Super Bowl Jello Shots

I’m not a big shot taker — in basketball, pool or drinking. But Jell-O Shots are fun sometimes, especially at Super Bowl parties. I found this out last year when a friend invited us over to see the Green Bay Packers play the Pittsburgh Steelers. I decided to bring Jell-O shots, and the hostess was excited. Not many 50-something adults have ever had a Jell-O shot. In fact, we laughed at the party when a couple of moms of college-age kids texted their kids: “Just had a Jell-O shot.” I’m sure their kids were thrilled. But again, I digress.

For the party, I made two sets of Jell-O shots — Lemon (yellow) for the Steelers fans and Lime (green) for the Packer fans. I put them in little paper cups I bought at the grocery store. When I was young, people sometimes served nuts or mints in them. When the girls were in college, they used small plastic cups that had lids, like you would get in a restaurant for taking out dressings, salsas or sauces.

As I was making my Jell-O shots the night before the party, I received a call from Younger Daughter in California. She was making Jell-O shots and putting them in cored-out lemon rinds. Now this was clever. She used green Jell-O and put them in the yellow lemons, perfect for the Packer fan party she was attending. I guess you could use all sorts of containers for Jell-O shots.

To jazz mine up, I found the logos of the Packers and the Steelers on the Internet. I printed them on address labels and then cut them to size to stick on the paper cups. It was a nice touch.

If you make Jell-O Shots for this year’s Super Bowl, you will need to make either red or blue Jell-O for the Giants and the Patriots. Interestingly, both teams’ colors are red and blue.

Here’s the recipe I used:


3 oz Jell-O (any flavor)

6 oz water

6 oz vodka (apparently you can use any clear liquor)


1. Pour gelatin into a bowl.

2. Add boiling water, stirring until the gelatin is dissolved.

3. Stir in liquor.

4. Pour into shot glasses

6. Refrigerate until the liquid sets. (At least 2 hours, but overnight refrigeration is recommended)

Below is a picture of found on the Internet of Jell-O Shots made in cored-out lemons.




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