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Apple pie jello shots taste just like old fashioned apple pie, but this is the drinkable version! They’re flavoured with cinnamon whiskey and topped with whipped cream and apple pie spice. Apple pie whiskey jello shots are simple to prepare and you can make as many of these as you want, ahead of time, for any gathering or party. If you like apples and cinnamon, then you’re going to love these apple cinnamon shooters!

An apple pie jello shot made with apple cider.

These delicious little apple jello shots are made with apple cider, cinnamon whiskey, apple whiskey, and some vanilla and lemon to add even more autumnal flavour. The whipped cream and apple pie spice topping finishes the apple pie shots off beautifully.

If you love these shots, you might also like to try a rainbow sherbet mimosa or what about these maple apple whiskey sours? And garlic puff pastry twists make a great crispy snack with shots or cocktails.

Top view of an apple cider jello shot with leaf shaped pasty garnish.

Why You’ll Love Them

Full of flavour: If you want a drinkable version of delicious apple pie, apple pie jello shots should appeal to your palate. Fall flavours of apples, cinnamon and whiskey are featured, along with hints of lemon and vanilla for the perfect flavour balance.
Easy to make: As long as you have all the ingredients and shot glasses ready, you can rustle these up in a matter of minutes, and they’re a great option if you want something you can prepare ahead of time.
Ideal for special occasions: These aren’t the kind of treats you make or enjoy on a daily basis, but they’re perfect if you’re planning a special event such as a birthday party or Christmas party. Apple pie jello shots are a nice recipe for the fall or winter because of the flavours but they’re tasty enough to make any time!

Several apple jello shots.

Apple Pie Jello Shots Ingredients

You are going to need apple cider, unflavored gelatin (Knox gelatin works great), apple whiskey, cinnamon whiskey, lemon juice, and vanilla to make these. Fireball cinnamon whiskey and Crown Royal apple whisky are good brands, but you can use any.

Ingredients to make an apple cider whiskey jello shot recipe.

The optional (but recommended) toppings are whipped cream, pie crust cutouts, and some pie spice or a pinch of cinnamon. You also need jello shot cups for these jello shots.

Jello shots on a cutting board.

How to Make Autumn Jello Shots

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Combine the apple cider and gelatin: Sprinkle the unflavored gelatin over the apple cider in a pan and leave for a few minutes, then heat it up and whisk until the gelatin has dissolved.
Add the other ingredients: Now stir in both types of whiskey, along with the lemon juice and vanilla extract, and put the gelatin mixture in a measuring cup.
Pour the shooters: Divide the jello mixture between 2-ounce shot glasses (here) and chill for several hours until set.
Finish them off: Add the optional garnishes, if liked, before serving – whipped cream, pie crust cutouts and apple pie spice, or your preferred finishing touches.

Making apple pie jello shots.
An apple cider jello shot with leaf shaped pasty garnish.

Substitutions and Variations

Choose unfiltered apple cider for a richer apple flavour and deeper colour. The gelatin and flavoured whiskies can be any brand you like. The toppings are all optional but the whipped cream and garnishes do look pretty so they’re worth adding.

Apple jello shots on a bottle of whiskey.

You can also change them up, swapping the pie crust decorations for caramel sauce, or subbing green apple vodka for the whiskey or even trying apple flavored jello for more of an apple flavor if you don’t mind the extra sweetness.

A jello shot made with apple cider.

How to Serve Apple Cider Jello Shots

These are great for any kind of party or event, especially since they can be prepared ahead of time. Offer them as an aperitif, perhaps with some finger food or your favourite easy appetizers.

Fall jello shots on a cutting board.

How to Store Apple Whiskey Jello Shots

Store: As with most gelatin powder based recipes, this one can be prepared ahead. Make your apple pie jello shots up to 3 days ahead and keep them covered in the refrigerator, but don’t add the whipped cream topping until you’re ready to serve them.
Freeze: Apple pie jello shots tend to separate if frozen and thawed, so either make them ahead and then add the cream topping just before your guests arrive, or make the drinks fresh when they do.

Autumn jello shots made with apple cider.

Apple Jello Shots FAQs

Why do you have to let the gelatin sit in the apple cider?

This process is called “blooming” and it allows the gelatin to soak into the apple cider evenly instead of getting clumpy, so make sure you let it sit for a while before gently warming it up. If you don’t, your jello shot recipe will come out lumpy!

What type of apple cider works best in apple pie jello shots?

Unfiltered apple cider is perfect for making these because it looks and tastes gorgeous. Apple juice isn’t as good because it’s usually made with an apple juice concentrate and has the apple solid “bits” filtered out, making it much less apple pie-like.

What is a pie crust cutout?

This optional garnish looks pretty on the finished apple pie jello shots. You can use mini cookie cutters and canned Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust to make little ones which you can then bake. You can also use a different garnish for jello shot recipes if you prefer.

Thanksgiving apple jello shots.

Apple Pie Jello Shots Recipe

5 from 29 votes

Apple Pie Jello Shots

By: Bella Bucchiotti
These delicious little apple jello shots are made with apple cider, cinnamon whiskey, apple whiskey, and some vanilla and lemon.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Cool Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 1 Cup apple cider, unfiltered, at room-temperature or chilled. I used Riveridge Honeycrisp Blend Apple Cider
  • 1 Envelope gelatin, unflavored, I used Knox gelatine
  • ½ Cup whiskey, apple-flavoured, I used Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Apple
  • ¼ Cup whiskey, cinnamon-flavoured, I used Fireball Cinnamon Whisky
  • 1 Teaspoon lemon juice, freshly-squeezed
  • ½ Teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional Garnishes

  • whipped cream
  • pie crust cut-outs
  • apple pie spice or cinnamon


  • Pour unfiltered apple cider into a small saucepan. Sprinkle unflavored gelatin evenly over top of the cider. Allow the gelatin to “bloom” for 5 minutes.**
  • Warm apple cider over medium heat for about 5 minutes, whisking until gelatin is completely dissolved. Do not boil. Remove from heat.
  • Stir in apple-flavored whiskey, cinnamon whiskey, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. Transfer into a heat-proof container with a spout, such as a glass measuring cup, for easy pouring.
  • Pour gelatin mixture into disposable 2-ounce shot glasses. Refrigerate for 4 hours, or until set. Top with whipped cream, pie crust cut-outs, and apple pie spice, if desired.


** “Blooming” your gelatin, allows the liquid to soak into the granules evenly, giving you a smooth texture. Mixing gelatin directly into heated liquids can lead to solid gelatin clumps in your final product.


Calories: 97kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.002g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 0.4IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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Apple pie whiskey jello shots always get the party started on the right note! These wonderful jello shots are made with apple cider, apple whiskey and cinnamon whiskey, and vanilla and lemon flavors, and they have a fluffy whipped cream topping. If you love apple pie, you must try these!

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Bella Bucchiotti

Bella Bucchiotti is a Canadian-based syndicated food, travel, and lifestyle writer, photographer, and creator at xoxoBella. She founded xoxoBella in 2015, where she shares her love for food, dogs, sustainability, fitness, crafts, outdoor adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage others to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. Bella creates stress-free and family-friendly recipes for weeknight dinners and festive feasts.


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