This blue Hawaiian jello shots recipe is the perfect boozy treat for your next party and is full of tropical flavors all in tiny shot glasses!
Summer parties aren’t complete without Jell-O shots! We also love serving these at pool parties because there’s no time for them to heat up or water down like a classic cocktail. I also love the vibe that the hues give off with the garnishes. We are using a combo of berry jello powder with blue curacao for the mesmerizing color. That being said, you may have curacao leftover. The best way to use it up is by making a fruit tingle, tipsy mermaid, or an Empress gin cocktail.
If you are browsing for more classic jello shots for your next summer party, consider pina colada jello shots. They taste just like the traditional cocktails, but in a cute little glass. Peach jello shots are garnished with a candy peach ring, that are a fun addition to summer celebrations. There’s also orange creamsicle, that has that nostalgic flavor, but the jello shot version. Warmer weather also means chicken kabobs and shrimp skewers on the grill as our main course and peach pretzel salad for our dessert. The perfect way to end the day!
- berry blue jell-o mix – our gelatin base with the bright blue color!
- water – you’ll need 1 cup of cold water and 1 cup of boiling water.
- pineapple juice – adds some tanginess.
- Malibu Coconut Rum – a white rum, full of coconut flavor.
- Blue Curacao – adds a sweet orange flavor that is a tad bitter to balance out the sweetness of the other ingredients.
- Maraschino cherries and fresh pineapple chunks – a fun way to garnish
Top blue jello shots with a Maraschino cherry, fresh pineapple wedges, or whipped cream and toasted coconut just before serving.
- Plastic cups – this recipe makes 24, 2 ounce shots so condiment cups work well. You can also find plastic jello shot cups at any party store.
- Cookie sheet – we like using a rimmed baking sheet to make it easier to transfer the shots to and from the fridge, then to the buffet table.
Variations and Substitutions:
- Triple Sec – if you don’t have Blue Curacao, you can swap it for triple sec and stir in a few drops of food coloring to get the vibrant blue color
- Classic blue Hawaiian cocktail – instead of shots, to turn this in a cocktail, combine 2 ounces of light rum (we like Malibu), 3/4 ounce of Blue Curacao, 2 tablespoons of pineapple juice, and 1/2 – 3/4 ounces of simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Shake to combine and pour over ice.
- Shot Syringes – these delicious blue Hawaiian jello shots can also be made using my syringe recipe. Keep in mind you won’t have any garnishes.
- Different types of liquor – you can reduce the amount of rum and use regular or vanilla vodka to switch things up.
PREP: Boil a cup of water in the microwave or sauce pan.
Step 1: Combine jello mix with 1 cup of boiling hot water in a medium mixing bowl or 4 cup measuring cup with a spout.
Step 2: Stir in a cold cup of water once the gelatin has dissolved. Then add the pineapple juice, Malibu, and blue curacao. Mix until combined.
Step 3: Pour jello mixture into the shot cups just under the top so they don’t spill.
Step 4: Chill for 4-6 hours or until set in the refrigerator.
Pro Tip: Use a measuring cup with a spout to make pouring easier.
SERVE: Top these delicious jello shots with a cherry and pineapple wedge, and get this party started!
- You’ll only need a cup of pineapple juice until you want to make a double batch. The mini cans of juice work well instead of loading up on the large cans and have to waste the leftovers. There’s also the option to use the remaining juice in Pina Coladas or party punch.
- Too much alcohol will cause the shots not to set. Do not use more than 2 cups for the entire recipe.
- For stronger shots, use up to 1.5 cups of alcohol.
- For lighter shots, use more cold water or pineapple juice and reduce the alcohol. You need 4 cups of liquid total.
- The setting time may vary if you are using shallower cups.
- Using icy water instead of cold can help them to firm up faster.
Jello shot recipes actually date back to 1862! Who knew shooters had been around that long!
Leftover jello shots can be stored in the refrigerator up to 1 week. If the plastic containers come with lids, add those before storing. Do not leave the garnishes on.
No. Too much alcohol will not allow the gelatin powder to set up correctly. This recipe requires 4 cups of liquid total, and only half can contain alcohol.
More Fun Jello Shot Recipes
Blue Hawaiian Jello Shots
- 1 6-ounce box berry blue jello mix
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup cold water
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- ¾ cup Malibu Rum
- ¼ cup Blue Curacao
- Maraschino cherries for garnish
- Fresh pineapple chunks for garnish
- In a medium bowl or large (4-cup) measuring cup with a spout, whisk together blue jello mix and 1 cup of boiling water until jello is fully dissolved.
- Once the jello is fully dissolved, stir in the cold water, pineapple juice, Malibu, and blue curacao. Mix until combined.
- Carefully pour the mixture between small plastic shot cups. Fill just under the top, so they don’t spill.
- Transfer jello shots to the refrigerator and chill for 4 hours until set.
- Just before serving, top each jello shot with a maraschino cherry and a small piece of fresh pineapple.
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