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Pool Party Jello Shots are so quick and easy to prepare using only 3 ingredients plus cute candy decoration. Make them with or without alcohol for a sweet snack or spiked shot.
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Table of Contents
  1. Perfect Pool Ready Vodka Jello Shots
  2. Why We Love This Pool Party Jello Shots Recipe
  3. Ingredients
  4. Substitutions and Additions
  5. Recommended Tools
  6. How to Make Pool Party Jello Shots
  7. Tips From Our Recipe Developer
  8. How to Make the Best Jello Shots Recipe
  9. Storage Tips
  10. Frequently Asked Questions
  11. Other Easy Cocktail Recipes
  12. Pool Party Jello Shots Recipe

Pool Party Jello Shots are a fun way to unwind by the water this summer simply by swapping out your cooler filled with cans and serving these adorable, alcohol-infused sweet treats. This vodka jello shot recipe is so quick and easy to make using only fruit-flavored jello, vodka, water, and the cutest combination of candy.

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Perfect Pool Ready Vodka Jello Shots

This Pool Party Jello Shots recipe is so straightforward and simple, made in only 15 minutes using a box of blue jello combined with water and vodka and then decorated with candy.

While I’ve certainly slurped my share of jello shots and turned plenty of punch and cocktails into jiggly finger food, I’ve never prepared them with a fun pool party theme, complete with gummi bears floating inside an inner tube.

Vodka Jello shots are my favorite cool and refreshing poolside treat because they’re so easy to prepare in advance, so you can spend time swimming outside instead of cooking in a hot kitchen. Stock up on supplies because you’ll need to make more than one batch – some with alcohol for the adults and some for the kids as a snack.

Everything you need to know on how to make the best jello shots.

Why We Love This Pool Party Jello Shots Recipe

  • Quick and easy to make in 15 minutes.
  • Only uses 2 ingredients plus water and candy decoration.
  • Cool and refreshing sweet treats for warm weather.
  • Add alcohol for adults or leave it out for the kids.
  • Easily the best Jello Shots recipe.
  • Make-ahead recipe is the ideal time-saver for party prep.
  • Fun to serve for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day or gatherings, or any summer festivity.

Other Jell-O Shots Recipe

Pool Party Jello Shots with gummy bears

Ingredients

  • Blue raspberry flavored gelatin mix
  • Water
  • Cold Vodka
  • Peach ring gummies
  • Gummy bears

Substitutions and Additions

  • Garnish With Gummy Candy: Feel free to use green apple or watermelon gummi rings or even gummi lifesavers instead of the peach ring gummies.
  • Cute Candy: Although fish do not belong in a pool, you can add Swedish fish or gummy sharks to the bottom of your shots and make it a beach-themed cocktail.
  • Add Some Shade: Shade your gummy bear with a cocktail umbrella to protect him/her from the sun!
  • Change up the Booze: This is a versatile recipe. Feel free to change it up to make tequila jello shots or rum jello shots too!
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How to Make Pool Party Jello Shots

Pool Party Vodka Jello Shots are a fun way to get any party started! This recipe is so easy to prepare in mere minutes and makes the cutest cocktail in a cup — perfect for summer and warm weather get-togethers.

  1. Make The Mixture: Whisk 1 cup of boiling water into the jello to dissolve the powder. Add cold vodka and cold water and whisk again (1 cup total).
    PRO-TIP: You can use up to ⅔ cup of vodka and a total of 1 cup of cold liquid. So if you use ⅔ cup of vodka, use ⅓ cup of cold water. Adjust accordingly depending on how strong you want your jello shots.
  2. Chill: Pour the liquid into the cups and chill for 3 hours or until they are set.
  3. Garnish: Place a gummi ring on each jello shot, cut a gummi bear in half, and insert it into the ring.
  4. Serve: Keep these refrigerated until ready to serve and keep cool while serving. Enjoy!
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Tips From Our Recipe Developer

  • If you prefer the 2-ounce cups for jello shots, they will work well too– you just will get less shots out of each batch.
  • 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.
  • This recipe is really easy to double or triple (and I recommend it!).
  • Looking for a strong jello shots recipe – add a bit more alcohol to the mix.
  • Use cold vodka or water. This will help bring the temperature down.
  • Make sure you have room in your fridge for the tray of jello shots.

How to Make the Best Jello Shots Recipe

The key to the perfect jello shots is the ratio of alcohol. You can use anywhere from ½ cup vodka to ⅔ cup of vodka. The key is making sure it is cold when you mix it in with the boiling water and jello mixture.

You will want a total of 1 cup of cold liquid to be mixed in. Do not use more than ⅔ cup of alcohol or the Jell-O will not set properly.

Storage Tips

  • To Store: You can store your jello shots covered in the fridge for up to a week.
  • To Freeze: Do not freeze these jello shots!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are these jello shots strong?

If you think these will be too strong you can use ½ cup water and ½ cup vodka or ⅔ cup vodka and ⅓ cup water, or any variation you like as long as you have 1 cup.

Can I make my jello shots without alcohol?

Yes, you can make these jello shots without alcohol and serve them to your kids. To make these virgin jello cups, replace the vodka with cold water.

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.

Can I make my jello shots in advance?

You can make these Pool Party 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 you get drunk off of Jello Shots?

It depends on your tolerance, but there is only 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup vodka for all 20 shots. So you are not getting a tremendous amount of vodka in each jello shot.
You would probably need about 4-5 to feel much of an effect from them.

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4.95 from 20 votes
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Pool Party Jello Shots

Serves — 20
Pool Party Jello Shots are so quick and easy to prepare using only 3 ingredients plus cute candy decoration. Make them with or without alcohol for a sweet snack or spiked shot.
Prep Time 15 mins
Chill Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 15 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 3 ounces blue raspberry flavored gelatin mix
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ½ cup cold vodka
  • ½ cup cold water
  • 20 Peach ring gummies
  • 20 Gummy bears

Instructions
 

  • On a tray set out your cups, set aside for later. This is also a good time to make sure you have room in your fridge for the tray of jello shots.
  • In a large measuring cup with a spout or a mixing bowl with a spout add 1 cup of boiling water and your jello.
  • Whisk until the jello is all dissolved.
  • Add in your ½ cup of vodka and ½ cup of water. Whisk again.
  • Carefully pour the mixture into the cups almost all the way up.
  • Place them in the fridge for at least 3 hours or until they are set. (overnight is recommended)
  • Place a gummy ring on each one and then cut a gummy bear in half and stick one in each ring.
  • Keep these refrigerated until ready to serve and keep cool while serving.
  • These will stay good in the fridge for a week!

Jenn’s Notes

Storage:
  • To Store: You can store your jello shots covered in the fridge for up to a week.
  • To Freeze: Do not freeze these jello shots!
Tips:
  • You can use up to ⅔ cup of vodka for a total of 1 cup of cold liquid. So if you use ⅔ cup of vodka, use ⅓ cup of cold water. Adjust accordingly depending on how strong you want your jello shots.
  • If you prefer the 2-ounce cups for jello shots, they will work well too– you just will get fewer shots out of each batch.
  • 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.
  • This recipe is really easy to double or triple (and I recommend it!).
    Make sure you have room in your fridge for the tray of jello shots.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 13g | 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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  1. 5 stars
    I made these non alcoholic for a work cookout they were a hit and i replaced the water with sprite to give them a kick.

  2. I can not wait to bring these pool Jell-O shots to our next party! We’re Parrot Heads so we’ve made and had lots of Jell-O shots, but these are TOO cute!!

  3. I would do these without alcohol. I would do ‘Oceans’ with blue jello, colored marshmallows, and Swedish fish for first day of scho when I taught. I had ocean theme in my classroom. Kids loved them

    1. They have them at any grocery store, TJ MAxx, Marshall’s in their food section. My son loves them so I buy all the time and they are delicious!!

  4. I want to learn how to do all this different nice things at home with my kids and learn how to do them when is a birthday coming up too and Christmas too

  5. 5 stars
    Jell-O shots love them did them for my baby shower made half nonalcoholic for me and the kids and the other half was a hit!!!!