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The best part about making these Tropical Jello Shots is that they’re perfect for summer parties! When it comes to fun jello shot recipes, this one is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Jello Shots with whipped cream and orange slices.

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I’m a huge fan of adding Malibu rum to my drink because I think that it helps to enhance those tropical flavors. If you’re looking for an easy recipe for your next party, you’re going to love filling the shot glasses full of this gelatin mixture! I promise – it’ll be a huge hit and a party favorite!

If you love recipes like this, you may also enjoy these Blue Raspberry Jello Shots as well. How about a little dessert? Then you must try our Lemon Meringue Shot

Why you’ll love these unique jello shots

  • This is an easy jello shot recipe to make for a birthday party, pool parties, or for anyone who loves tropical drinks
  • Jell-o shots made with orange jello offer an awesome citrus flavor
  • Using the best alcohol makes these the perfect summery jello shot recipes

Ingredients Needed

  • Orange jello – You can also use other types of citrus jello as well.
  • Boiling water – This needs to be hot to dissolve the jello.
  • Rum – Make sure that the rum is chilled.
  • Gelatin packs – Grab a few and have some extra, just in case you want to make more!
  • Water – Tap or filtered water is fine.
  • Sweetened condensed milk – Helps to add sweetness.
  • Cointreau – Needs to be chilled.
  • Alize mango liquor – Adds mango flavoring.
  • Mango cocktail syrup – The syrup needs to be chilled as well.

How To Make Orange Jello Shots with Malibu Rum

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

Step One: To make the orange jello layer:

  • In a medium saucepan, boil 1 cup of water. 
  • Add the orange jello mix and mix to combine. 
  • Allow sitting for 5 minutes. 
  • Add the liquor and stir to combine.

Step Two: Pour the orange jello mix into the condiment cups ½ way full. 

  • Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. 
  • Remove from the refrigerator and add the maraschino cherries 1 to each condiment cup. Place back in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Step Three: To make the mango jello layer:

  • In a medium bowl, add the gelatin packs and ½ cup of water. 
  • Mix to combine. 
  • Allow sitting for 5 minutes. 
  • Add the liquors, sweetened condensed milk, and mango syrup. 
  • Stir to combine. 
  • Set to the side to reach room temperature.

Step Four: Pour the mango on top of the orange layer.

Step Five: Fill to the top. 

Step Six: Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

A small plastic cup of orange jello shots topped with a slice of orange and whipped cream.

How to Store

Once you add the jello mixture to the plastic cups, just store them in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. They are best when enjoyed within 1-2 days.

Tips and tricks

  • You can always use Malibu coconut rum to add some more tropical flavors!
  • I like to put a little bit of whipped cream on the top of mine before enjoying it.
A stack of Tropical Shots on a wooden board.

Recipe FAQs


What is a good garnish for jello shots?

You can always add toppings to turn them into fun jello shots! A squeeze of lime juice, a little bit of whipped cream, or anything that you’d like.

Can I make jello shots ahead of time?

Yes, you can! This is a great way to prep and have your jello shots ready for the party!

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Orange jello shots topped with whipped cream and orange slices.
5 from 6 votes

Tropical Jello Shots


Author: Kim Schob
Course: Beverages
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 40 minutes
These Tropical Jello Shots are the perfect way to have a fun jello shot for the adults to drink! Great for a pool party, birthday parties, and more!

Ingredients 

Orange Jello Layer

  • 3 ounces (85 g) orange jello
  • 1 cup (236 ⅗ g) water boiling
  • 1 cup (240 g) rum chilled

To make the mango layer

  • ounces (99 ¼ g) gelatin packs
  • ½ cup (118 2/7 g) water
  • 14 ounces (397 g) sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup (118 2/7 g) Cointreau chilled
  • ½ cup (82 ½ g) Alize mango liquor
  • ½ cup (82 ½ g) Mango cocktail syrup chilled

Instructions

To make the orange layer:

  • In a medium saucepan boil 1 cup of water. 
    Add the orange jello mix and mix to combine. 
    Allow to sit for 5 minutes. 
  • Add the liquor and stir to combine. 
    Pour the orange jello mix into the condiment cups ½ way full. 
    Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. 
  • Remove from the refrigerator and add the maraschino cherries 1 to each condiment cup. Place back in the refrigerator for 1 hour. 

To make the mango layer:

  • In a medium bowl add the gelatin packs and ½ cup water. 
    Mix to combine. 
    Allow to sit for 5 minutes. 
  • Add the liquors, sweetened condensed milk, and mango syrup. 
    Stir to combine. 
    Set to the side to reach room temperature. 
  • Pour the mango on top of the orange layer. 
  • Fill to the top. 
  • Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

Notes

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

Nutrition Information

Calories: 229kcal (11%) Carbohydrates: 35g (12%) Protein: 3g (6%) Fat: 2g (3%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g Monounsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 8mg (3%) Sodium: 93mg (4%) Potassium: 100mg (3%) Sugar: 35g (39%) Vitamin A: 66IU (1%) Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Vitamin D: 0.05µg Calcium: 73mg (7%) Iron: 0.5mg (3%)

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