Cherry Amaretto Jello Shots

I celebrated my birthday this weekend, so of course I had to have one of my favorite drinks–a jello shot! I started making these a few years ago, they have a lot more flavor than your average jello and vodka recipe. I’ve made these for parties with my friends, for Christmas with my family and for little get-togethers. These are mellow enough for older people to enjoy without it burning their throats. If I want something stronger, I add vodka to the recipe and voila, get drunk stay drunk.

Jello Shots I made for our family Christmas

Jello Shots I made for our family Christmas

One more thing, maraschino cherries are fabulous with these! They’re completely optional but do add a fancy touch.

Maraschino Cherries

These should be made in advance.

  • 1 small jar maraschino cherries
  • 1 1/2 cups vodka

1. Pour cherries with 1/2 of the juice into a bowl.

2. Add the vodka, stir, cover and refrigerate for 24 hours. Stir a few times.

3. Drop into jello shots right after your pour the jello in. I usually do one cherry for a 2 ounce shot, 2 for anything more


Cherry Amaretto Jello Shots

  • 3 ounce package of Cherry Jell-o
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup amaretto
  • 1/4 cup cold water or cold vodka if you like a stronger shot
Making cherry amaretto jello shots

Making cherry amaretto jello shots

  1. Boil 1 cup of water in a small saucepan
  2. Add jello, remove pan from heat and stir until dissolved
  3. Add amaretto and cold liquid and stir well
  4. Pour into your shot cups! Add your cherries and chill for two hours or until firm

The last time I made these I couldn’t find any 2 ounce cups so I used bigger cocktail cups. You can find the 2 ounce cups with lids at Walmart near the plastic cups. Gordon Food Service also has them.

Amaretto Jello Shots

Amaretto Jello Shots