Naughty or nice? Santa doesn't have to think twice about these Cranberry Jello Shots!
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Naughty or nice? Santa doesn’t have to think twice about these Cranberry Jello Shots!

Jello Shots for Christmas? Sure! These merry berry flavorful Cranberry Jello Shots will be a hit at your next holiday party. The tart yet the sweet taste is sure to please your guests. You can even decorate them with sugar-coated cranberries for an additional holiday treat.

Naughty or nice? Santa doesn't have to think twice about these Cranberry Jello Shots!
Naughty or nice? Santa doesn’t have to think twice about these Cranberry Jello Shots!

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Ingredients you’ll need to make these Cranberry Jello Shots

Cranberry Jello Shots Ingredients
Cranberry Jello Shots Ingredients
  1. Cranberry Vodka
  2. Gelatine
  3. Sweetened Condensed Milk
  4. Cranberry Juice
  5. Gel Food Color

Veil & Pinnacle Vodkas are good, reasonably priced ‘flavored’ Vodkas. You’ll need one 750 ml cranberry-flavored Vodka.

Gel food color in Crimson works best. These incredible Jello Shots don’t use any Jello but are made with gelatin. Gelatin gives them a solid color if adding gel food color.

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Bar and Kitchen Tools

Jello-Shot Cups
Jello-Shot Cups

To make your Jello Shots, you’ll need Jello Shot cups. Click here to learn the differences between the 3 different styles of Jello Shot cups. I use the squeezable Jello Shot cups, the flat round Jello Shot cups above, and the square Jello Shot cups.

Large Spouted Mixing Bowl
Large Spouted Mixing Bowl

The second most important item is a large mouth mixing bowl with a spout. The largemouth mixing bowl with a spout makes it easy to pour the liquid into the Jello Shot cups. I have seen ‘tools’ on Amazon that assist you with filling your Jello Shot cups, but the bowl with the spout works well. Of course, you may have a few drips here and there, but I need more to invest in a gadget.

How to make Cranberry Jello Shots

Naughty or nice? Santa doesn't have to think twice about these Cranberry Jello Shots!
Naughty or nice? Santa doesn’t have to think twice about these Cranberry Jello Shots!

Place 16 Jello Shot cups on a baking sheet.

Gelatin can be tricky to work with the first time you use it in a recipe. Pour the Cranberry Vodka into the spouted mixing bowl, and sprinkle the gelatin on top. The secret is to ‘slowly’ sprinkle the gelatin on top of the liquid. If you see the gelatin clump up, you spread it too quickly.

Let the gelatin mixture sit for 5 minutes. This seems like the most prolonged process in this recipe. If you do have some dry patches, don’t worry. These Jello Shots will taste so good nobody will care that some gelatin didn’t dissolve.

Gelatin soaking in Vodka
Gelatin soaking in Vodka

In the meantime, bring the cranberry juice to a boil.

Add the cranberry juice and crimson gel food color to a measuring cup. Stir until the gel food color is dissolved. Pour the cranberry juice mixture into the gelatin mixture and stir for 3 minutes. Add the sweetened condensed milk and stir until combined well. Slowly pour the mixture into your Jello Shot cups and refrigerate for 2 hours before placing the lids on the Jello Shot cups.

You can make these Jello Shots 2 days in advance and refrigerate them until ready to serve.

Naughty or nice? Santa doesn't have to think twice about these Cranberry Jello Shots!
Naughty or nice? Santa doesn’t have to think twice about these Cranberry Jello Shots!

Santa loves Jello Shots too! And what better to serve at your party than these holiday-colored, cranberry-flavored Vodka Jello Shots. These Jello Shots can be served ‘as is’ or with sugar-covered cranberries. Either way, these Jello Shots are sure to be crowd-pleasers.

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Naughty or nice? Santa doesn't have to think twice about these Cranberry Jello Shots!

Cranberry Jello Shots

Jello Shots for Christmas? Sure! These merry berry flavorful Cranberry Jello Shots will be a hit at your next holiday party.
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Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 16 Jello-Shots

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/4 Cup Cranberry Vodka
  • 2 Envelopes gelatin There are 4 envelopes in 1 box of Knox Gelatine
  • 1 1/4 Cup Cranberry juice
  • 1/4 Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 Tsp Crimson Gel Food Coloring

Instructions
 

  • Place 16 – 2 oz Jello-Shot cups on a cookie sheet
  • Pour the Cranberry Vodka into a large spouted mixing bowl
  • Slowly sprinkle gelatin on top of the Vodka making sure to sprinkle it evenly across the top of the liquid
  • Let the gelatin absorb the liquid for 5 minutes
  • In the meantime, bring the cranberry juice to a boil
  • Add the crimson gel food coloring to the cranberry juice and stir well
  • Pour the cranberry juice and gel food color mixture into the Gelatin mixture
  • Stir until the Gelatin is dissolved, at least 3 minutes
  • Now add the sweetened condensed milk and stir well until it is combined
  • Carefully pour the Jello Shot mixture into the Jello Shot cups
  • Refrigerate at least 2 hours before placing the cap on the Jello Shot cups
  • Serve Chilled. Can be made 2 days in advance

Notes

Gelatin can be tricky to work with the first time you use it in a recipe. The secret is to ‘slowly‘ sprinkle the gelatin on top of the liquid. If you see it is clumping up, you are sprinkling too quickly. If you have some dry patches, don’t worry; ensure your cranberry juice is boiling before adding it to the gelatin mixture and stir until the clumps are dissolved. 
These “not really” Jello-Shots taste so good that nobody will care that some gelatin didn’t dissolve.
Keyword Christmas, Cranberry, Cranberry Vodka, Happy Hour, Holiday, Jello Shot, Party, Vodka
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