Christmas Cranberry Jello Shots
For something sweet, tangy, and perfectly festive for the holidays, make some Cranberry Jello Shots. They are super fun and some of The Best Jello Shots you can make and serve your party guests!
When you’re planning a holiday party with lots of guests, you just can’t go wrong with jello shots! You can make them with or without alcohol and they are easy to make ahead of time, freeing you of stress the day of the party.
These Christmas jello shots are red and white and garnished with fresh sugar-coated cranberries. They are both grown-up and incredibly whimsical and fun at the same time.
Holiday Jello Shots
These cute little jello shots look – and taste – like the perfect winter cocktails. The sugar-dusted cranberries look like Jack Frost stopped by and helped make these festive shots.
There are a bunch of different ways to decorate and garnish the little cups of cranberry jello shots. Use decorated mini cups, Add some mint leaves for a splash of green color. Or, serve them with a Christmas Tree charcuterie board!
These little red jello shots are fantastic this time of year!
What’s In Cranberry Jello Shots
There are just a handful of simple ingredients in the cute cranberry jello shots. Here’s what you’ll need when you make them:
- Cranberry Jello: This is what makes them taste like cranberry jello shots.
- Vodka: For the best taste, use unflavored vodka. Sweetened vodka might taste ok too, but watch out for competing flavors.
- Cranberries: This is for the garnish. Sugared cranberries will look like they are dusted with frost or snow.
Add 1 cup cold water and 1 cup vodka. Stir to combine.
Place jello shot cups onto a shallow baking tray. This makes it easy to transfer to the refrigerator to chill.
How Long To Store Jello Shots
I love making jello shots ahead of time. Then, I have more time to prepare for the party.
If you want to make these jello shots ahead of time, store them in the refrigerator for up to two days. Store them ungarnished. Garnish them right before the party.
Cover the cranberry jello shots with plastic wrap or aluminum foil to keep the air off of them. This will help them taste fresh the day you serve them and prevent them from drying out.
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How To Make Non-Alcoholic Jello Shots
The best thing about these jello shots is that you make them with or without the vodka. To make virgin, or nonalcoholic jello shots, just use 4 cups of water instead of 3 cups of water and 1 cup of vodka.
That means they will basically be little cups of cranberry jello. If you want to make them a little extra fun, replace the vodka with club soda or sparkling water. It will give them a little fun pizazz!
Jello Shots Tools
You only need a few simple kitchen tools to make the jello shots. In fact, you probably already have everything you need!
First, you’ll need a shallow baking tray. This will hold the jello shot cups.
You also need some 2-ounce plastic cups. These are the shot cups.
Then, a saucepan and wooden spoon round out the supplies you’ll need.
More Holiday Ideas
If you enjoyed making cranberry jello shots, here are some more holiday dessert ideas you should make next! They are some of my favorites and perfect for any party that you host.
- Reindeer Chow
- Reindeer Snack Mix
- Festive Christmas Desserts
- Christmas Blossom Cookies
- Magic Reindeer Food and Printable
- Snowman Soup Gift Recipe
Cranberry Jello Shots
- 16 2-ounce plastic cups
- Shallow Baking Tray
- Sauce pan
- 2 boxes Cranberry Jello 3 ounces each box
- 3 cups Water Divided
- 1 cup Vodka
- Sugared Cranberries
- Place jello shot cups onto a shallow baking tray.
- Bring 2 cups of water to a boil.
- Remove from the heat and whisk in two boxes of cranberry jello.
- Add 1 cup cold water and 1 cup vodka. Stir to combine.
- Fill jello shot cups with cranberry jello mixture.
- Move to the refrigerator to chill for 4 hours.
- Before serving, garnish with fresh cranberries or sugared cranberries.
Whether you’re hosting a party or just need a festive treat to bring to one, Cranberry Jello Shots are the perfect way to celebrate the season. They’re easy and fun to make, and they taste amazing.
So what are you waiting for? Get started on your own batch of Cranberry Jello Shots today!