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Learn how to make vodka jello shots the easy way. This recipe is perfect for entertaining at Christmas parties or other occasions.
This recipe is a lot of fun due to the fact that you can eat the cup too! This is the perfect adult boozy treat.
Jello shots really have to be one of the most fun little treats at a party.
They are made ahead of time, and they are incredibly fun to consume!
Supplies You Will Need To Make Jello Shots
To make jello shots you will require the following supplies:
- Measuring Cup
- Chocolate Cups
- Jello Mix
- Boiling Water
You can make the jello shots any flavor that you wish, so have to hand as many jello packets as you need to make the flavors that you desire.
How To Make Jello Shots
Step 1: Make The Jello
To make the jello, pour the jello powder into a jug and follow the instructions on the packet. You will need boiling water to mix the jello, but ensure that you only use 3/4 of the recommended water.
You will be substituting the cold water with the vodka, but don’t do this straight away!
Step 2: Add the Alcohol To The Jello
The alcohol we are using with these jello shots is vodka.
Vodka and rum are the most popular choices for jello shots, but you can substitute for another alcohol if you wish.
Once you have made the jello with the boiling water you will want to wait until the water has cooled BEFORE adding the alcohol.
If you add alcohol directly into the boiling water, the alcohol will evaporate. That’s not a great idea if you are wanting to make alcoholic jello shots!
When the jello is cool, add the vodka to the mix. Add the amount of vodka that was recommended to you on the packet as the cold water.
Remember, the vodka is the substitute for the cold water.
The only difference is that you are not adding the cold substance immediately. You will be waiting until the jello has cooled so that the alcohol doesn’t burn off.
If you really can’t wait for the jello mixture to cool before adding the alcohol, your other option is to refrigerate your alcohol before you add it to the jello.
Using cold alcohol will ensure that none of the alcohol burns off when you add it to the boiling water.
Can You Replace All The Water With Alcohol To Make Jello Shots?
The alcohol is to replace the COLD water only and NOT the hot water.
You should find that the alcohol is quite strong enough if you use these proportions.
If however you wish to make a weaker jello shot, then simply reduce the amount of alcohol and substitute it with cold water. You can play around with these quantities to produce the taste that you prefer.
Step 3: Pour The Jello Into The Chocolate Cups
Once the jello mixture has cooled and you have added the alcohol, mix together and pour into the chocolate cups.
There are TWO reasons why you don’t complete the jello mixture whilst the water is still hot.
- You don’t want to burn the alcohol off when you add it to the boiling water.
- You don’t want to melt your chocolate cups when you pour the jello into them.
An alternative to using chocolate cups could be to use fruit or simply normal plastic shot glasses.
Step 4: Leave your Jello Shots To Set
Once your jello shots have been created, place them into the fridge to set for at least four hours.
Once refrigerated, serve with some garnish and you have an attractive dessert and alcoholic beverage all in one!
How Long Do Vodka Jello Shots Take To Set?
To ensure that your vodka jello shots set properly you need to ensure that you make them well before you need them.
Don’t try making them as the party is about to start otherwise you will be pretty disappointed!
The general rule of thumb is that your vodka jello shots will take two to four hours to set in the fridge.
I would definitely recommend however that you leave them for four hours to ensure that they have set properly.
How Do You Make Layered Jello Shots
To make layered jello shots you use the exact same method as described above.
The difference however is that you will need to pour the first color into the bottom of the shot and leave to set before adding the next color.
Add as many colors as you wish to create the layered look that you desire.
Just remember to follow the same process for creating each color and ensure the first layer is completely set before adding the next.
Vodka Jello Shots Recipe
- Packet of Jello (Flavor of choice)
- Chocolate Cups
- Pour the jello mix into a jug and add the boiling water according to the packet instructions.
- Mix well with a whisk
- Leave the jello to cool BEFORE adding the alcohol. (Adding alcohol to hot water will burn off the alcohol content.)
- Once the jello has cooled, add the vodka. Add the vodka according to the packet instructions of how much cold water to use. Simply replace the cold water with the vodka.
- Should you wish to reduce the alcohol content, add a mix of alcohol and cold water for the remaining part.
- Pour the jello mixture into chocolate cups and leave in the fridge for at least 4 hours to set.
These jello shots are really the perfect boozy little treats that all your party friends are going to love.
They look great, taste great and best of all they are a LOT of fun.
Just remember to keep them well away from the kids. They look very tempting and they wont realize that they are for adults only.
Have fun experimenting with different flavors and see what you come up with. This is the party treat that you really can’t go wrong with.
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