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4th of July Jello Shots

These easy 4th of July Jello shots are a fun and fast recipe to make, and even more fun to share! Perfect if you’re looking for themed food or cocktails for Independence Day, these star Jello shots are a definite crowd pleaser. Check out the recipe below!

How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!
How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

Maybe I’m just reliving my college years, but isn’t there something kind of inherently fun about a Jello shot? They’re easy to make, easy to drink, and they have that jiggly touch that everybody loves.

And this 4th of July Jello shot recipe is so fun to share with guests!

These are kind of like the Jell-O Jigglers of our youth but with a grownup twist. They’re quick and simple to make, and with our recommended mold (see the recipe below!) you can make a whole bunch of these spiked stars at a time.

If your party is more kid-friendly, leave out the alcohol and they work just as well!

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Star Jello Shot recipe

Materials

Make Time: 15 Minutes Prep + 2-3 Hours Chilling Time

  1. Boil 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup of your choice of alcohol (if you want to make them non-alcoholic just boil 1 cup of plain water). Once boiling, remove from heat and add in a 6 oz package of Jello.
  2. Stir for 2-3 minutes or until the powder is completely dissolved.
  3. Spray the interior of the molds lightly with cooking spray.
  4. Transfer liquid to a measuring cup or similar vessel with a pour spout and carefully fill your star molds with the liquid. One 6 oz package of Jello made approximately 22-24 stars for us; it helps a ton to have multiple molds if you want to make big batches. You can use other shape molds as well!
  5. Place molds in the refrigerator, checking for firmness after 2-3 hours. Once chilled, remove and set out for guests to enjoy! These will keep overnight as well if you’d like to make them ahead of time.
How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!
How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

What’s the Serving size for Jello shots?

In this recipe, to make one batch of stars we used one half cup of alcohol. In a half cup of alcohol, there are four one-ounce shots. One batch makes 24 stars.

So you would consume six of these Jello stars to take a full, one-ounce shot of alcohol.

Please note! These numbers will change depending on the mold that you’re using and how much you fill the individual vessels within the mold.

To know how many stars equal one ounce of alcohol, divide the total number of stars from one batch by four.

How to Serve Jello Shots

After you create our Jello shot recipe, serve them up!

I find that one easy way to keep them fresh and cool while serving is to put a tray, cake stand, or marble slab in the freezer for about an hour and serve the Jello shots on that. The chilled serving platter will buy you some time and keep them cool for a while.

Because this Jello shot recipe creates shots in a special star shape, you can arrange them in a fun way for Fourth of July parties!

If you’re serving on a tray, arrange them in the shape of a firework, or in a cool pattern. Guests will love the visual appeal.

No matter how you serve them, remember to always drink responsibly. Also, be sure that if you make these for a party, all guests know that they contain alcohol!

And double check our recipe instructions to exclude the alcohol for a virgin Jello shot.

Have fun! xoxo

How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

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How to Make Spiked Jello Stars for a Fourth of July Party!

Star Jell-O Shot Recipe

Yield: 24 Jell-O Shot Stars
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes

This Jell-O shot recipe creates the perfect spiked, jiggly stars for the Fourth of July!

Ingredients

  • Red and blue Jello
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1/2 c clear alcohol (vodka or clear rum work well)
  • Cooking spray

Instructions

    1. Boil 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup of your choice of alcohol (if you want to make them non-alcoholic just boil 1 cup of plain water). Once boiling, remove from heat and add in a 6 oz package of Jello.
    2. Stir for 2-3 minutes or until the powder is completely dissolved.
    3. Spray the interior of the molds lightly with cooking spray.
    4. Transfer liquid to a measuring cup or similar vessel with a pour spout and carefully fill your star molds with the liquid. One 6 oz package of Jello made approximately 22-24 stars for us; it helps a ton to have multiple molds if you want to make big batches. You can use other shape molds as well!
    5. Place molds in the refrigerator, checking for firmness after 2-3 hours. Once chilled, remove and set out for guests to enjoy! These will keep overnight as well if you’d like to make them ahead of time.

Notes

In this recipe, to make one batch of stars we used one half cup of alcohol. In a half cup of alcohol, there are four one-ounce shots. One batch makes 24 stars.

So you would consume six of these Jello stars to take a full, one-ounce shot of alcohol.

Please note! These numbers will change depending on the mold that you're using and how much you fill the individual vessels within the mold.

To know how many stars equal one ounce of alcohol, divide the total number of stars from one batch by four.

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