Jello Shots, Anyone? Try the slightly sweet, rich, and creamy flavor of Espresso and Cream
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Jello Shots, Anyone? Try the slightly sweet, rich, and creamy flavor of Espresso & Cream

Have you ever wondered what Espresso & Cream Vodka Martini Jello Shots taste like? Well, wonder no more; they are delicious! The slightly sweet, rich, and creamy flavor will take you back to that first cup of coffee in the morning but rev you up for an adult night out.

Jello Shots, Anyone? Try the slightly sweet, rich, and creamy flavor of Espresso and Cream
Jello Shots, Anyone? Try the slightly sweet, rich, and creamy flavor of Espresso and Cream

These Espresso & Cream Vodka Martini Jello Shots were the rage at my last party. More and more people are trying Jello Shots because they are fun to eat, great for parties and come in many flavors. Imagine espresso, Kahlua, vodka and cream. Put them together and watch the crowd get excited.

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Ingredients you’ll need to make these awesome Espresso & Cream Vodka Martini Jello Shots

Espresso & Cream Vodka Martini Jello Shots Ingredients
Espresso & Cream Vodka Martini Jello Shots Ingredients
  • Absolut Vanilia Vodka
  • Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
  • Whipped Cream Vodka
  • Simple Syrup
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Espresso Powder
  • Gelatine

To make Jello Shots that are not ‘fruit flavored,’ you have to use gelatin, not Jello. Gelatin can be tricky to work with. But the fantastic thing about gelatin is that you can make any of your favorite cocktails into a Jello Shot.

I’ve turned the Espresso Martini into a Jello Shot and added a layer of cream. These Jello Shots are absolutely delicious.

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Bar and Kitchen Tools

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 below, and the square Jello Shot cups.

Jello-Shot Cups
Jello-Shot Cups

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.

Large Spouted Mixing Bowl
Large Spouted Mixing Bowl

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 not enough for me to invest in one of those tools.

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You can’t mix a great cocktail or martini without a great shaker. I have at least a dozen shakers, but one favorite. The shaker doesn’t leak; you won’t have to hit the shaker against the sink to get the top off, and the cap will measure from 1/2 to 1.5 ounces with clearly marked labels. Measure the perfect amount every time. And it is dishwasher safe!

And don’t forget the chilled martini glass. Nothing is worse than a martini in a warm glass. Check out these 2 that I recommend. Joy Jolt set of 6 martini glasses in multi-colors and Crafthouse by Fortessa, set of 4 martini glasses. They are both dishwasher-safe. Joy Jolt is a short martini glass, great for stacking in the freezer, and the Crafthouse by Fortessa is tall and elegant. Still, finding a safe spot to lay it down in the freezer is harder.

How to make Espresso & Cream Vodka Martini Jello Shots

Espresso Layer

First, place 22 Jello Shot cups on a baking sheet. 

Then pour the Vanilla Vodka, Kahlua, espresso powder, and simple syrup into a spouted mixing bowl and sprinkle the gelatin on the top.

Gelatin can be tricky to work with the first time you use it in a recipe. If you see it clumping up, you are spreading it too quickly. The secret is to ‘slowly’ sprinkle the gelatin on top of the liquid. This step seems like the longest process in the recipe. If you do have some dry patches, don’t worry.

Gelatin
Gelatin

Let the gelatin mixture sit for 5 minutes. In the meantime, boil your water. Add the boiling water to the gelatin mixture and stir for 3 minutes.

Pour the Espresso Vodka Martini mix into the Jello Shot cups until they are 2/3 full. Put them into the refrigerator for 45 minutes.

Cream Layer

Add the Whipped Cream Vodka and cold water to a large spouted mixing bowl and mix. Slowly sprinkle the gelatin on top of the Vodka and water mixture making sure to sprinkle it evenly across the top of the liquid.

Let the gelatin absorb the liquid for 5 minutes. In the meantime, boil the water.

Add the boiling water and stir until the Gelatin is dissolved, at least 3 minutes. Now add the sweetened condensed milk and stir well. Pour the cream mixture on the top of the espresso-filled Jello Shot cups and refrigerate.

Tips

  • Chill the Jello Shots for 2 hours before putting on the Jello Shot tops. This will prevent condensation from forming on the top of the Jello Shots.
  • These Espresso & Cream Martini Jello Shots can be made 2 days in advance if covered and kept in the refrigerator, giving you time to do other things before your get together.
Jello Shots, Anyone? Try the slightly sweet, rich, and creamy flavor of Espresso and Cream
Jello Shots, Anyone? Try the slightly sweet, rich, and creamy flavor of Espresso and Cream

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Espresso & Cream Vodka Jello Shots

Espresso & Cream Vodka Martini Jello Shots

If you love Vodka Espresso Martinis and like your coffee with cream, you will love these Espresso & Cream Vodka Martini Jello Shots. They are great for parties!
5 from 5 votes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 22

Ingredients
  

Espresso & Cream Martini Jello Shots (makes 22 Jello Shots)

  • 2 Envelopes Bustello instant espresso
  • 3/4 Cup Vanilla Vodka
  • 3/4 Cup Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
  • 3 Tablespoons Simple Syrup
  • 2 Envelops Gelatin 1 box of Knox Gelatine has 4 envelopes
  • 1 Cup Boiling Water
  • 22 2 ounce Jello Shot Cups

White Jello Shots (will top off 22 Jello Shots)

  • 3/4 Cup Water
  • 3/4 Cup Whipped Cream Vodka
  • 2 Envelopes Gelatin
  • 1 Cup Boiling Water
  • 1/2 Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk

Instructions
 

Make the Espresso Vodka Martini Jello Shots

  • Add the Bustello instant espresso powder into a large, spouted mixing bowl
  • Add vodka, Kahlua and simple syrup and mix well
  • Slowly sprinkle gelatin on top of the Vodka and Kahlua mixture making sure to sprinkle it evenly across the top of the liquid
  • Let the gelatin absorb the liquid for 5 minutes
  • In the meantime boil the water
  • Add the boiling water to the Gelatin mixture and stir until the Gelatin is dissolved, at least 3 minutes
  • Place the 2 oz Jello Shot cups on a cookie sheet
  • Pour mixture into Jello Shot cups until they are 2/3 full
  • Put the Jello Shots in the refrigerator for 45 minutes to chill

White Jello Shots Instructions

  • Add vodka and water into a large spouted mixing bowl and mix well
  • Slowly sprinkle gelatin on top of the Vodka and water mixture making sure to sprinkle it evenly across the top of the liquid
  • Let the gelatin absorb the liquid for 5 minutes
  • In the meantime boil the water
  • Add the boiling water and stir until the Gelatin is dissolved, at least 3 minutes
  • Now add the sweetened condensed milk and stir well
  • Pour a small amount of the White Jello Shot mixture on the top of each Espresso Vodka Martini Jello Shot.
  • Refrigerate at least 2 hours before placing the cap on the Jello Shot cup
  • 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 water is boiling before adding it to the gelatin mixture and stir until the clumps are dissolved. 
Keyword Espresso, Espresso Martini, Jello Shot, Kahlua, Party, Recipe, Vodka, Whipped Cream Vodka
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2 Comments

    1. Hi – good question. One envelope of Bustelo instant espresso is 2 teaspoons. So, for this recipe you will need 4 teaspoons of instant espresso. Let me know if you need anything else.
      Susan

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