cocktails in vegetables, I decided to make jello shots that were easy to pick up and either fully edible or compostable.

Step 1: Chocolate Strawberry Jello Shots

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Strawberries (the biggest ones you can find)
Strawberry jelly powder
Creme de cacao
Chocolate chips (optional)

Wash the strawberries and pick out the nicest ones. You will need about 3 boxes worth of strawberries for 2 cups of jello. Cut off the bottoms so the strawberries can stand up but be careful to not make holes for the jello to leak out.  Cut off the tops and hollow out the insides.

For chocolate dipped strawberries, melt the chocolate chips in the microwave on low heat and then dip each strawberry in the melted chocolate. An alternative is to drizzle melted chocolate over top of the finished jello shots (not pictured but equally delicious).

Mix 1 cup of boiling water and the jelly powder. Stir until the powder is completely dissolved. Add half a cup of cold vodka and half a cup of creme de cacao and stir. Pour liquid into the strawberries and chill in the fridge until set.

Step 2: Cucumber Gin and Tonic Jello Shots

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Mini cucumbers
Unflavoured gelatine
Tonic Water
Lime juice (optional)
Sugar (optional)

Wash the cucumbers. Cut off the ends and then cut each cucumber into 4 sections. Hollow out the cucumber with a pairing knife or small spoon.

Boil 1 cup of tonic water and mix in the package of gelatine. Stir until completely dissolved and remove from heat. Add 2/3 cup of cold gin and 1/3 cup of cold tonic water. If you prefer a sweeter gin and tonic, add a dash of lime juice and sugar.

Pour the liquid into the cucumber cups and chill in the fridge until set.

Step 3: Lime Margarita Jello Shots

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Limes and / or lemons
Lime jelly powder
Triple sec

Wash the limes and lemons. Cut the limes in half and squeeze out the juice. Turn the lime halves inside out and remove the pulpy bits. For lemons you can use a knife to cut out the insides.

Mix the jelly powder with 1 cup of boiling water. Stir until completely dissolved. Add 1/3 cup Triple Sec and 2/3 cup Tequila. Pour the liquid into the lime and lemon halves and chill in the fridge until set.

Before serving, cut the lime and lemon cups in half to make wedges. Right before eating you can dip the edges in sugar (like rimming a glass)

Step 4: Naughty Shirley Temple Jello Shots

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Cherry jelly powder
Orange jelly powder
Maraschino cherries with stems*
Lemon lime pop
Grenadine (optional)

Mix 1 cup of boiling water with the cherry jelly powder. Stir until completely dissolved. Add 1/2 cup cold vodka, 1/2 cup cold water and a bit of grenadine (grenadine optional). Pour the liquid into mini muffin tin, filling them up half way.

Cut the bottoms off of the cherries so they stand up and place one in each muffin cup. Chill in the fridge until set.

Mix 3/4 cup of boiling water with the orange jelly powder. Stir until completely dissolved. Add 1/2 cup cold vodka, 3/4 cup lemon lime pop. Pour the liquid into the mini muffin tin, on top of the cherry jello, and chill in the fridge until set.

To easily remove the jello shots from the muffin tin warm up the bottom of the tin by setting it in warm water.

Enjoy watching your friends attempt to tie the stems with their tongues!

*Maraschino cherries with stems are really hard to find in Ontario, I finally got mine from Bulk Barn but they told me they don't always carry them so be sure to call in advance.


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DragosS (author)2015-08-14

these sound so good, I bet it would go perfectly for a party in my cocktail dispenser made by these guys :

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c3ralki1l3r (author)2013-02-13

Another reason to like eating citrus foods :)

KathyTackettPhoto (author)2012-11-09

This looks delicious.

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brad (author)2012-03-18


Seriously impressive. I really like this one, and it is about to become part of my party planning. Nicely done!

ekobor (author)2011-11-23

For the chocolate covered strawberries:

You could avoid cutting the bottoms off to stand them by dipping them in the chocolate bottom-side down, then resting them on waxed paper to dry. The chocolate will pool at the bottom making a stand. It would also prevent any liquids coming out the bottom.

technosapien (author)2011-11-09

You could probably candy the rinds as well and then they'd be fully edible.... Hmmm.....

PaxDesigns (author)2011-10-10

This is a home shot. In transit, it will break down.

ModMischief (author)PaxDesigns2011-10-13

If you wanted more transportable versions, you could try making them in orange peels.

BlueWeasel (author)2011-08-25

I think I'm in love...

Editor_adp (author)2011-07-24

I think I just found an excuse to throw another party!

This is brilliant!

RaNDoMLeiGH (author)2011-05-11

Another happy reader -- I look forward to experimenting with these! And if I screw up, oh well, I guess I'll just have to eat them.

pyromunky (author)2011-05-11

I tried making the margaritas for a party last weekend. The lime rind really messes with the taste. Am I doing something wrong?

I also made the gin and tonics. I wasn't a fan of the mini cucumbers, but the jello itself was awesome. I used a vegan 'gelatin' that actually sets better than the real stuff.

Thanks for posting this, I really want to start experimenting with different cocktails now!

ModMischief (author)pyromunky2011-05-11

Did you eat the lime rind? I didn't intend for the rind to be eaten (although technically it's edible), just tossed in the compost after you suck out the jello.

I also tried making the gin and tonic jello in an ice cube tray and then putting those cubes on slices of English cucumber. It's a little messier to serve to guests as the jello would sometimes slide off, but it might be the way to go if you want less cucumber per shot.

pyromunky (author)ModMischief2011-05-11

Didn't eat them. But we could definitely taste it in the jello once it set.

ModMischief (author)pyromunky2011-05-11

Interesting, when I made them I tasted the jello before we poured the liquid into the rinds and the end result was pretty much the same.

Perhaps it was the kind of limes you used or the age of the limes?

Was the liquid still really hot when you poured it in? I find I get better results with jello if the liquid has cooled down before being poured into its container. If the liquid is still warm when it goes in the fridge the alcohol sometimes settles to the bottom.

pyromunky (author)ModMischief2011-05-11

I actually left some of the pulp in for a second batch, thinking maybe I just removed too much and it still happened. Next time I'll try it a little cooler, thanks for the advice.

Hell, experimenting is the best part!

suayres (author)2011-05-09

How about making them with chocolate wine? And/or putting chocolate chips IN the shooters?

aliberry (author)2011-05-09

If, once you've trimmed the base off strawberries, you dip THAT end in melted choc and let it stand on greaseproof parchment, the choc forms a neat little puddle-shaped base when set, that stops the fruit falling sideways. It also seals the base in case of leaks!
By the way it helps to dab the fruit's trimmed end on absorbent kitchen paper just before dipping it in the choc, to dry it. Otherwise the choc slides off!

ModMischief (author)aliberry2011-05-09

That's a great idea!
I didn't have much trouble keeping the strawberries standing up, but it would be really handy for fixing any berries that wind up with holes from overzealous trimming (I would just eat them when that happened to me).

aliberry (author)ModMischief2011-05-09

HO! I think I just shot myself in the foot there didn't I! I should have thought of that great excuse to eat loads of 'overtrimmed' fruit... :)
And thanks for your lovely idea; in the UK we've just had the warmest-ever April, so our strawbs (usually not ripe till June) are in the shops already - and are really sweet thanks to the low rainfall this spring. I found your idea by searching for novel ways to use strawberries, now I'm hooked on this amazing site!

Joe Kickass (author)2011-05-08

Very cool. I have over 200 shot glasses so I have never used the plastic cups but this makes it more fun. Can't wait to make some this way.

Nuonaton (author)2011-05-08

This is an awesome idea!! OK.... Gotta make some now bye!

mikeasaurus (author)2011-05-06

clever! at first glance the lime shot looks like a real wedge.

chabias (author)2011-05-06

Well done! CHEERS!

cliqboom (author)2011-05-06

Killer Idea, I wish I had thought about that 20 yrs ago when I was still making shooters for parties. Good Job!!!

gecko_girl3 (author)2011-05-05

So the Shirley Temple I spired shots are 1/2 cherry & 1/2 orange, per shot? Or did you make one 1/2 of the batch cherry and the second 1/2 of the batch orange? The final steps were a bit unclear as you specify the fill the cups only 1/2 full of the cherry liquid & place the cherries. You specified to fill the cups (not sure if you meant the same cups) 1/2 full of the orange liquid, not saying whether the orange goes on top of the cherry, as you also made no mention of adding the cherries to the orange liquid (which leads me to believe both flavors get added to each cup).

Sorry, I hope this didn't come across as knitpickey, I just wanted to be certain of how to make these as they look amazing & sound delicious. :)

Also, did you use a standard cupcake pan or minicupcake pan?

ModMischief (author)gecko_girl32011-05-05

Thanks for the questions. I'll see if I can't make the instructions are little clearer.

I used a mini muffin/cupcake pan.

The shots are one layer of cherry with a layer of orange on top. The colours are so similar it's hard to see the two layers in the photos.

gecko_girl3 (author)2011-05-05

Could one add the lime/lemon juice & pulp to the liquid for added zing or would it ruin the over all outcome?

If it shouldn't be added for one reason or another, do you have any other gadget concoctions in which it can be used (so it doesn't go to waste)?

ModMischief (author)gecko_girl32011-05-05

I tried adding the lime juice to one batch and they turned out too sour for my tastes. You might be able to compensate by adding more sugar, but I just kept the juice to use in another recipe.

cpacker1 (author)2011-05-05

they look good!

rubentkt (author)2011-05-05

Great, i'll try the lime margarita and the cherry and orange one

Myrdydd (author)2011-05-05

And this is yet another "DUH!" moment. Congrats for the simple, yet brilliant!, idea!

Javin007 (author)2011-05-05

God... Damn... Brilliant. Absolutely 100% doing this for my next party. Possibly my favorite instructable yet.

GwydTUnusual (author)2011-05-05

Absolutely brilliant ideas! I love playing with presentation ideas, and hate licking jell-o shots out of plastic cups. This is fantastic!

Spokehedz (author)2011-05-05

We use little paper cups, which we end up burning at the nights end to start our bonfire... So, we waste as little as possible. This all started when someone cut their tongue on a improperly made plastic cup rim... Oh the blood...

Anyway, the little paper cups don't last much longer than one night--so you have reason to eat them quick! Otherwise, we would let the shots sit until they were practically no alcohol left in 'em.

I get mine from GFS and it is $4 a 'tube' of like 200 or so.

I am so stealing all these recipes for next week's gathering. Muh-hahaha!

joe.esq1 (author)2011-05-04

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well done...

Haz0 (author)2011-05-03

Suberbo : Superb!

nachozombie (author)2011-05-03

can you replace the chocolate chips with caramel chips? and instead of chocolate dip, there is carmel dip

poofrabbit (author)2011-05-03

These are great! You got my vote, good luck!

golddigger1559 (author)2011-05-03

i turn 21 next week so thanks for the tip XD

bouncebackability (author)2011-05-03

Amazing! Will definitely be trying this over the summer

mrmerino (author)2011-05-03

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vcramer (author)2011-05-03

Freakin awesome!

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