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Champagne Jello Shots

The end of the year is upon us. It’s a time for sparklers, glitter, and champagne. Or in this case, champagne jello shots!

This recipe is incredibly easy to make and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. With only five ingredients, they’re ready in a flash!!

image of champagne jello shots made with vodka and champagne

Champagne Jello Shot Substitutions and Swaps

While I love this recipe just the way it is, I know some of you might not have all these ingredients on hand!

Below are some swaps and substitutions that can be made in this recipe.

image of ingredients laid out to make champagne jello shots for new years eve
  • Champagne – You can use champagne, prosecco, or sparkling rosé. You can also use sparkling cider if you want to make these non-alcoholic!
  • Lemon Juice – I like using fresh lemon juice to really make the flavors in these jello shots pop, but other juices like lime, cranberry, or orange juice would also work great.
  • Granulated sugar – I prefer the way this recipe tastes with a bit of granulated sugar, but you can also use stevia if you don’t want to add sugar.
  • Unflavored Gelatin – I used packets made by Knox (each packet has about 2 1/2 tsp of gelatin), but you can also use gelatin from a larger container like this. Most large grocery stores carry unflavored gelatin, or you can order it online! To make vegetarian/vegan jello shots, use agar agar powder like this. However, they won’t set quite the same as they do with gelatin.
  • Vodka – Vodka is what gives these jello shots a bit of a kick! Any clear liquor will work, but I find vodka tastes best with the champagne. If you want them to be less strong, you can use water instead of vodka or use 1/4 cup of vodka.
image of a beautiful nye-themed champagne jello shot that's been dusted with edible gold glitter

Using the Right Pan / Mold to Make These Champagne Jello Shots

While I usually make these jello shots in an 8.5 in x 4.5 in loaf pan and cut them into cubes, you can use other types of molds.

Most small silicone molds will work with this recipe, so you can get creative with the shape of these jello shots.

I also like to use a gummy bear mold to make champagne gummy bears, but the sky really is the limit.

image of a beautiful square champagne jello shot

Making Different Colors and Flavors

While champagne is the dominant flavor in these jello shots, a bit of fresh fruit juice really enhances their overall flavor.

I love using lemon juice, but lime juice, cranberry juice or orange juice would work great too!

Just be sure to avoid pineapple, kiwi, mango, ginger root, papaya, figs, or guava juice. They contain an enzyme (protease) which can prevent gelatin from setting firmly.

You can also add a drop of gel food coloring if you want to make colorful jello shots. I think pink or blue jello shots would look amazing!

Tips for Making the Best Champagne Jello Shots

  • Spray your loaf pan with non-stick spray to help the jello easily release once it’s set.
  • Clear a small area in your fridge to allow you to set the pan flat as the jello chills.
  • Once you add the gelatin to the champagne mixture, let it sit for a couple minutes. This will help hydrate the gelatin and allow it to bloom before it’s heated.
  • Make sure you don’t heat the champagne and gelatin mixture higher than a medium heat. High heat can damage the gelatin. Heating the mixture on a low heat helps the gelatin set more firmly.
  • You can adjust the amount of sugar in these jello shots to match your preference! You can add up to 2 additional Tbsp of granulated sugar or omit it all together and use a natural sweetener like stevia.
  • Dust your jello shots with a bit of edible luster or pearl dust to take them to give them a beautiful, finished look.
image of a tray of champagne jello shots made to celebrate new years eve

Storing These Champagne Jello Shots

If you have leftover champagne jello shots or you make these in advance, you can store them in an airtight container or Ziploc bag in the fridge for up to a week.

I recommend keeping them in the fridge to prevent molding!

Let Me Know What You Think!

If you try this recipe for champagne jello shots, I’d love to hear what you think of it! Please leave a rating and let me know your thoughts by sharing a comment.

Also be sure tag me @chelsweets and #chelsweets so that I can see your amazing creations on social media!

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Yield: 18 squares

Champagne Jello Shots

image of champagne jello shots made with vodka and champagne

These champagne jello shots are the perfect way to celebrate any occasion! They're easy to make, use only 5 ingredients, and absolutely delicious.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 7 minutes

Ingredients

Champagne Jello Shots

Additional Tools / Equipment

Instructions

  1. Grease a loaf pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan add 1 cup of champagne, 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice and 1/3 cup granulated sugar. Stir to combine.
  3. Sprinkle 5 tsp or 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin over the top of the champagne mixture. Gently stir the gelatin into the the champagne mixture, then let it sit for a couple minutes to allow the gelatin to bloom.
  4. Heat the mixture over a low heat for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally to help dissolve the gelatin.
  5. Once the gelatin has fully dissolved, remove the mixture from heat and place in the fridge to cool for 5-10 minutes. Once cooled, stir in the remaining 1/2 cup champagne and 1/2 cup vodka.
  6. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and place in the fridge to chill for at least 3 hours, or overnight. I usually leave my pan uncovered but you can cover yours with plastic wrap if desired.
  7. When you're ready to enjoy your champagne jello shots, run an offset spatula or butter knife around the edge of the pan to help loosen the jello.
  8. Flip the pan upside down onto a piece of parchment paper or cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut the jello block into 18 squares and enjoy! If desired, you can also top your jello shots with a sprinkle of edible glitter or luster dust.

Notes

Substitutions and Swaps

Please see the section titled substitutions and swaps above for all the possible substitutions you can make.

Making Different Flavors

Feel free to use different juices to create other flavors! I love using lemon juice, but lime juice, cranberry juice or orange juice would work great too!

Just be sure to avoid pineapple, kiwi, mango, ginger root, papaya, figs, or guava juice. They contain an enzyme (protease) which can prevent gelatin from setting firmly.

You can also adjust the amount of sugar if you want your jello shots to be sweeter or less sweet.

Using Different Molds

In addition to loaf pans, most small silicone molds will work with this recipe so feel free can get creative with the shape of these champagne jello shots!

You could even use a gummy bear mold! The sky's the limit.

Nutrition Information

Yield

18

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 46Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 4mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 0gSugar 4gProtein 1g

For a walk down memory lane, check out the photos below from the first time I made champagne jello shots back in 2015!! Since then I’ve added a bit more vodka to this recipe and omitted the strawberry slices.

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Melinda Hi

Friday 1st of January 2021

These were so easy and fun to make! Made them for New Year's. The gold luster dust really stepped it up. I will definitely make them again. I made two batches. For my second batch, I used sparkling juice for my son.

erika

Wednesday 30th of December 2020

can i use an ice cube tray as a mold?

Emily

Wednesday 30th of December 2020

So excite to try these! Do I need to grease a silicon mold?

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