Recipe: Gourmet Jell-O Shots

Nothing quite says “I’m ready to party like I’m in Cabo” like Jell-O shots. They’re colorful, fun, and with the right recipe, they can actually be very tasty — as long as you’re willing to splurge a bit on some decent liquor.

Over the weekend, Evan and I went to Vegas to visit his best friend, Adam. Adam is a master at creating gourmet Jell-O shots — and for his girlfriend Rosie’s birthday, he made about 300 in four different flavors.

These were the most delicious Jell-O shots I’ve ever had. They’re a far cry from the college version, made with as much cheap, strong liquor as possible — these highlighted the taste of both the Jell-O and the liquor, and they were more a tasty dessert than a serious shot since they really didn’t have all that much alcohol in them.

Also important — they looked great, with the four different colored shots arranged in 1.5-ounce clear plastic containers with lids. Not surprisingly, they were gone quite quickly.

How to make Adam’s Gourmet Jell-O Shots…


Chocolate Martini
1 package Chocolate Gelatin
*not Jell-O brand, purchased at Mariana’s
2 1/2 cups Milk
1/2 cup Vanilla Vodka
1/2 cup Bailey’s Irish Cream
1/2 cup Godiva Chocolate Liqueur

1 package Vanilla Gelatin
*not Jell-O brand, purchased at Mariana’s
2 1/2 cups Milk
3/4 cup Vanilla Vodka
3/4 cup Rompope

2 packages Blackberry Fusion Jell-O
2 1/2 cups Water
3/4 cup Blueberry Vodka
3/4 cup Chambord

2 packages Melon Jell-O
2 1/2 cups Water
3/4 cup Melon Vodka
3/4 cup Midori


1) Boil the milk or water, and dissolve the Jell-O
2) Allow to cool off the heat source for 10-15 minutes
3) Stir in alcohol
4) Pour in to individual serving cups
*1 1/2 oz. Solo cups with lids work well
*1 cup liquid makes about 10 shots
5) Place in the fridge to chill until solid

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