Made with apple whiskey and apple cider, these Apple Pie Jello Shots are topped with whipped cream and cinnamon for a fun twist on basic jello shots. Perfect for fall parties!
Easy Apple Pie Shots
These apple pie jello shots are exactly what you need to make your next fall party a little more fun! The apple cider gives them the warm, spiced apple pie flavors, while the apple whiskey adds a boozy touch. Then they’re topped with whipped cream and cinnamon, so they double as both a dessert and an adult beverage.
Hand these out at a get-together and rarely does anyone pass up a second one! Chances are, stories of everyone’s college days will start to fly. Ah, good memories.
What You’ll Need
Apple pie shots are made with just 3 ingredients, plus 2 (optional) toppings to make them resemble even more of an apple pie.
(Scroll below to the printable recipe card for details and measurements.)
- Apple cider: Cider provides more of the spiced apple flavor found in pies over regular apple juice. (Do not confuse apple cider with apple cider vinegar!)
- Apple whiskey: If you’re not a fan of whiskey, use apple vodka or another apple flavored liquor of your choice.
- Unflavored gelatin: Since the apple flavor is found in the cider and whiskey, plain unflavored gelatin is all you need for the jello portion.
- Whipped cream (optional): We pipe a little of our homemade whipped cream on top.
- Cinnamon (optional): To sprinkle on the whipped cream, for flavor and garnish.
How to Make Apple Pie Jello Shots
Making these jello shots is so easy. Here’s a brief summary:
(Don’t miss the detailed printable recipe card below.)
- Prepare the jello mixture. Sprinkle gelatin over the apple cider in a saucepan. Allow it to bloom for 5 minutes. Stir and bring to a boil then remove from heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Stir in the chilled apple whiskey.
- Add to cups and chill. Pour into the plastic cups on a sheet pan. Chill for at least 4 hours. Add the lids once chilled.
- Garnish and serve. Garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon just before serving.
Tips for Making Jello Shots
If this is your first time making jello shots, there are a few things to keep in mind so the process is easy and smooth.
- Allow the gelatin to bloom. It’s important to wait until the gelatin blooms. Blooming is when the gelatin absorbs the liquid; it allows the texture to be nice and smooth at the end of the cooking process.
- Chill the liquor. Chill the whiskey before mixing it into the gelatin and cider, which allows the jello shots to set properly.
- Pop the bubbles. To prevent bubbles from forming after the jello shots are set, remove/pop them with a toothpick before you chill them in the fridge.
- Jello shots cups. If you’re like me and don’t have an unlimited supply of regular shot glasses, I recommend picking up these jello shots cups. They’re essentially condiment cups and make enjoying a jello shot much easier!
- Place cups on a sheet pan: Spreading out jello shot cups on a sheet pan makes them easy to transfer to the fridge once they’re filled.
Allow the jello shots to chill in the fridge and then, once they’ve set completely, fasten the plastic lids on them. After that, you can easily stack them so they don’t take up so much space. Keep in the fridge until you’re ready to serve them, then add the whipped cream and cinnamon. In the refrigerator, they will stay good for 3-5 days. Once removed from the fridge, they don’t last long. Plan to consume the shots within 30–45 minutes.
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Apple Pie Jello Shots
- 2 cups apple cider (not apple cider vinegar!)
- 2 (5 ounce) packets unflavored gelatin
- 1 1/2 cups apple whiskey , chilled
- whipped cream , for serving, optional
- cinnamon , for serving, optional
- Place the plastic jello shot cups on a sheet pan without the lids on. Set aside.
- Add the apple cider to a small saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin over the top of the liquid and allow it to bloom for 5 minutes.
- Stir the mixture and bring it up to a boil; cook until all of the gelatin has dissolved. Remove the mixture from the heat and allow the mixture to cool for 10 minutes.
- Stir the chilled apple whiskey into the gelatin mixture.
- Pour the liquid into your little plastic cups, making sure not to overfill them.
- Transfer sheet pan of jello shots into the refrigerator and chill for at least 4 hours or until they have completely set.
- Put lids on cups and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
- Garnish with some homemade whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon to dress them up, if desired.