The basic method for making Jell-O shots is to bring one cup of water to a boil (or nuke it in the microwave for about 2:30). Pour in one regular sized box of Jell-O mix (whatever flavor you like), and stir until dissolved. Then add a cup of your favorite liquor. Stir the mixture well, pour into individual shot cups, and place in the fridge for a few hours. Presto! You have Jell-O Shots!

You can make Jell-O shots with almost any type of alcohol, but you should adjust the proportions of alcohol and cold water to ensure that the shot still sets. The higher the proof of the alcohol is, the more water is required for it to set.


Proof Alcohol Cold water
30-50 13 ounces 3 ounces
80-100 10 ounces 6 ounces
150-200 6 ounces 10 ounces

1 cup = 8 ounces


Jell-O shots can be served in shot glasses and can be virtually any color. Many people prefer Jell-O shots in paper cups which can be turned inside out to free the Jell-O from the cup. If you do serve Jell-O shots in shot glasses, be sure to also provide knives, toothpicks, or some other mechanism to free the shot from the glass. Alternatively, warming the glass will cause the Jell-O shot to slide free which can be accomplished by steeping them in warm water for less than a minute.

If you are planning a Jell-O shot party, consider diluting your shots with more cold water and less alcohol. Since the alcohol is contained within the Jell-O, it is absorbed more slowly and even experienced drinkers will often underestimate how much they have had to drink. They will also be less expensive, can be more often enjoyed, and your party will last longer. Finally, there is no need to use premium vodka in a Jell-O shot - the difference in taste is negligible.

Don’t settle for plain old run-of-the-mill Jell-O Shots like you had in your dorm room in college. You can easily Punch those shots up by trying any of the ideas below:

Try substituting juice for the water. If you want even more flavor, you can even use frozen juice concentrates. Shooters are usually strong tasting anyway, so the strong taste of the concentrate goes well.

You can add fruit (like a single strawberry, orange slice or cherry) to each shot before you pour in the Jell-O. If you do this, it’s a good idea to soak the fruit in the liquor you are going to use in the shot for a day or two. Doing so will infuse the liquor with the juice from the fruit, and vice versa.

Add a little whipped cream to the top of your Jell-O Shots to make a high-octane desert. Usually the Jell-O will stick to the shot cup. To fix this, put some warm (not hot) water in a tray and put the shot cups in the water. The warmth will melt the Jell-O slightly around the edges so it will easily slide out of the shot cup. Don’t warm it too much, or else you will totally melt the Jell-O.

Keep in mind that it is never cool to slurp your Jell-O through a straw. Also, the Jell-O will slow the absorption of the alcohol into your bloodstream. So, be careful. One Jell-O shot is usually equal to one cocktail. If you pile too many on at once, you’ll find yourself getting sick later on.

Furthermore, it is not a good idea to use grain alcohol (190 proof) in your Jell-O shots. Sure, it increases the alcohol level, but it makes them taste horrible, and the potency can be dangerous.