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Watermelon Vodka Jello Shots

May 24, 2022 | Laura

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These watermelon vodka Jello shots taste just like a watermelon Jolly Rancher! They are made with watermelon juice and watermelon-flavored vodka for big watermelon flavor! These Jello shots are perfect for summer parties!

Watermelon Vodka Jello Shots Recipe

Watermelon Jolly Rancher in a Jello Shot

The moment I tried watermelon vodka, I knew that I needed to make Jello shots with it. When watermelon-flavored vodka is combined with watermelon fruit juice, it tastes very similar to a watermelon Jolly Rancher. One of my favorite candy flavors!

These watermelon shots are the perfect party treat and great at a summer party, kicking it by the pool, at the beach, or to celebrate a long weekend.

This is a very quick and easy recipe to make so let's get into it!

Watermelon Vodka Jello Shots Recipe: Ingredients

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✽ Unflavored Gelatin Powder: I decided to use unflavored gelatin powder because the watermelon-flavored gelatin can be difficult to find sometimes. This way you won't have to rely on the store having the flavored Jello in stock, and you can make these any time you want!

✽ Watermelon Fruit Drink: I recommend using a flavored watermelon fruit drink for these shots. For mine, I used Minute Maid Watermelon. Tropicana Watermelon Juice Drink is also a good option. I do not recommend using fresh watermelon juice for these shots because it doesn't provide enough flavor or sugar.

✽ Watermelon Vodka: The watermelon vodka will give so much more flavor than plain vodka. Using watermelon vodka really makes these Jello shots taste amazing.

Some brands of watermelon vodka are Ciroc Vodka Summer Watermelon, Veil Watermelon Vodka, Western Son Watermelon Vodka, and Roberto Cavalli Watermelon Vodka.

✽ Watermelon Slices Candy: My favorite way to garnish the shots is with a Sour Patch Kids Watermelon Gummy. Another tasty candy is Watermelon Jolly Rancher Gummies. Not only does the garnish make these shots super cute, but it makes them even tastier!

Easy Watermelon Jello Shots

How to Make Watermelon Jello Shots

➊ In a medium bowl or large measuring cup, sprinkle 1 package unflavored gelatin powder on top of 1/4 cup room temperature watermelon fruit juice drink. Let sit for 5 minutes.

Watermelon Jello Shots

βž‹ Whisk in 3/4 cup boiling watermelon fruit juice drink. Continuing stirring until the gelatin is completely dissolved, about 2-3 minutes.

Watermelon Juice Jello Shots

➌ Stir in 1 cup watermelon vodka.

Watermelon Vodka Jello Shots Recipe

➍ Pour watermelon gelatin mixture into 10 2-ounce Jello shot cups (or 2-ounce condiment cups). I like to place all of my shots on a baking sheet or cookie sheet so they are easier to transport. Place shots in the fridge for about 3-4 hours, or until set.

Jello Shots with Watermelon Vodka

➎ Right before serving, cut a small slit into the watermelon gummy candy and garnish each shot glass rim with the candy.

Summer Watermelon Jello Shots

Watermelon Jello Shot Recipe: Questions

✽ Can I use regular vodka instead of watermelon vodka?

For the best tasting shots, I highly recommend using watermelon vodka. The watermelon flavored vodka makes them taste extra good and brings in a lot more watermelon flavor to complement the watermelon fruit juice drink. With that said, you can use plain vodka but the shots won't be as watermelon-y.

✽ Other Liquor Options

Another yummy option instead vodka is Malibu Watermelon Rum or white rum.

You can also replace the 1 cup watermelon vodka with 1/2 cup watermelon pucker (or watermelon schnapps) + 1/2 cup watermelon vodka for a more sour watermelon flavor.

✽ Can I add more vodka than the recipe calls for?

I don't recommend adding more vodka than the recipe calls for because you may run the risk of the shots not setting properly.

✽ Can I use pre-packaged watermelon Jello mix?

Yes, but the method of making the shots will be different. You will not need the watermelon fruit juice drink or the unflavored gelatin if you are using the watermelon Jell-O powder mix.

Here's how to make watermelon vodka Jello shots using Watermelon Jell-O powder mix- First, in a large bowl, add 1 cup of boiling water to 1 package of watermelon gelatin mix. Stir until all powder is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Stir in 1 cup of watermelon vodka. Pour watermelon jello mixture into 10 2-ounce plastic cups. Place in fridge until set, about 3-4 hours. If desired, garnish each shot with a watermelon gummy candy. Enjoy!

Watermelon Vodka Recipes- Jello Shots

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Watermelon Vodka Jello Shots

Watermelon Vodka Jell-O Shots

By Laura | Laura The Gastronaut
Prep Time: 5 minutes | Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Yield: 10 shots

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These watermelon vodka Jello shots taste just like a watermelon Jolly Rancher! They are made with watermelon juice and watermelon-flavored vodka for ultimate flavor! These Jello shots are perfect for summer parties!

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Ingredients

β€’ 1 packet unflavored gelatin powder
β€’ 1 cup watermelon fruit juice drink, divided
β€’ 1 cup watermelon vodka
β€’ 10 watermelon gummy candy, for garnish

Instructions

➊ In a medium mixing bowl or large measuring cup, sprinkle unflavored gelatin over 1/4 cup watermelon fruit juice drink. Let sit 5 minutes.
βž‹ Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring 3/4 cup watermelon fruit juice drink to a boil. Whisk the boiling watermelon fruit juice into the unflavored gelatin. Continue whisking until all the gelatin has dissolved, about 3 minutes.
➌ Stir in watermelon vodka. Pour watermelon gelatin mixture into 10 2-ounce plastic shot glasses. Place in fridge for 3-4 hours, or until set.
➍ Before serving, cut a small slit into each watermelon gummy candy and place on the rim of each shot. Cheers!

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Category: Alcoholic Shots, Summer Cuisine: American
Keywords: watermelon vodka recipes, jolly rancher jello shots, summer jello shots

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May 24, 2022 by Laura Bullock

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