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Tropical Sunset Jello Shots Recipe

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Tropical Sunset Jell-O Shots recipe

Welcome to the recipe guide for our Tropical Sunset Jell-O Shots. These delightful, bite-sized cocktails bring the beach vacation directly to your home, no matter the weather outside. Combining the exotic flavors of pineapple and coconut with a charming cherry surprise, these Jell-O shots are a whimsical, grown-up twist on the classic gelatin dessert. Not only do they have a fantastic tropical taste, but their vibrant two-tone presentation makes them a visually appealing addition to any event.

Perfect for summer barbecues, pool parties, or any occasion that calls for a touch of whimsy and a dash of the tropics, these Jell-O shots are guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. Prepare to be swept away by this tropical delight!

Servings: This recipe yields approximately 24 Jello shots, depending on the size of your shot glasses or molds.

Tropical Sunset Jello Shots

Equipment Needed

Here’s the equipment you’ll need to make these delightful Jell-O shots:

  • Saucepan
  • Whisk or spoon for stirring
  • Shot glasses or silicone molds: you’ll need about 24, depending on the size
  • Refrigerator
  • Measuring cups
  • Strainer (if using molds, remove the shots once set)
vibrant photo of all the ingredients

Tips and Tricks

  1. Use Good Quality Rum: The quality of the rum you use will significantly impact the final flavor of your Jell-O shots. Use a rum you would enjoy drinking.
  2. Room Temperature Rum: Add the rum after the saucepan has been removed from the heat and the mixture has cooled slightly. This will preserve the alcohol content.
  3. Layering: To get a clear definition between your two layers, make sure the first layer is fully set before adding the grenadine.
  4. Gelatin Consistency: You may need more gelatin if your shots aren’t set. The alcohol and the acidity of the juice can sometimes require additional gelatin to set properly.
  5. Molds and Shot Glasses: Silicone molds work great for Jell-O shots and make removal a breeze. If you’re using glass shot glasses and have trouble removing the shots, dip the outside of the glass in warm water for a few seconds to loosen the gelatin (be careful not to let the water get into the shot).
  6. Timing: Don’t rush the setting process. Ideally, make these a day ahead of when you plan to serve them to ensure they’re perfectly set.

Tropical Sunset Jell-O Shots

Rating: 5.0/5
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Serves: 24 Prep Time: Cooking Time: Nutrition facts: 60 calories 0g fat


  • 1 cup of Pineapple Juice
  • 1 cup of Coconut Rum
  • 2 packets of Unflavored Gelatin (approximately 14 grams total)
  • 1/2 cup of Grenadine
  • Approximately 24 Maraschino Cherries (for garnish, one per shot)


  1. Bloom the Gelatin: Start by pouring the pineapple juice into a saucepan. Evenly sprinkle the two packets of unflavored gelatin over it. Let it sit undisturbed for about 2 minutes to allow the gelatin to bloom.
  2. Dissolve the Gelatin: Place the saucepan over medium heat and stir the mixture until the gelatin is completely dissolved. This process should take about 5 minutes. Be careful not to let the mixture come to a boil.
  3. Add the Rum: Once the gelatin is fully dissolved, remove the saucepan from the heat. Stir in the coconut rum, ensuring it's well mixed with the pineapple and gelatin mixture.
  4. Halfway to Molds: Pour the mixture into your shot glasses or molds, filling them only halfway. This will create the two-tone effect of the sunset.
  5. First Refrigeration: Place the half-filled shot glasses or molds into the refrigerator. Allow them to chill for about an hour until they start to firm up.
  6. Grenadine Layer: After the first layer is set, pour the grenadine to fill up the rest of the glasses or molds.
  7. Add Cherries: Position a maraschino cherry on top of each shot, gently pushing it down into the grenadine layer. This will add a nice visual touch and a delightful burst of flavor when the shot is consumed.
  8. Final Refrigeration: Place the shot glasses or molds back into the refrigerator. They need to chill until they are completely set. This is best done overnight to ensure the shots are firm and hold their shape when removed from the molds.
  9. Serve and Enjoy: Once set, your Tropical Sunset Jell-O Shots are ready to serve. They are best enjoyed cold.

Nutritional Information

Each Tropical Sunset Jell-O Shot contains approximately:

  • Calories: 60
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Alcohol content: Approx. 3g

Please note that these values can vary slightly depending on the exact brands of ingredients used.

Alcohol Consumption Warning

These Tropical Sunset Jell-O Shots contain alcohol and should be consumed responsibly. Please do not consume if you are under the legal drinking age in your country or region, or if you are pregnant or have a medical condition that contraindicates alcohol consumption. If you are driving or operating machinery, please refrain from consuming these shots. Always remember to enjoy responsibly and keep these shots out of reach of children.

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