Angel of Death Jello Shots are a heavenly cocktail that goes down dangerously easy! Try it out this Halloween to see how dangerous they are!!
Halloween is my favorite time of year! I love it even more than Christmas. It’s almost a tie, but Halloween seeks out in the end… especially now that I have a new headless horseman inflatable for the yard. One of my favorite things to do for Halloween is to throw a party or bring something fun and boozy for the adults. The kids get to enjoy their candy, pizza, and Halloween punch, and the adults get to grab a couple of Angel of Death jello shots to get the night going. They’re a party in a cooler!
ANGEL OF DEATH JELLO SHOTS
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Looking for a way to make your Halloween extra fun this year? I’ve got the answer friends… and it’s jello shots! Yep, you probably haven’t had any since college, but I am telling you that you need these jello shots in your life!
They’re creamy, sweet, and go down dangerously easy! They’re like a cup of boozy whipped cream with a bit of chocolate. Who wouldn’t want that in their mouth?!
The best part about jello shots is that you can make them ahead of time and let them hang out in the fridge until you’re ready to serve ’em up. Or pop a lid on top of each up and you’re ready to put them in a cooler to take to a friend’s house. Everyone gets excited when you show up with Halloween jello shots!
These jello shots may seem harmless, but one taste and you’ll be asking for another one! The whipped cream flavored vodka paired with a little heavy cream and chocolate give these shots an added richness that’s SO good!
I’m not usually into sweet cocktails, but these little guys are always on my Halloween party menu along with my other favorite black magic jello shots. Love the layers!!
Angel of Death Jello Shots are such a crowd-pleaser that you’ll probably want to make a double batch. They fly off the plate the moment I start passing them out.
Whipped Jello Shot Ingredients
Here’s everything you need to grab to make these shots. I have the amount of each ingredient along with directions to make these shots in the recipe card at the end of this post.
- Unflavored Gelatin Powder
- Heavy Cream
- Whipped Cream Vodka
I like using whipped cream vodka for these shots. It adds a little something and is the perfect complement to all the dairy in our jello mix. But if you don’t have whipped cream flavored vodka on hand, you can swap out for cake vodka, chocolate vodka (yep, it’s a thing – just make sure it’s clear)… or even regular vodka in a pinch. These shots are totally better with some extra flavor though.
How to Make Jello Shots
- Start by grabbing a medium mixing bowl. (Or if you have a large 4 cup+ glass measuring cup with a spout you can use that instead.) Then pour the gelatin powder and 1/4 cup of cold milk into the bowl. Give that a quick stir and then set it aside. The gelatin will absorb the liquid.
- While the gelatin is doing its thing, pour 1/2 cup of milk into a small saucepan and place it over medium heat. Warm the milk until it’s barely starting to simmer. Then pour it into the bowl with the gelatin and whisk it up until the gelatin dissolves.
- Next, you’re going to pour in the sugar and whisk until the sugar has dissolved.
- Once that’s done, pour in the heavy cream and vodka, and give your jello base one last stir.
- You’re almost done. Super easy, right?! Now you’ll grab a baking sheet or platter. Layout twelve 2-ounce plastic cups (with lids, but leave the lids off) on the baking sheet. This makes it easy to move all your shot cups around.
- If you used a mixing bowl to make the jello base, pour the jello into a bowl or measuring cup with a pour spout. Then fill each plastic cup most of the way full with the jello base. You want to leave a little room at the top so the lid can go on later.
- Then all you have to do is pop your jello shots into the fridge and let them hang out for 2 hours until the jello has set.
The only other thing to do it put a lid on each up and stack ’em up. Just be sure to keep your shot refrigerated until you’re ready to serve them.
While these shots are pretty darn tasty as is, you can make them look all fancy with two simple toppings – whipped cream and chocolate shavings.
I used an aerosol can of whipped cream and put a little dollop on top of each shot. Then I grabbed a semi-sweet chocolate baking bar and used a knife to shave it. Then you sprinkle a little chocolate on top. So pretty!!
Gelatin will breakdown the whipped cream. So you want to garnish the tops at the last minute. Or skip the whipped cream and keep the chocolate. Or use Cool Whip instead. You can put the Cool Whip in a piping bag with a pretty tip to make your shots look fancy.
How much alcohol can you put in jello shots
You’ll use 1 cup of alcohol for 12 of these jello shots.
A standard gelatin box mix uses 2 cups of water, one cup hot and one cup cold. So really, you’re swapping out the cold water for vodka. Yum.
This amount of vodka will give you a boozy punch in the mouth. You’ve been warned. They’re tasty, but the booze is not hiding at all.
The type of alcohol you use in your shots can change their strength. A standard vodka is 80 proof, but flavored cordials and Irish cream run in the neighborhood or 30 to 40 proof.
What is the best liquor to use for jello shots
Vodka is hands down my favorite liquor for jello shots. It’s neutral so the jello flavor is what you taste. You can also use flavored vodka to make some fun flavor pairings. Lemon jello and whipped vodka for lemon meringue pie shots anyone?
The trick here is to know what you want your shots to taste like. Lime jello and silver rum make great daiquiri shots.
Tequila with strawberry jello and some lime juice or sour mix make tasty strawberry margarita shots.
The possibilities are endless!
Ready for some more Halloween Fun?
- Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
- Candy Corn Jello Cups
- Boo Bark
- Green Goblin Cocktail
- Spider Web Brownie Pizza
- Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops
- More drink recipes…
Tools used this make this Angel of Death Jello Shots recipe
Mixing bowl: These mixing bowls are perfect for mixing and serving. I love the varied sizes so I always have the right size bowl for all my mixing needs.
Measuring cup: I have a set of these measuring cups as long as I can remember. They come in 3 different sizes for all your cooking needs!
Small saucepan: While I use bigger saucepans for everyday cooking, having a small saucepan lets me make syrups, toppings, and sauce add-ins without taking over the stovetop.
Plastic cups with lids: These are the perfect jello shot cups! Leave the lids off and add a fancy garnish, or pop the lid and you’re ready to take them to a party!
*This post originally posted on 10/09/2015.
- 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
- 3/4 cup milk divided
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup whipped cream vodka
- Whipped cream for garnish
- Semi-sweet chocolate shavings for garnish
- Place twelve 2-ounce plastic cups on a baking sheet with the lids off.
- Pour gelatin into a medium mixing bowl. Add 1/4 cup cold milk to gelatin. Stir to combine and then set aside.
- Heat remaining 1/2 cup milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until it just starts to simmer.
- Pour hot milk into bowl with gelatin and whisk to combine until gelatin has dissolved. Add the sugar and whisk until dissolved.
- Add cold heavy cream and vodka. Stir into milk mixture.
- Pour jello mixture into the plastic cups. A measuring cup with a spout works great for this. Fill each cup until almost full. You want some room at the top so you can put a lid on later.
- Transfer jello shots to fridge to chill for 2 hours, or until jello is set.
- When ready to serve, remove the shots from the fridge. Pop lids on top and you're all set.
- If you want your shots to look fancy, add a little whipped cream and some chocolate shavings on top of each shot.