A fun recipe with a delicious creamy lime flavor, our latest dessert cocktail recipe is these Key Lime Pie Jell-O Shots, an ode to the classic dessert.
I first shared this recipe for Green Jello Shots on my friend’s blog, Amanda’s Cookin’.
Lime Pie Jello Shots Recipe
More than just a frat house or bachelorette party favorite, Jell-O shots add a bit of fun to just about any grown-up festivity.
I recently made a small tray of these for a party where the kids had plenty of dessert options – and then stealthily passed these around for the grown-ups to enjoy. They would be so fun for a football tailgate, St. Patrick’s Day party, or Mardi Gras! Really, anytime you’re having a party is a good time to bring out the Jell-O shots.
I wanted these Jell-O shots to taste like a single serve Key Lime Pie, so I used vanilla vodka and lime Jell-O to achieve that creamy, sweet flavor with just the right amount of citrusy acidity, and topped it off with Vanilla Whipped Cream to really drive the pie theme home.
However, this recipe can be modified for any “pie flavor” – vanilla vodka and lemon jello would make lemon meringue shots, vanilla or cake vodka plus strawberry jello would make strawberry pie shots, etc etc.
If you’re making these for a football party, it would be really fun to pick Jell-O colors and sprinkles/pearls to match each team’s colors. (Although if you’re a gold and black fan like me, you might have to load in the food dye!) This recipe work for my family’s commitment to the JETS though (we grew up with a statue of Joe Namath in the house) – or a Green Bay Packers fan.
I dislike when Jell-O shots are too solid, requiring a spoon or weird tongue-in-shot-glass moments, so I used equal parts boiling water and ice cold vodka. This had the pleasant side effect of making these Jell-O shots super strong, but if that’s not your thing, you can use 1/2 cup vodka and 1/2 cup ice cold water (to 1 cup boiling water). Just be sure to serve small spoons or something as the Jell-O will be quite firm.. and no one looks classy wedging their tongue to the bottom of a shot glass.
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Ingredients for Key Lime Pie Jello Shots
- Green Jello
- Boiling Water
- Ice Cold Vodka, vanilla preferably
- Gold sugar crystals/sanding sugar
- Whipped Cream
- Gold pearl candies
Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.
Tip: you can use 1/2 cup vodka and 1/2 cup cold water if you want to make these Jell-O shots a little less strong. Adding the water also makes the Jell-O more solid.
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Makes 8-10 depending on the size of your shot glasses.
How to Make Key Lime Pie Jello Shots
Boil the 1 cup water as you empty the green jello powder into a medium-sized bowl and assemble your shot glasses.
Pour the 1 cup boiling water into the powder and whisk until fully dissolved.
Carefully add the 1/2 cup vodka and 1/2 cup cold water.
Pour the jello liquid into a measuring cup and then distribute evenly amongst the shot glasses.
Refrigerate for 2-4 hours before serving.
To add a sugar rim, carefully run the lip of each glass under cold water (holding the shot glass upside down) and then dip the glasses into a small dish filled with the gold sugar crystals.
Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of gold pearl candies.
Grab your free printable for our Key Lime Pie Jell-O Shot Recipe:
- 1 package Green Jello
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup ice cold vodka, vanilla preferably
- Gold sugar crystals
- Whipped Cream
- Gold pearl candies
- Boil the 1 cup water as you empty the green jello powder into a medium-sized bowl and assemble your shot glasses.
- Pour the 1 cup boiling water into the powder and whisk until fully dissolved.
- Carefully add the 1/2 cup vodka and 1/2 cup cold water, or 1 cup ice cold vodka.
- Pour the jello liquid into a measuring cup and then distribute evenly amongst the shot glasses.
- Refrigerate for 2-4 hours before serving.
- To add a sugar rim, carefully run the lip of each glass under cold water (holding the shot glass upside down) and then dip the glasses into a small dish filled with the gold sugar crystals.
- Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of gold pearl candies.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 42Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 35mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g
Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.
These Creamy Lime pie Jell-O Shots are quick to throw together and such a fun way to kick off any summer party!