These Pina colada jello shots are a twist on everyone’s favorite beach vacation cocktail! Made with two distinct layers of yellow and white, we’re bringing pineapple flavors and coconut flavors together in one tasty treat! These fun jello shots are always a good idea when hosting any kind of party as a great way to combine a dessert and cocktail in one!
Get the party started this summer with fun, refreshing, and boozy pina colada shots!
They’re a jello shot version of everyone’s favorite tropical drink, complete with a maraschino cherry and whipped cream on top. You can also add some coconut flakes and a small pineapple wedge for an even more festive treat.
Jello shots are part drink, part dessert, and completely fabulous!
In the summer though, I make these pina colada shots with pineapple and coconut rum, pineapple gelatin, coconut extract, and sweetened condensed milk.
This easy recipe is always a huge hit and these jelly shots are the perfect size to serve at your next party.
Why you’ll love Piña Colada Jello Shots
Fun Summer Treats – A fun twist on the tropical cocktail that brings you right back to summer days spent lounging on the beach or at a pool party.
Simple Ingredients – With or without rum, these tasty treats are perfect to serve at your next summer party because they easily serve a crowd.
Delicious Treats – The combination of pineapple and coconut flavors go hand in hand and the creamy sweetened condensed milk just adds another layer of yum.
Customizable – These can be made kid-friendly and suitable for those who would like to enjoy one without alcohol in it. See below for the easy swaps
Equipment you’ll need
- Disposable Cups – 1 oz or 2 oz plastic cups with lids are easiest.
- Baking Sheet – Either a lipped cookie 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.
Below is a list of the ingredients you’ll need to gather to make this recipe, why you need them, and possible substitutions. Scroll all the way down for the full recipe card with measurements.
- For the Pineapple Layer – Box of Island Pineapple Jello mix, cold pineapple juice, hot water, and pineapple Malibu. You’ll need to use boiling water to completely dissolve the jello powder and then add the pineapple rum for boozy flavor and real pineapple juice for added sweetness and even more pineapple goodness.
- For the White Coconut Later – Unflavored gelatin (packets of Knox gelatin), sweetened condensed milk, coconut extract, Malibu coconut rum, and hot water. There is no coconut-flavored Jello mixture that I know of, so we’re going to use unflavored gelatin dissolved in hot water. Then we’ll add coconut flavor with the coconut rum and optional coconut extract if you want yours with a stronger coconut flavor. The sweetened condensed milk helps to create the milky effect as well as adds the needed sweetness.
- For the Garnish – Whipped cream, maraschino cherries, fresh pineapple chunks, and coconut flakes are all fun and whimsical options you can use on top of the jello shots!
How to make Pina Colada Jello Shots
This section shows you how to make this recipe, with process photos showing the steps to help you visualize it. For full instructions, including amounts and temperatures, see the recipe card below.
- Step One: In a large liquid glass measuring cup, whisk the pineapple jello in boiling water until dissolved.
- Step Two: Then, whisk in the pineapple juice and pineapple malibu and carefully pour the mixture 2/3 of the way up the cups that have been set out on a lipped tray. Chill for 90 minutes in the fridge until set.
- Step Three: In the same (clean) large measuring cup, whisk the unflavored gelatin in the boiling water until dissolved. Next, add in the coconut rum, sweetened condensed milk, and coconut extract (if using) to the gelatin mixture.
- Step Four: Whisk until combined then carefully pour the white layer on top of the set yellow layer, leaving a bit of room on top. Chill once more for another 1 hour and 30 minutes.
- Step Five: Once the pina colada jello shots are all ready to serve, top each one with a squirt of whipped cream, a sprinkling of coconut flakes, and chunks of pineapple, and finish with a cherry on top.
What to serve with them
Whether it’s a themed party, a luau, or a fun summer gathering with friends and family, you’re going to need a variety of fruit-flavored jello shooters!
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Tips & Suggestions 🍍🥥
- Garnish just before serving, no earlier.
- Jello shots can be made well in advance, as long as you don’t garnish them.
- If using 2 oz cups, this recipe yields 30 shots.
- To make them kid friendly/non-alcoholic, replace the rums with water. You can also add more pineapple juice and/or sweetened condensed milk.
- Using chilled rum will help your jello shots set faster.
- To go a little above and beyond, try toasting your coconut until lightly golden.
- Light white rum can be used in place of coconut Malibu if you can’t get your hands on any.
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?
These will last for about 1 week in the fridge. Don’t garnish them until you’re ready to serve them.
Can I freeze jello shots?
Nope. As they freeze, 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.
What alcohol is good in jello shots?
Vodka and white rum are the best option for jello shots.
What kind of alcohol do you put in a Piña Colada?
White rum is traditionally used in pina coladas.
Can I make these without the plastic 2 oz cups?
You can! If you don’t have any plastic shot cups, or you’re being environmentally conscious, you can make the jello shots in a muffin pan sprayed with nonstick spray. Present them on a serving tray on their own without a cup.
Do Jello shots make you drunk?
Eventually, they can, yes. However, you’d need to overdo it for that to happen. 1 regular shot of booze equals about 4 jello shots.
The trouble is that pina colada jello shots taste so darn good that you may not pay attention to how many you’ve had.
So, please enjoy responsibly.
Do you eat or drink a Jello shot?
The answer is both! You’re not going to swallow it whole but you’re not exactly going to chew it either. Just like you normally would eat jello, you sort of swirl it around in your mouth until it because broken up and liquidy and then swallow.
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