Thursday, May 5, 2022

Red White and Blue Jello Shots

Red white and blue jello shots are so explosive, they put the fireworks to shame! Serve these 4th of July jello shots at any summer shindig.

Red White and Blue Jello Shots
These super festive and fun vodka jello shots are just what your party needs! They’re so colorful and beyond tasty.

The gradient of red, white, and blue in the glass, the whipped cream on top… Not to mention the flavor!

They’re a mix of sweet and tangy gelatin, with a creamy texture thanks to the whipped cream vodka (and the actual whipped cream)!

This recipe makes 20 shots, so there are plenty to go around.

But it’s incredibly easy to double or triple the amounts so you can make enough for a crowd. And trust me, everyone is going to want more than one!

layered jell-o shots for 4th of july

Red White and Blue Jello Shots

Of course, I highly recommend breaking this recipe out to make some killer 4th of July jello shots for your Independence Day bash!

Themed drinks are just another way to enjoy the holidays, in my book. Whether it’s my Lucky Shamrock Grasshopper Shot on St. Patrick’s day or my White Chocolate Ghost Cocktail Shooter on Halloween, you can be sure that I’m tying tasty treats into the festivities!

While we’re at it, why not throw candy into the mix? Try out my Gummy Bear Jello Shot recipe next time you want to shake things up.

But don’t forget to serve food with your drinks! Have fun shareables on the table, like these Soft Pretzel Bites or my 7 Layer Taco Dip.

4th of july party jello shots

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions 

  • Boxed Jell-O - You’ll need red and blue boxed Jell-O for your 4th of July jello shots, as well as a packet of unflavored gelatin for the white layer. If you want to use the sugar-free versions, go right ahead!

    Important Note: When making jello shots, wait for each layer to fully cool before adding the next. Additionally, do not add the unflavored gelatin right to the hot water before it dissolves in the cold water! It’s not the same as the boxed Jell-O. 
  • Whipped Cream Vodka - The sweet flavor of this vodka ties in with the flavor of the whipped cream for a really cohesive and smooth jello shot! You can use regular, unflavored vodka if you prefer. 
  • Whipped Cream - If you don’t want whipped cream in the shot, you can instead add another ¼ cup of simple syrup with some white gel food dye to get the right color.
  • Simple Syrup - To make your own, dissolve sugar in boiling water, let cool, and refrigerate. That’s it! 

vodka jello shots in red white and blue layers

Kitchen Tools You Will Need

  • Plastic Shot Cups - These typically come in 2-ounce sizes, perfect for the red white and blue Jello shots!
  • Mixing Bowls - I like to have a variety of sizes on hand, and this set has them all.
  • Whisk - These have held up for over 10 years and are still as good as the day I bought them.
  • Silicone Spatula - Perfect for stirring fun, messy drinks like these. Plus, they’re easy to clean!
  • Injector or Pouring Dish - You need a good, steady pouring instrument to get smooth, even layers.

pouring vodka into jigger

Red White and Blue Jello Shots FAQ

What alcohol goes well in Jello shots?

To me, vodka is the clear winner – and not just because it’s clear and doesn’t mess with the fun colors you’re trying to use!

It doesn’t have a strong taste, so you get to enjoy the original Jell-O flavor.

And if you do want a crazy flavor, they have vodka flavors of pretty much everything!

How long does it take Jello shots to set?

This all depends on which flavor you’re in the mood to make! There are three different layers in these red white and blue jello shots, and each one takes about 2 hours to set.

That means chilling time alone will be 6 hours for this recipe — not including preparation.

Can you get drunk off vodka Jello shots?

In short, yes. You will need to consume quite a few to do that, though! It takes about 4 gelatin shots to equal 1 regular shot of straight liquor, so keep track and party responsibly.

adding gelatin powder to mixing bowl

Prep Ahead Instructions 

Regular Jell-O is fine in the fridge for over a week, but shots with vodka are a bit different! If you want to make them ahead of time, don’t let them sit in the fridge for longer than 5 days.

Also, don’t add the whipped cream and sprinkles until you’re about to serve. Otherwise, the sprinkles dissolve and the whipped cream runs- it doesn't taste as good. Save the fun stuff for last!

How To Store Vodka Jello Shots 

The easiest way to store these is by covering them, placing them on a tray (a cookie sheet will do the trick!), and sliding the tray into the fridge.

This will make removing and serving them so much easier!

Don’t freeze Jello shots – freezing completely ruins the consistency and texture.

overhead: 4th of july vodka shots with gelatin, topped with whipped cream and sprinkles


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red white and blue jello shots topped with whipped cream and sprinkles

Yield: About 20 2-Ounce Shots
Author: Donna Elick
layered red white and blue jello shot

Red White and Blue Jello Shots

Red white and blue jello shots are so explosive they put the fireworks to shame! Serve these 4th of July jello shots at any summer shindig.

Prep time: 15 Min   Inactive time: 6 Hours  Total time: 6 H & 15 M


Red Layer
  • 1 Box Red Jell-O (3 ounces)
  • 1 Cup Boiling Water
  • 1/2 Cup Cold Water
  • 1/2 Cup Whipped Cream Vodka
White Layer
  • 2 Packets Unflavored Gelatin (0.25 ounces each)
  • 1/2 Cup Cold Water
  • 1/2 Cup Boiling Water
  • 1/2 Cup Whipped Cream Vodka
  • 1/4 Cup Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 Cup Whipped Cream
Blue Layer
  • 1 Box Blue Jell-O (3 ounces)
  • 1 Cup Boiling Water
  • 1/2 Cup Cold Water
  • 1/2 Cup Whipped Cream Vodka
Optional Items
  • Whipped Cream
  • Red Sanding Sugar
  • Blue Sanding Sugar
  • Red White and Blue Jimmies Sprinkles
  • White Gel Food Dye


  1. Line your shot glasses up on a cookie sheet or other moveable, flat surface.
  2. Place the red jello in a medium mixing bowl and add the boiling water. Mix until dissolved.
  3. Add the cold water and vodka. Give a quick stir.
  4. Using an injector or pourable measuring cup, fill each shot glass about a third of the way full. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just eyeball it.
  5. Place in the fridge for 2 hours or until set.
  6. For the white layer, add the cold water to a medium mixing bowl and add the gelatin on top. Be sure all the gelatin powder soaks into the water, but do not stir and move it around too much. Let the gelatin slowly dissolve until there are no clumps of powder left.
  7. Add the boiling water to the bowl and stir until the gelatin dissolves into the water.
  8. Add the simple syrup and vodka. Give a quick stir.
  9. Add the whipped cream to the bowl and lightly whisk until dissolved into the mixture. Let cool down to room temp.
  10. Using an injector or pourable measuring cup, fill each shot glass a third of the way full with the white layer (on top of the red). Do this gently.
  11. Place back in the fridge for 2 hours or until set.
  12. Repeat steps 2-5, but use the blue jello in place of the red. Be sure to let the blue cool to room temp before adding to the top of the white. This will be your last layer, so fill it until there’s only about ¼ of an inch to the top left.
  13. Top with whipped cream and sprinkles, if desired, or serve as-is, and enjoy!
  1. If you don’t want to add the whipped cream in the white layer, you can add another ¼ cup simple syrup and use a couple drops of the white food dye. I don’t think the flavor is as good, but it does the trick, and you really can’t tell since the other two layers have such a strong flavor.
  2. Do not, and I repeat, DO NOT add the unflavored gelatin to hot water before it’s dissolved in cold water. Unflavored gelatin doesn’t work the same as flavored jello. It gets clumpy and stringy when added directly to hot water.
  3. You can use sugar free options for your whipped cream and jello, if desired. It should set up the same.
  4. Do not add a layer on top of another layer if the mixture is still pretty hot. You’ll end up melting the layer underneath it and this can make the colors run together. Sometimes it causes a cool effect, other times, it just makes them ugly.
  5. Do not add the whipped cream and sprinkles to the shots until you’re ready to serve them. The shots will last about 24-48 hours with the whipped cream on them, but the whipped cream starts to get gross.
  6. Properly cover the jello shots if storing in the fridge, and they’ll keep for about 5 days. Do not freeze.
  7. You can use normal vodka if you prefer or other flavors as well. I just loved how the whipped cream vodka vibed with these flavor combinations.

titled pinterest collage for jello shots recipe

Originally published May 2022

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  1. Hi! These are so cute, I'm going to make them for Memorial Day. When you say whipped cream do you mean heavy cream like in the carton or already prepared cream like cool whip ??

    1. Yes whipped cream like cool whip :) Enjoy and let us know how it goes!


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