creamsicle jello shots
Fun and fruity, this Creamsicle Jello Shots recipe can be made in 5 minutes by combining water with jello, vodka, and soda and topping it with creamy cool whip and orange-colored sugar.
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Table of Contents
  1. Perfectly Easy Creamsicle Jello Shots
  2. Why We Love This Creamsicle Jello Shots Recipe
  3. Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make Creamsicle Jello Shots
  7. Tips from Our Recipe Developer
  8. Storage Tips
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. Other Easy Cocktail Recipes
  11. Creamsicle Jello Shots Recipe

Creamsicle Jello Shots are a delicious combination of fruity-flavored jello and vanilla vodka piled high with whipped cream and sugar sprinkles to create the perfect party pairing of orange and cream in one boozy bite. Easy to make and fun to slurp, this gelatin shot recipe is simply a mixture of 3 ingredients plus water and garnish that can be prepared in 5 minutes.

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Perfectly Easy Creamsicle Jello Shots

Creamsicle Jello Shots are reminiscent of the classic vanilla ice cream popsicle covered in a cool coating of orange-flavored sherbet, only these ones are jiggly and will probably make you giggly because they are spiked for a slurpable sweet treat.

If you enjoyed eating Creamsicles as a kid, you must try these Creamsicle Jello shots for grown-ups–they easily combine childhood nostalgia with adult-level fun.

If Vodka and soda is your go-to-drink, you will love this recipe rendition which simply combines Jell-o, water, vodka, and soda into a perfect party version. Brightly colored, sweet, smooth, and creamy, each boozy bite is bursting with creamy orange flavor–whether you slurp it, chew it, or eat it with a spoon (boring!), these shots taste deliciously like my favorite ice cream pop but served as cocktail concoctions with a kick!

Everything you need to know on how to make the best Jello Shots.

Why We Love This Creamsicle Jello Shots Recipe

  • Quick and easy to prepare in only 5 minutes.
  • Only uses 3 ingredients plus water and an additional 2 for garnish.
  • Tastes like the classic Creamsicle in jello shot form.
  • Perfect pairing of orange and cream in every boozy bite.
  • Deliciously sweet and fun to eat!
  • Perfect for game day tailgating, parties, or get-togethers.

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creamsicle jello shots

Ingredients

  • Packet unflavored gelatin
  • Boiling water
  • Orange flavored soda/cola: I used Crush Orange soda brand.
  • Vanilla vodka: such as Smirnoff or Pinnacle brands
  • Heavy whipped cream: I used Reddi-Whip brand.
  • Orange sanding sugar sprinkles

Substitutions and Additions

  • Pour In The Peel: For some added fun, try serving your Creamsicle Jello Shots in fruit peels! Pour the liquid shot inside of hollowed-out orange rind and then set them in the fridge. You can slice the rinds further into bite-sized, individual slices for the perfect party treat! You can also serve a lemon shot in a lemon rind or a lime shot in a lime peel.
  • Add Fresh Fruit: Create some texture and stretch the liquid into more servings with pieces of oranges or mandarins. Just drop a slice into the bottom of each cup before pouring in the Creamsicle Jello Shot mixture.
  • Custom Shot Creation: Feel free to use your preferred Jello and flavored vodka to create your own unique flavor combination. There are literally dozens of possible flavor mixes to choose from (Watermelon Lime or Cherry Vanilla would be delicious).
  • Alternate Alcohol: Instead of vodka, you can get creative with other boozy beverages.
    • Lime jello with gin can make a gimlet jello shot.
    • A bit of bourbon with the orange gelatin and a bit of grenadine can create an Old Fashioned jello shot.
    • You could even try using unflavored gelatin, cola, and white rum to make a chewable rum and coke.
  • Vodka flavour: If you can find a whipped cream vanilla flavored vodka, you can substitute it for the plain vanilla vodka. The whipped cream vanilla vodka is slightly sweeter than a standard vanilla vodka so I highly recommend giving it a try if you can find it in your area.  Smirnoff and Pinnacle brands make a great version of the whipped cream vanilla vodka.
creamsicle jello shots ingredients
  • Mixing bowl with a pour spout
  • Measuring tools
  • Plastic shot cups
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How to Make Creamsicle Jello Shots

This Creamsicle Jello Shots recipe is so quick and easy to make, you’ll want to double the recipe for twice the fun! A simple combination of jello, water, soda, and vodka makes a perfectly slurpable party cocktail.

  1. Add boiling water to gelatin and stir until all of the gelatin is dissolved,
    Pro Tip: An 8 cup measuring cup works great for this and makes it much easier to pour the liquid into the little shot cups.
    boiling water and gelatin in a cup
  2. Add vodka and soda to the gelatin mixture and stir well.
    add vodka and soda to the cup
  3. Pour liquid into individual shot cups.
    pour liquid into shot glasses
  4. Place jello shots in the refrigerator to chill for 3-4 hours until firm.
  5. Garnish with whipped cream and sugar sprinkles.
    creamsicle jello shots garnished with whipped cream and sprinkles
  6. Enjoy!

Tips from Our Recipe Developer

  • Feel free to double, triple, etc. all the ingredients if you’re making these for a party or large crowd.
  • If you place all your empty cups onto a small rimmed tray before filling them with the liquid it will be easier to transfer your Creamsicle Jello Shots to the refrigerator to chill.
  • Remember that different brands offer different sized disposable shot glass (some even come with lids for storage) so you will just need to fill the vessel of your choice ¾ full to leave space for the garnish. Also note that you will get more servings if you use smaller glasses.

Storage Tips

  • To Store: Store these jello shots in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, but you wait to garnish them until you are ready to serve them.
creamsicle jello shots in a tray

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use orange-flavored jello instead of unflavored gelatin?

Yes, you can substitute orange flavored jello for the unflavored gelatin. Simply omit the orange soda and follow the package directions for the orange jello. You will add your vodka to the orange liquid before pouring it into the shot cups to set.

Can you get drunk off jello shots?

Don’t expect to get drunk from one jello shot! The truth is while you may get a big alcohol taste, there isn’t really that much in each shot. You’d need about 4 jello shots to equal 1 shot of booze.

How far in advance should I make these jello shots?

These take about 3-4 hours to fully set, plus additional time to prepare the mixture. I recommend starting the morning of your party or make them the day before to be safe. You can make these creamsicle jello shots up to 5 days ahead of time but you will need to wait to garnish them until you are ready to serve them.

How long will these shots last out of the fridge?

After about 45 minutes, jello shots will start to soften and melt. If you need them to be available for a longer period of time, place them in a bowl with ice so they stay chilled.

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4.77 from 17 votes
creamsicle jello shots

Creamsicle Jello Shots

Serves — 12
Fun and fruity, this Creamsicle Jello Shots recipe can be made in 5 minutes by combining water with jello, vodka, and soda and topping it with creamy cool whip and orange-colored sugar.
Prep Time 5 mins
Chill Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 5 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 0.25 oz packet unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup orange flavored soda/cola (I used Crush Orange soda brand)
  • ½ cup vanilla vodka (such as Smirnoff or Pinnacle brands)

Garnish:

  • squirt heavy whipped cream (I used Reddi-Whip brand)
  • Orange sanding sugar sprinkles

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, with a pour spout, stir together the boiling water and the unflavored gelatin until all the gelatin is dissolved. *An 8 cup measuring cup works great for this as it makes it much easier to pour the liquid into the little shot cups.
  • Add the vanilla vodka and the orange flavored soda to the hot gelatin mixture. Stir well then very carefully pour the liquid into the individual plastic shot cups.
  • Chill the creamsicle jello shots for 3-4 hours or until firm.
  • Garnish each jello shot with a squirt of heavy whipped cream and a sprinkle of orange sanding sugar sprinkles.

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
Store these jello shots in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, but you wait to garnish them until you are ready to serve them.
Tips:
  • Feel free to double, triple, etc. all the ingredients if you’re making these for a party or large crowd.
  • If you place all your empty cups onto a small rimmed tray before filling them with the liquid it will be easier to transfer your Creamsicle Jello Shots to the refrigerator to chill.
  • If you can find a whipped cream vanilla flavored vodka, you can substitute it for the plain vanilla vodka. The whipped cream vanilla vodka is slightly sweeter than a standard vanilla vodka so I highly recommend giving it a try if you can find it in your area.  Smirnoff and Pinnacle brands make a great version of the whipped cream vanilla vodka.
  • Remember that different brands offer different sized disposable shot glass (some even come with lids for storage) so you will just need to fill the vessel of your choice ¾ full to leave space for the garnish. Also note that you will get more servings if you use smaller glasses.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 25kcal | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 6mg | Potassium: 1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg
Jennifer Fishkind

About Jenn

Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. 1 star
    These were absolutely disgusting! So embarrassed I served these to my friends. Use the boxed orange jello instead!!