Mulled wine Fireball jello shots make a great Christmas cocktail and will help any holiday or Christmas party go with a swing. Mulled wine has always been a festive alcoholic beverage. This Fireball jello shot recipe takes it up another notch though, adding jello to thicken the shooters up and add a fruity flavour. They make a tasty change from the usual hot toddies and eggnog recipes.
Of all the Christmas shot recipes I’ve tried, this is definitely one of the best. Fireball cinnamon whisky with a spicy kick pairs with red wine, jello, and spices to make this holiday party drink, a sweet and spicy treat for your taste buds.
Mulled Wine Fireball Jello Shots Ingredients
Red wine and Fireball are the alcoholic ingredients in these Christmas shooters. You can use any kind of red wine, perhaps a lighter, fruity red such as Pinot Noir, and any brand of cinnamon whiskey.
Cloves, cinnamon sticks and star anise offer a spicy touch. Raspberry jello, orange juice and cranberries go into the mix too. If you have some cranberries left over, try this cranberry margarita too.
How to Make Mulled Wine Christmas Shots with Fireball
The first step in this mulled wine jello shots recipe is to put some of the red wine in a pan with the spices and cook gently for an hour. Don’t let it heat up too much or even let it simmer. Warming it up is going to coax out all the wonderful spice flavours into the wine.
After an hour add more wine to the mixture. You should have about 2/3 cup in total. Next whisk the jello powder with boiling water. Once it’s dissolved you can add the mulled wine, orange juice and Fireball whiskey to the jello mixture.
Divide the Fireball whiskey jello shots between eight 2-ounce plastic jello shot cups or shot glasses. You might even be able to get nine out of the mixture. I usually make eight and the remainder I use as my ‘quality control’ sample!
Chill the Fireball jello shot recipe until set. This should take three or four hours. Serve the wine shots garnished with cranberries, star anise pods and orange slices.
Tweaks and Variations
Feel free to make your Christmas shot recipes with another flavor of jello if you prefer, perhaps cherry or orange.
You can also use whatever garnish you prefer. If you only have one star anise, for instance, you can use it in the mulled wine and then just omit it from the garnish. Candied ginger makes a nice garnish too and fits in with the winter theme nicely.
And if you aren’t keen on a fiery cinnamon taste you can use half a cinnamon stick and switch the Fireball cinnamon whiskey for a regular whiskey or bourbon. Honey whiskey would also be delicious here if you aren’t a fan of the taste of Fireball. Another fun drink to try would be this Santa’s hat cocktail which is made with rum.
Mulled Wine History
Mulled wine is made with red wine and a dash of dark liquor such as whiskey or brandy. Orange slices, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and star anise are often added to the recipe.
This festive drink dates all the way back to the second century and was created by Romans who warmed their wine to protect them from the chilly winter weather. Since the Romans conquered a large part of Europe, their mulled wine recipe spread across several regions.
Fireball Shots FAQs
Like many Christmas shot recipes, these will be good for several days if you cover them with plastic wrap and refrigerate them. Don’t add the garnish until serving though.
You can take your pick. The only thing to bear in mind is if you use orange jello the resulting spiced and spiked jello shots won’t be a festive dark red colour. They will come out more of a muddy colour. That’s easily remedied by adding a few drops of red food colouring. Else try cherry, raspberry or whatever jello flavour you prefer.
Mulled Wine Fireball Jello Shots Recipe
Mulled Wine Fireball Jello Shots
- ¾ Cup red wine I used Bread and Butter Pinot Noir
- 1/3 Cup red wine divided, I used Bread and Butter Pinot Noir
- 5 cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 Pod star anise plus extra for garnish
- 1 Box gelatin 3 ounce box, raspberry-flavoured gelatin, such as Raspberry Jell-O Gelatin Dessert
- ¾ Cup water boiling
- ¼ Cup orange juice pulp-free, chilled
- ¼ Cup whiskey cinnamon, such as Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, chilled
- 25 cranberries whole, for garnish
- 9 Slices orange quartered, for garnish
- In a small saucepan, heat ¾ cup red wine, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and star anise pod for one hour on low. Do not allow wine to simmer. Remove from heat. Strain out cloves, cinnamon sticks, and star anise. *The wine reduces pretty significantly. You should have about ⅓ cup left of the liquid but it’s fine if you have a bit more or less. Top off the mulled wine with enough fresh wine to make a total of ⅔ cup. Set aside.
- In a small, heatproof bowl, whisk together boiling water and raspberry gelatin until completely dissolved. Add mulled wine, orange juice, and cinnamon whiskey. Whisk until combined.
- Pour prepared mulled wine gelatin into 2 ounce shot glasses. Refrigerate for 4 hours, or until set. Top with whole cranberries, orange slices, and a star anise pod, if desired.
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Mulled wine Fireball jello shots are perfect for Christmas. We know that mulled wine by itself is always good but it’s far easier to bring a platter of jello shots covered in plastic wrap to a party. And who doesn’t love jello shots, especially when they have a delicious cinnamon flavor. These Fireball Christmas shots are one of those jello shot recipes that are a natural party starters and sure to be a party favorite.
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