Few things scream party as loudly as jello shots. They're great icebreakers to get the party started, and are tasty enough to get a night of drinking really going. Here are a few tips and some other useful information from the kitchen that can help you make jello shots you and your drinking buddies will love.
The most widespread proportion of jello shots is as follows:
You can keep the same ratio and just multiply it depending on how big of a batch you want to make. It's worth mentioning you shouldn't fill the cups up to the very top - it can only make things messy.
This is the not-so-tricky part. The trickiest part of the equation is patience.
Once you've covered all those steps, put the bowl in the fridge until the mixture sets. You need to leave it for at least 2 hours, though the bigger the batch, the more time it requires. It's best to leave it overnight, so if you're making these for a party, plan ahead.
While technically no spirit is off limits (it's a party, after all), some might mess with your recipe, and not in a fun way. To keep things simple, colorless spirits are universally acceptable because they won't mess with the final color of the Jell-O shot. We'll get to color experimentation later; let's talk about flavor.
If you want the gelatin's flavor to stand out, you need a flavorless spirit like vodka, or something plain and sugary, like rum. Again, there are various ways to spice things up, but even the best boxers start with the one-twos before learning combinations.
You would almost never use spirits with distinctive and awkward flavors like whiskey, brandy, or even gin, for that matter. Think of Jell-O shots like gummy bears rather than an overly-sophisticated chocolate cake. Don't lose your way. You want to make a universally accepted shortcut to joy people can take together instead of a fancy mixture for some snobby bartending competition.
Here comes the best part. Since Jell-O comes in all kinds of flavors, you can do a lot of experimentation with your jello shots. Even the simplest creation - let's say strawberry gelatin with vodka - will do the trick, but you can also take it up a notch or several. The most straightforward "upgrade" you can do is intensifying the gelatin's flavor with the alcohol. For example, you can add a kick to a strawberry Jell-O shot with strawberry vodka instead of a flavorless brand. You can apply that same rationale practically any flavor.
Then, you can do simple experimentations. Think of Jell-O shots like cake or ice-cream - you can translate any of your favorite combinations into them. Use gelatin for the primary flavor and the alcohol as the secondary.
And for those with a flair for bartending, you can replicate almost all fruity or party cocktails into miniature, cuter versions. For example, Daquiries, Margaritas, Sex on the Beach - these are all perfect. Manhattans, Old Fashioneds, and basically any cocktail you might see in _Mad Men _or imagine yourself sipping in a subdued cigar bar - not so much.
The key is to maintain the cocktail's proportions. For example, if you are doing a Margarita Jell-O shot, you want to put 3 parts tequila to 1 part triple sec to two parts lime juice, mixed with lime gelatin. If there's a gelatin flavor which obviously goes with the respective cocktail - like lime for Margarita - great. If not, just use unflavored gelatin and basically think of it as a replacement for the sugar part of the original cocktail. Again, you can spice things up and make cocktail variations. Using strawberry gelatin with the Margarita ingredients is a perfect example.
To make quality Jell-O cocktail shots, there are a few tips you need to adopt like second nature because they are actually essential for making quality Jell-O shots, period.
Simple as the Jell-O shots may be, messing up any of the preliminary steps might cost you not just time making them, but time you could have spent drinking them.
To make truly eye-catching Jell-O shots your party guests won't forget, try layered shots. Similar to the shots above, layered shots are easier to make than they are pretty, which says something. Again, patience is the name of the game. You should approach this exactly as if each color was a separate shot. The only difference is you would refrigerate each shot in the cup rather than all in the bowl, although the latter is also doable. Count how many colors you need and pour the respective amount - if you need 3 colors, you fill 1/3 of the cup, etc. Then you put the cup in the fridge. Once the liquid has turned into jello, add the next layer slowly - you can touch a spoon to the side of the cup and use it to slow down the stream.
From there, your imagination is the limit. You can make some seriously impressive combinations which will stun your friends before they even drink them. Again, all you need is time, patience, and some info. You already got one of three covered. The rest is up to you.