Easy, Layered Jello Shots

For St. Patrick’s Day, my friend, Oakley, hosted a little get together. I’m usually at a loss for what to bring to get-togethers like this, but I had the stroke of genius to keep things boozy and make Irish Flag Jello Shots! After some research and experimentation, I came up with the following recipe for perfect jello shots!

Keep in mind that you can make any color or flavor. I used a layer of lime jello, white jello (similar to the birthday cake variation below), and orange jello, and I used whipped vodka for all three.

Recipe: Layered Jello Shots

Foolproof Layered Jello Shots Recipe

Summary: Fancied up jello shots made easy


  • 3oz Jello Packet
  • 1 Cup Boiling Water
  • 1 Cup Flavored Vodka, Chilled (I used Pinnacle Whipped)


  1. Boil water/water mixture
  2. Dissolve Jello or Knox packets into boiled mixture
  3. Remove from heat
  4. Add chilled vodka or vodka & milk
  5. Measure 1.5 tbsp of finished jello mix into each shot cup
  6. Chill in the freezer for 30-45 minutes
  7. Repeat with each layer

Quick notes

  • Prepare each jello mixture ONLY when you’re ready to pour it
  • If you want to skip out on layers altogether, double the recipes and don’t worry about repeating.
  • Once you’ve added the final layer, or if you’re only doing one flavor, chill the jello in the fridge, NOT the freezer.


The following are a few ingredient lists for flavor variations I’m particularly fond of, suitable for individual layers. Keep in mind that the alcohol is always the cooling agent.

Birthday Cake (this will turn out white!)

  • 2 envelopes Knox gelatine
  • 3/4 Cup Boiled Water
  • 1/2 Cup Cream De Coco
  • 3/4 Cup Cake Vodka
  • 1/4 Cup Milk


  • Orange Jello Packet
  • 1 Cup Boiled Water
  • 1 Cup Whipped, Vanilla, or Cake Vodka

Cadillac Margarita:

  • Lime Jello Packet
  • 1 Cup Boiled Water
  • 3/4 Cup Tequila
  • 1/4 Cup Gran Marnier

Pina Colada:

  • Pineapple Jello Packet
  • 1 Cup Boiled Water
  • 1 Cup Coconut Rum

Pina Colada, Variation:

  • Pineapple Jello Packet
  • 3/4 Cup Boiled Water
  • 1/2 Cup Cream De Coco
  • 3/4 Cup Coconut Rum
  • 1/4 Cup Milk

Apple Pie

  • 2 envelopes Knox gelatine
  • 3/4 Cup Boiled Apple Juice (OH DANG)
  • 1/2 Cup Whipped Cream or Vanilla Vodka
  • 1 Cup Fireball

The possibilities are endless. Go wild!

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 2 hour(s)

Number of servings (yield): 12

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  1. Liz says

    I am making blue & yellow layered shots (Milwaukee Brewers themed) so that will be a Blue Raspberry & Lemon flavor combination – what alcohol would you suggest I use? I have never made jello shots before and I am more of a beer drinker rather than cocktails so I am not sure what to pick. Thanks!

    • says

      Yum! I personally like the idea of raspberry vodka for this, so the lemon layer would be more like a raspberry lemonade. You can also use lemon vodka (usually under the name “citron”) for both to similar effect, BUT it might be a little more harsh.

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