Infuse the taste of summer into a classic party-friendly dessert with these watermelon jello shots. Easy to make with watermelon-flavored gelatin and vodka!

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Multiple watermelon jello shots topped with sour watermelon gummies on a wooden serving tray.

About Watermelon Jello Shots

Nothing says summer quite like watermelon and nothing says party season quite like a festive serving of jello shots.

And with these pink and green watermelon jello shots, you can have the best of both worlds: sweet-as-candy watermelon flavor paired with chilled jello and a friendly little punch of vodka.

How long are jello shots good for?

Once prepared, these jello shots can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three to five days.

Can you freeze jello shots?

Bad news here, guys. Because jello shots have a gelatinous form and freeze differently than water or juice, I can’t recommend freezing these jello shots. The freezing process will change the texture of the jello and dilute the flavor.

For best results, enjoy these jello shots while they’re freshly made.

Can you make jello shots in advance?

Yes, you totally can! That’s the best part about jello – once it’s made, it can last a few days in the refrigerator. Just make sure the jello shots are stored in a sealed container (or that the individual cups have their lids).

However, I would recommend waiting to decorate the jello shots with whipped cream and orange slices until just before serving. The whipped cream will “deflate” over time, becoming a soupy mess on top of the jello shots.

What’s in watermelon jello shots?

  • Pink and green watermelon gelatin – Both types of gelatin are used to give the classic look of a pink and green watermelon. If you only want to use one color of gelatin, I would recommend pink.
  • Vodka and water – Because every jello shot needs spirits for punch and water to form the gelatin.
  • Sour watermelon gummies – Totally optional, but a fun topper.
Close up of a watermelon jello shot resting on a hand.

What tools do you need for jello shots?

Before getting started, make sure you have the following on hand:

  • 2 Ounce Plastic Shot Cups with Lids. You can also use standard shot glasses, but be aware that you can’t “shoot” with those – since it’s solid glass, you can’t squeeze the cups to help loosen the jello. If you use any type of firm container, plan on serving the jello shots with spoons.
  • Funnel or Injector – Makes it easier to fill the jello cups.
  • Mixing bowl, saucepan, whisk – All used for preparing and mixing the jello shots.

What type of vodka should you use?

To keep with the watermelon theme, any plain or watermelon-infused vodka or spirit will work just fine. I have used Smirnoff brand in the past and enjoyed it.

Notes & tips for watermelon jello shots

  • Although you may be tempted to, do not add more than 1/2 cup alcohol (total) to each batch of gelatin. Alcohol does not solidify, so more alcohol would cause the jello not to set properly. The recipe is balanced so that you can still enjoy boozy jello shots with classic jello texture.
  • This recipe is designed to use two-ounce jello shot cups. You can also use one-ounce jello shot cups to easily double the yield (but you will have smaller jello shots).
  • You can increase the yield of this recipe without any issues or adjustments, so feel free to whip up one large batch!
  • If you can’t find green watermelon jello, lime jello will work just as well.

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How to make watermelon jello shots

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – Add water to a saucepan, then bring to a boil.

Step 2 – Add green powdered gelatin to a large mixing bowl, then pour in boiling water. Whisk them together until the gelatin is dissolved.

Step 3 – Pour in the vodka and a little more water, then whisk again to combine.

Step 4 – Create the first layer by pouring the jello into your chosen cups, filling about 1/4 of the way full. Once ready, transfer the jello shots to the refrigerator to set.

Step 5 – Let chill.

Step 6 – When the first layer is set, prepare the pink gelatin the same way you did the green: boil water, mix boiling water with pink gelatin until dissolved, add chilled vodka and a little more cup water, then whisk again.

Step 7 – Pour the pink gelatin on top of the green gelatin, filling each cup about 1/2 to 3/4 of the way.

Step 8 – Let chill again.

Step 9 – Top each jello shot with a sour watermelon gummy (optional).

Step 10 – Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Details

Multiple watermelon jello shots topped with sour watermelon gummies on a wooden serving tray.
4.50 from 2 votes

Watermelon Jello Shots

10 mins prep + 5 mins cook + 4 hrs Setting Time
86 kcal
Yields: 14 jello shots
Infuse the taste of summer into a classic party-friendly dessert with these watermelon jello shots. Easy to make with watermelon-flavored gelatin and vodka!

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, bring 1 cup water to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat.
    3 cups water
  • In a large bowl, pour in boiled water and add green gelatin. Whisk quickly until gelatin is dissolved.
    3 ounces green watermelon gelatin
  • Add 1/2 cup chilled vodka and 1/2 cup cold water to gelatin mix and whisk quickly until combined.
    1 cup vodka, 3 cups water
  • Using a funnel or injector, pour green gelatin into shot cups, smoothing or spooning out any bubbles that form on top. Fill cups about 1/4 of the way, leaving plenty of room for the second layer.
  • Place jello shots in the refrigerator and let set for 2 hours.
  • When ready to add the next layer, prepare the pink gelatin the same way as the green: boil 1 cup water, mix boiling water with pink gelatin until dissolved, add 1/2 cup chilled vodka and 1/2 cup water, then whisk again.
    3 cups water, 3 ounces pink watermelon gelatin, 1 cup vodka
  • Remove jello shots from the refrigerator. Using a funnel or injector, pour pink gelatin into shot cups, smoothing or spooning out any bubbles that form on top. Fill cups the rest of the way, roughly 1/2 to 3/4 full (be sure to leave room for the gummy, if using.)
  • Place finished jello shots in the refrigerator and let set for 2 hours.
  • Top each jello shot with a sour watermelon gummy (optional).
    sour watermelon gummies
  • Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Serving: 1jello shot | Calories: 86kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 10g | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 1mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I’m not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy