Calling all cinnamon whiskey lovers! These Fireball Jello Shots are a delicious variation on the party classic.
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Fireball Jello Shots
I love making fun and unique Jello shots. They are the perfect addition to parties and holiday events.
These Fireball Jello Shots were inspired by my sister-in-law who loves Fireball! I knew it would make a great flavor pairing for Jello.
This recipe is very easy to make and you can make them extra pretty with some edible glitters.
How much alcohol can you put in Jello shots?
The standard is 1/2 cup of liquor in a 3 ounce Jello batch. This is typically a very great balance where you can tell it has liquor but is not overpowering.
You could increase the liquor up to 2/3 cup for stronger shots, but anything beyond that will start to interfere with the ability of the gelatin setting and firming up.
Is a Jello shot equal to a normal shot?
No. When using 1/2 cup of liquor in a Jello shot, you end up with about 1/3 of an ounce of liquor in each Jello shot if making 12 shots.
What flavor of Jello is best to use?
Any flavor that goes well with cinnamon will taste great in these Jello shots.
What do I put the Jello shots in?
The classic way to make and serve Jello shots is in little plastic cups with lids. The two ounce cups are a great size.
You can also use smaller cups for smaller shots which will also give you a greater number of shots.
If you want to skip the plastic use, or want something easier, you can simply pour all of the mixture into a glass or metal baking dish and let it set in one large block. An 8×8 or 9×9 inch dish, or loaf pan, works great.
Then either remove and cut into squares, or let people scoop some out with spoons.
I have made them as a large block several times and it works great.
Jazzing Up the Jello Shots
I wanted to do something to make these Jello shots look special besides just being one plain color, so I used some edible glitters!
I added about 1/4 teaspoon of edible red glitter in the mix itself to give it a little shimmer. It worked great with the orange Jello and if I used a cherry Jello, I would probably use a gold glitter or something with more contrast than red on red.
I also sprinkled some edible gold stars on the top of each Jello shot. These should be added right when serving because otherwise, the moisture in the Jello will start to dissolve the stars and just make gold water blobs (happened to me!).
It only takes a few minutes to make this liquor recipe, and then you need a few hours of chilling time.
Simply boil some water and add the Jello. Stir until dissolved.
Add some cold water and the Fireball, and mix to combine.
Then pour into the little plastic cups with lids, or in the large dish.
Refrigerate the shots until they are set, typically 2-4 hours. I almost always make them the night before so that I do not have to worry about it the day of.
Add edible glitters on top when serving, if desired.
Make sure you keep the shots in a cool place if they are left out so they do not liquify. This can be done by placing them in ice or going back and forth from the refrigerator.
- Measure ½ cup of water and ½ cup of Fireball whiskey and place in freezer to chill (or place in refrigerator if chilling in advance).
- Bring over 1 cup of water to a boil in a small pot over high heat. (Use over 1 cup as some will evaporate and you need 1 cup when hot).
- Once hot, measure out 1 cup of the hot water. Discard the rest. (I like to put the hot water in a glass measuring cup 2 cups or larger — or, use a bowl).
- Add the Jello powder and stir to dissolve, approximately 2-3 minutes.
- Add the remaining ½ cup of water (cold) and ½ cup of Fireball whiskey. Stir. Add any edible glitter, if using, and stir to incorporate.
- Pour the mixture into small plastic cups. The liquid will not expand when chilled, so you can fill close to the top. Or, pour into a dish if not making individual portions. See note.
- Chill until set, at least two hours. If desired, top with edible sprinkles such as the stars when serving. Keep cool to prevent them from melting if it is hot out by placing them on top of ice.