Purple Hooter Layered Jello Shots Recipe

These green and purple layered jello shots are made using the flavors of the Purple Hooter cocktail, which means they taste as good as they look.

I love making jello shots for parties. You can make them ahead of time and there are recipes to match any colors you want (like these blue jello shots and these white ones) so they always go with the decor.

Purple Hooter layered jello shots recipe

Purple Hooter Layered Jello Shots

I first made these purple and green layered jello shots for a Maleficent themed Halloween party I threw a couple of years ago. The flavors are based off of the Purple Hooter drink, so they taste great and the colors are perfect for Halloween!

Since I had so much success with the Pina Colada layered jello shots at my Alice in Wonderland party, I decided to try the layers again with different flavors. I have to say they turned out pretty well.

Another big party hit!

How To Make Purple Hooter Layered Jello Shots

What You Need

These jello shots use 2 boxes of lime jello and 1 box of grape jello as the jello flavors.

Vodka and Chambord (or another raspberry liqueur) are the alcohol flavors that are added to the mix.

If you want more purple, you could reverse the layers and do 2 packages of grape jello and 1 of lime. I find the purple a little too sweet which is why I went with 2 green layers.

The First Green Layer

The first green layer of the purple hooter jello shots
The first green layer

Make the first layer from the Lime 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 take in and out of the fridge. You’ll have to do that a couple of times to make the layers.

Tall jello shot cups

I also 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 make the first layer too wide (and end up with really skinny top layers). When I did these ones, I made them in the shorter cups because that’s what I had in the cupboard, so I’m saying this from first hand experience 🙂

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.

Put the lids on the jello shot cups and chill in the refrigerator until they are set, usually around 4 hours.

The Middle Purple Layer

The middle purple layer of the Purple Hooter jello shots
The middle purple layer

Once the first layer is chilled and set, make the purple jello and let it cool to room temperature (this is very important or it will melt the green jello and you will end up with brown jello shots instead of layers).

When it is cool, pour it on top of the green layer in the jello shot cups.

You may end up with a few green ones that don’t have a purple layer. They still taste great, so I just eat them 🙂

Chill in the refrigerator until the second layer is set, another 4 hours or so.

The Top Green Layer

Purple and green layered jello shots

Finally, use the same process to add another lime layer on top of the grape layer.

Then serve and enjoy!

I usually serve my jello shots with mini tasting spoons*. A lot of my friends prefer eating them with spoons rather than downing the shots straight from the shot cup (although the guys usually opt for that approach). These spoons are the perfect size.

Purple hooter jello shots on a stand

Purple Hooter Layered Jello Shots

These green and purple layered jello shots are made using the flavors of the Purple Hooter cocktail. Which means they taste as good as they look.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cooling Time 1 day
Servings 48 jello shots

Ingredients

Purple Layer

  • 1 3-oz (small) package purple jello
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup raspberry liqueur
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup lime juice

Green Layers

  • 2 3-oz (small) packages lime jello or 1 6-oz box split in half
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup cold water

Supplies and Utensils

  • 1 cookie sheet (optional)
  • 48 jello shot cups
  • 1 pot or kettle
  • 1 mixing bowl
  • 1 measuring cup

Instructions

First Green Layer

  1. Get your jello shot cups ready to fill by laying them out on the cookie sheet

  2. Pour 1 package of the Lime Jello into the mixing bowl.
  3. Bring the water to a boil.
  4. Add 1 cup of boiling water to the lime jello and mix until the crystals are dissolved.
  5. Add 1/4 cup of the vodka, 2 Tablespoons of the lime juice and 2 Tablespoons of the cold water to the jello. 

    Note: Depending on how much alcohol you want in your jello shot, you can change the amounts of vodka, lime juice and water. Just make sure that when you add them together, the total amount of liquid comes out to 1 cup.

  6. Pour the jello into the bottom 1/3 of the jello shot cups. Be careful not to overfill or your other layers will look really thin.

  7. Put the lids on the shot cups and let them cool in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. 

Purple Layer

  1. Pour the package of grape jello into the mixing bowl.
  2. Bring the water to a boil.

  3. Add 1 cup of boiling water to the grape jello and mix until the crystals are dissolved.
  4. Add 1/2 cup raspberry liqueur, 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup lime juice to the jello.
  5. Let the mixture cool to room temperature, about 20 minutes. Do not rush this step. Pouring warm jello over the previous layer will cause it to liquify and you'll end up with a murky mixture.
  6. Pour the purple jello over the top of the green jello, filling the jello shot cup to about 2/3 full.
  7. Put the lids on the shot cups and let them cool in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours.

Second Green Layer

  1. Pour the second package of lime jello into the mixing bowl.
  2. Bring the water in the kettle to a boil.
  3. Add 1 cup of boiling water to the lime jello and mix until the crystals are dissolved.
  4. Add 1/4 cup of the vodka, 2 Tablespoons of lime juice and 2 Tablespoons of cold water to the jello.
  5. Let the jello mix cool completely, about 20 minutes. As with the previous layer, do not rush this step. Pouring even slightly warm jello over the previous layer of jello will cause it to liquify. 

  6. Pour the jello over the top of the purple layer, filling the rest of the jello shot cup.
  7. Put the lids on the shot cups and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Recipe Notes

Putting the jello shot cups on a cookie sheet makes transporting them back and forth to the refrigerator much easier!

If you want to prevent water condensation from building up on the inside of the jello shot cup lids, wait until the jello has cooled before putting the lids on.

If you prefer more grape and less lime, you can reverse the layers and do 2 purple ones with a green layer in the middle.

Purple hooter jello shots

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