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How to Make Champagne Jello Shots

A sweet, fizzy and unexpectedly fun way to celebrate New Year’s Eve or any occasion, champagne Jello shots are a tried and true favorite around here.

Do you know how to make Jello shots? Champagne Jello shots are made very similarly to traditional Jello shots, but they’re so much tastier!

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What Are Champagne Jello Shots?

Champagne Jello shots are a festive and pretty Jello shot made with the addition of champagne. We make ours pink because, why not?!

It turns out that the history of Jellos shots dates back only to the 1950s, but it’s a history that’s rooted in fun and celebration.

Many people find that vodka or silver rum are the best alcohol to make Jello shots with, but we are standing firm that champagne makes them even better!

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Champagne Jello Shot Ingredients

Champagne Jello shots are made with very simple ingredients. That’s part of what makes them so much fun!

  • Jello – Pink champagne Jello shots are super pretty and vibrant so watermelon flavored Jello is my typical pick. Other options include cherry or strawberry. Alternately, you can choose any color or flavor that you prefer.
  • Boiling water – To make champagne Jello shots you need boiling water or water that is super hot and nearly boiling for the Jello to properly dissolve.
  • Cold water – Icy cold water is the key to helping Jello quickly cool down so it can set firmly.
  • Champagne or sparkling wine – While we don’t suggest using an expensive champagne for Jello shots, consider something dry or brut for a less sweet shooter or something sweeter for a much sweeter champagne Jello shot.
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How Long Do Jello Shots Take To Set? 

You can make Jello shots (made with vodka, rum, champagne or other spirits) well in advance if you’d like to make them the day before serving. 

To keep them, store them on a tray or stacked (with little lids) in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve them.

That said, Jello shots typically will set in as little as four hours if you want to make them the morning before a party.

To be absolutely sure they set before you plan to serve them, we suggest making them six hours or more in advance.

How to Make Champagne Jello Shots

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Step 1. Add the Jello packet to a heat safe mixing bowl or saucepan. (I like to use one that has a small spout for pouring.)

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Step 2. Slowly add hot water and stir rapidly until the Jello powder dissolves, usually 2 to 3 minutes. Be careful not to splash the hot liquid on yourself while whisking or it may burn.

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Step 3. Add the champagne or sparkling wine and whisk again until well combined.

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Step 4. Add the cold water (the colder the better) and whisk a final time until the cold water is integrated and the mixture has cooled slightly.

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Step 5. Carefully pour the Jello and champagne mixture into small glasses or shooter cups. You may prefer to use the small plastic cups with lids if you’re bringing these to a party.

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Step 6. Refrigerate until Jello is firm but jiggly – at least 4 hours but preferably 6 hours or even overnight.

Champagne Jello Shots Recipe

Our favorite champagne Jello shots recipe is pink, sweet, watermelon flavored goodness. These Jello shots fly off the tray at every party!

Remember that you can substitute any flavor or color of Jello that you prefer, but I love berry flavors with the champagne.

Berries, like strawberries or raspberries, pair well with wine and champagne so the same is true for champagne Jello shots.

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Champagne Cocktail Recipes

Beyond just champagne Jellos shots, I love a champagne cocktail generally. Something about the addition of bubbly makes everything feel more celebratory. (And I’m not just talking mimosas either!)

This St. Germain and pomegranate champagne cocktail recipe is a perfect example of an elegant, fancy champagne cocktail.

Similarly, our raspberry mango bellini recipe is perfect for toasting at brunch or for a more formal dinner.

For a completely different take on a champagne cocktail, this green tea cocktail is made with freshly brewed green tea, thinly sliced apples and pears – and bubbly of course!

Finally, we love champagne popsicles for a touch of whimsy at a summer party. They’re always a hit!