These Jack Frost Jello Shots mimic the classic Jack Frost cocktail in beautiful color and tropical taste. Made with just 5 ingredients including two different types of rum, they’re super fun and perfect for a winter holiday party!
Jack Frost Jello Shots
You can’t deny the beauty of a Jack Frost cocktail and its gorgeous blue hue reminiscent of an icy, freezing cold winter. We couldn’t resist taking its classic look and flavors and converting it into these Jack Frost jello shots to add to our collection of jello shot recipes.
This Jello shot recipe contains the traditional Jack Frost drink ingredients like rum, Blue Curacao liquor, pineapple juice, along with berry blue jello as the base. After the mixture is chilled and firm, we top them off with fresh piped whipped cream and toasted coconut flakes (in lieu of coconut cream.)
These easy Jack Frost jello shots are made with just 5 ingredients, plus water and optional garnishes.
(Scroll below to the printable recipe card for details and measurements.)
- Berry Blue Jell-O gelatin – Our jello of choice for these jello shots. The berry blue flavor provides that Jack Frost blue hue!
- Water – Boiling water dissolves the gelatin.
- Pineapple juice – Make sure the pineapple juice is pasteurised and not freshly squeezed. Fresh pineapple juice will prevent the jello from setting properly.
- Coconut rum – This type of rum pairs perfectly with pineapple.
- White rum – A lighter rum that balances out the other alcohol.
- Blue Curaçao liquor – This is an orange-flavored liqueur with a stunning blue color.
- Toasted coconut and Piped whipped cream – optional (but recommended!) garnishes that finish off the jello shots perfectly.
How to Make Jack Frost Jello Shots
Jello shots are simply Jello gelatin mixed with alcohol – in this case, white rum and coconut rum, Blue Curaçao liquor, and also pineapple juice. Here’s a summary.
(Scroll below to the printable recipe card for details and measurements)
- Dissolve berry blue jello powder in boiling water. Boil water and pour it in a bowl with the berry blue Jell-O gelatin powder. Whisk the Jello powder to make sure it completely dissolves in the water.
- Add in the other liquids. Whisk in the chilled pineapple juice, chilled coconut rum, chilled white rum, and chilled Blue Curaçao.
- Pour into plastic cups. Pour the mixture into plastic containers, filling until almost full.
- Chill until firm. Transfer jello shots to the refrigerator and chill for at least 4 hours or until set. Put lids on cups and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
- Garnish. Right before serving, pipe a little fresh whipped cream on top, followed by a sprinkle of toasted coconut flakes.
Tips for Success
- Set out a sheet pan. Spreading out jello shot cups on a sheet pan makes them easy to transfer to the fridge once they’re filled.
- Use something with a spout for pouring. A large spouted measuring cup or mixing bowl that has a spout helps prevent spills when you’re pouring the liquid jello into the cups.
- Chill all the liquids. Make space in your fridge to chill the pineapple juice, coconut rum and white rum, and Blue Curaçao liquor. This ensures the jello sets properly.
- Wait to garnish. Chill the shots until firm and then garnish right before serving.
Jello Shot Cups
You can certainly make jello shots in shot glasses, but if you’re serving a crowd, these Jello shot condiment cups are a way better option. You get a lot of them for super cheap, they come with lids, and they’re disposable, so virtually no clean up. For this recipe, you’ll need 12 of the 2 ounce size.
How to Serve Jello Shots
Garnishing your jello shots is optional, but we love the addition of a fresh piped whipped cream and toasted coconut flakes to make them closer to a Jack Frost drink, plus more delicious and festive! We do wait to garnish the shots until right before serving so the whipped cream and coconut stays fresh. When you’re ready to enjoy them, run a dull knife around the inside edge of the container to loosen the jello and remove it. We also recommend giving your guests tasting spoons for those who don’t want to swallow them all at once.
Make Ahead and Storing
- How long do jello shots take to set? Our recipe calls for 2 ounce shots and will take about 4 hours to firm up. If you make them bigger, they will take longer.
- How long do jello shots last? In the refrigerator, they will stay good for 3-5 days. Once removed from the fridge, they don’t last long, especially in a warmer atmosphere. Plan to consume the shots within 30–45 minutes once served.
- Can you freeze jello shots? You can freeze shots. They will get colder and firmer than shots chilled in the fridge, of course, but it’s not our preferred method since they tend to get grainy.
More Jello Shot Recipes:
- Dirty Shirley Jello Shots
- Sex on the Beach Jello Shots
- Blue Hawaiian Jello Shots
- Apple Pie Jello Shots
- Candy Cane Jello Shots
Jack Frost Jello Shots
- 3 ounce box berry blue Jell-O gelatin
- 1 cup boiling water
- 3/4 cup pineapple juice , chilled (see note)
- 1/4 cup coconut rum , chilled
- 1/4 cup white rum , chilled
- 3 tablespoons Blue Curaçao liquor , chilled
- piped whipped cream , for garnish (optional but recommended)
- toasted coconut flakes , for garnish (optional but recommended)
- Place the plastic jello shot cups on a sheet pan without the lids on. Set aside.
- Add the powdered JELL-O to a mixing bowl. Pour in boiling water and whisk until gelatin is completely dissolved.
- Add in the cold pineapple juice, coconut rum, white rum, and Blue Curaçao. Whisk to combine.
- Carefully pour the gelatin mixture into each plastic cup, filling until almost full.
- Transfer sheet pan of jello shots into the refrigerator and chill for at least 4 hours or until fully set. Put lids on cups and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
- Right before serving, pipe a little fresh whipped cream on top and a sprinkle of toasted coconut flakes.
- Serve with tasting spoons and enjoy!