Bar Owning – Bartending


Making Jello Shots


There are quite a few ways to make Jello Shooters

First of all, you have to figure out what you want to make.

Buy the Jello you need and be sure to buy enough. (Hopefully, you can find the flavors you want.)

I buy the small or large boxes of Jello and have even used the Jello that comes in the huge bags.

You just have to make sure you mix them correctly. Follow directions for how much boiling water and how much cold liquid you need. You NEED boiling water to dissolve the Jello sufficiently.

Then how strong to make them? Well, that is what you have to decide too. Just don’t forget that sometimes, to much booze in them can make them taste nasty.

My directions for making Jello Shooters are the basic

Put a cup of boiling water and a cup of liquor, but keep in mind that a full cup of booze may be too strong for some. So in a 1-Cup Measuring Cup just put the amount of booze you want and then add cold water or juice or whatever so that it measures one cup of cold liquid. As long as you don’t go over the amount of liquid the Jello recipe calls for. If you do, you will have a complete failure.

Keep in mind, the one cup boiling water and one cup cold liquid are directions for a small box of Jello … read directions on Jello boxes if you use the bigger box or bags of Jello.

Jello Shooters are so much fun

and so many people love them.

They can be a bit of a pain to make, especially if you need to make hundreds of them, but bartenders seem to love to make them. I know I did when I bar-tended, it was just nice to make something different. Then getting to be creative figuring out what flavors would taste good together.

I have a Cordless Electric Tea Kettle that boils the water, so that really helps to make Jello Shooters a lot quicker and easier. I love that teapot !!!

What to put Jello Shooters in

There are several choices.

You can use either Paper Souffle Cups or Jello Shot Cups & Lids plastic souffle cup. (These are the best .. “why” you ask??? NO dishes !!!)

I prefer the little paper cups instead of the harder plastic cups as you can get the Jello Shooter out of them easier. Just squeeze them into your mouth. The hard plastic ones are a bit harder to get the Jello Shooter out and into your mouth. You have to kind of lick them out.

Some people spray the plastic cups with Pam Spray and wipe them out a little … but that is up to you.

The plastic cups, however, are great because they have lids you can put on them. These cups travel perfectly. They stack well, and you can put a whole mess of them in a cooler if you have to take them any distance.

I have also seen some people put them in shot glasses, little drinking cups and rocks glasses and pudding dishes and even in ice-cube trays or little molds. I saw some cute Jello jigglers made from the little molds.

So you can get creative with these. There are so many ways to make these, there is no right or wrong way really. You just need to figure out how you like to make them and how strong you want them and just go with it !!!

How to pour them

This is another thing you will figure out with time.

Everyone has their own way of pouring these without spilling jello everywhere.

Here are a couple of ideas for you — turkey baster, plastic Squeeze Bottles with the nozzle (the kind you use for BBQ’s that you put ketchup in etc.) Measuring cup with the pour spout on the side, there are actual jello shooter plastic bottles with a long tube spout you can buy. Anyway, you get the idea.

You can make so many different flavors

and they truly are very good. I honestly believe you can turn most any drink into a Jello Shooter. At least any of the drinks that have fruity booze or juice in them.

It is not a science to making these things, but I do know that some of the bartenders came up with some pretty wild concoctions and they were delicious!

Storing them is easy enough

I just want to advise you to be sure and make enough. Believe me, they are popular.

You want to place them on Serving Trays — waitress trays are great for this or cookie sheets.

Just use something flat that holds a mess of them.

Obviously, you have to store them in the refrigerator.

However, I find that making them a day ahead is great.

But you don’t want them sitting in the frig for long or they get gross.

I use to make them in the morning of the day I was going to need them.

They just taste better when not sitting in the frig for long.

Jello can get weird if refrigerated for long periods of time.


Be careful

Jello Shooters can get you pretty messed up if you indulge into too many of these little jewels. They creep up on ya, that is for sure.

I watched quite a few customers get ripped on these … after they said oh these are weak or these are for wimps.

I have seen some of the biggest burliest get taken down by little jello shooters!!! Pretty funny, watching them get all messed up after too many. But you almost can’t help yourself cause they really are tasty !!!

I have had some that were made way to strong for my taste, but then again I am the forever lightweight.

I hope you enjoy the recipes

and have fun making these.

Make enough — They will go fast !!!

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