Fireworks, barbecues, and jello shots: the only three party essentials you need to make your Fourth of July shine. Independence Day is cause for celebration and an adult beverage. But instead of the usual beers found in the cooler, why not learn how to make red, white, and blue jello shots... hey, they're patriotic! If the last time you made them was in college, you'll need a refresher course. These party favors are layered red, white, and blue, and you can make them in whatever shapes and sizes you want.
Plan on babysitting these shots for at least three hours — you'll need to wait an hour for each layer of gelatin to set before adding the next layer. Have fun with the variety of alcohol you can use for the red and blue layers. Typically, vodka is the de facto spirit for jello shots, but you can use whatever clear spirit you have on hand. I used white rum.
The red, white, and blue jello shot recipe I used is from Brit + Co, but this recipe by blogger Kristi Murphy is just as sweet. These can be made in shot glasses or in a baking dish. If you're using a baking dish, cookie cutters are fun to make shapes out of the gelatin. If you like the recipe found below, play around with other gelatin flavors and spirits to make your own rainbow layered jello shots.
Red, White, and Blue Jello Shots
Recipe can be halved or doubled
- 1 3 oz. envelope of strawberry jello
- Clear distilled liquor (try flavored vodka, rum, or tequila)
- 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin
- 1 3 oz. envelope of berry blue jello
Have your ingredients ready to go: a handle of booze, strawberry and berry-flavored jello, unflavored gelatin, and condensed milk.
Starting with the red layer, combine 1 1/4 cup of hot water with red gelatin in a medium bowl. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved, and add 3/4 cup of a spirit of your choice. Fill a shot glass 1/3 of the way full with the hot gelatin mixture, or pour into a baking dish. Refrigerate for 60 to 90 minutes.
Once the red layer is set, dissolve the unflavored gelatin in 3/4 cup of hot water. Stir in half of a 14 oz. can of condensed milk, and combine. Pour over the red layer in your shot glasses or baking pan, and refrigerate for 60 to 90 minutes.
As soon as the white layer is set, dissolve the berry blue flavored gelatin in 1 1/4 cup of hot water. Stir in 3/4 cup of your choice of spirit, and top your shot glasses or baking dish. Refrigerate for 60 to 90 minutes. It's important to let each layer set so that it won't bleed into the following layer. Case in point:
I meant to do that. They make it look so easy.
If you used a baking sheet, cut your jello shots into patriotic shapes — or just go at it with a spoon. Either way, you can't lose.
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Images: Kristi Murphy; Taylor Henriquez