Red, White and Blue Jello Shots are always a hit for the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, and Labor Day holidays! Full of festive colors and fruity flavors, with a creamy white mixture in the middle, this boozy jello is the perfect way to showcase your patriotic pride.

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

Our easy 4th of July Red, White and Blue Jello Shots recipe makes it fun to chew your booze! These Independence Day desserts take the classic colors of the fourth and turn them into layered jello shots spiked with your favorite spirits. 

The best 4th of July jello shots recipes begin with boxes of jello. When fused with alcohol until firm, they become the ultimate make-ahead, adult-only cocktail jellies served in shot glasses. After all, the best part of any 4th of July party is the food that accompanies 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. I didn’t add unflavored gelatin to the red or blue layers. I used 1 cup boiling water with the jello … waited a few minutes and added 1 cup vodka which I had in the freezer. The white layer I used frozen vodka as well to “pillow” the unflavored gelatin and sweetened condensed milk for several minutes and then added the hot sweetened condensed milk.

  2. Ok I’m confused. The unflavored jello is used for the white layer so why does it say to add half a envelope to each red and blue layers ? Also, it says to put 2 1 oz packages to the white layer. But 1 3 oz red and 1/2 unflavored which equals 4 1/2 oz for red and blue layers does that matter ? Sorry for the confusion, first timer here and I don’t wanna mess them up!

    1. It isn’t! This was written a long time ago and I honestly don’t know why I used the term pillow – LOL. Just let it settle in there. Don’t mix it yet.

  3. It says to use envelops of unflavored gelatin but gelatin comes in different size packages …. could I get a measurement please?

  4. 1 star
    putting boiling water into a bowl of vodka will burn off all the alcohol. Every good jello shot recipe I have followed says to pillow the gelatin over cold water then turn on the burner to heat up. LET COOL, then add the vodka

    1. Adding water that was recently boiled will only reduce the alcohol by about 15%. If the mixture was kept on the burner, the alcohol would eventual burn off. This recipe should be okay.

      1. 1 star
        I made this exactly as the recipe said. The white part provides way too much liquid. It filled 12 5 oz shots not 3 oz. 12 different people drank it and it was awful and strong. The flavor was not good. The white part tasted like congealed milk not like jello. And even if it is only 15% alcohol reduction, that avoids the entire point.

    1. Not if you put the vodka in the freezer. Add the hot water to the jello – stir until dissolved – wait a few minutes and then add the cold vodka.
      Alcohol does not freeze.