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Pumpkin Spice Jello Shots for TRUE NCAA College Football Fans

Are you ready for the start of NCAA College Football season? I am! How would you like to be the hit of the next tailgate party? These Jello Shots are what a TRUE NCAA College Football fan needs to have on game day! Make them in your team colors and choose from 9 different fall flavors! You’ll ROCK! Below I’ll show you how to make the Pumpkin Spice Jello Shots for your next NCAA College Football party.

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TRUE NCAA College Football Fan

Ingredients that you’ll need to make TRUE NCAA College Football Fan Pumpkin Spice Jello Shots

Pumpkin Pie Jello Shots for TRUE NCAA College Football Fans
Pumpkin Spice Jello Shots for TRUE NCAA College Football Fans

To make these Pumpkin Spice Jello Shots you first need Pumpkin vodka. For flavored vodkas I like both Veil and Pinnacle, they are both reasonably priced. Then you’ll need a pumpkin spice liqueur. There are a couple of brands out there, and I used Mr. Stacks.

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Last but not least, pick up a package of Gelatin, a can of sweetened condensed milk, and gel food coloring in your Team colors. If one of your Team colors is white, then no need for color.

Gel Food Coloring
Gel Food Coloring – .5 oz container on the right, 12 colors come in the box. On the left is a separately sold larger bottle

As you can see from the photo above, the box of Wilton gel food colors has a good selection. There are 12 different colors, in .5 oz containers (on the right), which is enough for 2 batches of Jello Shots. If your NCAA College Football Team has a color that is not in the box, AmeriColor has a good selection. You can find Gold, Grey, Silver, Crimson and many more.

Gel Food Coloring
Gel Food Coloring

Bar Tools that you’ll need

The most important thing you’ll need are Jello Shot cups. There are two types of Jello-Shot cups that I like using, the short round 2 oz Jello-Shot cups and the taller squeezable Jello-Shot cups. Both works well, but they each have their best uses. See my Tips & Tricks page to find out why.

Large Spouted Mixing Bowl
Large Spouted Mixing Bowl

Second most important item is a large mouth mixing bowl with a spout. The large mouth 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 so far, 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.

How to make Jello Shots for a TRUE NCAA College Football Fan

Pour the Vodka and Pumpkin Spice liqueur into the spouted mixing bowl and sprinkle the gelatin on the top.

Gelatin can be a little 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 that it is clumping up, then you are sprinkling it too quickly. This is the longest process in this entire recipe. If you do have some dry patches, don’t worry. Let the gelatin mixture sit for 5 minutes.

Gelatin soaking in Vodka
Gelatin soaking in Vodka

In the meantime, boil the water. Add the first Team color (gel food coloring) to the boiling water and stir until combined. Then add the water with the gel food coloring to the gelatin mixture and stir for 3 minutes. Add the sweetened condensed milk and stir. Pour the NCAA College Football Pumpkin Pie Jello Shot mix into the Jello Shot cups and fill them halfway full.

Jello-Shot Cups
TRUE NCAA College Football Fan Jello-Shots half full with the 1st Team color

Put the half full Jello Shot cups into the refrigerator for 45 minutes. Then repeat the above for your second Team color. After 2 hours you can put the cover on your Jello Shot cups. These NCAA College Football Pumpkin Spice Jello Shots can be made 2 days in advance and kept refrigerated.

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NCAA College Football Jello Shots Pumpkin Spice Flavor

This basic Vodka and Pumpkin Spice Liqueur Jello-Shot recipe can be used to create Jello-Shots using your favorite NCAA or NFL Team colors. Make one batch of the recipe with the first color and another batch of the recipe with the second color. One batch will fill 26 Jello Shot cups half full.
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Total Time 45 mins
Course Drinks, Shots
Cuisine American, Football
Servings 26 Jello-Shots

Ingredients
  

Shopping List

  • 1 750 ml Pumpkin Vodka
  • 1 375 ml Pumpkin Spice Liqueur
  • 1 1 oz Box of Knox Gelatine The box contains 4 envelopes of gelatin
  • 2 14 oz Cans of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 2 .5 oz Gel Food Coloring One for each Team color

To Make the First Team Color

  • 1 1/4 Cup Pumpkin Vodka
  • 1/4 Cup Pumpkin Spice Liqueur
  • 2 Envelopes gelatin
  • 1 Cup Boiling water
  • 1/2 Cup Sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Gel Food Coloring Food coloring is not necessary if you are making a white layer

To Make the Second Team Color

  • 1 1/4 Cup Pumpkin Vodka
  • 1/4 Cup Pumpkin Spice Liqueur
  • 2 Envelopes gelatin
  • 1 Cup Boiling Water
  • 1/2 Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 Teaspoon Gel Food Coloring Food coloring is not necessary if you are making a white layer

Instructions
 

First Team Color

  • Place 26 – 2 oz Jello-Shot cups on a cookie sheet
  • Pour the pumpkin Vodka and pumpkin liqueur into a large spouted mixing bowl
  • Slowly sprinkle gelatin on top of the vodka and pumpkin liqueur 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
  • Pour 1 cup of the boiling water into a measuring cup
  • Add the food coloring (if making white you do not have to add food coloring) to the boiling water and stir well
  • Add the water mixed with the food coloring to the Gelatin mix and stir until the Gelatin is dissolved, at least 3 minutes
  • Now add the sweetened condensed milk and stir well
  • Pour mixture into the Jello-Shot cups until they are 1/2 full
  • Refrigerate the 1/2 full Jello-Shot cups at least 45 minutes

Second Team Color

  • Pour the pumpkin Vodka and pumpkin liqueur into a large spouted mixing bowl
  • Slowly sprinkle gelatin on top of the vodka and pumpkin liqueur 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
  • Pour 1 cup of the boiling water into a measuring cup
  • Add the food coloring (if making white you do not have to add food coloring) to the boiling water and stir well
  • Add the water mixed with the food coloring to the Gelatin mix and stir until the Gelatin is dissolved, at least 3 minutes
  • Now add the sweetened condensed milk and stir well
  • Top off the refrigerated Jello-shots with the second Team color
  • Refrigerating 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. 
These “not really” Jello-Shots taste so good and represent your Team so well that nobody will care that some gelatin didn’t dissolve.
If you want a darker color, add a tablespoon of hot water and 1/4 teaspoon of gel food coloring to a small bowl and stir until combined. Then add the food coloring mixture to your gelatin mixture and mix well.
Keyword College Football, Football, Game Day, Jello Shot, NCAA, NFL, Pumpkin Spice Liqueur, Pumpkin Vodka, Tailgate, Vodka
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