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These strawberry jello shots are the perfect boozy bites for a hot day. Their sweet, tangy flavor tastes great and they’re a fun, colorful addition to any outdoor event, especially summer gatherings and backyard barbecues!

A strawberry lemon jello shot in a clear glass on a table. The shooter has whipped cream on top, plus a strawberry slice and a lemon slice. There is also a short pink striped straw in the red jello shot.

Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, a pool party, or just having some friends over, these lemonade shots are guaranteed to be a hit. These strawberry jello shots are the perfect blend of sweet and tangy.

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A strawberry lemon jello shot in a clear glass on a table. The shooter has whipped cream on top, plus a strawberry slice and a lemon slice. There is also a short pink striped straw in the red jello shot. There is fruit in the foreground and other shooters in the background.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Quick and Easy: It only takes 10 minutes to prepare these strawberry lemonade jello shots – the hard part is waiting for them to set in the fridge!
Refreshing: With the zesty kick of fresh lemons alongside the sweet strawberry flavor, these lemonade shooters are a real thirst-quencher.
Fun and Festive: Whether you’re garnishing them with whipped cream and rainbow sprinkles or serving them in hollowed-out strawberries, these shots are a colorful addition to any party that’s sure to be a hit. 

3 strawberry lemon jello shots on a table. The shooters have whipped cream on top, plus a strawberry slice, straw and a lemon slice.

Pink Lemonade Jello Shots Recipe Ingredients

A Complete list of ingredients and amounts can be found in the recipe card below.

Strawberry Jello: The star of the recipe, the jello adds a sweet, fruity flavor.
You can use strawberry-flavored gelatin or any red flavor you like such as raspberry or cherry.
Vodka: This is what gives the shots their “kick”. I used plain vodka but you could use flavored vodka if you prefer, something like whipped cream or lemon-flavored vodka would be delicious.
Lemonade: To add a refreshing, tangy contrast to the sweet jello and a hint of summer flavor. You could also use limeade if you prefer.
Lemon extract: More used to up the lemon flavor, this is optional but I think it adds a nice touch.
Garnishes: Optional garnishes include whipped cream, lemon, and strawberry slices.

The ingredients to make strawberry lemonade vodka jello shots laying on a table with a light blue cloth.
3 strawberry jello shots with lemonade on a table. The shooters have whipped cream on top, plus a strawberry slice, straw and a lemon slice.

How to Make Strawberry Jello Shots

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

Prepare the Jello Mixture: In a small bowl, whisk together the boiling water and jello until the jello crystals have completely dissolved.
Add Other Ingredients: Then stir in the chilled vodka, cold lemonade, and lemon extract and whisk until everything is combined.
Chill: Pour the jello mixture into shot glasses and refrigerate until set, which will take about 4 hours.
Add Garnishes and Serve: Top the shots with whipped cream and a slice of lemon and strawberry if desired, then serve and enjoy your boozy strawberry jello treats!

A strawberry lemon jello shot in a clear glass on a table. The shooter has whipped cream on top, plus a strawberry slice and a lemon slice. There is also a short pink striped straw in the red jello shot.
3 strawberry lemon jello shots on a table. The shooters have whipped cream on top, plus a strawberry slice, straw and a lemon slice.

Substitutions and Variations

Other Types of Vodka: Omit the strawberry slices and use a clear, whipped cream-flavored vodka instead of plain vodka for a fun, different version
Different Liquor: If you’re not a fan of vodka, you can easily substitute it with rum or tequila for a different twist.
Different Jello Flavor: Try this recipe with a different flavor of jello, such as raspberry or lime, to change things up.
Healthier Option: Use sugar-free jello and sugar-free lemonade for a lower-calorie, lower-sugar version of this treat.

3 strawberry lemon jello shots on a table. The shooters have whipped cream on top, plus a strawberry slice, straw and a lemon slice.
Overhead image of a strawberry jello shooters.

Serving Suggestions

Appetizers: These are more of a party treat but if you’re having a barbecue or something similar, you might want to start with them along with some delicious appetizers. You’ll love these crispy stacked potatoes!
Barbecue Dishes: Any of your favorite outdoor grilled or smoked dishes would work great with these shots. These baby back ribs and mesquite smoked dry rub brisket are great options.
Other Shots: Looking to add some variety? Try these rainbow pot o’gold shotspineapple upside down cake shots, or cherries and cream layered shots.

Overhead image of a strawberry lemonade vodka jello shooters.
3 strawberry jello shots on a table. The shooters have whipped cream on top, plus a strawberry slice, straw and a lemon slice.

How to Store Strawberry Lemonade Jello Shots

Store: Keep these jello shots stored in the refrigerator. They’re best served cold, and they’ll also maintain their texture and flavor better when chilled.
Freeze: Unfortunately, freezing jello shots is not recommended. Freezing can alter the texture of the jello, making it watery upon thawing which isn’t ideal for this kind of treat.

3 red strawberry lemonade jello shots on a table. The shooters have whipped cream on top, plus a strawberry slice, straw and a lemon slice.

Top Tips

Use Boiling Water: To make sure that the strawberry gelatin dissolves completely, use water that is boiling. This will guarantee that your jello shots have a smooth and even texture.
Chill Your Vodka: Before adding your vodka to the jello mixture, make sure it’s well-chilled. This not only helps to give your jello shots a refreshing, cold kick but also helps the jello to set faster.
Prepare in Advance: Remember that jello takes time to set, even in small shot glasses. Make sure to prepare these strawberry jello shots at least 4 hours before you plan to serve them. They will take at least 3 hours to fully set. I place the shots on a baking sheet or in a muffin tin to keep stationary until set.

Overhead image of a strawberry jello shot.

Pink Lemonade Jello Shots FAQs

Can you use a different flavor of jello?

Yes, you can! Feel free to experiment with different jello flavors to suit your preferences or the theme of your party. Just keep in mind that some flavors might pair better with certain types of liquor.

Can I use lemon vodka instead of plain vodka?

Absolutely! Using lemon vodka can give your strawberry jello shots an extra burst of lemon flavor, which can be quite refreshing. Feel free to get creative with different flavored vodkas to customize your jello shots.

A homemade jello shot on a table. It is red, has whipped cream on top and garnished with a strawberry, a lemon and a straw.

Strawberry Lemonade Vodka Jello Shots Recipe

5 from 42 votes

Strawberry Jello Shots

By: Bella Bucchiotti
These strawberry jello shots are the perfect boozy bites for a hot day. Their sweet, tangy flavor tastes great and they're a fun, colorful addition to any outdoor event.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Set Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 9

Ingredients 

  • 1 Box strawberry jello, 3 Ounce box, such as Strawberry Jell-O Gelatin Dessert
  • 1 Cup water, boiling
  • ½ Cup vodka, such as Western Son Original Vodka, chilled
  • ½ Cup lemonade, cold
  • ¼ Teaspoon lemon extract
  • whipped cream, or whipped topping, for garnish, optional
  • 9 Slices lemon, for garnish, optional
  • 9 Slices strawberry, for garnish, optional

Instructions 

  • In a small, heatproof bowl (or 2-cup measuring cup), whisk together boiling water and strawberry gelatin until completely dissolved.
  • Add chilled vodka, cold lemonade, and lemon extract. Whisk until fully combined.
  • Pour prepared gelatin into 2-ounce shot glasses. Refrigerate for 4 hours, or until set.
  • Top with whipped cream, a lemon, and a strawberry slice, and insert a cut straw**, if desired.

Notes

Use Boiling Water: To make sure that the strawberry gelatin dissolves completely, use water that is boiling. This will guarantee that your jello shots have a smooth and even texture.
Chill Your Vodka: Before adding your vodka to the jello mixture, make sure it’s well-chilled. This not only helps to give your jello shots a refreshing, cold kick but also helps the jello to set faster.
Prepare in Advance: Remember that jello takes time to set, even in small shot glasses. Make sure to prepare these strawberry jello shots at least 4 hours before you plan to serve them. They will take at least 3 hours to fully set. I place the shots on a baking sheet or in a muffin tin to keep stationary until set.

Nutrition

Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 48mg | Potassium: 264mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Vitamin C: 101mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
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Strawberry jello shots served in plastic cups or shot glasses are always popular at any gathering. It’s quick and easy to rustle up a batch of these pink lemonade jello shots and they taste like a party in your mouth. Tasting just like strawberry lemonade, these are a fun party food for any kind of outdoor party or event. They are sure to be a huge hit!

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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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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    My birthday is coming up this weekend so I tried this vodka jelly for tastying. AND the recipe is saved. Is yum. My family will love it.

  2. 5 stars
    These were sooo good! Served them over the weekend when we had some friends over for game night. Will definitely make again.

  3. This was sooo cute! I made them for my birthday party, virgin for the kiddos and regular for the adults and they were a hit!

  4. 5 stars
    It had been YEARS since I had a Jello shot but these were so fun to make and quite a bit tastier than the ones from my college days! 😉

  5. 5 stars
    These were a huge hit at our neighborhood party over the weekend! I will be making these again for sure! So fun.