These festive, Red White and Blue Jello Shots can be made with or without alcohol and are perfect for summer holidays and BBQ’s. Mini muffin tins can be used to make preparation effortless with even layers.
These shots are a sure way to impress your guests with beautiful, vibrant colors. You can make these kid-friendly by omitting the vodka and adding plenty of whipped cream and festive sprinkles on top. The decadent, creamy white layer has a combination of whipping cream, gelatin and pineapple juice for an unexpected bit of added flavor that blends perfectly with the Strawberry and Berry Blue Jello. Everyone kept raving about it on the 4th!
The Nitty-Gritty of it All
I had to browse at several different stores to find just the right shot glass for these babies. I ended up finding these clear 2 oz. shot glasses at Party City. As a bonus, they came in packs of 100 which means that there were plenty of extras for next time. I began setting out all the glasses on my counter and found the whole thing to be a bit of a mess. That’s when I had the ingenious idea (it happens every great once in awhile) to try and use my mini muffin tins. As you can see, it was a match made in heaven. The other perk of using the muffin tins is that it gives you the perfect measuring line for the first layer of jello. Just be sure to check that meniscus as my science teacher always seemed to mention…haha!
The most challenging part of figuring out this recipe was what the heck to use for the white layer. It had to have enough density to make those beautiful, even layers after all. I ended up having to dump out the first two batches of my catastrophic, creamy concoction. Apparently, it isn’t the greatest idea to dump gelatin directly into warm whipping cream. This is what gave me the idea to mix the gelatin into a bit of pineapple juice before adding to the warm cream. Gelatin is a tricky beast indeed, but I must thank it for making me add the pineapple flavor that made this recipe so delish!
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- 1 Box Instant Berry Blue Jello
- 1 Box Instant Strawberry Jello
- 1 C. Heavy Whipping Cream
- 1/2 C. Pineapple Juice
- 2 tbsp. sugar
- 1 packet gelatin
- 1 1/2 C. vodka
- 3 1/3 C. water
Bring one cup of water to a boil and stir into the Berry Blue Jello mix until dissolved. Stir in 2/3 C. of cold water and allow to set until cooled.
Once cooled, stir in 1/2 C. of vodka. Pour blue mixture into shot glasses so that they are 1/3 full. Note: Place shot glasses into mini muffin tins and use the top of the tin as a marker for how much blue mixture to pour into each glass.
Refrigerate until thickened for around 3 hours.
In a small bowl, mix gelatin mix and pineapple juice together.
In a small saucepan, bring heavy whipping cream and sugar to a near boil; stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and stir in the pineapple juice mixture.
Allow to cool to room temperature (may stick it in the fridge for a bit to speed the process).
Once cooled, mix 1/2 C. of vodka into the whipping cream mixture.
Pour the whipping cream mixture into shot glasses so that the glasses are 2/3 of the way full.
Refrigerate until firm for around 2-3 hours.
Prepare red jello mixture by repeating the same steps as the blue jello mixture.
Pour cooled red jello mixture with vodka into the shot glasses until almost full; refrigerate until firm.
Optional: Garnish tops of shots with whipped cream and red, white and blue sprinkles before serving.
For a kid-friendly version, prepare jello layers according to package instructions; omitting the vodka. Mix 1 C. of pineapple juice with the gelatin when making the white, whipping cream layer.
Optional: Add whipped cream and red, white and blue sprinkles to the tops of the shots.