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Dirty Shirley Jello Shots are a quick and easy twist on the traditional Shirley Temple. A grown up version of the classic mocktail.
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  1. Dirty Shirley Jello Shots - Adult Shirley Temple Cocktail
  2. Why We Love This Dirty Shirley Jello Shots Recipe
  3. Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make Dirty Shirley Jello Shots
  7. Tips
  8. Storage Tips
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. Other Easy Summer Cocktail Recipes
  11. Dirty Shirley Jello Shots Recipe

Dirty Shirley Jello Shots are the perfect way to combine childhood nostalgia with an adult boozy beverage in this grown-up version of the traditional Shirley Temple. This simple party food recipe can be prepared in 5 minutes using cherry jello, lemon-lime soda, and vodka to give this cocktail a kick!

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Dirty Shirley Jello Shots – Adult Shirley Temple Cocktail

This Dirty Shirley Jello Shots recipe is the perfect way to transform a traditional Shirley Temple into fun party food for the over-21 crowd (Have you tried my Dirty Shirley Float yet?).

This adult version of the kiddie cocktail can be prepared in mere minutes, simply by mixing a box of red jello with lemon-lime soda, vodka, and water, pouring the liquid into shot cups, and setting them in the fridge to fuse and form into spiked shots that jiggle and wiggle.

For more fun ways to make adult Jell-O shots, try my Mimosa Jello Shots, Fireball Jello Shots, and Creamsicle Jello Shots.

Why We Love This Dirty Shirley Jello Shots Recipe

  • Quick and easy to make in 5 minutes.
  • Only uses 3 ingredients plus water.
  • Make-ahead recipe is the ideal time-saver for party prep.
  • Delicious boozy twist on the traditional Shirley Temple.
  • Fun way to serve a mocktail to the kids as a sweet summer treat.
  • Perfect for any party, holiday, celebration, and group get-together.
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Ingredients

  • Box Red Jello (we prefer Cherry jello or Strawberry Jell-O)
  • Lemon-lime soda
  • Water
  • Vodka
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Lime (optional)

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Substitutions and Additions

  • Soda Swaps: I suggest using the name brand lemon-lime soda as it turns out with a better flavor. However, any lemon-lime soda will do the trick. Sprite, 7-Up, ginger ale, flavored sparkling water, lemon (Limonata) San Pellegrino, or a combination of ginger ale and lemon-lime soda will taste great in this recipe.
  • Tasty Toppings and Garnishes: Whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and slices of lime are terrific toppings and garnishes.
  • Fruit Flavors: I used strawberry jello for this recipe, but you can use any red flavor you prefer. Some ideas include cherry, black cherry, raspberry, and cranberry.
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How to Make Dirty Shirley Jello Shots

This Dirty Shirley Jello Shots recipe is a quick and easy way to transform a classic kiddie mocktail into a spiked alcohol-infused shot for adults only. These delicious boozy bites are the perfect party food and a fun way to slurp a sip!

  1. Dissolve: Mix together the jello and boiling water until the powder has dissolved.
  2. Stir: Add the lemon-lime soda and vodka to the liquid jello and stir.
  3. Fill: Fill each shot cup about ¾ of the way full.
    Pro Tip: You can use an injector or pourable measuring cup, but do not fill to the top.
  4. Chill: Place in the fridge to chill for 2 hours or until set. 
  5. Serve: Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a lime chunk, if desired. Enjoy!
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Tips

  • If you decide to add the garnishes, do not add them until you’re ready to serve the shots.
  • I use an injector to fill my shot cups because it’s just quicker and less messy. However, a pourable measuring cup works as well. 
  • 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 jello shots to the refrigerator to chill.
  • I would definitely suggest using a higher quality vodka. If not, the cheaper vodkas taste almost like chemicals and I don’t prefer it. 

Storage Tips

  • To Store: These shots can last up to 2 weeks in the fridge if stored properly. Don’t store them without lids or they will dry up and get leathery.
  • To Freeze: I do not recommend freezing these jello shots.
Dirty Shirley Jello Shots with whipped cream

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make my jello shots in advance?

You can make Jello Shots a few days ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator with the plastic lids that come with the package of shot cups. Garnish them just before you are ready to serve.

Can I make these jello shots without alcohol?

Yes, you can make jello shots without alcohol and serve them to your kids. To make these virgin, replace the vodka with more lemon-lime soda or cold water. Both will work well.

Can I freeze my jello shots?

It is not recommended to freeze these shots because the consistency and texture will change. It is best to keep them covered in the fridge until use.
If you choose to freeze your Jell-O shots, they will not freeze solid. The texture may be grainy or icy, but you can eat them straight from the freezer if you don’t mind the cold.

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5 from 3 votes
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Dirty Shirley Jello Shots

Serves — 15
Dirty Shirley Jello Shots are a quick and easy twist on the traditional Shirley Temple. A grown up version of the classic mocktail.
Prep Time 5 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 5 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 3 ounces (1 Box) Red Jello
  • ¾ cup Lemon Lime Soda
  • ½ cup Boiling Water
  • ½ cup Vodka
  • Whipped Cream optional
  • Lime Chunks optional

Instructions
 

  • Add the jello and boiling water to a medium mixing bowl
  • Mix until the jello has dissolved.
  • Add the lemon lime soda and vodka. Give a slight stir.
  • Line your shot cups up on a baking sheet or flat surface that you can easily move.
  • Using an injector or pourable measuring cup, fill each shot cup about ¾ of the way full. Do not fill to the top.
  • Place in the fridge to chill for 2 hours or until set.
  • Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a lime chunk, if desired. Enjoy!

Jenn’s Notes

Storage :
  • To Store: These shots can last up to 2 weeks in the fridge if stored properly. Don’t store them without lids or they will dry up and get leathery.
  • To Freeze: I do not recommend freezing these jello shots.
Tips:
  • If you decide to add the garnishes, do not add them until you’re ready to serve the shots.
  • I use an injector to fill my shot cups because it’s just quicker and less messy. However, a pourable measuring cup works as well. 
  • 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 jello shots to the refrigerator to chill.
  • I would definitely suggest using a higher quality vodka. If not, the cheaper vodkas taste almost like chemicals and I don’t prefer it. 

Nutrition Info

Calories: 45kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 6g | Calcium: 1mg | 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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