Jell-O Shots

Mobile parties are some of the most difficult events for which to pack and prepare. Tailgates, camping, golf outings and boating are all situations where it may become too difficult to lug around multiple coolers, bags and boxes of supplies. Generally, it is the bulkiest items that get scratched from the list first. For this reason, traveling party goers often forgo liquors and mixers that would have been used to make a variety of tasty drinks.

Many people assume that, in these situations the easiest solution is to stick to beer, wine coolers and individually bottled beverages that are easy to grab and require little to no preparation. This is only effective if liquor is not your drink of choice. If you are not interested in taking straight shots as your only option, and don’t have the luxury of traveling with a full bar including mixers and citrus wedges, what are your options? The solution is simple: Jell-O shots.

Jell-O shots are an easily portable solution to the liquor drinker’s needs. They can be gathered into a gallon-sized Ziploc bag and loaded inside of a cooler, passed around the crowd, tossed back and forth, or even be used as a tasty enticement for a group shot.

Preparing Jell-O shots is as simple as making the traditional nonalcoholic Jell-O treat. Choose your favorite flavor, a variety of colors, or one flavor for each person. You will find that the flavor of the gelatin remains strong, despite the presence of alcohol.

Begin by following the package instructions. Bring water to a boil and dissolve the gelatin. It is important not to use alcohol in this step as the shots do require at least fifty-percent water in order to solidify. Jell-O shots that do not set well can become a sticky mess that you do not want leaking inside of your cooler. Once they have gelled, however, the treats hold their form for quite a long duration.

Next, the alcohol is added in replacement of the cold portion of water. Vodka, or clear spirits, are most often used in Jell-O shots to preserve the vibrant color. However, this step can be completed with any liquor of choice. You may choose to replace all of the cold water with liquor, or only a portion. Measurements can be altered to your taste preference.
Finally, the liquid is dispersed into a collection of small, disposable condiment containers. These can be purchased in large quantities at any major grocery or party store. Be sure to choose the small plastic cups with matching lids. Each Jell-O shot must have a lid to prevent them from sticking together.

As the cups and lids are small, they can be easily overlooked during clean-up. The most effective way to prevent littering is to replace the lid and return the empty cups to their Ziploc bag, cooler, or another designated trash container.

Once the gelatin has cooled, place the lids on each individual cup and you are ready to party!
Jell-O shots are a fun way for a group, or individuals, to enjoy a mixed drink on the go. While they do require prior preparation, they are well worth the effort. Include them in your next party or tailgate and watch as your guests enjoy the whimsy of a childhood treat, with a grown-up twist. If you want some great recipes, this site will help.