All Grown Up: Gelatin Shimmer Shots

Laurie March Gelatin Shots

Photography by Daniel Collopy

You might not think to serve gelatin shots to a group of sophisticated grown-ups, but these wiggly “shimmer shots” look and taste so good, they’ll charm every guest at your holiday party — any guest over 21 that is! I’ll show you how to create boozy, beautiful shimmer shots for this year’s holiday party in the video and how-to steps below. You’ll also learn how to make chic glittery champagne cocktails — get the how-to for those bubbly concoctions. Cheers!


Step 1

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Make Shimmer Shots*  Bring two cups of peach juice to a gentle boil. In a bowl, mix: One cup of cold pineapple juice, ½ cup of whipped cream flavored vodka. Shake four packets of pure gelatin onto the surface of the liquids. Let stand and thicken for about four minutes. Add boiling peach juice to bowl and stir until it’s all dissolved. Spray the pan with baking-cooking spray to help the gelatin release after refrigeration. Pour mixture into rectangular pan and refrigerate overnight.

*See video above for demonstration.


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Flip Gelatin  When it’s time to party, flip the block of gelatin onto a flat, clean surface.


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Cut Into Strips  Trim all sides of the gelatin to create nice straight edges. Next, cut the block into strips approximately 1.5” wide.

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Individualize  Cut strips into individual shots. Each shot should be about 2 ½” long to create rectangles small enough for guests to pop into their mouths without feeling clumsy. Or – use holiday cookie cutters to create any shape!


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Shimmer Your Shots  Shake some edible glitter onto a flat plate. With clean, dry hands, place each shot directly down onto the glitter.

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Flip & Serve  Now you have perfectly shimmered shots that your guests will be talking about way into the New Year!



  • Two cups peach juice
  • One cup of cold pineapple juice
  • ½ cup of whipped cream flavored vodka
  • Four packets of pure gelatin
  • Edible glitter
  • Baking spray


  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • 9×13 rectangular tray
  • Measuring cup
  • Large pot
  • Sharp knife
About Laurie March 


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  3. Angelia says:

    How strong are these? I've never made Jell-O shots before, but are these basically the regular amount of alcohol used in most recipes or is this less because of the way you called them "grown up and sophisticated"?

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  5. James says:

    People can drink when they're 18 years old in my region.

  6. SLWilson says:

    I actually tried these, and they worked (even with my limited skills). Sooooo good! Thanks, it's going to be a new tradition. (Also great for Valentine's Day, 4th of July, etc.).

  7. H. Dufort says:

    People can drink when they're 18 years old in my region (and a bit younger at home with adult supervision), so even more guests will enjoy these jelly squares! Thanks for the idea.

  8. Judy says:

    What did you use to make the Green ones??

    • Laurie_March says:

      Judy – I used neon food coloring. It was a few drops of regular green and a few drops of neon yellow! We were trying to match the chartreuse green we did in Kendra Wilkinson's home for Celebrity Holiday Home, and make striking shots at the same time. :)

      Thanks for commenting!

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