These Lucky Charm Vodka Jello Shots are a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Make them a day ahead and pull them out when you’re ready!
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Easy Jello Shot Recipe
We are throwing back to memories of college nights with friends, themed parties, and more with this recipe!
And honestly, who doesn’t love a good jello shot?
These Lucky Charm Vodka Jello shots are the perfect recipe for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day…no matter how you plan on celebrating.
With that said, clear out some space in your refrigerator (I used this as an excuse to deep clean my fridge) so you’ll have plenty of room to store as many jello shots as your fridge will hold!
What are Jello Shots?
If you aren’t familiar with jello shots and what they are, they’re made up of Jell-O, water, and alcohol (typically vodka, but other hard liquors can be used).
Vodka Jello Shot Ingredients
Jell-O: for this Lucky Charm recipe I used green (lime) Jell-O powder! You can use another flavor of jello like green apple too.
Alcohol: you can use plain or flavored vodka. I really like how vanilla vodka tastes with lime.
Pro tip: if you don’t want to use vodka you can substitute it with any kind of alcohol, vodka is just the most common.
Wet ingredients: water and cooking spray.
Toppings: whipped cream and shamrock sprinkles.
Jello shot cups: these are the plastic shot cups I used!
How to make Vodka Jello Shots
1. Grease the plastic shot cups. Grease the inside of each plastic shot cup with cooking spray. This makes it easy for them to slide right out of the cup.
2. Boil the water. Heat 2 cups of water until boiling.
3. Mix in the Jell-O shot mixture. Pour the boiling water into a mixing bowl with the Jell-O powder and whisk until powder is completely dissolved. Pour in the vodka and remaining cold water and whisk.
Fill each shot cup with the Jell-O mixture and refrigerate for 1-2 hours until firm.
4. Decorate the Jell-O shots. Just before serving, top each Jell-O shot with whipped cream and sprinkles.
Questions you may have
How long does it take for jello shots to set?
It takes about 1 1/2 – 2 hours for jello shots to set. You can put them in the freezer to set faster, but BE CAREFUL, this will only take about 20 minutes. You don’t want your Jell-O to freeze; frozen jello will ruin it.
How much alcohol can you put in Jello shots?
A typical recipe calls for 6oz – 8 oz of alcohol to make jello shots. However, if you are looking to make a stronger shot, you can do so with up to 14oz of alcohol.
Are Jello shots as strong as regular shots?
Yes. Jello shots can contain as much alcohol as a regular shot. Sometimes people don’t think so because they “can’t taste the alcohol” and that can actually be more dangerous.
I do not encourage anyone to drink more than 1 jello shot and, as always, please drink responsibly!
What kind of liquor is good for Jello shots?
Vodka is the most widely used for jello shots. However, you can use whatever you like best or have on hand!
If you are looking for a flavored substitution for this recipe, I really love vanilla.
Is rum or vodka better for Jello shots?
This is truly personal preference. Vodka is most commonly used, however, I know a number of people who prefer rum or flavored rum in their jello shots!
How long do jello shots last?
They will last about 3-4 days in the refrigerator. It’s possible for them to last longer, but if you want them at their best, try not to wait longer than 4 days.
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Lucky Charm Vodka Jello Shots
- 2.5 cups water, divided
- 6 ounces green Jell-O powder
- 1 cup vodka
- cooking spray
- whipped cream
- shamrock sprinkles
- 28 plastic shot cups
- Grease the inside of each plastic shot cup with cooking spray.
- Heat 2 cups of water until boiling.
- Pour the boiling water into a mixing bowl with the Jell-O powder and whisk until powder is completely dissolved. Pour in the vodka and remaining cold water and whisk. Fill each shot cup with the Jell-O mixture and refrigerate for 1-2 hours until firm.
- Just before serving, top each Jell-O shot with whipped cream and sprinkles.
Absolutely love vodka jellies! These are such a fun way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and I know my Irish relatives would be impressed with the vibrant green colour! I’ll be trying these!
Now this is the way i like my jello! These are perfect for a virtual celebration.
Fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! So cute!
What a fun way to celebrate st patty’s day! These are so cute and perfect for an adult party 🙂
These are so cute and a great idea for a party or a virtual one.
These look so cute. They are perfect for St Patricks Day!
OMG these are so cute and fun!!! We always celebrate St. Patrick’s Day so this will be a hit! Thanks for sharing.
Perfect for at Patrick’s day, I think my guests will love this one!
These jello shots are fun and so bright! Love the whipped cream on top also as I haven’t seen that before. Cheers
What an amazing colour. I do love vodka jello shots at parties! great way to celebrate St Paddy’s Day!
Did you use 1 oz or 2 oz cups? Can’t wait to make for st pattys!
I used 1 oz plastic shot glasses, they’re linked in the recipe card if you want to order 🙂
Where does the remaining half cup of water go in the recipe?
It gets mixed in with the vodka
@jzeats, the recipe states 2.5 cups of water divided. You boil 2 cups to mix with the Jell-O powder. Does the other half cup go in the recipe and if so, where?
The cutest, most festive jello shots there ever were! Yum!
This is such a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Very festive. 🙂
These lucky charm jello shots are a fun, festive and great way to enjoy the Holiday.
I shared your awesome recipe with my wife and she made these for girls night. They were a hit! Thank you so much!
What type of cooking spray do you use ??
you can use anything light! vegetable oil or light olive oil are great.