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St. Patrick's Day Jell-O shot ideas

St. Patrick’s Day: Fun Jell-O Shot Idea


It’s that time of the year again! Every March 17th, millions of people gather to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick. Drinking Irish beer and Irish whiskey, wearing green, attending parades, all while sporting shamrocks and Irish flags are well-beloved traditions for celebrating the luck of the Irish.


This year, let us raise a special shot in honor of Ireland’s most beloved patron saint!


Who doesn’t love a Jell-O shot? The simple ingredients, festive colors, and seemingly limitless great-tasting recipes make them an exciting addition to any party. Although Jell-O shots are commonly made with vodka, for this occasion we suggest going all out with an Irish whiskey.


To get started, you will need:


  • One large box (6 oz.) of Jell-O
  • Two cups of boiling water
  • One and a half cups of cold water
  • Half cup Irish whiskey
  • Shot glasses, disposable cups, or a baking pan


Once you’ve gathered your items, follow these simple steps:


  • Pour the Jell-O powder into a bowl.
  • Add the boiling water to the bowl, using a whisk or spoon to stir.
  • Once the Jell-O is dissolved, add the cold water and Irish whiskey.
  • Pour the mixture into the shot glasses, disposable cups, or baking pan.
  • Chill the Jell-O shots in the refrigerator until the mixture is firm, which usually takes at least 2 hours.
  • If you used a baking pan, you can cut them to size and serve.


For some decorative flair, you can use a St. Patrick’s Day candy mold with shamrocks or pots of gold. If you’re using shot glasses or cups, you can top your Jell-O shots by adding rainbow-shaped candy. Take it a step further and put a whipped cream cloud and gold sprinkles for a mini pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!


Another great festive beverage is an Irish Slammer. This popular drink can easily be made at home with three ingredients: ¾-ounce Irish whiskey, ½-pint Guinness Stout, and ¾-ounce Irish cream liqueur. To make an Irish Slammer, pour the Irish cream and Irish whiskey into the shot glass. Next, fill a pint glass halfway with Guinness and wait for the foam to settle. Once you’re ready to start drinking, drop the whole shot glass into the pint! That’s right, drop the shot glass completely into the larger glass and slam/drink it as fast as you can.


A word of caution: the cream hitting the acidity of the beer will cause an interaction, and the cream will curdle if this drink sits for too long. Even after a minute, the Irish cream will begin to curdle and create an unappetizing texture. As always, drink responsibly, but be sure to drink this one fast.


The most popular Irish Whiskey for the Slammer is Jameson. However, Kilbeggan and Bushmills come highly recommended, too.


Make the most out of this Saint Patrick’s Day with an Irish-inspired shot. Stock up ahead of time by using our online order form, and stop by Payless Liquors to pick up your order.