Obsession: Jell-O Shots | Part One: Failure

I LOVE Jell-O shots. It’s liquor happiness wrapped in a jiggly package! Lately I’ve been obsessed with not just a yummy tasting Jell-o shot, but also the perfect serving mechanism. I mean, little plastic cups works for a bar, but if you’re serving them at a party, you want them to be tasty and pretty! I’ve made Jello-O shots a dozen times, but always have served them with a spoon, or by hand. Bo-ring.

I was inspired by this blog post with these beautiful lemon shots. This research led to a few other gorgeous shots, including these Strawberry Margarita Shots, and these Ice Wine Shots. The presentation on these are amazing. So, for my most recent party, I thought I’d give it a try. I decided to try lime margarita shots and fuzzy navel shots.

Using the lemon shot idea, I purchased a few limes to hollow out. I soon discovered that this is not nearly as easy as laid out in that post. 3 of the 4 halves I tried to hollow out split, making them useless. At this point, I gave up and decided to thinly slice the limes instead. I coated the limes in sugar, and put spoonfuls of the Jell-O on top of the lime to serve to my friends. I have to say, they tasted fabulous. (Recipe below) But the execution was not pretty. So, failure.


For the fuzzy navel shots, I had much lower expectations. I had some large peaches – I figured I’d just slice them and put a spoonful of Jell-O on top. As I was making the shots, I realized I didn’t have a good dish to cool the Jell-O in. A friend suggested ice cube trays. Genius!

But, when I tried to get the Jell-O out, it did not come out any cleaner than if I’d just used a spoon. Again, the taste was delicious. (Recipe below) The execution was dreadful. So, again, failure. Looks like I’ll be trying this again. If anyone out there has had better success, please let me know!



Standard Jell-O recipes typically call for 2 cups of boiling water and 2 cups of cold water. This recipe adjusts it slightly. Note that by using less water than the standard recipe calls for will make the Jell-O a little stiffer and easier to handle. Both of these recipes used the 8-oz. size package.

Lime Margarita Jell-O shots

Combine Lime Jell-O with 1 1/2 cups of boiling water. Stir until dissolved. Then, instead of 2 cups cold water, stir in 3/4 cup of tequila and 1/4 cup triple sec. Pour into a shallow dish, or into serving containers and chill as directed.

Tropical Fuzzy Navel Jell-O shots

Combine Orange Jell-O with 1 1/2 cups boiling water. Stir until dissolved. Add 1/4 cup peach vodka or peach schnapps and 3/4 cup coconut rum. For a non-tropical version, use plain rum or vodka instead of coconut. Pour into a shallow dish, or into serving containers and chill as directed.

2 thoughts on “Obsession: Jell-O Shots | Part One: Failure

  1. I have long been suspicious of those gorgeous little lime sliced jello shots – what about injecting jello into fruit with a plastic syringe, like you do with vodka and watermelons?

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