How Many Jello Shots To Get Drunk: Full Guide (2023 UPDATED)

Last Updated on September 22, 2023 by Lydia Martin

Jello takes us back to our childhood when we’d happily scoop at Snack Packs or Jell-O during recess. It comes in fun colors and flavors for a great tasting treat. 

This snack isn’t just for kids, and with the small addition of the booze of your choice *wink, wink*, you’d have jello shots! So, how many jello shots to get drunk? Here’s the real deal. 

So, How Many Jello Shots Will Get You Drunk?

Jello Shots

It depends. On average, 4 jello shots is equal to 1 shot of booze. So if you usually get drunk after 3 shots of vodka, you’ll need about 10 to 12 jello vodka shots to get drunk. If 5 shots of vodka get you drunk, then you’ll have to eat 20 jello shots. 

What are Jello Shots?

Jello shots are a classic party cocktail that goes so fast; you’d have to have a big batch of them ready before you get the event rolling. Each jello shot is made with flavored gelatin and alcohol, like vodka or tequila, and is stored in the refrigerator before serving to retain the correct jelly textures and consistency.

Taking jello shots is a great party hit, and the best part is that they won’t get you hammered quickly. It’s said that drinking up to four jello shots equals one serving of alcohol at 1.5 ounces. 

These fun, tasty shots are highly popular at college frat parties, but people of any age can absolutely enjoy taking jello shots. 

Can Jello Shots Make You Drunk Faster?

An average jello shot has around 10% ABV. The sugar typically masks the taste of alcohol. It also doesn’t dissolve on your tongue, so you’ll less likely taste the alcohol in it. Hence, you might get drunk without even realizing it. 

When making your jello shots, we recommend making weak shots with a ratio of 3 to 1 for any 80-proof alcohol to water. If you cool your jello longer, the stronger it may also get. 


Alcohol to Use in Jello Shots

Alcohol to Use in Jello Shots


Vodka is the safe go-to for making jello shots as it provides a strong alcohol base for many different cocktail drinks. A mid-range brand, like Smirnoff or Skyy, is perfect for vodka jello shots. Tequila is also a delicious choice. 


Those who prefer the sweet taste should choose this alcohol in their jello shots. Its flavor is very palatable even for those who aren’t strong drinkers, and white rum is best as it won’t affect the color. Our best bet is Malibu or Bacardi, but of course, you can choose any rum brand you wish. 

Flavored Vodka

Smirnoff Marshmallow Vodka

Most people go the flavored vodka route, which adds a strong flavor. You can even experiment and try out different combinations to see which one you like best! Our personal favorite is the perfect balance of Pinnacle Cake Vodka and strawberry gelatin to make a jelly treat that tastes exactly like a strawberry shortcake. 

Read: Top Tequilas For Jello Shots

How Much Alcohol Should You Put In Each Serving?

It might be tempting to add more alcohol to make strong jello shots, but be careful about adding too much alcohol as the gelling agent might not set correctly, and you might end up with crappy shots.

Also, the higher the proof of the alcohol you choose, the more water is needed. 

Read: Number of Twisted Teas To Get You Drunk

Vodka Jello Shots

Also Read: Smirnoff Ice – How Many Will Get You Drunk?

Do’s & Don’ts When Making Jello Shots 

  • DO be creative and mix and match different flavors! 
  • DON’T just add vodka, as this will result in a crappy batch. 
  • DO layer different colored jelly if you’re using a clear container! 
  • DON’T be impatient, as jello shots will need to chill in the refrigerator for the right textures to set.
  • DO experiment with using agar agar as a gelling agent for vegan shots. 


Can you buy premade Jello shots and still get drunk?

Yes. Store-bought pre-made jello shots still have the vodka ingredient, so it will still get you inebriated. [1]

Can you freeze jello shots?

Yes. You can freeze jello shots, but you have to remember that they are gelatinous in nature, and freezing them may alter the original texture. 

How much Jello does a 6 oz box make? 

The standard 6 oz jello box makes about eight half-cup servings for you and your friends at the next party. We think this won’t be enough, though, as jello shots are delicious and notorious for disappearing quickly! 

Key Takeaways

Jello shots are a fun addition to any event and for people of any age. You can start drinking them without fear of getting a hangover with their low alcohol content!

Try our recipe out and get creative by layering different colors and mixing and matching flavors to find out which one has your desired taste. 




Lydia Martin

Lydia Martin hails from Redmond, Washington, where you’ll find some of the best cocktail bars and distilleries that offer a great mix of local drinks. She used to work as a bar manager in Paris and is a self-taught mixologist whose passion for crafting unique cocktails led her to create Liquor Laboratory. Lydia can whip up a mean Margarita in seconds! Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here.

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