The Best Jello Shot Recipes (By Color)

When you want to create a jello shot that tastes great, is easy to make and matches your party decor, find what you’re looking for on this list of the best jello shot recipes by color.

The Best Jello Shots (by color)

Best Jello Shot Recipes

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Jello shots are one of my all-time favorite party drinks!

I have been making them since I was in college, and they’re as big a hit now (many years later!) as they were back then.

Over the years, I have tried out a lot of different recipes on my friends and have come up with the ones that everyone loves the most. So that’s where this list of the best tasting jello shots came from. Lots of trial and error!

There’s a lot of good reasons why I love jello shots (besides the fact that they’re yummy!). They’re easy to put together, can be made ahead of time (always a bonus!), they can go with any color theme, and you’re in total control over how much of a kick they have (I usually make some with alcohol and some without).

I almost always make jelly shots in these individual jello shot cups with lids (the 2 ounce size works best)*.

They can be stacked for storage in the fridge, are easy to hand out to your guests and don’t spill or break if they’re dropped (which always seems to happen at some point during the night!)

jello shot with mini spoon
Jello shot with mini spoon

I serve jello shots with plastic mini tasting spoons*.  Although some people like to use the no-utensils approach to downing them, a lot of my friends appreciate having a spoon. These ones are the perfect size for eating from a jello shot cup.

Keep reading to browse through my list of the best jello shot recipes, or skip directly to the jello shot color you are looking for by clicking the links below

Best Blue Jello Shot Recipes

Blue and black jello shots
Blue and black jello shots

The Coconut Rum Jello Shot Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup boiling water
1 3-ounce (small) package of Berry Blue jello
2/3 cup Coconut Rum
1/3 cup cold water

How To Make Blue Coconut Rum Jello Shots

1. Mix the Berry Blue Jello crystals with 1 cup of boiling water until the jello sugar has dissolved.

2. Add the Coconut Rum and water and mix again.

3. Pour into jello cups.

4. Chill for at least 4 hours.

Makes about 16 jello shots.

You can get all the details and a printable version of this berry blue coconut rum jello shot recipe HERE.

If you’re looking for a more tropical version of a blue jello shot with coconut rum, try out this Blue Hawaiian jello shot recipe.


Best jello shot recipes for berry blue jello
Blue Jello Shots

The Apple Pucker Blue Jello Shot Recipe

I know this one sounds a little strange…but the tart flavor of the Apple Pucker takes away from some of the sweetness of the berry blue jello, and makes a really good-tasting jello shot!

Ingredients

1 cup boiling water
1 3-ounce (small) package of Berry Blue jello
2/3 cup Sour Apple Pucker
1/3 cup cold water

How To Make Apple Pucker Blue Jello Shots

1. Mix the Berry Blue Jello crystals with 1 cup of boiling water until the jello sugar has dissolved.

2. Add the Sour Apple Pucker and water and mix again.

3. Pour into jello cups.

4. Chill for at least 4 hours.

Makes about 16 jello shots.

Click here for all of the details and a printable version of this Apple Pucker Blue Jello Shots recipe.


Glow in the dark jello brains | Best Jello Shots by color
Glow in the dark jello brains

Glow-in-the-Dark Blue Jello Shot Recipe

I originally did a non-alcoholic version of this recipe in a jello mold that looked like brains (for a Halloween party)…but I have since served it as a jello shot and it still glows in the dark when you put it under a black light.

Want to see how to make the glow in the dark jello brains?  Click here to see our post.

Ingredients

1¼ cup tonic water
1 3-ounce (small) package of Berry Blue jello
2/3 cup Absolut Citron Vodka
1/3 cup cold tonic water

How To Make Glow In The Dark Blue Jello Shots

1. Heat tonic water to boiling.

2. Mix the Berry Blue Jello crystals with 1 cup of the boiling tonic water until the jello sugar has dissolved.  There will be a little bit of hot tonic water left over that you can throw out.

3. Add the Citron Vodka and the cold tonic water and mix again.

4. Pour into jello cups.

5. Chill for at least 4 hours.

Makes about 16 jello shots.


Under The Sea Blue Jello Shot Recipe

These blue jello shots made with Swedish fish are too cute and were the hit of my Under The Sea party.

With sand, sea and fish (all edible of course), who can resist one of these?

Click HERE to find the recipe.

Berry Blue Jello*


Best Green Jello Shot Recipes

Green Jello Shots are one of the Best Jello Shot recipes by color
Green Jello Shots

The Margarita (Tequila) Jello Shot Recipe

These Margarita jello shots are so good that after tasting them, I figured, why mess with a good thing? They are still one of my all time favorite jello shots recipe.

Ingredients

1 cup boiling water
3-ounce (small) package of Lime Jello
2/3 cup Margarita mix
1/3 cup Tequila

How To Make Margarita Jello Shots

1. Mix the Lime Jello crystals with 1 cup of boiling water until the jello sugar has dissolved.

2. Add the Margarita mix and Tequila and stir again.

3. Pour into jello cups.

4. Chill for at least 4 hours.

Makes about 16 jello shots.

Lime Jello*

Best Yellow Jello Shot Recipes

Lemon Jello*

The Lemon Drop (Vodka) Jello Shot Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup boiling water
1 3-ounce (small) package of Lemon jello
2/3 cup Citron Vodka
1/3 cup cold water
(optional) White sugar

How To Make Lemon Drop Jello Shots

1. Mix the Lemon Jello crystals with 1 cup of boiling water until the jello sugar has dissolved.

2. Add the Citron Vodka and water and stir again.

3. Pour into jello cups.

4. Chill for at least 4 hours.

5. (Optional) Once the jello has set, you can sprinkle a little white sugar over the top to give it a little extra sparkle.

Makes about 16 jello shots.


Island Pineapple Jello*

The Pina Colada (Coconut Rum) Jello Shot Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup boiling water
1 3-ounce (small) package of Island Pineapple jello
3/4 cup Malibu Coconut Rum
1/4 cup cold water or coconut milk

How To Make Pina Colada Jello Shots

1. Mix the Island Pineapple Jello crystals with 1 cup of boiling water until the jello sugar has dissolved.

2. Add the Malibu Coconut Rum and water (or coconut milk) and stir again.

3. Pour into jello cups.

4. Chill for at least 4 hours.

Makes about 16 jello shots.


Layered Pina Colada Jello Shot Recipe

These Pina Colada Layered Jello Shots are one of the best jello shot recipes ever
Pina Colada Layered Jello Shots

If you’re willing to do a little more work, this layered Pina Colada recipe is one of the best jello shot recipes ever!

Click here to find the recipe.


Best Red Jello Shot Recipes

Blue and Red Jello Shots | Best Jello Shots by color
Blue and Red Jello Shots

The Strawberry Daiquiri Rum Jello Shot Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup boiling water
1 3-ounce (small) package of Strawberry jello
1/2 cup Strawberry Daiquiri mix
1/2 cup White Rum

How To Make Red Strawberry Daiquiri Jello Shots

1. Mix the Strawberry Jello crystals with 1 cup of boiling water until the jello sugar has dissolved.

2. Add the Strawberry Daiquiri mix and Rum and stir again.

3. Pour into jello cups.

4. Chill for at least 4 hours.

Makes about 16 jello shots.

For a slightly different version try our Very Berry Strawberry Daiquiri jello shots recipe.


Strawberry Jello*

Alternate Recipe:  The Strawberry Margarita (Tequila) Jello Shot Recipe

To make Strawberry Margarita jello shots, simply substitute Tequila for the Rum in the Strawberry Daiquiri Jello Shot Recipe.


Red and blue jello shots with a New England Patriots plate

The Cherry Fireball Jello Shot Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup boiling water
1 3-ounce (small) package of Cherry jello
2/3 cup Fireball whiskey
1/3 cup cold water

How To Make Red Cherry Fireball Jello Shots

1. Mix Cherry Jello crystals with 1 cup of boiling water until the jello sugar has dissolved.

2. Add the Fireball whiskey and water and stir again.

3. Pour into jello cups.

4. Chill for at least 4 hours.

Makes about 16 jello shots.

Cherry Jello*

Best Orange Jello Shot Recipes

Orange jello shots
Orange jello shots

The Creamsicle (Vodka) Jello Shot Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup boiling water
1 3-ounce (small) package of Orange jello
2/3 cup Vanilla vodka (or 2/3 cup vodka and 1 tsp vanilla)
1/3 cup cold water

How To Make Orange Creamsicle Jello Shots

1. Mix Orange Jello crystals with 1 cup of boiling water until the jello sugar has dissolved.

2. Add the Vanilla Vodka and water and stir again.

3. Pour into jello cups.

4. Chill for at least 4 hours.

Makes about 16 jello shots.

Orange Jello*


Best Purple Jello Shot Recipes

Grape Jello*

The Purple Hooter Jello Shot Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup boiling water
1 3-ounce (small) package of Grape jello
2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 Tablespoons cold water
1/2 cup Vodka
1/4 cup Raspberry Liqueur

How To Make Purple Hooter Jello Shots

1. Mix the Grape Jello crystals with 1 cup of boiling water until the jello sugar has dissolved.

2. Add the fresh lime juice, cold water, vodka and raspberry liqueur and stir again.

3. Pour into jello cups.

4. Chill for at least 4 hours.

Makes about 16 jello shots.

Best Maroon Jello Shot Recipe

Cosmopolitan jello shots
Cosmopolitan jello shots

The Cosmopolitan Shot Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup boiling water
1 3-ounce (small) package of Cranberry jello
1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 Tablespoons cranberry juice
1/2 cup Vodka
1/4 cup Cointreau or Triple Sec

How To Make Cosmopolitan Jello Shots

1. Mix the Cranberry Jello crystals with 1 cup of boiling water until the jello sugar has dissolved.

2. Add the fresh lime juice, cranberry juice, Vodka and Cointreau and stir again.

3. Pour into jello cups.

4. Chill for at least 4 hours.

Makes about 16 jello shots.

Cranberry Jello*


Best Black Jello Shot Recipe

Black jello shots
Black jello shots

True black jello shots are pretty hard to come by, so I use the Cosmopolitan jello shot recipe and add some food coloring to it.

It doesn’t become true black, but it’s close enough for most decor.

Black Jello Shot Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup boiling water
1 3-ounce (small) package of Cranberry jello
1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 Tablespoons cranberry juice
1/2 cup Vodka
1/4 cup Cointreau or Triple Sec
Green food coloring
Blue food coloring

How To Make Black Jello Shots

1. Mix the Cranberry Jello crystals with 1 cup of boiling water until the jello sugar has dissolved.

2. Add the fresh lime juice, cranberry juice, Vodka and Cointreau and stir again.

3. Mix in a few drops each of the green food coloring and blue food coloring. You want to use liquid food coloring for this (the gel kind won’t work).

4. Pour into jello cups.

5. Chill for at least 4 hours.

Makes about 16 jello shots.

Best White Jello Shot Recipe

True white jello shots are a difficult color to come up with since there aren’t any white jello flavors available and you can’t add food coloring to something else to make it white.

So this jello shot recipe is the first one on the list that doesn’t actually use jello. And to be perfectly honest, it’s more of a cream color than true white. But it still works pretty well when you need a white jello shot.

It doesn’t hurt that they taste delicious!

White Jello Shot Recipe

Ingredients

2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup pineapple juice
3/4 cup Malibu rum

How To Make White Jello Shots

1. Sprinkle the unflavored gelatin over the coconut milk in a bowl.

2. Heat the pineapple juice to boiling.

3. Whisk the pineapple juice into the coconut milk mixture and stir until all of the gelatin has dissolved.

4. Add the Malibu rum.

5. Pour into jello cups.

6. Chill for at least 4 hours.

Makes about 20 jello shots.

You can find more detailed step-by-step instructions and printable instructions for this pina-colada flavored white jello shot HERE.


Best Pink Jello Shot Recipe

The newest addition to my jello shot repertoire are these clear pink jello shots.

They are pretty enough to serve at a more dressed up event. I love to make them for New Year’s Eve, but they would be perfect for Valentine’s Day, a bachelorette party or even a wedding.

Pink Jello Shot Recipe

Ingredients

2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1 1/2 cups White Cranberry Strawberry Juice Cocktail
1 1/2 cups champagne, prosecco or other sparkling wine
2 to 4 Tablespoons sugar (optional)

How To Make Pink Jello Shots

1. Sprinkle the unflavored gelatin over 1/2 cup of the juice in a bowl.

2. Heat the rest of the juice to boiling.

3. Combine the hot juice with the cold juice and stir until all of the gelatin has dissolved.

4. (Optional) If you want the jello shots to be sweeter than champagne usually is, add 2 to 4 Tablespoons of sugar.

5. Add the champagne or sparkling wine.

6. Pour into jello cups.

7. Chill for at least 4 hours.

Makes about 20 jello shots.

You can find more detailed step-by-step instructions for this pink champagne jello shot recipe HERE.


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14 Responses

  • When make jello shots, if you use 3 boxes, do 3 cups of boiling water, 1 cup of liquor, 1 cup liquer, and 1 cup of orange juice, pineapple juice, cranberry juice, or sweet and sour, or margarita mix. For example, if i use pineapple jello, i do a cup of coconut rum, a cup of banana liquer, and a cup of orange juice.

    • Hi Kelly…thanks for the suggestion…that’s a good idea. It’s easy to measure and sounds like it would taste great!

    • I haven’t tried that, but I think it would definitely add to the flavor! If you didn’t use too much, it might not affect the color too much…or if you don’t mind using artificial vanilla, you can get the clear kind that wouldn’t change the color at all. If you do end up trying it, I’d love to hear how it turns out!

    • Hi Jane…all of these recipes use the small boxes of jello. You get about 16 jello shots out of a small box. If you want to make more, a large box will work too…just double the amount of all of the ingredients.

  • I was wondering do you think you could use raspberry Smirnoff vodka in the purple hooter ones? Just increase the flavored vodka to 3/4 cup and leave out the raspberry liqueur. Or would the flavor profile change to much? Thanks

  • I have tried to make jello shots using Root beer Schnapps but the flavor isn’t there. I’m going to boil root beer soda instead of water this time. We’ll see!

    • Hi Debbie…I have tried root beer schnapps jello shots before, and they’ve never worked out for me either. So if you figure out a good way to make them, I would love to know what you find!

    • Hi Mary…I’m going to try to come up with a new recipe in the next couple of weeks (maybe green Jello with blue liquor?). But if I can’t find anything that works, I’ll be making the green margarita ones…and add a couple of drops of blue food coloring to see if I can get the color closer.

  • Hi,
    What type of coconut milk do you use? The canned one for cooking or the refrigerated one in the milk carton or a different kind?

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