The Best Tasting Layered Pina Colada Jello Shot

Looking for a jello shot that looks good and tastes great? Check out this layered Pina Colada jello shot…it really tastes like a Pina Colada!

I love making jello shots for parties and Pina Colada jello shots are perfect for summer get-togethers. That’s why I’m always looking for new versions to try, like this layered Pina Colada jello shot recipe and these white Pina Colada jello shots (made with real coconut milk and pineapple juice).

Best tasting Pina Colada Layered Jello Shots

Layered Pina Colada Jello Shot Recipe

As many of you know I threw a party for a friend of mine this past weekend, and my favorite “drink” to serve at parties is jello shots.

They are made in advance, can be pretty much color you want, and everyone loves them.

I have my list of tried and true jello shot recipes that I have served many times and know taste great, but this time I decided to try something different…layered jello shots.

Pina Colada flavored yellow and white layered jello shots
Pina Colada Layered Jello Shots

The tricky part of layered jello shots is that I still wanted them to taste great, not just throw some colors together that looked good.

So I started looking for inspiration from drinks that combined two juices together, and the first one I came up with was a Pina Colada.  It mixes pineapple juice and coconut milk (or cream) with rum to make a drink that reminds me of being on a beach in the Caribbean…perfect for a summer party!

This Pina Colada jello shot was by far the most popular jello shot I served at the party…it really does taste like a Pina Colada!

Layered Pina Colada Jello Shots Ingredients

Layered Pina Colada Jello Shots Ingredients

Since I’m all about making jello shots the easy way, I decided to use instant Coconut Cream Pudding mix* for the middle layer along with the two layers of Island Pineapple jello mix*.

I also went with a mixture of regular white rum and Coconut flavored rum. But if you don’t have both of these on hand, I think the jello shots would still taste good if you did all Malibu or all Bacardi.

How To Make Layered Pina Colada Jello Shots

The First Layer

Fill the jello cups 1/3 full with pineapple jello
Fill the jello cups 1/3 full with pineapple jello

Make the first layer from the Island Pineapple jello mix and fill the jello shot cups about 1/3 full. Putting the jello shot cups on a cookie sheet makes them easy to put in the fridge.

I used regular rum for this layer, but you could also use coconut rum for all 3 layers if you want to simplify it a bit.

Tall jello shot cups

I find it’s easier to do the layers if you use taller jello shot cups like these ones*.  With the shorter jello shot cups, you have to be really careful that you don’t fill them up too much with the first layer.

In either case, you will definitely need 2-oz jello cups (or larger). The 1-oz ones are just too small to make layers in.

The Second Layer

Instant Coconut Cream jello pudding

Instant Coconut Cream Pudding Mix*

Once the first layer is chilled and set, add the coconut pudding layer on top.

I used instant coconut cream pudding so I didn’t have to wait for it to cool at all before doing the next pineapple layer. If you use the Cook & Serve variety, you will need to wait until it is room temperature before putting it on top of the jello.  Otherwise the jello will melt and you won’t end up with any layers 🙂 (Although I’m sure it would still taste great).

One note: The coconut cream pudding doesn’t seem to fill as many cups as the jello, so you may run out of it before you have filled all of the jello cups.  I just made a few pineapple-only jello shots with the leftovers.

The Third Layer

Island Pineapple Jello

Island pineapple jello*

Finally, add another pineapple layer. Since the pudding is pretty soft, you will end up making a hole in it if you pour the jello in over top of it. I found it worked best to use a spoon to carefully ladle the jello in over the pudding worked best.

Pour any extra pineapple jello mix over the pineapple-only jello shots from the first step.  The two layers will mix together and no-one will be able to tell they were made separately.

Refrigerate and enjoy!

Pina Colada Layered Jello Shots
Pina Colada Layered Jello Shots

Enjoy your Pina Colada jello shot!

Pina Colada Jello Shot

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes
Servings 36 jello shots

Ingredients

  • 2 3-oz boxes Island Pineapple Jello
  • 1 cup White Rum
  • 1 3.4 oz box Coconut Cream Jello Pudding
  • 1/4 cup Malibu Rum
  • 1 3/4 cup Cold Milk
  • Water

Instructions

First Pineapple Layer

  1. Pour 1 package of the Island Pineapple Jello into the mixing bowl.
  2. Bring the water in the kettle to a boil.
  3. Add 1 cup of boiling water to the pineapple jello and mix until the crystals are dissolved.
  4. Add ½ cup of the white rum and ½ cup of cold water to the jello.  Note:  Depending on how much alcohol you want in your jello shot, you can change the amounts of rum and water.  Just make sure that when you add them together, the total amount of liquid comes out to 1 cup.
  5. Pour the jello into the bottom 1/3 of the jello shot cups.
    Fill the jello cups 1/3 full with pineapple jello
  6. Let cool in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

The Coconut Layer

  1. For the coconut cream layer, mix the Coconut Cream Jello Pudding, ¼ cup Malibu rum and 1¾ cup milk in a mixing bowl.  For this portion of the recipe, you really can't put more than about ¼ cup of rum in with the pudding mix or it won't set.
  2. Stir for 2 minutes until the pudding mix has thickened a little.
  3. Pour over the top of the pineapple jello layer in the jello cups.  Each cup should be about 2/3 full.
  4. Let the shots sit for a few minutes so that the pudding thickens while you are making the second pineapple layer.Note: The coconut cream pudding doesn't seem to fill as many cups as the jello, so you may run out of it before you have filled all of the jello cups.  I just made a few pineapple-only jello shots with the leftover ones.

Second Pineapple Layer

  1. Pour the second package of Island Pineapple Jello into the mixing bowl.
  2. Bring the water in the kettle to a boil.
  3. Add 1 cup of boiling water to the pineapple jello and mix until the crystals are dissolved.
  4. Add ½ cup of the white rum and ½ cup of cold water to the jello.
  5. Let the jello mix cool completely.  Do not rush this step.  Pouring even slightly warm jello over the pudding mix will cause it to liquify.
  6. Pour the jello over the top of the pudding mix.  To prevent making a hole in the pudding, I held the spoon up over the top of each jello shot cup.  Then poured the jello into the spoon so that it would overflow onto the pudding.
    Pina Colada Striped Jello Shots
  7. Pour any extra pineapple jello mix over the pineapple-only jello shots from the first step.  The two layers will mix together and no-one will be able to tell they were made separately.
  8. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

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Layered Pina Colada Jello Shots


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