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4th of July Jello Shots

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Jello shots are just so much fun, and Summer time is the best time to make them. When I think of Summer holidays, the 4th of July is the first one that comes to mind! These red white and blue layered 4th of July Jello shots are perfect for your July party or any patriotic holidays, even Memorial Day or Labor Day. Keep reading for tips on how to layer your Jello shots, and more.

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4th of July Jello Shots

Before you get started making Jello shots, there are a few things that will come in handy. For starters, while I love these larger 3 oz. plastic cups, which are perfect for creating Jello shots for a group. I also find it helpful to place my shots on a cookie sheet before they go into the refrigerator for easy in and out, especially when doing these fancier layered shots. We also used Smirnoff Red White and Berry flavored vodka for this recipe, it is super festive and has cherry, citrus, and berry flavors. Everything about this recipe is so festive for your holiday celebrations.

To make these 4th of July Jello shots, you’ll also need-

How to Make Layered Jello Shots

Layering Jello shots is simple, you just want to make one layer of Jello at a time, and let that layer set up in the refrigerator before you move onto the next layer. It’s also super important to let your new Jello layer cool completely before adding it to your shots, because if not, the finished layer beneath it will have the colors run when the hot Jello is added.

4th of July Jello Shots

How to Make Red White and Blue Layered Jello Shots

To make these, you’ll start by setting up your Jello shot cups on a baking sheet. This is helpful when making layered Jello shots because you can carry them back and forth to the refrigerator without them sliding around while you are getting the different layers chilled. You can easily make 16+ Jello shots with this recipe, if you need less just discard any extra Jello.

I started with the blue layer. You can start with red first, whichever color you want. The red layer is obviously made from Strawberry Jello and the blue is the Berry Blue Jello. To make the white layer, we used sweetened condensed milk and unflavored gelatin.

You’ll want each layer to fill your cup about 1/3 of the way, since we have 3 layers for this recipe.

Here are the step by step directions.

1. Place your 3 oz plastic cups onto a baking pan. Whisk berry blue jello mix into 2 cups of boiling water.

making 4th of July Jello Shots

2. Once Jello dissolves, add 1 cup vodka, 1 cup cold water, and stir.

smirnoff red white and berry jello

3. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes, then pour the blue gelatin into your Jello shot cups, filling them ⅓ of the way full. 

4. Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours to set. The box recommends 4, but I find they’re ready for the next layer after 2.

5. For the next layer, add the sweetened condensed milk to 2 cups of boiling water.

6. Whisk in 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin.

7. Allow to cool for 25-30 minutes. If it is too warm when added, the colored Jello will run.

8. Add the white Jello mixture to the cups, filling another ⅓ of the way.

9. Place in the refrigerator for another 2 hours to set. 

10. Whisk strawberry jello mix into 2 cups of boiling water.

making 4th of July Jello Shots

11. Once dissolved, stir in 1 cup of cold water and 1 cup of vodka.

12. Allow to cool for 25-30 minutes.

13. Add the final layer of red jello, filling close to the top of the cups.

14. Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours to set.

15. To finish, right before serving you can top your Jello shots with cool whip piped on top (or you can use canned whipped cream) and patriotic sprinkles.

4th of July Jello Shots

4th of July Jello Shot FAQs

What other toppings would do well?

While these patriotic sprinkles are adorable, you could also top these with maraschino cherries, like we did for these fun patriotic jello shots.

What other liquor could I use?

We love the patriotic Red White and Berry smirnoff vodka, but these would be great with any fruity flavored vodka, or rum! Coconut rum or a fruity flavored rum would also be great!

Can I use different Jello flavors?

Yes! Any red or blue jello will work just fine! You could easily sub cherry jello for the red layer, or another blue colored jello for the blue layer. Definitely mix these up and make them your own.

I hope you enjoy these delicious 4th of July Jello Shots. For a printable version of this recipe, see the recipe card below.

You might also love these fun Jello Poke Cupcakes for the 4th!

Yield: 16

Red White and Blue Layered Jello Shots

Red White and Blue Layered Jello Shots

Fun and festive layered 4th of July Jello Shots!

Prep Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 oz. strawberry jello mix
  • 6 oz. berry blue jello mix
  • 2 packets of knox unflavored gelatin
  • 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 cups boiling water, divided
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 2 cups Red White and Berry vodka, divided
  • Cool whip, and patriotic sprinkles for topping

Instructions

  1. Place your 3 oz plastic cups onto a baking pan. Whisk berry blue jello mix into 2 cups of boiling water.
  2. Once Jello dissolves, add 1 cup vodka, 1 cup cold water, and stir.
  3. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes, then pour into your Jello shot cups, filling them ⅓ of the way full. 
  4. Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours to set. The box recommends 4, but I find they’re ready for the next layer after 2.
  5. For the next layer, add the sweetened condensed milk to 2 cups of boiling water.
  6. Whisk in 2 packets of unflavored knox gelatin.
  7. Allow to cool for 25-30 minutes. If it is too warm when added, the colored Jello will run.
  8. Add the white Jello mixture to the cups, filling another ⅓ of the way.
  9. Place in the refrigerator for another 2 hours to set. 
  10. Whisk strawberry jello mix into 2 cups of boiling water.
  11. Once dissolved, stir in 1 cup of cold water and 1 cup of vodka.
  12. Allow to cool for 25-30 minutes.
  13. Add the final layer, filling close to the top of the cups.
  14. Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours to set.
  15. To finish, right before serving you can top your Jello shots with cool whip piped on top (or you can use canned whipped cream) and patriotic sprinkles.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1 shot

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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