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How Long Do Jello Shots Last? [Shelf Life Guide]

Jello shots are a fun way to get your party started.

You can make them yourself at home with just a few ingredients.

They are typically served in small cups or glasses as appetizers at parties.

These little treats are easy and cost-effective, but how long do they last? This article will teach you how to store jello shots, how long they last, and more.

What are Jello Shots?

what are jello shots

A Jello shot is a cocktail made from vodka, lemon juice, and the flavor of your choice.

The gelatin provides an excellent suspension agent for any citrus juices added to it.

A typical shot glass holds approximately one ounce (30 ml) of liquid.

There are two ways that you can make this drink at home: in a pan or using individual cups with lids, as shown below.

Method One: In-Pan Method.

To create these shots, all you need is unflavored gelatin mix, water, gin/vodka, freshly squeezed lime juice, and either sugar or artificial sweetener if desired).

To start, you need to mix the gelatin, water, and sweetener.

Once that is done, you can stir in the gin or vodka until it has dissolved completely.

Once everything’s mixed up nicely, divide your mixture evenly into desired cup sizes (most people will use one ounce per shot).

After all of them are filled, place them into the refrigerator for about four hours or overnight so they can set.

Method Two: Individual Cups with Lids.

To do this at home, there are two things you’ll need- unflavored gelatin mix and sugar/sweeteners if using.

To start, outpour boiling water over an equal amount of cold water, then add a packet of dry powdered lemonade to flavor the drink as well as sweeteners if necessary).

Mix the gelatin with the water and lemonade until it becomes a liquid.

Once that is done, add the vodka or gin to your mixture (about one ounce per cup).

After everything’s mixed up, nicely divided evenly into desired cups, then cover them so they can set for about four hours or overnight as well.

Once they have been selected, you will need to drink them through a straw to avoid getting any bits of jello stuck on your lips.

So there you go; now you know what Jello Shots are.

They’re great because not only do they taste delicious but they also look really pretty.

How Many Jello Shots to Get Drunk?

how many jello shots to get drunk

The jello shot is a staple in any party, and it’s also one of the most popular ways to get drunk.

Some people only consume alcohol through Jello shots (and others drink exclusively from wine bottles).

The question then becomes how many you need to take before getting what we might call “drunk”.

Some say that consuming two or three will do the trick, but this can vary depending on your weight and other factors such as tolerance for ethanol.

If you’re not counting calories, my suggestion would be about four light-colored fruity flavors like cherry or pineapple, each mixed with vodka until they start looking clear instead of cloudy.

Anything darker than those colors will likely make you feel sick.

But I know you’re not considering calories, and that’s why I would say three or four of the darker colors (raspberry, blackberry) mixed with vodka.

They’d taste really sweet, which will make them easier to drink but may also give you a headache in the morning if they were too dark.

How to Store Jello Shots?

how to store jello shots

Jello shots are easy to make, inexpensive, and take up little space in the refrigerator.

They’re also a favorite party drink because they come in different colors, flavors, and shapes.

Jello shots are generally served cold, but if you’d rather do them at room temperature or even warm them up for winter-time sipping, following these steps will help:

  • Store cooled jello shots in the refrigerator in a container with tight-fitting lids.
  • If you’re storing jello shots in the refrigerator, keep them on the top shelf away from other foods where they will be less susceptible to spoiling.
  • For longer storage, fill gelatin into ice cube trays and cover tightly before placing it in the freezer for one hour or more. Remove each tray as needed and pour the liquid over berries or cake balls. This also helps prevent ice cubes from cracking when running hot drinks over frozen jelly blocks if necessary (such as water).
  • Keep an eye out for fuzzy patches on your cold jello shot glasses. They may have been stored at too warm a temperature which can cause bacteria growth.

How Long Do Jello Shots Last? Do Jello Shots Go Bad?

how long do jello shots last

Jello shots are made with gelatin, sugar (sucrose), water, and sometimes flavoring.

The ingredients are boiled until the mixture becomes a liquid, then poured into molds to set overnight in the fridge or up to three hours on your countertop if you’re feeling impatient.

Once they have cooled completely, jello shots can be eaten right away or stored for later use.

The shelf life of jello shots depends on how often they’ve been frozen and what kind of container is used – glass containers generally last longer than plastic ones because heat transfers more slowly through them.

In general, though, about two months of storage in either type of container should keep Jell-O shots fresh enough to enjoy.

You can also freeze jello shots and enjoy them later.

Jell-O shot recipes typically include between two to three tablespoons of gelatin, which means that they’ll last in the freezer for about four months before becoming too soft or losing their firm shape.

How to Tell if Jello Shots are Bad?

how to tell if jello shots are bad

As the party has started to wind down, you and your friends start to get hungry.

You look around for something that will satisfy what is in all likelihood a sugar craving; enter Jello shots.

These colorful squares are known as one of the best ways to enjoy drinking without feeling like alcohol was on top of everything else.

But how do you know if they’re bad?

The answer is not that difficult; if Jello shots are bad, there will typically be a layer of mold on top and an unpleasant smell emanating from them.

If they’ve been stored properly (covered with plastic wrap), you won’t need to worry about checking them this closely because it’s hard for anything to grow inside of the container itself.


Jello shots are a delicious and popular alcoholic beverage that has the potential to last for days.

It is important to store them in an airtight container with refrigeration if possible to maintain their freshness.

The smaller they are cut, the quicker they will spoil due to oxidation.

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how long do jello shots last

How Long Do Jello Shots Last? Do Jello Shots Go Bad?

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Shelf Life
Servings 1 Serving


  • Jello shots
  • Air-tight containers
  • Labels and markers


  • Read the guide thoroughly to learn how long it lasts.
  • Label your container with the content and date and keep track of how much you’re using!
  • Make sure to store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place (pantry or fridge).
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