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Sweet and simple, this patriotic Jello Shots recipe is a delicious way to prep for the fourth! Besides, what’s better than a shooter you can whip up the day before? Leave the ‘day of’ open for all of the BBQ, celebrations and fireworks you can by prepping these must-try shooters ahead of time. 

All-Time Favorite Patriotic Jello Shots

Making these shots is just as easy as whipping up three batches of Jello, but the results are a Fourth of July shooter that will go down in the history books. We’ll provide an easy-to-follow set of instructions including pictures of this 4th of July patriotic Jello shots recipe below! 

Refreshing Spiked Jello Shooters for the 4th of July

These fruity and refreshing shooters take the edge off of the July heat and provide the perfect wallop of sweet berry flavors to commemorate the occasion in wonderful fashion! Make and chill ahead of time for a refreshing treat to carry the night right before you enjoy some Fourth of July fireworks!

fourth of july colored red, white and blue Jello shots on a tablecloth

What Kind of Vodka Should You Use?

This part is totally up to you, although we do have some recommendations to make these shooters something truly memorable! To mix things up a bit, consider some unique flavored vodkas like these! 

  • Finlandia Cranberry: Add some flavor to the ‘red’, in the ‘red, white and blue’ with this smooth cranberry-flavored vodka!
  • Grey Goose Strawberry and Lemongrass: Another option for bringing out that red Jello with a bright, fruity hint! 
  • Smirnoff Blueberry: Delicious and refreshing blueberry flavor helps bring the blue Jello layer to life and gives these shots a refreshing dessert-like taste. 
  • Absolut Vanilla: What about the lucious white layer in the middle? You ask… This flavor of Absolut is absolutely a personal favorite to bring a delightful surprise to these shooters! 

Enjoy these delightful patriotic Jello shots under the fireworks to make for an unforgettable Fourth of July BBQ! Below you’ll find everything you need to make these yourself, including a complete list of ingredients and step-by-step recipe directions! 

Makes 16 Jello Shots

Prep Time: 20 Minutes Time to Set: 6 hours, divided


Special Materials:


  1. Place 2 oz plastic dessert cups into cupcake tins or into a shallow baking dish to keep them from sliding going to and from the refrigerator.
  2. In a medium bowl, add strawberry jello mix, then stir in 1 cup of boiling water. Once Jello dissolves, add 1 cup vodka, and stir. Allow to cool for about 20 minutes, then pour into your jello shot cups, filling them ⅓ of the way full.
  3. Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours to set.
  4. For the next layer, in a medium bowl add 2 packets of unflavored knox gelatin. Stir in 2 cups of boiling water. Once gelatin is dissolved, add sweetened condensed milk and mix well. Allow to cool for 25-30 minutes. If it is too warm when added, the red jello will run. Add the white jello mixture to the cups, filling another ⅓ of the way. Place in the refrigerator for another 2 hours to set.
  5. In a medium bowl, add berry blue jello mix. Stir in 1 cup boiling water. Once dissolved, stir in 1 cup of vodka. Allow to cool for 25-30 minutes. Add the final blue layer, filling close to the top of the cups. Place in the refrigerator for 2 hours to set.
  6. Top your jello shots with whipped cream, patriotic sprinkles, maraschino cherries, or any other festive toppings you like.
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