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Three cheers for the red, white and blue ... jello shots! Party perfect for the 4th of July or any flag-wavin' celebration.MORE+LESS-

Updated September 5, 2020


packages (3 oz.) blue Jell-O™ blueberry


packages(3 oz.) red Jell-O™ cherry


packages (1 oz) unflavored gelatin


can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)


cups vodka (plain or flavored*)

Pearls tiny white candy (optional, for garnish)

Sparklers for garnish, optional

Red, white and blue candy sprinkles (optional, for garnish)

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    Prepare a 9x13-inch glass baking pan by spraying lightly with cooking spray. With a paper towel, wipe spray until only a very light layer remains. This will help the gelatin release later.

  • 2

    BLUE GELATIN: Mix 3 packages of blue gelatin with 1 packet of unflavored gelatin. Add 1-3/4 cup boiling water and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Add 1-1/4 cup vodka and stir well. Pour into prepared pan and set in refrigerator about 40 minutes, until gelatin is set to the touch.

  • 3

    When blue gelatin is set to the touch, cut 1-inch strips horizontally (short length) with a hot knife. (Dip knife in hot water after each cut.) Remove every other strip and discard those. Place pan of remaining blue strips back into the fridge.

  • 4

    RED GELATIN: Mix 4 packages of red gelatin with 1 packet of unflavored gelatin. Add 2-1/4 cup boiling water and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Add 1-3/4 cups vodka and stir well. Set aside.**

  • 5

    WHITE GELATIN: Add 2 packets of unflavored gelatin to 1 cup vodka. Let sit 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup boiling water and stir to completely dissolve gelatin. In another bowl, mix 1/2 cup boiling water with the can of sweetened condensed milk. Add milk mixture to gelatin mixture and stir to combine well. Set aside.**

  • 6

    Remove pan of blue gelatin strips from fridge. Add 3 tbsp of red gelatin to each of the empty spaces. Return to fridge for 15 minutes, or until red gelatin is lightly set.

  • 7

    Remove pan from fridge and add 3 tbsp of white gelatin on top of each of the red areas to fill up to the same level as the blue gelatin. Pan of gelatin should all be the same level now. Return to fridge for another 15 minutes until lightly set.

  • 8

    Add 1-1/4 cup red gelatin over entire pan. Return to fridge for 15 minutes. Then add 1-1/4 cup white gelatin layer over entire pan and return to fridge for 15 minutes. Continue alternating red and white layers until all gelatin is used.

  • 9

    Chill pan in fridge for at least 3 hours or overnight to set completely. Checking side of glass pan to see where the blue gelatin is, cut into small flags. Garnish gelatin flags or serving plate as desired with silver sprinkles, sparklers or red/white/blue candy sprinkles.

Expert Tips

  • Flavored vodkas are available that would be great in this recipe. Try cake, cotton candy, gummy worm or vanilla vodka -- or your fave flave!
  • To keep extra red and white gelatins from setting while building the layers, keep it on the counter in a shallow pan of warm water.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Three cheers for the red, white and blue ... jelly shots!

    Put down that beer can this 4th of July and celebrate with the colors! These fab Flag Jelly Shots can be made ahead and served up to your patriotic peeps just as the fireworks begin to beckon.

    We took inspiration from this flag gelatin recipe and added some flavah (read that vodka) so the adults at your partay have more to "oooo" and "ahhh" about than just the skyward explosions.

    Ready to gel? Come on!

    Begin with Blue

    Mix up the blue gelatin with water and vodka. Pour it in the pan and refrigerate for about 45 minutes.

    Take the blue layer out of the fridge and slice it the short width with a hot knife at 1" intervals. (Just dunk the knife into a glass of hot water and the gelatin cuts like buttah!)

    Then pull out every other blue strip like so.

    Discard the removed blue strips. (Yah...you can snitch some first.) So now the pan looks like this.

    Put the pan with the remaining blue strips back into the fridge.

    Add Red and White

    Mix up the red and white gelatins. Take the pan of blue out of the fridge and pour 3 Tbsp of red gelatin into each of the empty spaces and return the pan to the fridge for 15 minutes.

    Ding! Timer went off and the red strips are now lightly set. Add 3 Tbsp of white to each of the red strips so those spaces are now level with the blue. Put 'er back in the fridge for another 15 minutes.

    Now it gets easier. Add enough red gelatin over the top to cover (1-1/4 to 1-1/2 cups) and refrigerate 15 minutes. Then do the same with white gelatin, and refrigerate 15 minutes again. Repeat until the gelatin is used up and your pan looks like this.

    When you put your last layer on, refrigerate the whole enchilada for about 3 hours or overnight.

    Pssst! -- Did you catch that? -- You can make these the night before the 4th so you can holiday with the rest of 'em!

    Cut it Up

    So here you have it. All done. See the upside down flag in the corner there?

    Now to cut 'em. Remember the hot knife trick and peek through the sides of the glass pan to see where your blue strips are. Then cut along those across the short direction of the pan, staying on the same side of the blue each time (about 6 cuts in the short direction).

    Next cut the long way about every inch. Now pull a couple out and you'll get the picture!


    Add little pearl candies, if you want, for "stars."

    Serve 'em up, add a sparkler and some sprinkles if you really wanna go over the top, and get ready to hear the cheers!

    Betsy Ross are you watching? Edible flags!

    Hey, everyone, Happy 4th of July! Party with spirit (but responsibly, of course)!

    Kid-Friendly Version

    Yes -- great idea! Make a second pan without the booze for the kids. Super simp: just replace the vodka with water in the recipe and you're good to go. Keep them straight by serving on different colors of plates (red for the kids, blue for the adults) OR add sparklers to one version and not the other. You'll figure it out!

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American Flag Jell-O Shots

The 4th of July is an awesome holiday. It means BBQs, the beach, and a whole lot of patriotism. And what better way to show your love of America than American flag jell-o shots?

I can’t think of anything better. Not only will these bad boys impress your friends immensely, they also taste awesome and look freaking amazing. Make sure to start making this delectable treat one day in advance, they are a little time consuming. If you want to omit the alcohol, head over to the beautiful I am a Food Blog and check out Stephanie’s recipe.

Now get out there and enjoy the long weekend, America.


Pour the crème de menthe into a shot glass.

Depending on the size of your shot glass, you may use more or less of each ingredient than what the recipe calls for. Rather than worrying about measurements, visually divide your glass into thirds and pour the ingredients accordingly.

Float the Irish cream liqueur on top of the crème de menthe by pouring it slowly over the back of a bar spoon.

Float the Grand Marnier on top of the Irish cream liqueur, again using the back of a bar spoon.

Do not stir. Serve as is, making sure not to jostle the drink too much so the colors don't bleed into each other. Enjoy.

Recipe Variations

Switching any of the three ingredients can mess with the layers because each has its own specific gravity, which is based on its sugar and alcohol content. You need to pour them from heaviest to lightest so they don't resemble a lava lamp when you're finished (although that can be fun too).

If you want to swap ingredients, you'll need to experiment to see what works. For instance, switching from Grand Marnier to orange curaçao will generally not work. Curaçao tends to have more sugar and is lower proof, so it won't float on Irish cream. This can vary from one brand to another.

  • Rather than crème de menthe, you can try DeKuyper Sour Apple Pucker.
  • As demonstrated in the Irish frog, Irish cream will float on top of Midori, so that's another green option.
  • You might have luck if you switch the colors up (it will not be the "Irish flag" replica, which goes in the order of green, white, and orange). You could, for example, pour orange curaçao, then Irish cream, and finish up with Green Chartreuse (reversing the flag effect). Or, pour Irish cream, then Grand Marnier, then Green Chartreuse.

How Strong Is an Irish Flag?

Made entirely of liquor, don't expect this to be a light shot. In fact, Grand Marnier is bottled at a full 80 proof, so it's just as strong as the average whiskey or tequila. Since there's also no dilution in the Irish flag to factor in, its alcohol content is 28 percent ABV (56 proof). Drinking two shots in succession can easily outweigh a single shot of tequila.

Recipe: Layered Jello Shots

Summary: Fancied up jello shots made easy


  • 3oz Jello Packet
  • 1 Cup Boiling Water
  • 1 Cup Flavored Vodka, Chilled (I used Pinnacle Whipped)


  1. Boil water/water mixture
  2. Dissolve Jello or Knox packets into boiled mixture
  3. Remove from heat
  4. Add chilled vodka or vodka & milk
  5. Measure 1.5 tbsp of finished jello mix into each shot cup
  6. Chill in the freezer for 30-45 minutes
  7. Repeat with each layer

Quick notes

  • Prepare each jello mixture ONLY when you’re ready to pour it
  • If you want to skip out on layers altogether, double the recipes and don’t worry about repeating.
  • Once you’ve added the final layer, or if you’re only doing one flavor, chill the jello in the fridge, NOT the freezer.


The following are a few ingredient lists for flavor variations I’m particularly fond of, suitable for individual layers. Keep in mind that the alcohol is always the cooling agent.

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