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JOLLY CHRISTMAS SHOTS

These fun and festive little treats are sure to make things a little bit merry this Christmas. Ideal to serve to your guests on arrival or after desert, or at any time really ! They are easy to make, easy to drink and look jolly darn good!

Santa Hat Jell-O Shots

A Christmas party wouldn’t be complete without Father Christmas and these jell-o shots are the perfect way to include him. Strawberries and Cool Whip turn a simple jell o-shot int into a festive holiday one! 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/4 c. water
  • 3/4 c. vodka
  • 1 (3-oz.) package strawberry Jell-O
  • 1 container Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 pint strawberries, hulled

DIRECTIONS:

Pour water into small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, remove from heat and add Jell-O packet, stirring until dissolved. Add vodka. Pour into plastic shot glasses and refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.

Top with a dollop of Cool Whip, then place a strawberry on top, pointed-end up. Top with a small dot of whipped cream, to resemble Santa’s hat. Serve.

Champagne Jell-O Shots

Like a regular Jello shot, but way classier. This has party written all over it !

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1/2 c. champagne (divided)
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 3 envelopes gelatin
  • 1/4 c. vodka
  • rainbow sprinkles

DIRECTIONS:

Combine 1 1/4 cups champagne, lemon juice and sugar in a saucepan. Sprinkle gelatin on top. Let gelatin soften for about two minutes to bloom, then heat mixture over low heat. Stir until gelatin has completely dissolved, about 2 to 3minutes, and remove from heat. Stir in remaining 1/4 cup each of champagne and vodka.

Grease a loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pour mixture into mold and chill for 2 hours, or until firm.

Invert jello to parchment paper-lined cutting board and slice into squares. Dip each square in sprinkles and serve cold.

Christmas Jell-O Shots

INGREDIENTS:

FOR THE LIME-SUGAR RIM

  • 2 tbsp. lime juice
  • 1/4 c. Red and green sanding sugar
FOR THE LIME JELL-O LAYER
  • 1 c. water
  • 1 packet lime Jell-o mix (3-oz.)
  • 4 oz. vodka (or tequila), chilled

FOR THE STRAWBERRY JELL-O LAYER
  • 2 c. water, divided (place 1 c. in fridge to chill)
  • 1 packet strawberry Jell-o mix (3-oz.)

DIRETCTIONS:

Make the lime-sugar rim: Dip the rim of each shot glass into the lime juice, then press into the sanding sugar to fully coat. Set cups aside to dry.

Make the spiked lime Jell-o: Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Once bubbling, stir in packet of lime Jell-o mix, stirring until completely dissolved. Turn off heat.

Pour in vodka or tequila (or whatever your preferred alcohol is), mixing until thoroughly combined. Pour into a large measuring cup, small pitcher or another glass so it’s easier to pour into the shot glasses.

Pour the lime Jell-o mixture into each of the shot glasses, filling them all two-thirds of the way up. Place the shot glasses into the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes to set. (It’s okay if they’re not fully set, but they can’t be totally liquid when you start the next step.)

Make the strawberry Jell-o: Boil 1 cup water in a medium saucepan. Once bubbling, add the strawberry Jell-o mix, stirring until completely dissolved. Turn off heat, then add remaining cup cold water, stirring until combined.

Pour Jell-o into a measuring cup, or another easy-to-pour vessel, then fill each shot glass to just below the sanding sugar rim. (If the Jell-o hits the sugar rim, it will start melting the rim.)

Place Jell-o shots in the fridge for at least 1 hour to set. Serve cold, like the Grinch’s heart (pre-stealing-Christmas).

Candy Cane Jell-O Shots

For when you need a little jingle in your step.

INGREDIENTS:

FOR RED LAYER
  • 2 packages cherry Jell-O
  • 1 1/2 c. boiling water
  • 1/2 c. vodka
FOR WHITE LAYER
  • 1 c. vodka
  • 2 envelopes gelatin
  • 1 c. boiling water
  • 1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • Crushed candy canes, for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

Spray a small loaf pan with cooking spray. In a large bowl or measuring cup, combine cherry Jell-O with boiling water and whisk to combine. Let sit 2 minutes, then whisk in 1/2 cup vodka. Set aside.

In another large bowl or measuring cup, combine 1 cup vodka and gelatin and let sit 2 minutes. Add water and stir until gelatin dissolves completely. Pour in sweetened condensed milk and whisk to combine.

Pour half of the red mixture, about 1 cup into loaf pan. Freeze 20 minutes until firm and add 1 cup of the white mixture. Repeat twice more, letting firm 20 minutes between each addition until you have four layers, then refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Remove from loaf pan and cut into squares. Top with crushed candy canes and serve.

Mistletoe Shots

Best shared with someone you want to kiss.  

INGREDIENTS:

  • Lime wedge, for rimming glasses
  • Red sanding sugar, for rimming glasses
  • 1 c. water
  • 2 (3-oz.) packets lime Jell-O
  • 8 oz. vodka, chilled
  • Whipped cream, for garnish
  • Mint leaves, for garnish
  • Red Hots, for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

Run a lime wedge around the rim of each shot glass then dip each shot glass into red sanding sugar.

Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Once bubbling, stir in lime Jell-O, stirring until completely dissolved. Turn off heat. Pour in vodka or tequila (or whatever your preferred alcohol is), mixing until thoroughly combined. 

Pour into a large measuring cup, small pitcher or another glass so it’s easier to pour into shot glasses. Pour Jell-O mixture into each shot glass. Place shot glasses into refrigerator until Jell-O sets, about 2 hours.

Garnish with whipped cream, mint leaves, and Red Hot candies before serving.

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