How to Make Blue Hawaiian Jello Shots

These Blue Hawaiian jello shots with Malibu rum are the color of the ocean and taste so delicious you’ll feel like you’re sitting on a tropical beach.

how to make blue hawaiian jello shots

These blue Hawaiian jello shots are a take-off of the bright blue-colored cocktail with the same name.

Just looking at them reminds me of the ocean, and make me want to head to the beach. Which makes them the perfect addition to any summer get-together!

What You Need To Make Blue Hawaiian Jello Shots

blue hawaiian jello shot ingredients
Blue Hawaiian jello shot ingredients

The original drink is kind of like a blue pina colada, so I used pineapple juice and coconut rum along with blue curacao to get some of the same flavor in these tasty jello shots.

Spreading jello shot cups out on a cookie sheet makes the Blue Hawaiian jello shots easy to move to the fridge
Spreading jello shot cups out on a cookie sheet makes them easy to move to the fridge

Before you start making your Blue Hawaiian jello shots, you might want to get your jello shot cups ready.

I like to use the 2 ounce jello shot cups that come with lids*. That way you can stack them in the refrigerator (I always need as much fridge space available as possible when I’m having a party!). And you don’t have to worry about them spilling if they get knocked over before they are set.

Spreading them out on a cookie sheet makes them really easy to move to the fridge when chilling time comes. It also saves your counter from getting jello on it if you happen to spill some.

One small box of jello makes between 16 and 20 2-ounce jello shots depending on how much you put in each cup. Although I almost always ends up with 16, I usually put out 18 jello shot cups just in case.

How to Make Blue Hawaiian Jello Shots

1. Put your water on to boil.

I like to use an electric kettle* for this. They boil faster and don’t take up any stove space (another thing that always seems to be in short supply when I’m getting ready for a party).

blue hawaiian jello shots mixing

2. Once it is boiling, combine the jello crystals with the hot water, making sure to stir until all of the sugar has dissolved.

I use a bowl with a handle and spout*…it makes pouring the jello into the cups much easier when we get to that stage.

blue hawaiian jello shots cold liquids

3. Then add in your pineapple juice, coconut rum and blue curacao.

For this step, I combine the pineapple juice, coconut run and blue curacao in a 2-cup measuring cup that you can read from the top*. It makes measuring so much easier!

Put together, the total of these liquids should come to 1 cup. This is a double-check that I haven’t messed up on my measurements. (Putting in too much liquid will cause the jello not to set).

blue hawaiian jello shots filled

4. Pour the jello mixture into the jello cups and they are ready to chill!

You may want to wait until the jello is cool before putting the lids on. That will prevent condensation from building up on them. It isn’t really a big deal if it does, since it doesn’t hurt the jello. They just look a little nicer without it.

blue hawaiian jello shots

5. Serve and enjoy your Blue Hawaiian jello shots!

For all the people who don’t want to down the shots the traditional way, I serve my jello shots with mini tasting spoons*. They are the perfect size for eating out of a jello shot cup.

blue hawaiian jello shots

Blue Hawaiian Jello Shot Recipe

These Blue Hawaiian jello shots are the color of the ocean and taste so delicious, it's like summer in a cup!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chilling Time 4 hours
Servings 16 shots


  • 1 3-ounce package Berry Blue Jello (the small box)
  • 1 cup boiling water (if you want extra tropical flavor, you can substitute pineapple juice for the water)
  • 1/2 cup coconut rum (I used Malibu rum)
  • 1/4 cup Blue Curacao
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice

Pots and Utensils

  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 measuring cup
  • 16 2-ounce jello shot cups
  • 1 cookie sheet (optional)
  • 16 mini tasting spoons (optional)


  1. Pour the jello into the mixing bowl

  2. Add 1 cup of boiling water and stir until the crystals are all dissolved.

  3. Mix in the coconut rum, Blue Curacao, and pineapple juice.

  4. Pour the mixture into the jello shot cups

  5. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours (or until set).

Recipe Notes

  • I like to use a mixing bowl with a spout*. It helps to prevent spills when you're pouring the jello into the shot cups.
  • Spreading out the jello shot cups* on a cookie sheet makes them easy to move into the fridge for chilling.
  • Serving your jello shots with mini tasting spoons* gives people who don't want to down them the traditional way another option.

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