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Jello Shots

Jello shots are a classic alcoholic beverage that is often found at parties and celebrations. They are easy to make and easy to eat, so they are popular with many people. Try a variety of flavors to find your favorite. These are sure to be a hit at your next party or get-together.

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About Jello Shots

People have been mixing gelatin and alcohol since as early as the 14th century, so no one is really sure how this tradition began.  There are documented cases of chefs creating recipes where gelatin is mixed with spiked fruit punch or champagne.


The first actual gelatin shot is rumored to have been invented by a musician named Tom Lehrer who was supposedly attempting to sneak alcohol into the Christmas party on his naval base. This happened in the 1950s.



To make this concoction, you will need just two ingredients. You will need gelatin, either name-brand or off-brand. This can be in any flavor you like. Cherry and orange are common choices. Consider the taste of the alcohol you are using before you choose a gelatin flavor.




The other ingredient you will need is some type of alcohol. Vodka is a very common type to choose from, and it works well in this recipe. Vodka is clear, so it will not disrupt the color of the end result. Regular vodka will not change the flavor of the shot, but you can experiment with flavored vodkas as well.


Grain alcohol is another option if you don’t want to use vodka. This is strong alcohol, so be sure to let everyone know you have used it before they sample your creation. Another choice that makes a flavorful shot is wine. If you choose to use wine, carefully consider the gelatin flavor you are using. Grape is a good complement to wine.


Flavor Combinations

There are several combinations you can try for exciting and fun flavors. For example, try lime vodka with cherry gelatin to make a cherry limeade flavor. Also, try coconut vodka with pineapple gelatin for a taste that will remind you of a pina colada. Vanilla vodka can go with almost any gelatin flavor and brings a creamy taste to the mixture.



  1. Boil one cup of water
  2. Remove the water from the heat, and whisk in one box of gelatin until it is dissolved
  3. Add 1/2 cup of cold water and 1/2 cup of alcohol to the mix
  4. Pour the mixture into 10 2-ounce shot glasses, ice cube trays, or small plastic cups
  5. Allow the shots to set in the refrigerator for about 2 hours


These gelatin shots are a great addition to any party and are sure to be a hit with your friends. Be sure to make arrangements to have someone drive you home if you intend to have this delicious adult treat, and be cautious about your actions while you are drinking. Finally, make plenty of shots because your guests are likely to be asking for more.

Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

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