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Red White & Blue American Flag Jello Shots

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These layered Red White & Blue Jello Shots are perfect for a summer party. Make a batch of American Flag Jello Shots for Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or whenever you’re feeling especially patriotic.

red white & blue jello shots with star sprinkles on top.

Patriotic Jello Shots

If you’re looking for an easy way to add a touch of patriotism to your next 4th of July or Memorial Day party, this jello shot recipe will do just that.

A red layer, creamy white layer, and blue layer of Jello come together to form a festive jello shot.

I use vodka to make them alcoholic, but that can easily be omitted for a fun non-alcoholic treat for the whole family.

If you’re not into jello shots, try my Patriotic Vodka Cocktail. Equally festive, less jiggly.

Why you’ll love these red white & blue jello shots:

  • Perfect Party Drink – Can you call a jello shot a drink? I think so. Whether you make them alcoholic or not, these little shots are easy to serve at a party.
  • Huge Hit – Everyone loves the pretty colored layers.
  • Easy Recipe – Though you need to allow ample time for them to set, they are simple to put together.
overhead shot of red jello shots.

Equipment you’ll need

Ingredients you’ll need to make American Flag Jello Shots

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 JELLO – I like cherry jello but strawberry works as well. Any red color, really.
BLUE JELLO – I use blue berry (raspberry).
WATER – Both boiling water and cold water are needed.
VODKA – Use your favorite. Vodka comes in so many flavors that you could pick one of those, put plain works well with the flavored jellos.
SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK – To make the creamy white layer.
UNFLAVORED GELATIN – For the white layer, since there is no white jello (that I know of…).

overhead shot of labeled ingredients laid out to make jello shots.

How to make red white & blue jello shots 🇺🇸

  1. STEP ONE: Make the blue first layer. In a large measuring cup (or mixing bowl with a spout), add 1 cup of boiling water and the blue 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), filling approximately 1/3 of the way up, that have been set onto a tray or lipped baking sheet. Place the entire tray into the fridge for approximately 30 minutes or until blue jell-o is firm.
  2. STEP TWO: Make the white middle layer. In another large measuring cup (or mixing bowl with spout), add 1/2 cup of cold water and two packages of unflavored gelatin. Let it sit for 5 minutes until the mixture is thick. Stir in 1 cup of boiling water and mix until dissolved, and then add in the sweetened condensed milk and 1/2 cup of vodka. Let the mixture cool slightly and then pour on top of the blue layer until 2/3 full. Place the tray back into the fridge for another 30 minutes (or until firm).
  3. STEP THREE: Make the red last layer. In a clean, large measuring cup (or mixing bowl with spout), add 1 cup of boiling water and the package of red jello. Whisk until dissolved and then add in 1/2 cup of cold water and 1/2 cup of vodka. Whisk again and then fill the cups the rest of the way up. Place in the fridge for 2 hours or until they are set.
  4. STEP FOUR: Serve. Once fully set, add the lids and serve! Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

collage of 4 photos showing the process of making layered jello shots.

Tips & Suggestions

  • Before you start, make sure you have room in the fridge for trays or cookie sheets.
  • Also make sure to allow a little time for the layers to set or you’ll end up with a mess.
  • You can add star sprinkles for added festiveness.
  • 1 ounce or 2 ounce shot cups can be used but 2 ounce makes for larger shots.
  • This recipe is really easy to double or triple.
  • Any red or blue jello flavors will work (black cherry, cherry, cranberry, strawberry, blue berry, etc.)˜
  • Other topping options: fresh berries, cherries, whipped cream, Cool Whip, sprinkles, etc.
  • Once they’re set and have lids on, they’re easy to transport. You can toss them into a cooler bag or cooler.

What to serve with them

Jello shots are generally party food that goes well with crockpot buffalo chicken dip, spinach artichoke dip, ranch cocktail crackers, and brownie cookies.

Need more red white & blue treats? Try these:

layered american flag jello shots on a white platter.

FAQs

How to store them

Jello shots should be stored in the fridge…or you’ll have a mess.

How many does this make?

This recipe will make approximately 60 1 ounce jello shots.

Can I double the recipe?

Yes, this recipe is easily doubled or even tripled for your next gathering.

How long do jello shots keep?

Stored with a lid or in an airtight container in the refrigerator, jello shots will be good for about a week.

Need more Jello Shots Recipes? Try these:

Caramel Apple Jello Shots
Mermaid Jello Shots
Strawberry Shortcake Jello Shots
Watermelon Jello Shots

Click here for my entire collection of drink recipes.

platter of red white blue jello shots.

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red white & blue jello shots with star sprinkles on top.

Red White & Blue American Flag Jello Shots

Melissa Williams
These layered Red White & Blue Jello Shots are perfect for a summer party. Make a batch of American Flag Jello Shots for Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or whenever you're feeling especially patriotic.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Chill Time 4 hrs
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 60 shots
Calories 47 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 ounce cherry jello
  • 3 ounce berry blue jello
  • 3 cups boiling water divided
  • 1 ½ cups cold water divided
  • 1 ½ cups vodka divided
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 0.5 ounce unflavored gelatin (two 0.25 oz packets)
  • 60 1 oz disposable cups with lids
  • Star sprinkles optional

Instructions
 

  • On a tray or baking sheet, set out the jello cups & make sure you have enough room for it in the fridge.

To make the blue layer

  • In a large measuring cup with a spout (or a mixing bowl with a spout) add 1 cup of boiling water and your blue jello. Whisk until the jello is dissolved.
  • Next, add in ½ cup of cold water and ½ cup of vodka. Whisk again.
  • Carefully pour the mixture into the cups, ⅓ of the way up.
  • Place the tray with the cups in the fridge for 30 minutes or until the blue jello is firm.

To make the white layer

  • For the white layer in a measuring cup with a spout (or bowl with a spout) add 1/2 cup cold water and 2 packages of unflavored gelatin. Let sit for 5 minutes until the mixture is thick.
  • Stir in 1 cup of boiling water and mix until dissolved.
  • Next, pour in the sweetened condensed milk and 1/2 cup vodka. Let cool slightly and then pour on top of the blue layer until the cups are ⅔ full.
  • Return to the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until set.

To make the red layer

  • In a large measuring cup with a spout (or a mixing bowl with a spout) add 1 cup of boiling water and your red jello. Whisk until dissolved.
  • Next, add in ½ cup of cold water and ½ cup of vodka. Whisk again.
  • Fill the cups up the rest of the way with the red.
  • Place in the fridge again for 2 hours or until fully set.
  • You can sprinkle with star sprinkles if you like.
  • Place on the lids and serve!

Notes

  • Before you start, make sure you have room in the fridge for trays or cookie sheets.
  • Also make sure to allow a little time for the layers to set or you’ll end up with a mess.
  • You can add star sprinkles for added festiveness.
  • 1 ounce or 2 ounce shot cups can be used but 2 ounce makes for larger shots.
  • This recipe is really easy to double or triple.
  • Any red or blue jello flavors will work (black cherry, cherry, cranberry, strawberry, blue berry, etc.)˜
  • Other topping options: fresh berries, cherries, whipped cream, Cool Whip, sprinkles, etc.
  • Once they’re set and have lids on, they’re easy to transport. You can toss them into a cooler bag or cooler.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 47kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 23mgPotassium: 25mgSugar: 6gVitamin A: 18IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg

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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  1. Sandy sacora says

    What would you add if you didn’t use vodka?

    • Melissa Williams says

      I would choose another light liquor (gin, tequila, etc.)

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