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Red White and Blue Jello Shots Stars

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These Red White and Blue Jello Shots Stars are a perfect patriotic recipe! Made with gelatin and vodka, or virgin. A 4th of July, Memorial Day, and Labor Day patriotic recipe. #redwhitebluerecipes #4thofjulyrecipes #vodkashots #jelloshots

Red White and Blue Jello Shots Stars is the perfect 4th of July dessert recipe!

Red White and Blue Stars on American flag banner

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Red White and Blue Jello Shots

I first started making mosaic jello shots for game day to celebrate certain teams such as for the Super Bowl. But I quickly started making them for holidays as well, and using small cookie cutters!

I just love these patriotic jello shots and they are always a huge hit!

The mosaic stars on a white plate

Making red, white, and blue recipes for the 4th of July is always something I try to do. Most patriotic recipes are either desserts like an American flag fruit tart or classic American food. These red, white, and blue jello shots are a fun alcoholic treat!

If you want to make these 4th of July jello shots without any alcohol, just skip the vodka and use extra water instead.

4th of July jello shot stars on American flag tray

It does take time to make these red, white, and blue jello shots, mainly because of all of the chilling time. I start these one or two days in advance of when I need them.

And since they hold over SO well in the refrigerator, they will look just as great as the day you made them!

Do Jello Shots Get You More Drunk?

Doi not expect a Jello Shot to do much in the way of intoxication.

When you do the math, a standard Jello shot has the equivalent of a third of an ounce of liquor in it.

So you would need to eat a LOT for it to really do much!

What Do I Need to Make Red White and Blue Jello Shots?

Here is what you need for this recipe:

You can use any 6 ounce red Jello that you like. I prefer cherry because it tastes amazing and has a great red color. Black cherry is pretty dark, so I would stick with strawberry Jello, cherry Jello, or raspberry Jello.

And grab a 6 ounce berry blue Jello for the blue color. All of these flavors taste great together!

To make the white, you will use sweetened condensed milk with plain gelatin packets (also comes in a container).

And then, of course, the alcohol you are using.

What Alcohol is Best for Jello Shots?

I prefer to use vodka because it does not have a flavor to compete with the Jello flavors.

You could use any alcohol you prefer that you think would go great.

And make it extra flavorful by using a cherry or berry flavored vodka!

Close up of patriotic Red White and Blue Jello Shots Stars

What is the Most Alcohol you can put in Jello Shots?

What is the ratio of alcohol to water in Jello Shots? For a three ounce package, you can do 1/2 cup of vodka or liquor of choice, and the rest staying as water.

Does Alcohol Stop Jelly Setting?

Yes, if you put in too much!

What Happens if you put Too Much Vodka in Jello Shots?

There is a science to this! If you put in too much alcohol, they will not set.

My sister in law made Jello shots once with 1 cup vodka and 1 cup water, and they just stayed as mush lol!

How Do You Make Red White and Blue Jello Shots?

To make the Red White and Blue Jello Shots Stars, first make the red and blue jello, both with vodka and let chill. Then cut them into small cubes between 1/4 to 1/2 inch and mix them in a baking dish.

Cutting red and blue jello into cubes

Make sure that your jello slices will be tall enough for the cutter by placing the cookie cutter in the dish vertically and that the red and blue cubes come up to at least the highest point before the white is added.

Red and blue jello cubes mixed together

White Jello Recipe

Make the white jello with sweetened condensed milk and regular gelatin and let cool. If it is still warm, it will start to melt the red and blue cubes!

When cool but not set, pour over the red and blue cubes and chill again until all set.

Pouring white gelatin into red and blue cubes inside a baking dish

Finally, slice the mosaic gelatin into slices that you will then lay flat and cut with a star cookie cutter. 

Chill until ready to serve!

Slices of mosaic jello being cut into small stars

This gluten free patriotic recipe is one that you will want to bring out for patriotic holidays like 4th of July, Memorial Day, and Labor Day, as well as for any American support or celebration such as the Olympics or World Cup.

How Long do Jello Shots Take to Settle?

It can take 2-4 hours for each color to set, so plan ahead since we have stages! How long does Jello take to set with alcohol? The same time. It does not tend to take any longer.

I start mine the day before I need them and to make sure I am not rushed.

How Long Can Jello Shots Sit in the Fridge?

They will be fine for 4 days in the refrigerator.

After that, they will start to evaporate and get chewier.

Do You Have to Keep Jello Shots Refrigerated?

Yes, because if they warm up they will start to liquify. About 45 minutes out of the fridge they will be fine.

If you want them out for serving, have them on a plate on top of ice so that they stay nice and cold!

Can you freeze jello shots for later?

Yes, but the texture and flavor are likely to change and will not be quite the same.

Mosaic red, white, and blue jello stars on American flag banner
Patriotic Red White and Blue Jello Shots Stars on American flag banner pieces with pin title at bottom

Red White and Blue Jello Shots Stars

These Red White and Blue Jello Shots Stars are a perfect patriotic recipe! Made with gelatin and vodka, or virgin. A 4th of July, Memorial Day, and Labor Day patriotic recipe. #redwhitebluerecipes #4thofjulyrecipes #vodkashots #jelloshots
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Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Gluten Free, Holiday
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chilling Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 50 stars
Calories: 99kcal


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  • Pour 4 cups of water into a medium saucepan. Sprinkle 4 envelopes (10 teaspoons, 1 ounce) of plain gelatin on top of the water. Let it soak for a couple minutes.
  • Put the pot on low heat and stir constantly until the gelatin is dissolved in the water, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Put the red jello and blue jello in the dishes they will chill in (pie dishes or baking dishes are great). Divide the hot water and gelatine mixture into the two colored jello dishes. Stir until the colored jello is dissolved.
  • Let the mixtures cool for just a few minutes until not hot, and then add 2 cups of chilled vodka to each color and stir.
  • Chill the colored jello until fully set, typically several hours or overnight.
  • When the colored jello is set, start making the white jello. Add 4 cups of water to a medium sauce pot and sprinkle 5 envelopes (1.25 ounces, 12.5 teaspoons) of plain gelatin over the water. Let sit to soak for a couple minutes.
  • Put the pot over low heat and stir constantly until gelatin is dissolved, approximately 5 minutes.
  • Add the can of sweetened condensed milk to the pot and stir to combine.
  • Remove from heat and let the white jello cool to room temperature, but not set.
  • While the white jello is cooling, cut the red and blue jello into the small blocks. Remove a color from the refrigerator and slice into 1/4 inch slices. Remove the slices gently from the pan with a spatula.
  • Lay the slices on a cutting board and cut into strips and then cubes approximately 1/4 inch (or desired size). Repeat with all of the red and blue jello. (If the red and blue are chilled in a thin layer, you can just cut vertically and horizontally to make the cubes in the dish itself).
  • Place the red and blue cubes into a large 9×13 baking dish and mix together. (Make sure that the depth of the jello cubes is at least the height of the star cookie cutter you will be using. Do this by putting the star cookie cutter in the dish vertically, with one of the edges facing up as you will be cutting slices to cut the stars from later). Adjust dish size up or down if needed to make sure the star cutter will fit.
  • Once the white mixture is at room temperature, pour over the colored cubes. (If warm, the colors will start to bleed, so it is important that it is truly room temperature). Return the mosaic mixture to the refrigerator until fully set, several hours or overnight.
  • Once set, cut slices of the mosaic mixture as thick as you want the jello shots to be (do not go too thin as they can fall apart – I aim for 1/2 to 3/4 inch).
  • Lay the mosaic slices on a cutting board and use your star cookie cutter to cut the stars out.
  • Chill until ready to serve. Serve the "scraps" in a bowl if desired.


This makes a LOT but you can easily halve the recipe and use the small boxes of jello instead. The trick is measuring half a can of sweetened condensed milk, for while using a weight scale is recommended.
If you choose to cut into squares instead of stars, your yield will be even higher.
To make without alcohol, simply replace all vodka with additional water.


Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 46mg | Potassium: 29mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

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5 thoughts on “Red White and Blue Jello Shots Stars”

  1. I’ve never had any kind of jello shots. I can’t want to try them now! They’re so very colorful and fun looking. I’ll have to wait for things to get better first. Don’t want to eat the whole batch by myself.

  2. 5 stars
    These are so cute! What a great idea! I plan on making these for a Fourth of July gathering this weekend! Thanks for the share!


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