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Epic 4th of July Jello Shots

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Serve up these 4th of July Jello shots this holiday. A stained glass Jello shot that is red, white, and blue. An adult party treat that will leave everyone reaching for one more of these fourth of July Jello shots!

4th of July themed jello shots in a small plastic cup container.

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These red white and blue Jello shots can be made all year round. Feel free to change up the colors of Jello to fit the theme you are going for. The white gelatin in this shot recipe, adds a fun twist to a classic Jello Shot.

Why You Will Love These 4th Of July Jello Shots

  • 5 Ingredients
  • The white gelatin is a fun twist to a classic dessert
  • Stain-glass look with the white Jello
  • Tasty
  • A fun party treat

Ingredients Needed

  • Red, and Blue Jello
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Unflavored Gelatin
  • Water
  • Rum

How to Make

The complete list of ingredients, quantities, and instructions can be found in the printable recipe card below.

Red, white, and blue is added in a small plastic cup container.
  1. Start by making your red and blue Jello according to the boxes. Place them in separate containers, and allow them to be fully set up. (Photo 1)
  2. Then you will Mix your unflavored gelatin with water and let it sit to bloom. Then mix in the condensed milk, boiling water, and rum. Allow it to cool once mixed. (Photo 2)
  3. To assemble your Jello shots, pour a little of the white, and place pieces of the cut up red and blue Jello. Then add more white, and repeat to create a fun layered look. (Photos 3 & 4)
  4. Refrigerate the Jello shots in the fridge until they are set up full.
Red, white, and blue jello shots in a small plastic container.

Making Non-Alcoholic Fourth of July Jello Shots

Don’t want to use alcohol? Go right ahead and make these the same way, but replace the rum with 1/2 cup hot water.

Mix up and make the exact way, and enjoy a non-alcoholic Jello dessert.

Storing Shots

The stained glass jello shots need to be stored in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve them up. I buy the shot cups that have lids, so they are covered. Then I place in a 9×13 pan and store in the fridge. That way they can easily be moved in and out.

You can leave your shots out for up to 2 hours, and then at that time you will want to refrigerate them again for at least 30 minutes.

Another trick is to place ice in a bowl, then place a smaller bowl inside. Then add your cups into the bowl. The ice underneath can help to keep them cool while serving your family or friends.

A stack of jello shots in a small plastic cup container.

Recipe FAQs

What alcohol to use for jello shots?

Honestly, you can use almost any alcohol you want. I love to use rum or vodka when making them. You will find that you can even buy flavored Vodka to add more flavor to a Jello shot. For rum, I recommend a white rum or one that doesn’t have flavoring like a spiced rum. You don’t want the alcohol to overpower the Jello flavors.

Where to find unflavored gelatin?

Unflavored gelatin can be found right by the flavored Jello’s. Almost all stores carry the unflavored, and you will use that to give the condensed milk the Jello texture.

Can I add extra liquor to my Jello shots?

You can add up to 1- 1/2 cups of alcohol to your mixture. The biggest thing is adding too much booze will cause your Jello to not set up. If you do too much, it will stay liquid.

Why did my jello not set up?

Make sure you boil hot water to first mix with the Jello. Then add cold after. If you do not follow the steps on the box, you will find your Jello could struggle to set up properly.

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Epic 4th of July Jello Shots Recipe

Author: Kim Schob
Course: Beverages
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Chill 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 30 minutes
Yields 25 Jello Shots
Check out these 4th of July Jello Shots! A red, white, and blue stained glass Jello shot that is firework worthy. A fun party treat for adults to enjoy. 


  • 6 ounce (170 g) box cherry Jello
  • 6 ounce (170 g) box berry blue Jello
  • 14 ounce (397 g) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin
  • 5 cups (1 ⅙ kg) boiling water divided
  • ½ cup (118 2/7 g) cold water
  • ½ light rum another choice of liquor


  • Mix cherry and berry blue Jello per the box directions and place them into bowls into the fridge overnight or for at least 3 hours until set.
  • Break up Jello and place into Jello shot cups. A little of each color works well.
  • In a separate large bowl, sprinkle 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin into 1/2 cup cold water and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  • After the gelatin blooms (it will look mostly dissolved and get wrinkly on the surface), add 1 cup boiling water and 1/2 cup rum (or liquor of choice); stir to dissolve.
  • Add the can of condensed milk and stir to combine; set aside to cool to room temperature. Pour the cooled condensed milk mixture over the red and blue Jello in the shot cups.
  • Place in the fridge overnight to set.


Recipes including or referencing alcohol are intended for adult consumption only (21+). Drink responsibly!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 103kcal (5%) Carbohydrates: 21g (7%) Protein: 2g (4%) Fat: 1g (2%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 5mg (2%) Sodium: 84mg (4%) Potassium: 60mg (2%) Sugar: 20g (22%) Vitamin A: 42IU (1%) Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 46mg (5%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

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One Comment

  1. what a fun and festive jello shot dessert. We need to make these at our next get together. or I’m sure we could switch up the colors for other themes!

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