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Full of festive colors and bursting with fruity flavors, these jello shots boast a delightful creamy white mixture in the center, making them the perfect way to add a touch of fun and patriotism to your next Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or Labor Day celebration.

glasses of Red White Blue Jello Shots topped with whipped cream and sprinkles.
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4th of July Jello Shots Recipe

We’ve spent years perfecting this recipe for the 4th of July Red, White, and Blue Jello Shots recipe, so you can focus on celebrating! This tried-and-tested recipe takes the classic colors of Independence Day and transforms them into festive layered jello shots, perfect for adding a fun twist to your favorite spirits.

Forget about searching for the “best” recipe—because you just found it! Made with simple boxes of jello and spiked to perfection, these are the ultimate make-ahead dessert for adults. After all, what’s a 4th of July party without festive treats to enjoy alongside the fireworks?

Red White and Blue Jello Shots Ingredients

Red White Blue Jello Shots ingredients.
  • Blue Jello: I used berry blue flavored Jell-O for my blue layer.
  • Red Jello: You can use a strawberry or cherry-flavored Jell-O for the red layer.
  • Knox unflavored gelatin: The unflavored gelatin helps to set the sweetened condensed milk into a firm but creamy consistency. It creates a nice contrast to the firmness of the jello layers.
  • Sweetened condensed milk: Sweetened condensed milk is naturally opaque, so when mixed with the gelatin, it creates a solid white layer that stands out visually against the colorful jello layers. It also adds a rich and sweet flavor to the white layer to balance out the tartness of the jello and the bite of the vodka.
  • Cold water
  • Boiling water
  • Vodka: I recommend using a good quality vodka for this recipe. You can make your red and blue layers with unflavored vodka or use your favorite flavors. A berry, vanilla, or whipped cream-flavored vodka would all be fun to try.
  • Whipped cream: You can use store-bought whipped topping, such as Cool Whip, or make your own homemade whipped cream from scratch.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

a couple glasses of Red White Blue Jello Shots on the table without toppings.

How to Make Red White and Blue Jello Shots

  1. Make The Blue Layer: Dissolve the blue jello powder in boiling water. Add the vodka, stir, and fill each shot glass 1/3 of the way. Chill for 1 hour or until set.
  2. Make The White Layer: Bloom the unflavored gelatin by stirring it with cold water and letting it sit for 3 minutes. Stir in boiling water until the gelatin has dissolved. Add the sweetened condensed milk, stir, then cool for 5 minutes. Pour the white jello on top of the blue layer and chill for 1 hour or until set.
  3. Make The Red Layer: Dissolve the red jello powder in boiling water. Add the vodka, stir, and cool for 5 minutes. Pour the red jello on top of the white layer and chill for 1 hour.
  4. Garnish and Serve: Top with whipped cream, patriotic sprinkles, and a flag toothpick, if desired. Serve and enjoy!
First layer, pour the blue jello into each of your shot glass. Second layer, pour the white jello. Third layer, pour the red jello on top of the white layer.

Serving Suggestions

Whether you’re sitting poolside or attending a backyard barbecue, 4th of July jello shots with vodka are the perfect way to kick off any party!

glasses of Red White Blue Jello Shots with toppings and flag.

Tips & Variations

  • It’s important to bloom the unflavored gelatin first, or you will end up with gross lumps in it, and it won’t dissolve correctly. All the powder must touch water so each gelatin grain can fill up with water.
  • If you don’t wait for the second and third layer to set, you could partially melt the layer underneath it, causing color bleed. The shots will still taste great, but they won’t look as pretty.
  • If your jello layer isn’t setting up, you either used too much water or vodka. Reduce your amounts and try again.
  • I recommend placing your empty shot glasses onto a small rimmed tray before filling them with the liquid. This will make it easier to transfer the jello shots to the refrigerator to chill.
  • If you want to make the pretty whipped cream swirls as shown in the photos, use a frosting bag and Ateco #824 frosting tip. Other frosting tips will make it pretty as well, this one is just my favorite!
  • Do not garnish the shots if you’re not serving them right away. They’re quick and easy to garnish, so make them look special right before serving. 
  • If using glass shot glasses, you may want to provide mini spoons for serving your guests. You won’t be able to loosen the sides of the shot like you might in a typical plastic shot cup.

Proper Storage

  • To Store: To store, place in the fridge, covered, for up to three days. If you leave them too long, they will dry up or the color will bleed.
a couple of jello shots on the table.

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a couple glasses of Red White Blue Jello Shots.

Red White and Blue Jello Shots

Serves — 24
Red, White and Blue Jello Shots are the perfect way to celebrate the 4th of July, Memorial Day, or Labor Day!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Rest Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box blue Jello 3 ounces
  • 1 box red Jello 3 ounces
  • 2 packets unflavored Gelatin (0.25 ounces each)
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 3 cups boiling aater
  • 2 cups Vodka
  • whipped cream optional garnish
  • patriotic star sprinkles optional garnish
  • toothpick Flags optional garnish

Instructions
 

DIRECTIONS FOR BLUE LAYER

  • Pour the Berry Blue jello into a bowl. Add 1 cup boiling water and stir until fully dissolved.
  • Add 1 cup vodka and stir again.
  • Pour the jello into each of your shot glasses, filling 1/3 of the way. Chill for 1 hour or until the layer is set.

DIRECTIONS FOR WHITE LAYER

  • Place the two packets of unflavored gelatin in a clean, medium mixing bowl and add 1 cup cold water. Give a slight stir and let sit for 3 minutes so that the gelatin blooms.
  • Add 1 cup boiling water to the bowl and stir until the gelatin has dissolved.
  • Pour in the sweetened condensed milk and stir well to incorporate. Then cool for 5 minutes.
  • Pour on top of the blue jello layer (filling it another third of the way making it 2/3rds full at this point). Chill for 1 hour or until the layer is set.

DIRECTIONS FOR RED LAYER

  • Pour the strawberry or cherry gelatin into a bowl. Add 1 cup boiling water and stir until the jello has fully dissolved.
  • Stir in 1 cup vodka, stir again, then allow to cool for about 5 minutes.
  • Pour the red jello on top of the white layer, filling the top layer close to the top of each glass rim. Chill for 1 hour.
  • Top with whipped cream, patriotic sprinkles, and a flag toothpick, if desired. Enjoy!

Jenn’s Notes

Important note: You need to make sure you allow time in between each layer to let the colors set. 
Storage:
  • To Store: To store, place in the fridge, covered, for up to three days. If you leave them too long, they will dry up or the color will bleed.
Tips:
  • It’s important that you bloom the unflavored gelatin first or you will end up with gross lumps in it and it won’t dissolve correctly. All the powder must be touching water so each gelatin grain can fill up with water.
  • If you don’t wait for the second and third layer to set, you could partially melt the layer underneath it, causing color bleed. The shots will still taste great, but they won’t look as pretty.
  • If your jello layer isn’t setting up, you either used too much water or vodka. Reduce your amounts and try again.
  • I recommend placing your empty shot glasses onto a small rimmed tray before filling them with the liquid. This will make it easier to transfer the jello shots to the refrigerator to chill.
  • If you want to make the pretty whipped cream swirls as shown in the photos, use a frosting bag and Ateco #824 frosting tip. Other frosting tips will make it pretty as well, this one is just my favorite!
  • Do not garnish the shots if you’re not serving them right away. They’re quick and easy to garnish, so make them look special right before serving.
  • If using glass shot glasses, you may want to provide mini spoons for serving your guests. You won’t be able to loosen the sides of the shot like you might in a typical plastic shot cup.

Nutrition Info

Calories: 126kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 62mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 44IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 0.04mg

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  1. Thank you very much for sharing 🙂 I Appreciated this looks too good this is great recipe. Jello shots are a summer party favorite.

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  2. These shots were my first attempt ever with Jell-O shots and let me tell you they were an absolute HIT! I made a large variety with most having about 30 shots but I made 50 red white and blue ones since it was our 4th of July party. They were all gone within the first two hours! They loved them so much they request I make 400 for their commanders call!! So I made a total of 350 for their event. Be sure to have a lot of patience and allow your hit gelitan to completely cool before placing it over your “ready cups” or else it will melt your set gelatin (learned the hard way). I also switched the vodka for rum to make it more flavorful. Definitely recommend!!