Champagne Jello Shots

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  • These easy Champagne Jello Shots are the only thing you need to celebrate New Year’s Eve! Super festive and delicious, too!

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    This might not be the year for parties, but it doesn’t mean you can celebrate New Year’s (or any other holiday or special occasion) with your nearest and dearest. This post was written in 2020, in case you happen to be reading in subsequent years when the world goes back to normal.

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    And Champagne Jello Shots happen to be one of the best ways to accomplish this. I don’t care how old you are (as long as you are 21+), Jello shots are fun and festive. These bubbly shots are no exception.

    How to Make Champagne Jello Shots

    The process is easy and much like making regular Jello shots, if you’ve done that before. The trick is to make the base of the shot with gelatin so it gels, but not allow the alcohol to get hot enough to burn off.

    ingredients for champagne jello shots

    Getting the flavors right to not produce an extreme pucker is a science and not all liquid bases work as well. Read on below about flavors for more on this.

    1. Heat lemon sparkling water, sugar, tap water and gelatin over low heat. Sugar is used to balance the “OMG- this is a shot” taste. But if that is what you are going for and want to omit the sugar, this is optional. Mixture will be bubbly.
    2. Remove from heat and stir in sparkling wine and vodka. Adding while still on heat will reduce the alcohol and not have the intended effect if you are making these to imbibe. Do not add more alcohol than recommended or they will not set and will become soupy.
    3. Champagne Jello Shots are a science, please use correct measurements to ensure they turn out correctly.
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    For shots:

    • Distribute the liquid evenly to serving glasses. You can use disposable shots glasses (these gold glitter ones are fun) or fancy glass ones. Small parfait cups are also an option for upscale events. Serve these with a spoon. For parfait cups, you’ll only yield about 8.
    • Place in the refrigerator for 3 hours to set.
    • After they have set, the tops will still be tacky, top with festive sprinkles.
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    For cutouts:

    • Coat an 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish with cooking spray.
    • Pour liquid into baking dish and chill for 3 hours or until set.
    • When ready to make cutouts, gently release edges using a butter knife. Invert onto a cutting board lined with parchment to prevent sticking.
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    Champagne, Vodka & Sparkling Water

    We found that the best way for these champagne Jello shots to actually taste like champagne was to use lemon flavored sparkling water and even lemon vodka. The sugar helps to balance out bitter flavors and avoid the dreaded “pucker shot face”.

    five champagne jello shots

    But you can also customize with other flavors, they just want be as champagne forward. Coordinate flavored sparkling water with flavored vodka.

    Champagne is only champagne if it comes from the Champagne region of France, so we labeled ours sparkling wine. Don’t buy the cheap stuff, but also don’t waste your reserve.

    tray of jello jigglers with gold sprinkles

    Prosecco, champagne or Cava all work, but “brut” or “dry” tends to do best.

    Making Champagne Jello Shots in Advance

    Jello shots can be made up to a day in advance. Just be sure to keep them chilled until ready to serve.

    Definitely do not freeze them though. It will not thaw correctly and you will have some very sad Jello shots!

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    More cocktails to cheers to:

    Lemon Drop Martini
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    A Lemon Drop Martini is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. Calling for just four ingredients, these easy to make martinis are easy to sip and include a lemon sugar rim.
    French Martini Cocktail
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    This classic French Martini recipe is a timeless cocktail perfect all year long with flavors of pineapple juice and raspberry liquor! So easy!
    Champagne Float
    champagne float with raspberries
    Champagne Float, with ice cream and fresh fruit, is a festive and tasty drink to celebrate any occasion. Can also be made into a sparkling cider float for the kids!
    Limoncello
    homemade limoncello with fresh lemons
    A sweet Italian liquor flavored with lemon.
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    Champagne Jello Shots

    These easy Champagne Jello Shots are the only thing you need to celebrate New Year's Eve! Super festive and delicious, too!
    Prep Time5 mins
    Cook Time5 mins
    Chilling Time3 hrs
    Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
    Course: Drinks
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: champagne cocktails, JELLO shots
    Servings: 12
    Calories: 35kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup lemon sparkling water
    • 1/4 cup sugar , optional
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 2 packets gelatin (½ ounce)
    • 3/4 cup brut sparkling wine
    • 1/4 cup vodka

    Instructions

    • In a small saucepan over low heat, whisk together lemon sparkling water, sugar, tap water and gelatin. It will be a little frothy, this is normal. Wait for it to die down.
    • Reduce heat to low, whisking constantly. Remove from heat right before the mixture starts to simmer.
    • Stir in sparkling wine and vodka.

    For shots:

    • Distribute the liquid evenly among shot glasses, and place in the refrigerator for 3 hours to set.
    • After they have set, the tops will still be tacky, top with festive sprinkles.
      close up of sprinkles

    For cutouts:

    • Coat an 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish with cooking spray.
    • Pour liquid into baking dish and chill for 3 hours or until set.
    • When ready to make cutouts, gently release edges using a butter knife. Invert onto a cutting board lined with parchment to prevent sticking.
    • Using 1-2 inch cookie cutters, make desired shapes and decorate with festive sprinkles.
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    • If you’ve made this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings!

    Notes

    For non-alcoholic shots, substitute Sparkling Cider for sparkling wine. 

    Nutrition

    Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 13mg | Sugar: 4g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg

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