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Christmas Jello Shots

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These Christmas Jello Shots are made with simple ingredients and will put the holiday spirit into your holiday season. Red and green jello are layered together then topped with whipped cream and festive sprinkles. Perfect for holiday parties!

red & green christmas jello shot topped with whipped cream & sprinkles.

Christmas Jell-O Shots

Wouldn’t it be fun if your next holiday party had a table of Christmas brownies, some melted reindeer bark, a snowman cheese ball, and these jello shot cups?

Oh and Christmas cookies. Can’t forget those.

This Christmas jello shot recipe is the perfect addition to your Christmas cocktails lineup.

You can make them with or without the vodka so all your guests can enjoy them at your Christmas gatherings.

Why you’ll love these simple red & green jello shots

Easy to make – You have to allow 2-3 hours for them to set up, but the actual process of making them is simple and you only need four ingredients!

Fun for the whole family – Make a non-alcoholic version so the younger guests can enjoy the fun treat at Christmas parties.

Fun Topping Options – You could add fresh strawberries, a maraschino cherry, or even crushed candy canes sprinkled on top of the whipped cream.

christmas jello shots on a red plaid napkin.

Equipment you’ll need

  • Disposable Cups – 1 oz or 2 oz plastic cups with lids are easiest.
  • Baking Sheet – Either a lipped baking sheet or a tray will be helpful for moving the shots in and out of the fridge while the layers are setting.
  • Measuring Cup – I like to use a large measuring cup with a spout to whisk up the jello mixture.
  • Small Saucepan – To boil the water.

Ingredients

Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card.

  • RED JELL-O – I use cranberry jello but you can use any of the red flavors (cherry, raspberry, strawberry)
  • GREEN JELL-O – One box of lime jello (or another green flavor – is there a green apple?)
  • WATER – You’ll need both boiling water and cold water to make the jello mixture.
  • VODKA – A cup of plain vodka will be used. Vodka comes in MANY flavors – plain works well to not compete with the flavor of the jello, but vanilla vodka may work.
  • TOPPINGS – Whipped cream and Christmas sprinkles (these are super cute!).
overhead shot of labeled ingredients for jello shots.

How to make fun Christmas Jello Shots

  1. STEP ONE: Make the red layer. In a large measuring cup (or mixing bowl with a spout), add 1 cup of boiling water and the cranberry jello. Whisk until dissolved and then add in 1/2 cup vodka and 1/2 cup cold water and whisk again. Pour evenly into small plastic shot glasses (1 oz shown) that have been set onto a tray or lipped baking sheet, filling approximately 1/4 to 1/2 way up. Place the entire tray into the fridge for approximately 30 minutes or until red layer is firm.
  2. STEP TWO: Make the green layer. In a large measuring cup (or mixing bowl with spout), add 1 cup of boiling water and the lime jello and whisk until dissolved. Add in 1/2 cup vodka and 1/2 cup cold water and whisk again. Let the mixture cool slightly and then pour the rest of the way on top of the set red layer. Place the tray back into the fridge for approximately 2 hours to fully set.
  3. STEP THREE: Garnish and serve. Once fully set, garnish & serve!
collage of 4 photos showing the process of making layered jello shots.

What to serve with Christmas jello shots

Drinks

At your next Christmas party, serve these fun jello shots with more holiday drinks like Christmas mimosas, a drunk rudolph milkshake, or even slow cooker hot chocolate.

Desserts

A Christmas cookie spread with millionaire bars, chocolate chip snowballs, saltine peanut butter toffee, and chocolate dipped butter cookies.

Appetizers

Some savory options like baked brie, buffalo chicken egg rolls, and mozzarella sticks would be a good pairing.

Tips & Suggestions 🎄

  • Allow plenty of time for the layers to fully set.
  • Make a big batch so you don’t run out – this recipe can easily be doubled or even tripled.
  • Use plastic cups with lids so you can easily store and transport them.
  • Some people prefer the 2 ounce cups for jello shots and those work well too, you just will get less shots out of each batch.
  • These can also be made without the vodka, just substitute the vodka for water.

How to store them

You will want to store these easy jello shots in the fridge. If they get too warm, they can melt.

How long will jello shots last in the fridge?

5-7 days. Don’t garnish until you’re ready to serve them.

Can I freeze jello shots?

Nope. As they become frozen it will affect the texture of the jello dramatically so it will become a gooey texture.

Can jello shots be made ahead of time?

You can definitely make them ahead of time but they’re best enjoyed within 3-5 days so don’t make them too far in advance.

try of red & green layered christmas jello shots.

FAQs

What is the best liquor to use for jello shots?

Vodka. Vodka is the most neutral but different liquors like gin, whiskey, white rum, and tequila could also be used. Since it’s Christmas time, peppermint schnapps might be good.

Which vodka is best for jello shots?

You really want a plain vodka so it doesn’t interfere with the jello flavors. Grey Goose, Absolut, or Tito’s are good choices.

Can you get drunk off jello shots?

Jello shots are not like a standard alcoholic shot – they have far less alcohol content so don’t expect them to get you drunk, but you should still enjoy responsibly.

Where do you find cranberry jello?

Cranberry jello is seasonal. If you can’t find it, any “red” jello will work (strawberry, cherry, raspberry, etc.).

More festive shots

Gingerbread jello shots

Candy cane jello shots

Champagne jello shots

Grinch jello shots

Christmas cookie jello shots

More Traditional Shots Ideas

Watermelon Jello Shots

Fuzzy Navel Jello Shots

Caramel Apple Jello Shots

Strawberry Shortcake Jello Shots

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red & green christmas jello shot topped with whipped cream & sprinkles.

Christmas Jello Shots

Melissa Williams
These Christmas Jello Shots are made with simple ingredients and will put the holiday spirit into your holiday season. Red and green jello are layered together then topped with whipped cream and festive sprinkles. Perfect for holiday parties!
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Prep Time 15 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 45 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 36 shots
Calories 62 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 ounces cranberry gelatin mix or any "red" jello
  • 3 ounces lime gelatin mix
  • 2 cups boiling water divided
  • 1 cup cold water divided
  • 1 cup vodka divided
  • whipped cream
  • Christmas sprinkles optional

Instructions
 

  • On a lipped tray, set out 30 one ounce cups and set aside for later. Make sure you have room in the fridge to accommodate the tray.

Make the red layer

  • In a large measuring cup with a spout or a mixing bowl, add 1 cup of boiling water and the red jello. Whisk until dissolved.
  • Next, add in ½ cup of cold water and ½ cup of vodka. Whisk again.
  • Carefully pour the mixture into the cups about a ¼ to ½ way up.
  • Carefully place the tray in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until that layer is set.

Make the green layer

  • In a large measuring cup with a spout or a mixing bowl, add 1 cup of boiling water and the lime jello. Whisk until dissolved.
  • Next, add in ½ cup of cold water and ½ cup of vodka. Whisk again.
  • Once the red layer is set, carefully pour the green jello on top.
  • Place them back in the fridge for 2 hours or until they are fully set.

To serve

  • When ready to serve, top each jello shot with a squirt of whipped cream and some sprinkles.

Notes

  • Do not garnish until ready to serve.
  • Store covered in the fridge for up to a week.
  • Use 1 oz cups (makes approximately 30 shots) or 2 oz cups (makes approximately 15 shots). 
  • Use whichever flavor of vodka you like. If you don’t like vodka, another light liquor can be substituted. 
  • If you want to make them non-alcoholic/kid-friendly, replace the 1/2 cup of vodka with 1/2 cup of water.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 62kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.004gCholesterol: 0.3mgSodium: 24mgPotassium: 29mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 3IUCalcium: 4mgIron: 0.3mg

Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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