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Jello shots are great if you’re in need something different from the traditional kamikaze or lemon drop.
Why not work your alcohol into a gelatin state, and serve chilled in small cups?
And, no. You don’t have to be a freshman on spring break to enjoy these shots. Nope. They can be enjoyed by most anyone.
So what is a jello shot anyway?
A jello shot is bite sized serving of regular jello with one additional special ingredient – that ingredient being alcohol. Although typically most popular among the college-aged crowd, jello shots can be welcomed addition to just about any party.
Just like your favorite jeans, jello shots can be dressed up or dressed down depending on your special event. You can keep things simple with these easy jello shot recipes or make your favorite mixed drink into jello with these mixed drink jello shot recipes.
Regardless of the recipe you choose, you can switch things up by the way that you serve your shots. Keep things casual with traditional plastic cups or get creative by serving your shots as fruit slices, in cocktail glasses, fancy jello shot cups or as jello jiggler shots.
Whatever your event, jello shots are the perfect thin to give your party a fun retro feel. Enjoy!
The great thing about jello shots is its versatility. You can flavor them with whatever flavor you’re craving, be it watermelon, lemon, strawberry, or even chocolate. Really, the possibilities are endless. Plus, you can determine how strong or weak you want the shots to be by adjusting the alcohol to gelatin ratio.
Most commonly used alcohol are rum and vodka, however, you can use almost any liquor of your choosing. Remember, though, the more alcohol you use, the stronger the shooter (duh!), and stronger the alcohol taste will be. So the more alcohol you choose to use, consider adding a bit more powder or water to counteract the strong alcohol flavor.
1 Packet of flavored Jello of your choosing**
3.5 cup of water
3 oz. of alcohol of your choosing
**Use brands such as GoBIO that have organic options
Mix water and alcohol. Use the following ratio to ensure consistent potency.
For the most commonly used 40% alcohol liquor (i.e. vodka, rum, tequila) use:
* Alcohol to water ratio. 5 tablespoon : 3 tablespoon
For liquer-based shots using cordials such as kahlua, cointreau, etc use:
*Alcohol to water ratio. 6 tablespoon : 1 tablespoon
Put the mixture in the fridge to chill. This is important because when we add the boiling water, in a later step, we don’t want the alcohol to evaporate, which is why it’s important that this mixture remains cool
Boil 1.25 cup of water.
Add the jello mix to 1 cup of boiling water, and stir till everything is dissolved
Add the chilled water/alcohol mixture and stir
Prepare the cups. You can use standard shot glasses made from either plastic or glass. Spray the inside with cooking spray so the jello slips out easily
Pour the mixture into the cups
Place the cups into the fridge, and let sit for a few hours (usually 2-3 hours) until the mixture becomes firm.
Store in the fridge until ready to serve