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Grinch Jello Shots are colored Grinch-green and festively flavored for the holidays. Quick and easy to make with or without alcohol, it's always fun to slurp a spiked sip of a Christmas cocktail served as finger food!
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Table of Contents
  1. Grinch Christmas Jello Shots
  2. Why We Love This Grinch Jello Shot Recipe
  3. Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make Grinch Jello Shots
  7. Tip for Making Jello Shots
  8. Storage
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. More Easy Grinch Recipes
  11. Grinch Jello Shots Recipe

Grinch Jello Shots are made in minutes using green gelatin combined with water, vodka, and peppermint extract and then garnished with whipped cream and red heart sprinkles.

These boozy bites are guaranteed to get any Christmas party started (adults only, of course!)

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Grinch Christmas Jello Shots

Our Grinch Jello Shots are festively flavored for Christmas, colored Grinch-green, with just enough spike for minty sweet and sour slurping.

The best Christmas jello shot recipes begin with a boring box of jello, but when fused with alcohol until firm, they become the ultimate make-ahead cocktail served in a 2-ounce plastic shot cup.

These easy Christmas jello shots are cuter and more creative than the usual holiday shooters, with a whipped cream topping and signature heart sprinkles to provide the perfect finishing touch.

Our holiday jello shots are great for those who don’t like a strong alcoholic taste but can certainly be made non-alcoholic for family-friendly fun.

Why We Love This Grinch Jello Shot Recipe

  • Quick and easy to make in minutes.
  • Only uses 3 ingredients plus water and garnish.
  • Fun party food to serve during the holidays.
  • Recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to feed any sized crowd.
  • Perfect boozy bites for an adult Grinch-themed party, Christmas celebration, or St. Patrick’s day gathering.

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Ingredients

  • Water
  • Lime jello: You can use any flavor gelatin as long as it is green.
  • Vodka
  • Peppermint extract
  • Whipped cream
  • Red hearts: I used these heart sprinkles here 

Substitutions and Additions

  • Garnish Your Glass: Garnish your glass with a dollop of whipped cream topped with crusted peppermint or candy cane pieces, red sprinkles, red sanding sugar, or even a fresh strawberry or maraschino cherry.
  • Make It A Mocktail: Leave out the alcohol and make a mocktail version to serve as a family-friendly Christmas party dessert instead. To make these festive jello shots for kids, replace the vodka with cold water.
  • Vary The Vodka: You can substitute rum or tequila, or use a flavored vodka in place of plain vodka.
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How to Make Grinch Jello Shots

  1. Make The Jello Mixture: Add the gelatin powder to boiling water and whisk until completely dissolved. Add peppermint extract and vodka (if making these boozy) and stir.
    Pro Tip: Replace the vodka with cold water for a kid-friendly version.
  2. Pour: Pour the cooled liquid mixture into the plastic cups or shot glasses and place into the refrigerator to set for 2 hours or overnight.  
  3. Serve: Garnish with whipped cream and a red heart before serving. Enjoy! 

Tip for Making Jello Shots

  • I like to line up my shot glasses on a flat, firm, moveable surface like a tray or cookie sheet. This makes it easier to move them back and forth from the fridge.
  • I used an injector to fill my shot cups because it’s quicker and less messy. However, a pourable measuring cup works as well.  
  • Do not garnish your jello shots unless you’re serving them right away.
  • Be sure to allow your Grinch jello shot liquid to cool completely before pouring it into the shot glasses. If the liquid is still boiling it could melt plastic shot glasses or crack the glass.
  • Do not boil the vodka in the pan with the water or you will burn out the alcohol.

Storage

  • To Store: You can store your jello shots covered in the fridge for up to a week. Leave off the garnish until just before serving.
  • To Freeze: I do not recommend freezing.
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Frequently Asked Questions

can I make jello shots without alcohol?

Yes, you can make jello shots without alcohol and serve them to your kids. To make these nonalcoholic, replace the vodka with cold water. Perfect to serve as a family-friendly party dessert.

can I make jello shots in advance?

You can make your 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 add more alcohol to my jello shots?

I wouldn’t go over the suggested amount of alcohol in this recipe. If you do, the shots will turn out thinner and will not fully set up.

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.

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5 from 3 votes
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Grinch Jello Shots

Serves — 12
Grinch Jello Shots are colored Grinch-green and festively flavored for the holidays. Quick and easy to make with or without alcohol, it's always fun to slurp a spiked sip of a Christmas cocktail served as finger food!
Prep Time 10 mins
Chill Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups water
  • 6 ounces package flavored green gelatin
  • ¾ cup vodka
  • 2-3 drops peppermint extract
  • ¾ cold water
  • Garnishes: Whipped cream and small red hearts

Instructions
 

  • In a medium pan, bring 2 cups of water to a boil, remove from heat and add in green jello mix and whisk until fully dissolved.
  • Add peppermint extract and vodka if making these boozy.
  • Pour cooled mixture into shot glasses and place into the refrigerator to set, around 2 hours or overnight.
  • Top jello shots with whipped cream and a red heart! Enjoy ☺

Jenn’s Notes

Serving: About 12 shots – 2 oz cups
Storage:
  • To Store: You can store your jello shots covered in the fridge for up to a week. Leave off the garnish until just before serving.
  • To Freeze: I do not recommend freezing.
Tips:
  • I like to line up my shot glasses on a flat, firm, moveable surface like a tray or cookie sheet. This makes it easier to move them back and forth from the fridge.
  • I used an injector to fill my shot cups because it’s quicker and less messy. However, a pourable measuring cup works as well.
  • Do not garnish your jello shots unless you’re serving them right away.
  • Be sure to allow your Grinch jello shot liquid to cool completely before pouring it into the shot glasses. If the liquid is still boiling it could melt plastic shot glasses or crack the glass.
  • Do not boil the vodka in the pan with the water or you will burn out the alcohol.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.003g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 0.01g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.002g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 2mg | Sugar: 0.003g | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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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