Watermelon Juice Jello Shots

Jello shots are made with pure watermelon juice and clean plain gelatin.
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Gelatin packets (pure gelatin) is used to make these clean jello shots!

Skip the traditional method of using Jell-O which is loaded with fake colors and flavors. Here we use watermelon juice to impart a wonderful flavor. Honey is used for sweetness!

Jello shot cups…

These can be found in the grocery store. I usually find them by the plastic straws. You could use anything really, I just like the portability of these little cups with lids, pop them into your cooler and you are all set for a fantastic picnic!

Get creative!

The basic recipe to know is this: 1 packet of gelatin requires 1 cup of liquid. Additionally, you have to “bloom” the gelatin in  a non-alcoholic liquid first before combining it with the alcohol.

Don’t want the alcohol? No problem!

Go ahead and leave out the alcohol and instead double up on the watermelon juice!
Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 15 min Cook Time 2 min Rest Time 3 hour Total Time 3 hrs 17 mins
Servings: 6
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Sweetened with honey and made from pureed watermelon, these jello shots are a perfect way to clean up the classic jello shot made with Jell-O loaded with chemicals and fake flavors!

You Need

For the watermelon jello shots


Make Layer #1

    • Blend or puree watermelon and basil in blender or food processor until liquid. 
    • Run through a mesh strainer or cheese cloth to fully remove pulp. This step is optional, leaving the pulp is a better option, but if you want clear jello shots it is better to strain. 
    • Over low heat, warm 1 cup of watermelon juice and salt just to simmering. Add honey and stir until dissolved. 
    • Meanwhile, sprinkle the gelatin evenly over the top of the remaining 1/2 cup of watermelon juice. Do not skip this step. It is called blooming the gelatin and it is essential to the jello shots becoming jelly like.
    • After 5 minutes, the gelatin sprinkled over the 1/2 cup of watermelon juice should have soaked up some liquid.
    • Next, whisk in the hot watermelon juice until smooth.
    • Mix in the alcohol.
    • Let this cool slightly before pouring the mixture into jello cups. You could also use any kind of mold you like. 
    Other ideas for molding these jello shots include a lightly greased glass baking dish or cookie sheet. After the jello fully sets, just cut the jello into squares or fun shapes!


It's fun to experiment with different juice & alcohol combinations. If you are alcohol free, these are just as fun! Just use juice!
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