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The 6 Best Jello Shots to Make with Rum

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If Frank’s rum ham from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is any evidence, eating your rum is even better than drinking it. Whether you prefer thick, molasses-like dark rum or bright grassy white rum, the sugarcane spirit works great in all sorts of spiked desserts like rum baba and banana pudding. But rum is even more fun when it’s wiggling its way out of a plastic cup in a Jello Shot. Here, our favorite Jello Shots to make with both white and dark rum.

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Before tumbling down the rabbit hole of rum-based Jello Shots, it’s best to begin with the basic recipe. Flavored Jell-O packets do all the heavy lifting in terms of taste, while rum kicks any fruity flavors into high gear, especially the more tropically ones like pineapple or mango. Combine your hot liquid, cold liquid, flavor and booze, and you’ve got yourself a tipsy shot of jiggly joy.

The Essentials

Jell-O
water
Any Clear Spirit
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Like Jello Shots, the Rum and Coke is a prime entry-level college drink. And just like that lowbrow fizzy Highball, the jello-ized version of the cocktail can be upgraded with a squeeze of lime. In the case of the cocktail, the citrus turns the drink from a Rum and Coke into a Cuba Libre. In the Jello Shot, the added juice gives it a touch of brightness and really helps the cola notes transition to edible form.

The Essentials

Coca-Cola
unflavored gelatin
rum
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The Blue Hawaii was ripe for jello-ization. Bright in both color and flavor, the early tiki cocktail is bold and beautiful. This mini, jiggly version struts its stuff too, but adds a layer of edible fun to the drink. We recommend packing these Jello Shots into a beach cooler and popping them on the sand with reckless abandon.

The Essentials

white rum
Blue Curaçao
Berry Blue Jell-O
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Proper Eggnog utilizes several spirits for its boozy base, including rum. Here, dark rum joins rye and brandy in this super simple holiday recipe, made even easier by its use of store-bought eggnog. It’s the perfect way to introduce nana to Jello Shots at your family holiday party.

The Essentials

eggnog
brandy
gelatin
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Rum lovers will happily declare that the rum-based Jungle Bird is superior to its Campari-based sibling the Negroni, but even tiki geeks might not be aware of how joyful it is to turn the classic into a Jello Shot. We like to serve these tropical shots in a heaping pile inside a carved out pineapple to really hammer home the care-free vibes. Find the recipe: here.

The Essentials

Blackstrap Rum
Pineapple Juice
Campari
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The great thing about gummy shots is that you aren’t limited to one shape. These spiked gummy worms take full advantage of gelatin to create a spooky, boozy Halloween treat. They taste like a Rum and Coke with a hint of cream—that is, they taste amazing if you can get past the creep factor.  

The Essentials

Rum
Coca-Cola
unflavored gelatin

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