Cherry Limeade Jello Shots

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Cherry limeade jello shots are the ultimate boozy, fruity treat for your summer party or pool party. The bright red jello shots are packed with cherry limeade flavor and are easy to make with cherry limeade vodka, a box of cherry jello, and limeade.

Cherry limeade jello shots topped with fresh lime wheel and maraschino cherry.

If you’re a fan of deliciously fruity and boozy shot recipes, my watermelon jello shots and strawberry jello shots are must-tries as well. Like their cherry-lime counterpart, the fruity, tasty alcohol shots are perfect for summer parties.

Cherry Limeade Jello Shots made with red jello and garnished with lime and maraschino cherries. Fresh limes, shots covered with lids, and a bottle of SVEDKA cherry limeade vodka are in the background.

Why You’ll Love This Cherry Limeade Jello Shots Recipe

  • Quick & Easy: The easy jello shot recipe comes together with just 15 minutes of prep.
  • Irresistible Flavor: A boozy treat that combines tangy lime and sweet cherry, these vodka jello shots are sure to be a hit at your next party.
  • Perfect for Parites: Whether it’s a casual backyard 4th of July party or a fancy New Year’s Eve party, these boozy shots are always a crowd-pleaser.
  • Easy Clean-Up: The tasty treats are served in disposable plastic jello shot cups for easy clean-up.

Ingredients

This section includes ingredient notes and substitution options. Get all measurements, ingredients, and instructions in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.

Svedka cherry limeade vodka, simply limeade, jar of maraschino cherries, box of cherry jello, and fresh limes.
  • Cherry Jello Mix: A 6-ounce box or two 3-ounce boxes of cherry jello. Next time I want to try the recipe with half cherry jello and half lime jello.
  • Cherry Limeade Vodka: We used Svedka Cherry Limeade Vodka. If you can’t get your hands on a bottle you can use Pinnacle Cherry Vodka or regular vodka. Just replace a bit of the cold water with fresh lime juice to give the shots a similar lime and cherry flavor.
  • Limeade: We used Simply Limeade but you could also make homemade limeade from fresh lime juice if you prefer.
  • Water: You will need 3 cups of water: 2 cups boiling water and 1 cup of cold water.
  • Garnish: Top the jelly shots with a Maraschino cherry & lime wheel for a pop of color. A lime wedge lime zest could be used as well. Or top with whipped cream for a sweet touch.

Equipment

How to Make Cherry Lime Vodka Jello Shots

This section shows you how to make the recipe with step-by-step photos and instructions. For the full printable recipe, see the recipe card below. 

4 image collage of jello mix being added to bowl, vodka being added, limeade being added, and then the red jello mixture being poured into dmall plastic cups on a sheet pan.
  1. Dissolve cherry jello in boiling water by whisking for 2-3 minutes. Stir in cold water, limeade, and vodka.
  2. Pour into shot cups and refrigerate until set (about 2 hours).
  3. Top with lime slices and cherries before serving.

Tip

Place jello shot cups in a shallow pan, muffin tin, or on a rimmed sheet pan for easy transport.

Storage

Store covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Wait until just before serving to garnish.

Tips for the Best Cherry Limeade Jello Shots

  • Measure Precisely: For the perfect consistency, measure your ingredients exactly. Too much liquid can prevent the jello from setting properly, while too little may result in a too-firm texture.
  • Let Set Completely: Patience is key! Ensure your jello shots have fully set by chilling them for at least 4 hours, though overnight is best. I like to make them the night before so that they are sure to be ready by the next day.
  • Garnish Creatively: For an extra festive touch for summer parties consider adding a cocktail umbrella to each shot.
Cherry limeade jello shots made with vodka and topped with lime and cherry.

Vodka Jello Shot FAQ

What is the best liquor to make jello shots?

The best liquor to make jello shots would be one that complements the flavors you want to incorporate. Popular choices include vodka, rum, and tequila, but ultimately it depends on your personal preference and the flavors you want to achieve.

How long does it take Jello shots to set?

Jello shots typically take about 2 to 4 hours to set completely in the refrigerator. However, the exact time can depend on the size of the shots and the temperature of your fridge. For best results let them set overnight, that way they are fully firm ready to enjoy the next day.

Do jello shots get stronger the longer they sit?

While the alcohol in jello shots doesn’t change, they do taste more potent the longer they sit, as the flavors and alcohol have more time to infuse into the gelatin.

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Cherry limeade jello shots made with vodka and topped with lime and cherry.
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5 from 1 vote

Cherry Limeade Jello Shots

Author: Jaclyn
Prep: 15 minutes
2 hours
Total: 2 hours 15 minutes
Cherry limeade jello shots are the ultimate boozy, fruity treat for your summer party or pool party. The bright red jello shots are packed with cherry limeade flavor and are easy to make with cherry limeade vodka, a box of cherry jello, and limeade.

Ingredients
 

  • 6 ounce cherry jello mix
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup cold water
  • ½ cup limeade
  • ½ cup Svedka Cherry Limeade Vodka
  • lime wheel for garnish
  • maraschino cherries for garnish

Instructions

  • Arrange jello shot cups in a shallow baking pan.
  • Add cherry jello mix to a medium mixing bowl. Add boiling water, and whisk for 2-3 minutes, or until Jello is fully dissolved.
  • Stir in 1 cup cold water, ½ cup Limeade, and ½ cup vodka.
  • Pour the jello mixture evenly into the plastic cups.
  • Chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours, or until fully set (I let chill overnight).
  • Garnish with fresh lime slices and maraschino cherries before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 708kcal | Carbohydrates: 169g | Protein: 13g | Sodium: 836mg | Potassium: 12mg | Sugar: 160g | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.2mg
Cherry limeade jello shots made with vodka and topped with lime and cherry.

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