A fun Christmas jello shot! This Cranberry Jello Shots Recipe gives you a bright red jello shot, made with cranberry jello gelatin and vodka! A fun, boozy treat for adults.
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Christmas is almost here and we have a fun holiday jello shot to share with you. They are bright red, festive, and perfect for holiday parties or casual get-togethers. Seriously, these Cranberry Jello Shots are going to win over your guests!
What is a Jello Shot?
“Jello Shots” are flavored gelatin infused with liquor, such as vodka and rum. Since many jello shots are made with the JELL-O brand flavored gelatin, they’ve developed the name “jello shots”. You can use any brand of flavored gelatin though — and you can use just about any flavor of gelatin.
Jello shots are usually served in small individual-sized disposable plastic cups, as you see in our photos. Sometimes these are called plastic portion cups, souffle cups, or even condiment cups. You can buy these small plastic portion cups at many grocery stores, liquor stores, restaurant supply stores, or even online. If buying online, we recommend these Jello Shot Cups with Lids.
NOTE: While we think these cranberry jello shots are perfect for Christmas, we also have a Cherry Vodka Jello Shot recipe you might like. It’s also a bright red jello shot that looks super festive for the holidays.
Cranberry Jello Shot Ingredients
To make this Cranberry Jello Shots recipe, you will need 2 ingredients (+ hot water):
If you wish to garnish your Cranberry Jello Shots with sugared cranberries as shown in our photos, you will also need sugar and fresh cranberries.
How to Make Cranberry Jello Shots
To make this Cranberry Jello Shots recipe, simply add the cranberry JELL-O mix to a mixing bowl. Pour hot water over the dry gelatin mix and stir until the gelatin is dissolved. Stir in chilled vodka and then divide the mixture among your jello shot cups. You’ll want to fill the cups up to almost the top.
We recommend making these jello shots the day before so that they can set overnight in the refrigerator. If you make these the same day that you’ll be enjoying them, make sure you make them at least 4 hours prior as it will need to set in your refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
If you are adding the sugared cranberries on top, add them right before serving.
Jello Shot Tips:
-Do jello shots have to be refrigerated?
You do have to refrigerate jellos shots to set the gelatin (to have it go from liquid to a more solid state). Once the gelatin is set, the jello shots can stay out of the refrigerator during your party or get-together, however, we think that jello shots are best served chilled.
-How many jello shots per 3 oz box of jello?
You will get about 12-15 jello shots with one 3 ounce box of gelatin.
-How long do jello shots last?
When stored in a plastic cup with lids (or another air-tight container), jello shots can last up to a week in your refrigerator. You could enjoy them a bit beyond that week, but for the best consistency and flavor, we recommend enjoying within a week.
Cranberry Jello Shots Recipe
Here’s the full recipe to make your own cranberry jello shots. If you aren’t ready to make these yet, be sure to save this recipe by sharing on Facebook or pinning to your cocktails board on Pinterest.Print