Good morning! It is early on Sunday and we are about to hop on a Urban Loop bus to spend our day tubing down the San Marcos River with Texas State Tubes! Yesterday we decided to make patriotic jello shots as a surprise for the group. We spent the day experimenting on how to get these booze-filled treats to turn out.
This recipe is relatively simple, you just need to have the patience to wait for the layers to set. Note: We rushed the first attempt and ended up with some funky looking tie-dyed shooters. Lesson learned!
You can use any type of clear liquor for the recipe. We decided to go for a tropical theme so we used Blue Chair Bay Coconut Rum. Did you know that Kenny Chesney is an owner in that company? Something about that makes us feel even more chilled out while drinking Blue Chair Bay. The reason why we chose coconut is because the middle layer of these 4th of July Jello Shots include Sweetened Condensed Milk to make it a white color. The coconut flavor really makes it taste like a coconut cream treat!
There still are a few days until the 4th of July, consider making these Independence Day Jello Shots for your barbecue or pool party!
Red, White and Blue Jello Shots
Makes about 50, 1 oz. jello shots
3 cups water, divided
2 ¼ cups Blue Chair Bay Coconut Rum
1 package of berry blue jello (3 oz. box)
1 package of cherry jello (3 oz. box)
1 packet of unflavored gelatin (it usually comes with 4 packets per box)
Half of a 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
Maraschino cherries for garnish, if desired
Bring 1 cup of water to boil. In a bowl (we use a batter bowl since it has a spout) add the 3 oz. packet of berry blue jello. If you can only find the larger 6 oz boxes, make sure you just use half. Now add the cup of boiling water and stir until the powder is dissolved. Add in one cup of the Blue Chair Bay Coconut Rum. Line a baking sheet with the empty jello shot containers. Next, fill your shot containers 1/3 of the way full with the blue jello shot mixture.
Now pop it into the refrigerator. Make sure your jello shots have ample time to set before moving on to the next step! For the small 1 oz. containers, 90 minutes was enough time. We also tried making some 2oz shot glasses and 90 minutes was NOT enough. Check out what happened:
This layer is a bit more sweet than boozy. Use one small packet of unflavored gelatin. They come with four pouches to a box. Dissolve it in ¼ cup of water. Bring 3/4 cups of water to boil. Add the boiling water to the clear gelatin. Then add HALF of the 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk and stir. Finally, add ¼ cup of coconut rum. Pour the cream mixture on top of the blue layer until the cups are about 2/3 of the way filled. Place them into the fridge for at least 2 hours.
Make the red layer exactly as the blue layer, just substitute the berry blue jello for the cherry jello.
If you’re feeling festive, once the red sets for about an hour, you can add a stemmed maraschino cherries to the top of the red layer of your coconut cream jello shots.
This batch makes a bunch, depending on the size of jello shot containers you use so be sure to share these with friends! You could also use this recipe with other jello flavors throughout the year to create new color combos. We can already see ourselves making Halloween and Christmas themed jello shots in the future!