Jello and vodka were meant to be together, so who are we to keep them apart!? These vodka jello shot recipes are perfect for any occasion and any jello shot making skill level.
It doesn’t matter what time of year it is — there’s never a bad time to make a vodka jello shot. If you’ve been intimidated by jello shots in the past, don’t be! They’re surprisingly easy to make and are a welcome addition to any party or celebratory event.
How To Make Vodka Jello Shots
While recipes can vary, the most common way of making vodka jello shots is the following:
Combine 1 3oz package of jello with 1 cup of boiling water and stir until the jello dissolves
Pour in a 1/2 cup of cold water and a 1/2 cup of vodka to the jello mixture
Stir until combined, then pour into shot cups
Refrigerate for 3-4 hours or until the shots are firm
This will make 12-16 shots depending on how strong your pours are.
The following vodka jello shot recipes use this method or variations of this method, but you can take lot of creative liberties when making jello shots.
Ultimately, the only real rules are 1. you need to have equal parts boiling liquid and cold liquid so it mixes and freezes properly and 2. you don’t want to boil the vodka for obvious reasons.
The Best Vodka For Jello Shots
Ultimately, any vodka will mix in fine with jello, so the best vodka for jello shots comes down to your price point, preference, and the recipe.
With all that covered, let’s get right into the recipes!
24 Vodka Jello Shot Recipes For Any Occasion
These vodka jello shots are for any jello shot making skill level. From decadent dessert shots to shots that taste like your favorite vodka cocktails, these recipes are perfect for any occasion that calls for a fun jello shot!
To start us off, we have everyone's favorite vodka cocktail in jello shot form!
The recipe uses equal parts Citron Vodka and Triple Sec with cranberry jello and a little bit of lime and cranberry juice. If you're looking for a jello shot that everyone will love, this is a great option.
These watermelon shots look intimidating, but they're actually pretty easy to make!
Instead of pouring your mixture into a shot cup, you pour it into half of a hollowed out watermelon and refrigerate it until the jello has set. Then you carefully cut the watermelon into wedges, and you have a gorgeous, show-stopping jello shot that's perfect for the summertime.
This delicious shot also uses a layering technique to give it a fun visual effect.
Ingredients include Pearl Strawberry Basil Vodka, lemonade, and plain jello. If you can't find this specific vodka though, you could add fresh basil with the stems to the boiling water to get a similar flavor.
Here's another very different take on an apple jello shot! This one is on the sweeter side of the spectrum and uses salted caramel vodka, apple cider, lemon juice, and plain jello.
Similar to the watermelon jello shot, you pour the mixture into a hollowed out apple and then cut it into slices once the jello is firm. Perfect for fall or whenever you have some extra apples laying around!
Blue raspberry was always the most popular flavor of popsicle and jolly rancher growing up, so I have no doubt these would be a crowd pleaser. The only ingredients are blue raspberry vodka and blue raspberry jello.
These would make your mouth the craziest shade of blue, and it'd be totally worth it!
If you want a more sophisticated jello shot, give these blueberry martini jello shots a try!
It's made with plain gelatin, blueberry vodka, simple syrup, and fresh blueberries. Instead of shot cups, you use an ice cube mold, which is actually a lot easier than trying to pour the shot into individual tiny cups. So you get extra elegance without any extra effort!
If Harry Potter were trying to get lit, you can bet this would be his jello shot of choice.
You'll need cream soda, Butterscotch Schnapps, vanilla vodka, butter flavored extract, and caramel sauce for drizzling. It's decadent and requires a few more ingredients than most jello shots, but it will make you feel like you're sitting at a pub in Hogsmeade. Totally worth it.
I'm a little obsessed with cucumber vodka, so I'm beyond excited to try this recipe!
It uses lemon jello and Ketel One Cucumber Mint Vodka. But if you can't find the specific Ketel One flavor, you can use any cucumber vodka and add fresh mint to the water while it's boiling for the same effect.
These mermaid jello shots are a little bit more involved than the other recipes on this list, but they were too gorgeous not to include!
Here's what you need for these beauties: grape jello, unflavored gelatin powder, vodka, Grape Pucker Schnapps, lemon juice, and champagne.
As long as that doesn't scare you off, the recipe is fairly straightforward after making the jello mixture: pour it in a pan, refrigerate, then cut into small squares and garnish with sprinkles when the jello has set.
This layered jello shot is made in a silicone muffin pan, but you can also easily just use shot cups instead.
For ingredients, you need Coca-Cola, cherry vodka, and cherry jello for the bottom layer and cherry vodka, cherry jello, and grenadine for the top layer. Add a fresh cherry or maraschino cherry on top before the top layer sets for a fun garnish!
And that’s a wrap! Which of these vodka jello shot recipes are you excited to try next time you’re throwing a party? I’m personally stoked to give the Mermaid shots a try, but they all look so fun and tasty.
And if you have a favorite vodka jello shot that wasn’t included here, please let me know in the comment section below so I can try it out myself 🙂