As we head into the holiday season, we like to get to eating, drinking, and being as merry as much as we can. Here at Delish, that absolutely includes making a round of these festive holiday Jell-O shots to keep our Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa parties going. Before you turn up your nose, take a look at these 33 truly spirited shots recipes that are a far cry from any college-era shots you might have mixed. Dare we say it, shots can be kinda fancy? All we're saying is, don't be surprised if you have to make a double batch of mistletoe shots, peppermint bark shots, and negroni Jell-O shots at your next Christmas party!
If you're new to mixing shots, here's our handy guide on how to make Jell-O shots that will have you feeling like a pro in no time. In their most simple form, these shots only require three ingredients: Jell-O powder, hot water, and your alcohol of choice. With those ingredients on hand, you can get to making all kinds of different flavors. Want something tart or refreshing? Our cranberry Jell-O shots and Champagne Jell-O shots are just the thing. How about something decadent? Our recipes for eggnog Jell-O shots and s'mores pudding shots are the easiest way to get on the naughty list.
What we love the most about shots is how efficient they are. You can make a big batch ahead of time, which will take you off of bartending duty all night. What that means is now you'll have all the more time to spend with your family (and likely a plate of appetizers).
Peppermint Bark Shots
We look forward to peppermint bark season all year long. These shots taste a lot like the real thing, only way more boozy. Sweet, minty, and creamy, be warned: These go down easy, but they’re just as strong as your average shot.
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If tiramisu is your favorite dessert (ours too!), then you will go crazy for these shots. It takes a delicate pour to layer them perfectly, but it makes for the cutest presentation and resembles the layers tiramisu has.
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Milk & Cookies Shots
Let's just say, if you leave these for Santa on Christmas Eve, you'll definitely be on the nice list. We love the ease of using store-bought cookie dough, but if you've got the time, making chocolate chip cookies from scratch is even better!
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Eggnog Jell-O Shots
It's not the holidays until the eggnog has been poured, and this year, we're spicing things up a bit. RumChata and brandy ensure these Jell-O shots will make the holidays so much fun.
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These shots are bound to make some holiday magic happen! Share one of these with someone you want to kiss.
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Apple Pie Bourbon Shots
If you're truly looking to get your party started this holiday (or if you're a bourbon fan), then these apple pie bourbon shots should be a must-have at your next gathering. All you need are a few ingredients—apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg—to infuse your own bourbon that tastes just like your fave dessert.
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How To Make Jell-O Shots
Want to freestyle your own Jell-O shots? Let's start with the basics: Here's a step-by-step guide to making any kind of Jell-O shot.
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S'mores Pudding Shots
The next best thing to actual s'mores is a pudding shot. It's the best way to feed a crowd with delicious boozy s'mores. Feel free to use regular or vanilla vodka if you can't find marshmallow vodka!
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Washington Apple Shot
The Washington Apple Shot is a breed of the Washington Apple Cocktail made with whiskey—typically Canadian-style—apple schnapps, and cranberry juice. We added pomegranate to jazz it up! It’s a drink that’s crisp, pungent, and refreshing, one that you want to sip on for a little while.
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Candy Cane Jell-O Shots
For when you need a little more jingle in your step, these will surely do it. 😉
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Santa Hat Jell-O Shots
A Christmas party wouldn't be complete without Santa, and these Jell-O shots are the perfect way to include him. Strawberries and and Cool Whip turn a simple Jell-O shot into a festive holiday one.
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Christmas Jell-O Shots
These will surely have everyone feeling merry in no time. If you're not a fan of vodka, feel free to swap in tequila.
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Negroni Jell-O Shots
Stunning, isnt it? It was only a matter of time we made a party-ready take on the Negroni. We even finished these off with an orange peel for that classic Negroni touch.
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Cherry Pie Shots
You know what's better than cherry pie? Cherry pie shots!
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Cranberry Jell-O Shots
Cranberry sauce? We thought you said "cranberry shots." We love these tart-sweet Jell-O shots, especially the sugar-coated cranberries. They're optional but highly encouraged—they make for a great chaser after you've downed the shot.
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Big-Batch Fireball Jell-O Shots
This spiced cherry big-batch shot is drinks and dessert—all in one. We call that a 2-for-1 special.
Hot Cocoa Pudding Shots
Enjoy your favorite winter drink as a pudding shot (mini marshmallows included)!
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Pumpkin Pie Shots
Good luck going back to regular pumpkin pie after these.
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Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Jell-O Shots
Everyone loves a chocolate-covered strawberry, and turning them into Jell-O shots makes them even better! Use your favorite liquor for the Jell-O shots. We went with vodka because it's our fave, but tequila would be amazing too!
Apple Caramel Pie Shots
It's literally everything you love in one pie crust.
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Holly Jolly Fireball Shots
These spicy shots are the one thing your Christmas is missing. These will surely make sure you stay holly and jolly all night long!
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Champagne Jell-O Shots
These scream PARTY. Change out the sprinkles on top, and you can be using this recipe for every holiday.
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Pumpkin Pie Pudding Shots
Pumpkin pie? Pudding shots? Obviously the two belong together! Fireball adds some more cinnamon flavor to the shots, but you can sub with all vodka if you prefer. But if Fireball is your thing, then you might as well serve these shots right along with a Fireball pumpkin pie.
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Peach Pie Shots
Make sure literally every flavor of pie is accounted for in booze form this holiday.
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Fireball Apple Jell-O Shots
We believe every good party has a Jell-O shot, and these Fireball apple shots will be a hit with everyone—friends, cousins, coworkers, Grandma. Whatever you do, don't skip the lemon juice! It prevents the apples from browning while the Jell-O sets up in the fridge.
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Sangria Jell-O Shots
As far as we're concerned, Sangria is essential all year round—and so are Jell-O shots. So we combined the two into one dangerously good, very boozy treat. We use a light-bodied red wine, but you can feel free to swap in your favorite white wine as well!
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Sour Apple Jell-O Shots
We soaked Jolly Ranchers in vodka to infuse these shots with real candy flavor and have zero regrets. (Just like we apologized to NO ONE for our Sour Patch Kids Jell-O Shots.) If you've ever had a Tootsie Caramel Apple Pop, this shot tastes exactly like it—only it's easier to eat and better for a party.
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RumChata Jell-O Shots
Cherry Jell-O + RumChata = the most surprising, and delicious shot combo ever. Trust us on this one 😉 These taste like the best-every cherry pie—in shot form.
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Chardonnay Jell-O Shots
Make your Jell-O shots as fancy as you are. Be sure to shoot these with your pinkies up!
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PSL Jell-O Shots
PSL season is the best time of year at Delish. We wait all summer for the first sip of the fall drink—and then never order anything else until January. 😋And with these shots, even your party guests don't have to go without the classic flavor!
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Butterbeer Jell-O Shots
We're absolutely going to need to Accio these Jell-O shots, perfect for all the Harry Potter fans out there!
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Tiffany Jell-O Shots
You're going to want to say yes to these shots. A splash of blue Curaçao turns these Jell-O shots the perfect shade of Tiffany blue. They're probably the fanciest Jell-O shot you'll ever take!
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Strawberry Champagne Jell-O Shots
Feel free to use whatever sparkling wine you prefer in these shots: Champagne, Prosecco or maybe even a bubbly rosé! Make sure to let that initial Jell-O layer solidify before adding your strawberries. This makes sure they don't sink all the way to the bottom.
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