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Blue Hawaii Jell-O Shots

You’ll love these super quick and pretty Blue Hawaii Jell-O Shots with a sweet and tropical taste. Easy to make and even easier to enjoy!

A FUN SUMMER PARTY SHOT

These Blue Hawaii Jello Shots are the perfect way to bring a touch of the tropics to your summertime party! I haven’t meet a singe person yet that doesn’t absolutely love these! Plus, they’re just really pretty and festive lookin! With only five easy-to-find ingredients, these are perfect for summer gatherings, adult celebrations, or simply to enjoy a tropical treat at home. Finish them off with any of the optional garnishes and you’ll feel like you’re on a beach in paradise with your toes in the sand!

A stack of Blue Hawaii Jello Shots.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Can I double or triple this recipe?

Sure thing! This recipe will make 12 shots and you may need more. It’s a simple recipe to scale, just make sure you have a large enough bowl to mix the Jell-O in. And, of course, make sure that you have enough shot cups.

What shot cups should I use?

I like using these little plastic, single use shot cups.

How do you actually eat a Jell-O Shot?

Interestingly enough, this may be one of the most asked questions any time I post a jell-o shot and it always makes me giggle. But if you’ve never had one before then you just don’t know! The answer is super simple. Just squeeze the little cup inwards to get the Jell-O out. If you want to get sophisticated about it, you could eat it with a spoon.

Why didn’t all my shots set properly?

Typically this happens when you didn’t stir the gelatin mix with the boiling water long enough. It takes about 1.5 to 2 minutes to make sure that it fully dissolves. It’s best to use a whisk. If you don’t stir long enough the gelatin can end up like rubber since it isn’t fully dispersed throughout.

Is chilling the ingredients necessary?

I like to use chilled ingredients since it helps everything set faster. You can even place the alcohol in the fridge the night before to really get a nice chill. And, if in a time pinch, you can toss them in the freezer for 15-30 minutes before you make these Jell-O shots.

Can I make these alcohol free?

Definitely! If serving these to an alcohol-free crowd or to kiddos, you can change it up a bit to make it safe for all to enjoy. For the best results, trade coconut rum for chilled coconut water and blue curaçao for chilled water. For a more vibrant blue, add 2-3 drops of food coloring.

How long are jello shots good for?

These Jell-O shots can keep in the fridge for up to a week if covered in their little cups and you don’t garnish them.

What’s the difference between a Blue Hawaii and a Blue Hawaiian?

They are very similar and it all depends on who you ask. But the majority consensus is that a Blue Hawaiian typically has cream of coconut in the recipe while a Blue Hawaii does not. They both have a blue color and most of the recipes out there use rum. Some recipes may include vodka, or have a mix of both vodka and rum.

A couple pineapple and cherry garnished Blue Hawaii Jell-O Shots.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)

  • Berry Blue Jell-O – I’ll be honest here, I have no idea what to substitute this with if you can’t find it. Look for any blue-ish color Jell-O you can find or see if you can order it online. I suppose you could maybe try an unflavored clear gelatin and then add some blue food coloring but I haven’t tried that.
  • boiling water – to get Jell-O to activate you need a cold liquid and boiling liquid. The cold liquid in this recipe is going to be from the cold alcohol and pineapple juice. Just ensure you whisk the Jell-O into the boiling liquid very well (at least 1.5-2 minutes).
  • pineapple juice – it may be a more a affordable option to get the cans of pineapple juice rather than the large bottle.
  • coconut rum – Malibu Coconut Rum is the rum most folks are able to easily find and it’s a affordable price too but use your favorite.
  • blue curaçao – I used DeKuyper’s Blue Curaçao.
  • whipped cream, maraschino cherries and pineapple wedges – these are all just garnish ideas and they aren’t absolutely necessary. Just don’t add any garnishes until you are ready to serve and enjoy.
Berry Blue Jello Mix, water, coconut rum, pineapple juice, and blue curaçao.

HOW TO MAKE BLUE HAWAII JELLO SHOTS

Prepare a rimmed tray or baking sheet and arrange 12 shot cups (2 ounces each) on it. In a large measuring cup or bowl with a spout, combine the Jell-O and boiling water. Stir until the Jell-O has completely dissolved. Add the pineapple juice and rum to the Jell-O mixture.

collage of two photos: a measuring cup with berry blue jello and water; pineapple juice and rum being added to blue jello mix.

Next, pour in the blue curaçao and stir everything together until well combined. Carefully pour the Jell-O mixture into each shot cup, filling them about three-quarters full. Place the filled cups carefully into the refrigerator and chill them for a minimum of four hours or overnight.

collage of two photos: blue curacao being added to the jello shot mix; blue Hawaii Jello Shots in the containers.

When you’re ready to serve, take out the chilled shots. If desired, garnish them with whipped cream, maraschino cherries and/or pineapple wedges.

A few Blue Hawaii Jello Shots with cherries and pineapple garnishes.

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Close up looking at a Blue Hawaii Jello Shot.

Blue Hawaii Jell-O Shots

You'll love these super quick and pretty Blue Hawaii Jell-O Shots with a sweet and tropical taste. Easy to make and even easier to enjoy!
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces box Berry Blue Jell-O
  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • ½ cup pineapple juice, chilled
  • ½ cup coconut rum, chilled
  • ¼ cup blue curaçao, chilled
  • whipped cream, maraschino cherries and pineapple wedges for garnish, optional

Instructions

  • Prepare a rimmed tray or baking sheet and arrange 12 shot cups (2 ounces each) on it.
  • In a large measuring cup or bowl with a spout, combine the Jell-O and boiling water. Stir until the Jell-O has completely dissolved.
  • Add the pineapple juice and rum to the Jell-O mixture.
  • Next, pour in the blue curaçao and stir everything together until well combined.
  • Carefully pour the Jell-O mixture into each shot cup, filling them about three-quarters full.
  • Place the filled cups carefully into the refrigerator and chill them for a minimum of four hours or overnight.
  • When you’re ready to serve, take out the chilled shots. If desired, garnish them with whipped cream, maraschino cherries and/or pineapple wedges.

Notes

  • Please refer to my FAQ’s and ingredient list above for other substitutions or for the answers to the most common questions.
  • These can be kept (with tops on) in the fridge for up to a week.
  • If serving these shots at an outdoor party or event where it will be hot, keep Blue Hawaii shots on ice in an ice bucket or inside of a cooler. 
  • Stir the jello with the boiling water until it is completely dissolved. Otherwise, the gelatin will not be evenly dispersed, and you will end up with some shots that do not set up or some may turn out like rubber.
  • Don’t garnish until you’re ready to serve.
  • Make these kid friendly by replacing the coconut rum with chilled coconut water and replace the blue curaçao with chilled water. 
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 68kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 34mg | Fiber: 0.02g | Sugar: 8g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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