Irish Flag Shot Recipe
on Mar 17, 2023, Updated Apr 13, 2023
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This Irish flag shot recipe is a layered shot made with vodka, lime and orange gelatin, and condensed milk. Perfect St. Paddy’s Day treat for adults.
Elevate your St. Patrick’s Day fun with this Irish flag jello shots recipe with sweet and citrusy flavors that all work together.
This Irish Flag Shot Recipe Is…
- Made in a tall shot glass so you can see layers
- Colors of the Irish flag
- Great for St. Patrick’s Day party
- Party approved
- Can be made non-alcoholic for kids
Ingredients You Will Need
- Lime gelatin: The lime gelatin is used to provide a citrusy, tart flavor to the shots. It is dissolved in hot water and mixed with other ingredients to create the first layer.
- Sweetened condensed milk: The sweetened condensed milk adds a creamy, sweet flavor to the shots. It’s used to balance the tartness of the lime and provide a smooth texture.
- Orange gelatin: The orange adds a sweet and fruity flavor to the shots and represents the top layer of the flag.
- Knox unflavored gelatin: The unflavored gelatin is used to help the sweetened condensed milk set and maintain its shape.
- Water: The water is used to dissolve the jello and unflavored gelatin.
- Vodka: The vodka adds a grown up kick to the shots with equal amounts in each layer.
- Whipped cream: Top the shots with whipped cream for a little extra sweetness. This is an optional topping that can be adjusted to personal preference.
- Sprinkles: Green and orange sprinkles are used to decorate the shots and add a pop of color.
- Plastic shot cups: The plastic shot cups are used to hold the mixture and create individual servings. The 3 oz. size is perfect for creating small, bite-sized shots that are easy to consume.
How To Make
In a medium saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to a boil.
Remove from heat and whisk in 1 package of green jello until completely dissolved. Add 1/2 cup of cold water and 1/2 cup of vodka, and stir to combine.
Pour the green jello mixture evenly between 3 oz. plastic shot cups, filling each cup about 1/3 full.
Place the cups in the refrigerator to chill for 2 hours.
For the next layer, in a medium saucepan, whisk together 1 cup of water and 1 envelope of unflavored gelatin.
Heat the mixture to just barely boiling, then remove from heat and stir in 1 can of sweetened condensed milk and 1 cup of vodka until fully combined. Allow the mixture to cool completely.
Once the mixture has cooled, add it to the shot cups on top of the chilled green jello, filling each cup about 2/3 of the way full.
Make sure to leave equal room in each cup for the final layer. If you have any extra sweetened condensed milk mixture, you can discard it.
Move the cups back to the refrigerator to chill for another 2 hours.
For the final layer, bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Remove from heat and whisk in 1 package of orange jello until completely dissolved.
Add 1/2 cup of cold water and 1/2 cup of vodka, and stir to combine. Allow the orange jello mixture to cool completely.
Once the orange jello is cool, fill each shot cup the rest of the way with the orange mixture.
Place the cups back in the refrigerator to chill for 2 more hours, or until ready to serve.
Before serving, top each shot with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle with green and orange sprinkles to decorate.
Enjoy your colorful and delicious layered jello shots!
Variations To Recipe
- Use Irish cream liqueur for the green layer of the Jello shot, or even an Irish Whiskey for a more traditional flavor.
- You can use smaller shot glasses but the layers will be smaller.
- If you want to make it non-alcoholic just leave out the vodka in the layers of this recipe. It makes a fun way to create a kid-friendly treat.
Tips and Hints
- It is important for each layer of jello to have time to set in the fridge before adding the next layer. This will keep the layers clean and separate to resemble the stripes of the flag.
- Make sure gelatin is fully dissolved before adding the cold liquid. Otherwise it will not set properly.
- If you have a muffin tin, it’s a great way to keep the shots separated during prep and also when transferring them to and from the fridge. Otherwise, a cookie sheet will also work.
Jello shots can be stored in a covered dish in the fridge for up to 4-5 days.
It is best to consume within the first 1-2 days of being made for best texture and flavor.
Can you freeze jello shots?
It is not recommended to freeze Jell-O shots. When it is frozen and then thawed, the gelatin can become watery and lose its firmness. Additionally, the alcohol content in jello shots can lower the freezing temperature and alter the freezing process, making it difficult to achieve a consistent texture.
How much alcohol can you put in Jello shots?
The amount of alcohol you can put in Jello shots depends on the recipe and the strength of the alcohol being used. Generally, Jello shot recipes call for 1 to 2 cups of alcohol per batch, which is just enough while allowing the Jello to set properly.
Do Jello shots get you drunk?
Yes, alcoholic shots can get you drunk, especially if they contain a significant amount of alcohol. Jell-O shots are typically made with alcohol and gelatin, which masks the taste of the alcohol, making it easier to consume a large amount of alcohol in a short amount of time.
The amount of alcohol in shots can vary depending on the recipe and the size of the shots, but generally, they contain about 1 to 2 ounces of alcohol per serving. This is roughly equivalent to the amount of alcohol in a standard shot of liquor. Please consume responsibly.
Print the Recipe
Irish Flag Shots
- 14 3oz plastic cups
- 3 oz lime gelatin
- 12 oz sweetened condensed milk
- 3 oz orange gelatin
- 1 package unflavored gelatin
- 4 cups water, divided
- 1 ½ cups vodka, divided
- Whipped cream for topping
- Green and orange sprinkles for topping
- In a medium saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Remove from the heat and whisk in green gelatin mix, stirring until dissolved. Pour ½ cup cold water and ½ cup vodka into the pan and stir to combine.
- Pour the green Jello mixture evenly between fourteen 3 oz. cups, filling them about ⅓ full. If you have a muffin tin, this is a great way to keep the cups steady.
- Move the cups to the refrigerator to chill for 2 hours.
- For the next layer, whisk together 1 cup water and 1 envelope of knox gelatin in a medium saucepan. Heat to barely a boil and remove from the heat. Pour in sweetened condensed milk and vodka and stir to combine. Allow the mixture to cool completely.
- Once the mixture has cooled, add it to your shot cups on top of the green Jell-O that is now set. Fill each cup ⅔ of the way full, leaving equal room for the last layer. You may have extra of the sweetened condensed milk mixture, which you can discard.
- Move the cups back to the refrigerator to chill for another 2 hours.
- For the last layer, bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Remove from the heat and whisk in orange jello, until dissolved. Add ½ cup cold water and ½ cup vodka, and stir to combine. Allow the orange jello mixture to cool completely.
- Once jello is cool, fill your shot cups the remainder of the way with orange jello.
- Move the cups back to the refrigerator to chill for 2 more hours, or until set and ready to serve.
- Before serving, top with whipped cream and orange and green sprinkles. Enjoy!
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.