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How To Make St. Paddy's Day Jello Shots


These days it's all about going green, and that especially holds true on St. Patty's Day! This year in addition to the green beer, why not make some fun green St. Patty's Day Jello shots. Jello Shots are an inexpensive treat your friends are gonna absolutely love!

Here I'll give you two easy recipes for green Jello shots that will make this St. Patty's Day one to remember (unless you eat too many)! I'll also share with you some Jello shot tips and tricks including; how to make shamrock-shaped Jello shots.

Irish Whiskey Sour Jello Shots

Ingredients: (makes about 28 1 oz shots or 14 2 oz shots)

  • 1 small (3 oz) box of lime jello
  • 1 small (3 oz) box of lemon jello
  • 1/2 cup Irish Whiskey
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup cold water


  1. Stir the lemon and lime Jello powders into the boiling water to dissolve.
  2. Stir in the cold water.
  3. Add the Irish Whiskey and stir.
  4. Pour the liquid into jello shot containers
  5. Chill. Refrigerate for about 4 hours or until your jello shots are firm.


Irish Kamikaze Jello Shots

Ingredients: (makes about 28 1oz shots or 14 2oz shots)

  • 1 large (6oz) box of lime Jello
  • 10oz Absolut Citron (or another citrus flavored vodka)
  • 4oz blue curacao
  • 2oz lime juice


  1. Stir the lime jello powder into the boiling water until it's dissolved.
  2. Allow to cool. Let the liquid cool to room temperature, but don't chill it in the refrigerator, because we don't want the gelatin to set up before we add the alcohol!
  3. Stir in your lime juice, blue curacao and vodka.
  4. Pour the mixture into Jello shot cups.
  5. Refrigerate your Jello Shots for about 4 hours or until they are firm.

Shamrock Shaped Jello Shots

     Want to get a bit more creative with your jello shots? Try using cookie cutters to make the shots into fun little shapes. In keeping with the theme of St. Patty's Day, shamrock-shaped Jello shots would be a great idea! Here's how to make them:

  1. Complete steps 1-3 as outlined in the recipes above.
  2. Pour your alcohol and Jello mixture onto a cookie sheet or baking pan. Pouring the liquid to a depth of about 1 inch will work well.
  3. Chill. Refrigerate your tray of Jello for about 4 hours or until the gelatin is firmly set.
  4. Use your cookie cutter to cut the Jello into shamrock-shaped jello shots.

Caution: Because the alcohol is housed within the Jello it may take a bit longer for the alcohol to affect you. Eat Jello shots moderately, and as always never drive after consuming alcohol.

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Quick Tip: Don't have any green Jello? Mix together blue and yellow Jello to make green Jello, or add green food coloring to clear jello.

What do you think? Do you have a better recipe? Do you have another fun idea for St. Patty's Day parties? I'd love to hear your feedback. Please leave a comment below, and have a fun, safe St. Patrick's Day!


Dave Cald (author) on March 17, 2012:

Thanks Duce, and happy St. Patty's Day to you as well. I'm happy to hear that the jello shots were a hit at your party.

Duce Arendell on March 17, 2012:

First, Happy St. Patrick's Day! Well technically it's a bit past midnight so I guess its over. Thanks for the recipes, we just wrapped up our party and both were a hit. Personally I favored the Kamikaze ones. I made 2 batches of each, and they both went fast. Now I know ill have to make a whole lot more next year!

Shawn McCconnell from Mississauga, Ontario on September 07, 2010:

Awesome Idea on the cookie cutters, I've bookmarked this for next st.patties day

Barkley Rosehill from Philadelphia on February 21, 2010:

In addition to the green jello shots, don't forget to try an Irish Car Bomb on St. Patty's Day. Here's a good recipe with Guiness:

Dave Cald (author) on February 08, 2010:

Barkley, it sounds like you may have used a bit too much vodka. If the alcohol content is too high the jello shots will have a difficult time setting up properly. Otherwise try leaving them in the refrigerator a while longer next time. Good Luck:)

Barkley Rosehill from Philadelphia on February 05, 2010:

I made jello shoots last year for St. Patricks Day, but didn't have a recipe, so I just wung it! I mixed up some vodka, lime jello and koolaid. They tasted ok, but were a bit liquidy. Still not sure what I did wrong.

Kelly on January 23, 2010:

MMMMMM....jello shots!

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