Christmas Jello Shots

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These Christmas Jello shots are the perfect treat to get your holiday parties off to the perfect start. With festive Christmas colors and a fruity, boozy taste, they’re sure to get you in the holiday spirit!

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Red and green layered jello shots

Christmas Holiday Jell-O Shots

Christmas cookies are great, but nothing brings cheer to a party like a festive Jello shot.

Red and green Jello is spiked with vodka, layered in shot cups, and then garnished with whipped cream and holiday sprinkles. Your guests will love the pretty colors of these festive shots, and they’ll definitely bring plenty of boozy fun!

Like most Jello shots, these have just a few simple ingredients and are easy to make for parties. Any red or green Jello flavors will work, and you can even make a non-alcoholic version so the kids don’t feel left out. Try these delicious Jello shots at your next holiday party and let the holly and jolly fun begin!

Christmas jello shots on white cake stand

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Perfect for Christmas time: The red and green layers and festive sprinkles make these fun Jello shots an ideal treat for all your parties this holiday season.
  • Versatile: This Christmas Jello Shot recipe works with any flavor of red or green Jello and lots of different liquors, so feel free to change it up to suit your personal preference.
  • Inexpensive: These Christmas Jell-O shots are made with simple ingredients. They’re a great way to add tons of fun to your next Christmas party without spending tons of money.

Ingredients

Ingredients for Christmas jello shots
  • Lime Jello (or any green Jello)
  • Strawberry Jello (cranberry or any red Jello works)
  • Water, divided
  • Vodka, divided
  • Whipped cream for topping
  • Christmas sprinkles for decorating

How to Make Christmas Jello Shots

Step 1: Place Jello shot cups or plastic shot glasses on a shallow baking sheet or tray that fits into the refrigerator.

Step 2: Bring 1½ cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove the hot water from the heat and whisk in the green Jello mix, stirring until the Jello is completely dissolved.

Pouring jello mix into saucepan

Step 3: Stir ½ cup vodka into the gelatin mixture.

Measuring vodka for jello shots

Step 4: Pour the lime Jello evenly into the plastic cups, filling each about halfway to the top. Move them to the fridge to set for 2 hours.

Tip: To make it easier to pour, you can transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl with a spout or a large measuring cup with a spout.

Green jello in plastic shot cups

Step 5: After the green Jello has set, prepare the red layer. Bring 1½ cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove the water from the heat and whisk in the red Jello, stirring until dissolved.

Red jello mix poured into saucepan

Step 6: Stir in ½ cup of vodka.

Mixing red jello shots in saucepan

Step 7: Allow the red Jello mixture to cool completely, then pour it evenly into the shot cups on top of the green Jell-O layer. Place the tray back in the refrigerator to chill for another 2 hours.

Red jello in plastic cups

Step 8: Before serving, top with whipped cream and Christmas sprinkles.

Christmas jello shot up close

Holiday Jello Shots Tips & Variations

  • Be careful not to add too much vodka to your shots, or the Jello will not set properly.
  • You can substitute a different type of alcohol for the vodka. White rum and tequila will both work great in this recipe, or you can use and vanilla vodka in place of the plain vodka.
  • To make a fun and festive non-alcoholic version, substitute cold water for the vodka.
  • Be sure that the green Jello layer has had time in the refrigerator to set and that the red Jello mixture has cooled to room temperature before adding the red layer. Otherwise, your colors may run together.
  • If you don’t have Christmas sprinkles, try garnishing with some plain green sprinkles or green sanding sugar and a maraschino cherry.
  • If you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to wait for the layers to set, you can simply make half the shots green (lime Jello shots) and the other half red (strawberry Jello shots).
Christmas jello shots with whipped cream

How Do I Store Christmas Jello Shots?

You can store these in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. For best results, use the 2 ounce cups with lids or place them in an airtight container. Don’t add the whipped cream and sprinkles until you’re ready to serve them.

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4.99 from 54 votes

Christmas Jello Shots


Course Cocktail
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Chilling time 4 hours
These Christmas Jello Shots make the perfect fun and festive way to get all your Christmas parties off to an amazing start!

Equipment

Ingredients
 

Instructions

  • Place Jello shot cups or plastic shot glasses on a shallow baking sheet that fits into the refrigerator.
  • Bring 1½ cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove the hot water from the heat and whisk in the green Jello mix, stirring until the Jello is completely dissolved.
    3 cups water, 1 box lime jello
  • Stir ½ cup vodka into the gelatin mixture.
    1 cup vodka
  • Pour the green Jello evenly into the plastic cups, filling each about halfway to the top. Move them to the refrigerator to chill for 2 hours.
  • After the green Jello has set, prepare the red layer. Bring 1½ cups of water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Remove water from the heat and whisk in the red Jello, stirring until dissolved.
    3 cups water, 1 box strawberry jello
  • Stir in ½ cup of vodka.
    1 cup vodka
  • Allow the red Jello mixture to cool completely, then pour it evenly into the shot cups on top of the green layer. Move the shots back to the refrigerator to chill for another 2 hours.
  • Before serving, top with whipped cream and Christmas sprinkles.
    Whipped cream, Christmas Sprinkles

Notes

  • Be careful not to add too much vodka to your shots, or the Jello will not set properly.
  • To make a non-alcoholic version, substitute cold water for the vodka.
  • Be sure that the green Jello layer is completely set and the red Jello mixture has cooled to room temperature before adding the red layer. Otherwise, your colors may run together.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 9g | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.01mg
The nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used.

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3 Comments

  1. 4 stars
    Hints: wait till jello cools to add vodka or the alcohol will evaporate. Add a 1/2 to full packet of plain gelatin to make sure it will jell.

  2. 5 stars
    Just made these for a christmas party. Perfect!

    1. I’m so glad everyone enjoyed them! Thanks so much for sharing and have a wonderful Christmas!

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