Basic Jello Shot Tips


       
Making little shots of jello with alcohol in them doesn’t really sound like that intimidating of a task.  The first time I attempted to pull it off, I had my booze in hand and my little packet of jello, ready to party!  But, like every great drink, proportion plays a major roll. You need to know the right balance of ingredients in order to get the desired firmness out of your jello. Needless to say, I didn’t know that information at the time and I ended up with runny dribble I didn’t want to drink.  (Although I did end up drinking it, I just didn’t want to.) These helpful basics will help you get the formula down so that you will be able to make jello shooters out of any of your favorite cocktail drinks.

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        That's Tom up there filling Jello shot cups using a turkey baster.  (Check out Bonus Tips)  He's the owner of Bachelorette.com. He decided to help me out on this project.  What a nice guy!  We had a lot of fun spending the day playing with Jello. 


THE BIG JELLO SHOT TIP

      The basic idea is pretty simple, but very important if you don't have a recipe to go off of.  Just substitute half of the water in the directions with the desired liquor.  Dissolve the jello with the hot water and add the alcohol to it only after the water/gelatin mix is cool to the touch.  If you add the alcohol while the mixture is still hot, it will evaporate.  You do NOT want your alcohol to evaporate.  Can you say “Bye, bye party!”?

      The majority of recipes on this site are proportioned to one 3-ounce box of gelatin.   Each box should make about 20 gelatin shots, depending on the size of the cups you use.  While 20 sounds like a lot, it will probably only serve 3 to 4 party animals. If you’re planning a huge party, you may want to stock up on some more jello.


FANCY JELLO EFFECTS

      This method is a good little tip to know if you want to construct something complicated, suspend something in the middle of the jello shots, or if you even just want to garnish them a bit.  Basically, the same logic applies to much, and will give you the freedom to have fun with it.  The Floaty Treat Recipe section has fun and interesting recipes to show off your new knowledge on.

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    You can use anything you want.  Gummy candies, edible flowers, small citrus peels, mint, chocolate chips or shavings, all can add flavor and personalized style to your jello shots.  A lot of recipes on Jellatio.com use this method of decoration.

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        To do this, just chill your gelatin mix in the fridge for at least 15 minutes before pouring into any other containers.  This will thicken the mixture a bit so that items will float easier, but the gelatin can still be poured into containers. Take the batch out of the fridge, and then fold the chosen fruit or other edible addition into the gelatin in the mixing bowl.  Make sure that the jello surrounds it.  Now you can transfer that and the jello into the pan or mold of your choice.  Just use a toothpick to adjust the positioning of the item.  Then continue to refrigerate until jello shots are ready to go.


        It is totally up to you what you decide to put your jello in. Usually, the jello is poured into 1 or 2-ounce plastic cups.  The kind with the lids are a definite blessing, especially if you are taking them somewhere.  The lids also make it much easier to display.  Instead of having 40 or 50 jello shots lined up in military rows on your kitchen counter, with the lids, you can just get a large bowl or container, and put the load of them in there.  Now you have room for the cheesy potatoes and nacho dip!

              drunken donut

        You can also always opt to use party cups, paper nut cups, or good ol’ Dixie cups.  Just remember that the size of the cup will determine how many shots you will get out of each batch.  Most recipes are proportioned using 1-ounce cups.  It should specify if otherwise.  You can also go with the more classy approach by using shot, cocktail, or cordial glasses.  Glass will definitely give the desired look, but may be difficult to shoot from. You might want to provide little spoons.   Paper cups are a bad idea, because they fold when the hot liquid touches them.


        You can also just go pouring your mixture into a flat pan. Then you can either cut it into 2-inch squares, or get some fun shaped cookie cutters and serve up some hearts, moons, or stars to your guests!  Let yourself get totally adventurous with these jello jiggler-style shots. Try lighting up the party with naughty adult themed jigglers and see what happens!



FLOATING FRUIT FUN

      Choosing to go with fruit in your jello shots is not only a very delicious way to go, but also a healthy one.  The secret of keeping them buoyant is explained in the last tip, “Fancy Jello Effects”.  Depending on what you’d had in mind, you can either decide to float the fruit or let it sink.


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        Some of the fruits that are easier to float are apples, bananas, grapefruit, oranges, raspberries, and strawberries.  These fruits have less density.

                red-white-blue-cherry

        The fruits voted Most Likely to Sink are apricots, cherries, fruit cocktail, grapes, peaches, pears, and pineapple.  These fruits have a greater density than most others.

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        Fruits basically work great with jello shots, but there are a handful of them that have an enzyme that stops the gelatin from becoming solid.  Some that have that quality are fresh or frozen pineapples, kiwis, mango, figs, guava, fresh ginger, and papaya.  However, if these fruits are canned or cooked, you shouldn’t have any problem using them.


UNLOCK THE SECRET OF UNFLAVORED GELATIN

        Unflavored gelatin opens up an entire new world of jello shot possibilities.  Allowing you to be completely creative.  This jello makes for an unflavored base; leaving you room to color it with fresh juices, intense liquors, or anything else your happy little brain can think of!

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        There is a brand of unflavored gelatin called Knox.  You can usually find four 1/2 –ounce packets of gelatin per box.  If you were to use two of those packets along with two cups of liquid mix, it should make eighteen to twenty shots in 1-ounce containers.  In this mix, use a half-cup of hot juice instead of hot water.  This will give you the best flavor.


        So, to sum it up, this would be 2 packets of unflavored gelatin, 1-cup liquor, ½ cup water, and a ½ cup juice.  There will be recipes included on this site that call for this kind of gelatin.  These could provide you with good examples, if you decide to think up some of your own creations.

ALCOHOL CONTENT TIP

        These treats may look like cute and innocent little things, but they can pack quite a punch.  It is easy to take their colorful and fun-loving demeanor for face value and do more shots than a burley Irishman could handle.  This is exactly why, when using high-proof alcohol, it should be taken into account that they are much stronger than usual. You can reduce the amount of alcohol and just substitute that amount for more water or juice.

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      This way everybody is safe.  Unless, of course, you are only making a small amount and would rather the couple shots your guests receive be a bit more potent.



CHOOSING YOUR JELLO SHOT CONTAINERS


        It is totally up to you what you decide to put your jello in. Usually, the jello is poured into 1 or 2-ounce plastic cups.  The kind with the lids are a definite blessing, especially if you are taking them somewhere.  The lids also make it much easier to display.  Instead of having 40 or 50 jello shots lined up in military rows on your kitchen counter, with the lids, you can just get a large bowl or container, and put the load of them in there.  Now you have room for the cheesy potatoes and nacho dip!

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        You can also always opt to use party cups, paper nut cups, or good ol’ Dixie cups.  Just remember that the size of the cup will determine how many shots you will get out of each batch.  Most recipes are proportioned using 1-ounce cups.  It should specify if otherwise.  You can also go with the more classy approach by using shot, cocktail, or cordial glasses.  Glass will definitely give the desired look, but may be difficult to shoot from. You might want to provide little spoons.   Paper cups are a bad idea, because they fold when the hot liquid touches them.

                blood

        You can also just go pouring your mixture into a flat pan. Then you can either cut it into 2-inch squares, or get some fun shaped cookie cutters and serve up some hearts, moons, or stars to your guests!  Let yourself get totally adventurous with these jello jiggler-style shots. Try lighting up the party with naughty adult themed jigglers and see what happens!



MASTER JELLOIST!!

        All right!  Now you have all of the jello shot super methods under your belt.  Woo!  Now you are ready to walk right into your kitchen, and bust out those jello shots like you’ve been making them your entire life!  I definitely suggest some pre-party party music to jiggle your butt to while you work on your new fun creations.  However, if you TRULY want to be the Jello Shot Master, be sure to check out the Topping and Filling Suggestion section and get ideas on how to make YOUR Jello Shots taste and look better than any other Jello Shot they've ever tasted!

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