How to Make Vodka Jelly

by Gail Marie ; Updated September 28, 2017

Items you will need

  • One package of Jell-O (4 servings; 3 oz.)
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup cold water
  • ½ cup vodka
  • Spoon
  • 2 medium-sized bowls
  • (or one bowl and shot glasses/ice cube trays/plastic cups with lids/etc.)

Vodka jelly, or Jell-O shots as they are known in the United States, can be made for parties, card games, neighborhood BBQs, you name it. Because they are colorful and fruity, Jell-O shots are enjoyed by almost every consenting adult age 21 or older, and they are easy to make. Additionally, Jell-O can be molded into a variety of shapes for interesting visual presentations or allowed to set in, for example, martini glasses (with a spoon for serving), for an original presentation. Almost any Jell-O flavor can be used, but sometimes the cherry flavor mixed with the alcohol tastes too much like cough syrup. Lime and orange are safe bets.

Step 1

Dissolve the Jell-O in the boiling water by stirring until all particles are liquefied.

Step 2

Combine the cold water and vodka; stir into the Jell-O mixture.

Step 3

Pour into a bowl, ice cube trays, plastic cups with lids, shot glasses, martini glasses, etc.

Step 4

Chill in refrigerator until set.


  • Replace the cold water with chilled vodka for a much stronger Jell-O shot.


  • Though they look harmless, Jell-O shots are ultimately, well, shots. Don’t have too many!

About the Author

Gail began writing professionally in 2004. Now a full-time proofreader, she has written marketing material for an IT consulting company, edited auditing standards for CPAs and ghostwritten the first draft of a nonfiction Amazon bestseller. Gail holds a Master of Arts in English literature and has taught college-level business communication, composition and American literature.