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The 14 Best Jello Shots to Make at Home

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Turning mixed drinks into Jello Shots opens drinks up to a whole world of jiggly, squishy fun. Whether you’re batching out a punch into boozy bites for a party or just looking to use up that packet of orange-flavored Jell-O, these Jello Shot recipes will liberate you from your boring liquid routine. Here are a few of our favorites to get the wiggly party started.

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The ease and simplicity of a classic Margarita translates perfectly into the friendly format of the Jello Shot. These bright shooters give you the same burst of salty, citrusy tequila and inadvisable camaraderie that you get from a round of shots at the club, but in a (slightly) less sloppy package.

The Essentials

unflavored gelatin
lime juice
blanco tequila
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The brilliant innovation of the French 75 was pumping up Champagne with a hit of gin. So while this cocktail loses some of its bubbly during the Jello transformation, the edible cocktail emerges from its chrysalis with the iconic combo intact, along with some characteristic lemon zest to perk things up a bit.

The Essentials

Champagne
gin
gelatin
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Milk’s favorite cookie meets our favorite slurpable treat in this Jello-fied cream sandwich. This isn’t some cookies ‘n’ cream-flavored shot; it’s real Oreo cookies around vodka-spiked condensed milk gelatin. While we wouldn’t suggest dipping it in milk, the mashup certainly stays true to both dessert constituents while introducing some boozy adult fun to the mix.

The Essentials

condensed milk
gelatin
Vodka
Oreos
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Fireball aficionados tend to be a pretty easygoing group, so if you fancy yourself one, we’re betting these Jello Shot incarnations of the cinnamon whiskey shooter will be a big hit at your Fireball Appreciation Society meeting. Orange-flavored Jell-O acts as a fruity foil for the whiskey’s pleasingly sweet spices, but the Fireball still shines through as the star of the show.

The Essentials

Jell-O
Boiling Water
Fireball
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The Vodka Cran for the Jello set (get it?), this vodka-spiked cranberry bite is infused with a helping of orange liqueur and topped with a dollop of whipped cream, lending it more to the Greek Easter tradition of red eggs than the low-cal diet. The bushy-tailed ovoid shot is totally unconventional for a Jello Shot, for Easter, and in pretty much every conceivable way, but it’s also undeniable, boozy bliss.

The Essentials

Cranberry Juice
gelatin
Vodka
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No, you won’t get the characteristic sunrise coloring of the long drink that is this shot’s inspiration, but you will get pomegranate Jell-O flavor to replace the often overly-syrupy grenadine you get in the dive bar classic.

The Essentials

orange juice
Jell-O
tequila
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Shandys are the unassuming workhorse of the beer-tail family: Not as spicy as a Michelada, or messy as a Bulldog, or as elegant as a Boilermaker, but utterly satisfying. For its Jello Shot transformation, the mixture of beer and lemonade gets literally boiled down to an amalgam of pale ale, lemon juice and sugar. It’s the poppable refresher you need after a strong cocktail or overwhelming bite of fatty bar food.

The Essentials

pale ale
unflavored gelatin
lemon juice
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Some bartenders and drinkers take the Negroni way too seriously. We appreciate that it’s perfectly balanced, sophisticated, bright and bitter—but that doesn’t mean we don’t wish it were a tad lighter at heart. Condensing the Negroni into a semi-solid in a plastic shot glass makes for an uncouth, unabashedly fun take on the stuffy old school original that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

The Essentials

gin
Campari
unflavored gelatin
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Achieve perfect high-low balance by putting fancy bubbly in your Jello Shot. This showstopper is best served en masse in a Bundt pan mold, letting guests serve themselves like a haute dessert from a classy establishment—though the dash of St-Germain and embedded strawberries may have everyone eating the Jello by the handful.

The Essentials

Champagne
St-Germain
gelatin
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Get yourself some mini Moscow Mule mugs because the fizzy metallic sipper is now in bite-sized form. Ginger beer miraculously makes the jump from mixer to edible ingredient, adding a touch of spice and a heap of flavor to the citrusy vodka-based Jell-O shot.

The Essentials

ginger beer
unflavored gelatin
vodka
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If chugging down a full glass of Jäger and Red Bull isn’t your boozy cup of tea (anymore), the Jello version of the Jäger Bomb may be just the mellower version of the party classic you need to keep up with the youngins. Black cherry Jell-O and a full can of Red Bull keep things light and energetic, so the herbal liqueur doesn’t overpower your taste buds. And all that deep, dark sweetness pops easily from a plastic cup—no bomb required.

The Essentials

Red Bull
Jell-O
Jägermeister
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Even if these rosé jellies weren’t shaped like stars, they’d be the stars of any party bar. Combining the lightning hot summer sparkling with grapefruit liqueur makes for a little bit of squishy floral delight.

The Essentials

Rosé Champagne
Crème de Pamplemousse
gelatin
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One of the easiest three-ingredient rum cocktails around, the Cuba Libre becomes even easier to down in Jello Shot form, proving that the combo of rum, Coca-Cola and lime is enjoyable in any format. Pack a few in plastic delivery containers, cap ‘em, and feel the true freedom of taking boozy Jello anywhere you please.

The Essentials

Coca-Cola
unflavored gelatin
rum
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We may still not feel comfortable ordering the innuendo-spiked glass of awkward that is the Sex on the Beach, but we might if the drink was as low-stress as its Jello-y counterpart. A fruit basket of peach schnapps, cranberry juice and orange-flavored Jell-O make this vodka shot shamelessly fun.

The Essentials

cranberry juice cocktail
orange Jell-O
vodka

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