Sparkling, bubbly, and oh-so-fun, these fruity champagne jello shots are the perfect drinks to serve your guests at your New Year's Eve party, for Valentine's Day, a bridal shower, or a special brunch.
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Cocktails don't always have to be served in a glass and champagne doesn't always have to be served in a flute. These fun little jello shots are just as tasty as a glass of champagne but party-ready days before the actual party! Plus, your guests will love these tasty little cocktails too.
Why You'll Love These Champagne Jello Shots
This champagne jello shots recipe is a quick and easy way to prepare party drinks a day before the party. Just seal them with the lids and keep them in the fridge for up to a day. Plus, the lemon juice enhances the citrus flavors in these sparkling jello shots.
You'll also love how easy these jello shots are to customize. If you don't like champagne, use any kind of sparkling wine. You can even make them non-alcoholic.
- Champagne or other sparkling wine
- Granulated sugar
- Lemon juice
- Unflavored gelatin
- Ginger ale
- Edible glitter, crystallized sugar, or star sprinkle
Best Champagne for Jello Shots
Save your expensive champagne for drinking and use a bottle of good-quality champagne to make the shots. Chandon, Mumm, and Piper-Heidsieck are great choices.
You can also use sparkling wine, Cava, Prosecco, and sparkling Rosé to make jello shots.
How to Make Champagne Jello Shots
If you are wondering "how do you make jello shots?", well, it's really easy to do! Here are the simple steps for making jello shots with champagne:
- In a medium saucepan, combine the champagne, granulated sugar, and lemon juice. Sprinkle the gelatin on top of the mixture, but DO NOT MIX. Allow it to bloom for 3 minutes then heat over medium-low, stirring until the gelatin dissolves.
- Remove from heat and stir in the ginger ale. Wait for the fizzing to stop then pour the liquid into small plastic cups set on a cookie sheet. Snap cover on.
- Place in the refrigerator for up to 3 hours to fully set.
- Just prior to serving, sprinkle glitter or sprinkles on top.
How Long to Set Jello Shots
The length of time it takes for jello shots to be fully set depends on the size of the shot and the temperature inside your refrigerator. It can take as little as 2 hours or up to 6 hours. As a general rule, plan on it taking 4 hours.
How to Garnish
Sprinkle some edible gold sprinkles, stars, jimmies, gold leaf, or glitter on top just before serving. You can also top them with lemon zest.
- Use a measuring cup to pour the jello mixture into the cups.
- Add sprinkles or any toppings right before serving or they may dissolve into the shot.
- Champagne Jello Shots with Pop Rocks - sprinkle Pop Rocks candy on top just before serving. Do not do this in advance because the candy will get soggy and won't pop.
- Champagne Vodka Jello Shots - substitute half of the champagne with vodka.
- Fruity Champagne Jello Shots - add a blueberry, raspberry, or piece of strawberry to the cups before pouring in the jello mixture.
- Pink Champagne Jello Shot - use pink champagne and raspberry ginger ale.
- Non-Alcoholic - substitute non-alcoholic champagne, sparkling wine, or sparkling cider for champagne. This is great for kids and those abstaining from alcohol.
Cutout Jello Shots
- Coat an 8×8- or 9×9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- Pour the jello mixture into the baking dish and refrigerate for 4 hours or until set.
- Run a butter knife around the edges.
- Invert the pan onto a cutting board lined with parchment.
- Use a knife to cut out squares or use cookie cutters to make desired shapes:
- Heart shaped jello shots for Valentine's Day.
- Star, tree, or snowman shaped jello shots for Christmas.
- Cake or champagne bottle shaped for a bachelorette party.
- Decorate with festive sprinkles and serve.
Cubed and Molded Jello Shots
Pour the jello mixture into an ice cube tray to make jello shot cubes. You can also use silicone candy molds for jello shots molded into other shapes.
Another option is to use a mini muffin pan with foil liners.
How to Store
Place the shots in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
If you use a large container, put thin cardboard between the layers of shots.
Jello shots should not be frozen. Freezing destroys the chemical structure of gelatin and causes it to crystallize and expand. They will not have the proper texture and flavor when thawed.
Champagne Jello Shots
- 1 cup champagne or other sparkling wine
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin 2 envelopes
- 1 cup ginger ale
- Edible glitter crystallized sugar or star sprinkles
- Place about 20 plastic shot glasses onto a baking sheet. Set aside.
- In a medium saucepan, combine the champagne, granulated sugar, and lemon juice. Sprinkle the gelatin on top of the mixture, but DO NOT MIX. Allow it to bloom for 3 minutes.
- Heat the saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir continuously until the gelatin is fully dissolved. Do not allow it to come to a boil.
- Remove from heat. Stir in the ginger ale, allow the fizzing to stop before pouring it into plastic cups. This is easiest to do if you can use a container with a spout. Cover the containers with covers, but make sure that the liquid doesn’t touch the lid.
- Place pan in the refrigerator for up to 3 hours to fully set.
- Before serving, sprinkle glitter or sprinkles on top.