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Whiskey • Sweet
Mint Julep Jello Shots

As American as apple pie with cheese on top, the Mint Julep is one of the nation’s oldest and best cocktails. Made with bourbon, simple syrup and mint, the Julep is served over crushed ice in an iconic silver cup—which also gives the drink its signature frostiness. But there are no silver cups required when you’re making these jiggly Mint Julep Jello Shots. Made with bourbon, creme de menthe and unflavored gelatin, this Jello Shot distills the essence of the Mint Julep into one adorable, extra-wiggly shooter. A mint leaf garnish and dusting of powdered sugar give these shots another layer of minty freshness and an extra bit of sweetness to even out the sharp hit of bourbon.

When choosing a bourbon for your Julep Jello Shot, we find that the best bottle to use is one that’s sweet and light(ish) on the booze, like Jim Beam or Four Roses Yellow Label. Unless you want your Jello Shot to be a neon green hue, make sure to opt for a clear creme de menthe (we like Menthe Pastille). Whether you serve these bourbon-y Jello Shots to guests at your Kentucky Derby party, or just make them for yourself when you need a boozy, jiggly pick-me-up, the Mint Julep Jello Shot is the perfect prescription. Get yourself a bottle of bourbon and creme de menthe, and mix up a batch right now.

The Essentials

Crème de Menthe
The Details
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1 packet Knox unflavored gelatin
1 Cup Boiling Water
0.5 Cup Bourbon
0.25 Cup Crème de Menthe (opt for one that's not neon green)
0.25 Cup Cold Water
Mint leaves, for garnish
Powdered sugar, for garnish


  • In a bowl, stir the gelatin and boiling water together until all of the powder is dissolved.
  • Stir in the bourbon and cold water and whisk until thoroughly combined.
  • Pour the mix into two-ounce plastic shot cups until they are half to three-quarters full.
  • Chill two hours, or until the mix is set.
  • Garnish with mint leaves and a dusting of powdered sugar.