Christmas is a time to eat, drink, and be merry — emphasis on the “drink.” There’s nothing quite like jello shots for enjoying the warm, euphoric effects of moderate alcohol consumption, without the unpleasant bitterness of pure liquor. Jello shots are kind of unique, in that their sweetness does a great job of masking the taste of the alcohol.
For this year’s ‘Mom Friends’ cookie exchange, I decided to whip up some ( ~200 in total ) seasonal jello shots with a twist… Here are my recipes.
What You’ll Need for Both Flavors:
- Lime Jello
- Cherry Jello
- Jim Beam Apple Kentucky Bourbon Straight Whiskey
- Jim Beam Kentucky Fire Bourbon
- Strawberry Jello
- Unflavored Gelatin
- Peppermint Schnapps
- Sweetened Condensed Milk
- Candy Canes
- Sparkly Sprinkles, Silver and Gold
- Homemade Whipped Cream (Heavy Cream, Powdered Sugar to taste, Unflavored Gelatin)
- Jello Shot Cups, with Lids
How to Make Them:
Variation 1: Strawberry, Peppermint Schnapps Layered Jello Shots
- To make the white layer, mix two packs of plain gelatin with ½ cup of water. Let it soak, then add one 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk. Stir until mixed.
- Pour the white layer into the cups first, filling them halfway. Let it set in the fridge for 20 minutes.
- To make the red layer, add a box of strawberry jello and 1 cup of boiling water. Stir until everything is dissolved. Then, add 1 cup of peppermint schnaps.
- After the white layer sets, add the red layer, filling the rest of the cups. Let them sit for 2-3 hours, or overnight, until completely gelatinized.
- Top with homemade whipped cream, silver sprinkles and crushed pieces of candy canes.
Variation 2: Cherry, Apple Fire Layered Jello Shots
- To make the green layer, add a box of lime jello and 1 cup of boiling water. Stir until everything is dissolved. Add 1 cup Jim Beam Apple.
- Pour the green layer into the cups, filling them just short of halfway. Let them set in the freezer for about 20 minutes, or fridge 2-3 hours.
- To make the red layer, repeat step 1, using cherry jello and Jim Beam Kentucky Fire.
- Pour the red layer over the green layer. Let them set for 2-3 hours, or overnight.
- Top with homemade whipped cream and sparkly gold sprinkles.
A Great Winter Treat for Grownups
These jello shots feature an interesting interplay of sweet flavors, offset by the very slight bitterness of the liquors. They’re sure to be a hit at your next Christmas party.
For the Kids ( and your dry friends 😉
Of course you can skip the alcohol and they are just as delicious! Just be sure to label them properly. We typically use the letter K for kids. This time I chose certain stickers and a very large note!