Strawberry Daiquiri Jello Shots are a fun and delicious way to enjoy the classic cocktail in hollowed fresh whole strawberries – perfect for your next party, summer get-togethers, or as a unique dessert. If jello shot recipes for your next pool party are what you’re after, you’re in the right place.
These delicious rum jello shots are easy to make and can be customized to your liking. They are a grown-up treat, but make a non-alcoholic version for the kids by swapping the white rum for lime juice. Jello mix is almost always guaranteed to be in my pantry – whether I’m making this Layered Jello Pie, Strawberry Crunch Poke Cake, or creating a new Jello shot like these Pink Lemonade Jello Shots!
🍓 Strawberry Daiquiri Jello Shots Ingredients:
- Strawberry gelatin –
- Water – Boiling water to dissolve the Jello mix and cold water to cool and dilute the dissolved mixture.
- Lime juice – freshly squeezed lime juice will always produce the best flavor in theseJello shots but you can use bottled lime juice in a pinch.
- Rum – I’ve used white rum for this recipe so that the color is not affected.
- Strawberries – It’s important to use large whole strawberries as these will be used as the edible container for the Jello shot mixture. Sourcing beautiful red strawberries from your local farmer’s market is ideal!
- Granulated sugar – For garnish once the Jello has set in the strawberries.
- Lime wedges – For garnish, placed on top of the strawberry Jello shot to mimic how the classic beverage is served. Make sure that you cut small wedges considering that the whole fresh strawberries are much smaller than a drinks glass.
For a complete list of ingredients and their measurements, please refer to the printable recipe card 📋 at the bottom of the post.
Substitutions and Variations
- Intensify the boozy flavor in these Jello shots by using up to ¾ cup of rum and omitting the cold water. Everything else remains the same.
- You can use smaller fresh whole strawberries for smaller Jello shots or skip the strawberries altogether and pour the jello straight into plastic shot glasses or condiment cups.
- Make these kid-friendly by omitting the rum and using apple juice, orange juice, strawberry juice, or lemon-lime soda instead.
- Flavored rum can be used to give the Jello shots a different taste.
- Instead of using strawberry Jello, you can use a different flavor like raspberry, cherry, or peach to give the Jello shots a different taste. This won’t be a strawberry daiquiri Jello shot anymore but it’ll be just as delicious!
- Make the strawberry Jello shots more or less firm by adjusting the amount of Jello powder used in the recipe. Less liquid will result in firmer Jello when it sets inside each juicy red strawberry.
- Instead of dipping the strawberries in sugar, how about garnishing with a bit of margarita salt and a mini lime wedge?
Step 1: In a medium bowl or large (4-cup) measuring cup with a spout, whisk together strawberry jello mix and 1 cup of boiling water until jello is fully dissolved.
Step 2: Once the jello is fully dissolved, stir in the cold water, lime juice, and rum. Mix until combined.
Pro Tip: Use a piping bag or a plastic squeeze bottle to fill the strawberries with the Jello mixture. This will make it much easier to control the amount of Jello that goes into each strawberry and prevent any mess.
Step 3: Use a strawberry corer, small melon baller, or sharp paring knife to cut the stem from each strawberry and hollow out the inside of the strawberries to fill with the jello. Shave off just a bit from the bottoms of the strawberries so that they can stand up.
Step 4: Carefully pour the jello mixture into each strawberry. You can use a food syringe or a squirt bottle, or simply pour with a steady hand.
GARNISH/SLICE/SERVE: Transfer jello shots to the refrigerator and chill for 2-3 hours until set. Just before serving, roll the top of each strawberry in granulated sugar and garnish with a very small lime wedge.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe:
- Fun alternative to a cocktail
- Perfect for Valentine’s Day or other special occasions
- Easy to make
- Everything is edible!
- If you make these strawberry filled Jello shots a few hours before serving, leave the granulated sugar garnish off until you’re ready to serve these treats. If you don’t, the granulated sugar can liquify from condensation in the fridge.
- The amount of jello used for the shots will depend on the size of the strawberries and the amount of space inside them. Usually, the strawberries will only hold a small amount of jello, around a couple of teaspoons.
- Any extra Jello mixture can be poured into separate plastic cups.
- To save time and dishes, the 1 cup of water can be boiled in the microwave in the same cup that the jello mixture is prepared.
- Use ripe strawberries as they will be sweeter and have a better texture.
- Make sure the strawberries are completely dry before filling them with the Jello mixture. Any moisture on the surface of the strawberries can prevent the Jello from setting properly.
Did you know that strawberry daiquiri is one of the oldest tropical drinks? It is believed to have originated in the early 20th century in Cuba, where it was made with fresh strawberries, sugar, lime juice, and white rum.
The name “daiquiri” comes from a small town located near Santiago de Cuba where American engineers and mining experts were working and they were the first to put the cocktail together.
These little daiquiri treats are best consumed the day that they’re made, especially since the fresh hollowed-out strawberry holding the set Jello mixture will soften naturally.
You can make these edible Jello shots a few hours before serving and store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If you’ve made this tasty recipe in plastic cups, put the lids on and toss them all in a plastic bag in the fridge for easy storage.
When making Jello shots, vodka and white rum are both great choices for alcohol, but other types of spirits like gin, whiskey, tequila and brandy can also be used. Vodka has a neutral taste, which allows the Jello flavor to stand out, while other spirits will add their own distinct flavor to the final product. For these delicious jello shots, it’s fine to use any kind of rum.
Yes! If you don’t then the hot water could burn off the alcohol. This is probably only a concern if you’re boiling your water and gelatin on the stovetop, but to be on the safe side, let it cool down a bit before adding your favorite brand of rum. In this recipe, I’ve added lime juice and cold water to the dissolved Jello mixture to cool it down before adding in the rum.
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Strawberry Daiquiri Jello Shots
- 1 3-ounce box strawberry jello mix
- 1 cup boiling water
- ¼ cup fresh squeezed lime juice
- ½ cup white rum
- ¼ cup cold water
- 40 whole strawberries as large as you can find
- Granulated sugar for garnish
- Lime wedges
- In a medium bowl or large (4-cup) measuring cup with a spout, whisk together strawberry jello mix and 1 cup of boiling water until jello is fully dissolved.
- Once the jello is fully dissolved, stir in the cold water, lime juice, and rum. Mix until combined.
- Use a strawberry corer or sharp paring knife to cut the stem from each strawberry and hollow out a bit of a cavity to fill with the jello. Shave off just a bit from the bottom of each strawberry so that it can stand up.
- Carefully pour the jello mixture into each strawberry. You can use a food syringe or a squirt bottle, or simply pour with a stead hand.
- Transfer jello shots to the refrigerator and chill for 2-3 hours until set.
- Just before serving, roll the top of each strawberry in granulated sugar and garnish with a very small lime wedge.