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How Many Jello Shots To Get Drunk: Full Guide (2022 UPDATED)

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. 

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. 

Jello Shots

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. 

Read: How Many ML is a Shot?

Ingredients 

Each jello shot requires very few ingredients to make. Here’s what you’ll need: 

  • A box of flavored gelatin 
  • Chosen alcohol 
  • Water 
  • Mold 

Jello Shot Recipe 

Jello Shot Recipe 

The best thing about jello shots is that they’re super easy to make and even easier to make big batches of. The recipe requires very little preparation time and very few ingredients. The hard part? Waiting for the tasty treats to cool down enough to serve them! 

  1. Boil one cup of water. 
  2. Read the instructions on the box of the flavored gelatin and pour the appropriate amount into a mixing bowl. 
  3. Pour one cup of boiling water over the gelatin powder and whisk until it is completely dissolved. 
  4. Add a ratio of ½ cup of your chosen liquor and ½ cup of cold water to balance out the hot mixture and mix well. 
  5. Pour everything into the molds and cool them inside the refrigerator for at least two hours (or until the mixture has set). 
  6. Serve and enjoy! 

Alcohol to Use in Jello Shots

Alcohol to Use in Jello Shots

Vodka

Vodka is the safe go-to for many who are 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. 

Rum

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

Most people go the flavored vodka route as this adds a strong hit of 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. 

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. 

How Much Alcohol Should You Put In Each Serving

Half alcohol and half cold water is the perfect ratio, so you get the right textures for your shots every time. 

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. 

FAQs

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]

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! 

So, How Many Jello Shots Will Get You Drunk?

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. 

Reference:

  1. https://www.delish.com/food-news/a31261078/costco-pre-made-jell-o-shots/ 

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