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Flag Jello Shots

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  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 5 hr 30 min
  • Servings 60
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Three cheers for the red, white and blue ... jello shots! Party perfect for the 4th of July or any flag-wavin' celebration.
by: TBSP Susan
Updated Sep 5, 2020
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  • 3 packages (3 oz.) blue Jell-O™ blueberry
  • 4 packages(3 oz.) red Jell-O™ cherry
  • 4 packages (1 oz) unflavored gelatin
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 4 cups vodka (plain or flavored*)
  • Water (for gelatin prep)
  • Pearls tiny white candy (optional, for garnish)
  • Sparklers for garnish, optional
  • Red, white and blue candy sprinkles (optional, for garnish)


  • 1
    Prepare a 9x13-inch glass baking pan by spraying lightly with cooking spray. With a paper towel, wipe spray until only a very light layer remains. This will help the gelatin release later.
  • 2
    BLUE GELATIN: Mix 3 packages of blue gelatin with 1 packet of unflavored gelatin. Add 1-3/4 cup boiling water and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Add 1-1/4 cup vodka and stir well. Pour into prepared pan and set in refrigerator about 40 minutes, until gelatin is set to the touch.
  • 3
    When blue gelatin is set to the touch, cut 1-inch strips horizontally (short length) with a hot knife. (Dip knife in hot water after each cut.) Remove every other strip and discard those. Place pan of remaining blue strips back into the fridge.
  • 4
    RED GELATIN: Mix 4 packages of red gelatin with 1 packet of unflavored gelatin. Add 2-1/4 cup boiling water and stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Add 1-3/4 cups vodka and stir well. Set aside.**
  • 5
    WHITE GELATIN: Add 2 packets of unflavored gelatin to 1 cup vodka. Let sit 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup boiling water and stir to completely dissolve gelatin. In another bowl, mix 1/2 cup boiling water with the can of sweetened condensed milk. Add milk mixture to gelatin mixture and stir to combine well. Set aside.**
  • 6
    Remove pan of blue gelatin strips from fridge. Add 3 tbsp of red gelatin to each of the empty spaces. Return to fridge for 15 minutes, or until red gelatin is lightly set.
  • 7
    Remove pan from fridge and add 3 tbsp of white gelatin on top of each of the red areas to fill up to the same level as the blue gelatin. Pan of gelatin should all be the same level now. Return to fridge for another 15 minutes until lightly set.
  • 8
    Add 1-1/4 cup red gelatin over entire pan. Return to fridge for 15 minutes. Then add 1-1/4 cup white gelatin layer over entire pan and return to fridge for 15 minutes. Continue alternating red and white layers until all gelatin is used.
  • 9
    Chill pan in fridge for at least 3 hours or overnight to set completely. Checking side of glass pan to see where the blue gelatin is, cut into small flags. Garnish gelatin flags or serving plate as desired with silver sprinkles, sparklers or red/white/blue candy sprinkles.

Expert Tips

  • tip 1
    Flavored vodkas are available that would be great in this recipe. Try cake, cotton candy, gummy worm or vanilla vodka -- or your fave flave!
  • tip 2
    To keep extra red and white gelatins from setting while building the layers, keep it on the counter in a shallow pan of warm water.

Nutrition Information

100 Calories, 1/2g Total Fat, 3g Protein, 13g Total Carbohydrate, 12g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Three cheers for the red, white and blue ... jelly shots!

    Put down that beer can this 4th of July and celebrate with the colors! These fab Flag Jelly Shots can be made ahead and served up to your patriotic peeps just as the fireworks begin to beckon.

    We took inspiration from this flag gelatin recipe and added some flavah (read that vodka) so the adults at your partay have more to "oooo" and "ahhh" about than just the skyward explosions.

    Ready to gel? Come on!

    Begin with Blue

    Mix up the blue gelatin with water and vodka. Pour it in the pan and refrigerate for about 45 minutes.

    Take the blue layer out of the fridge and slice it the short width with a hot knife at 1" intervals. (Just dunk the knife into a glass of hot water and the gelatin cuts like buttah!)

    Then pull out every other blue strip like so.

    Discard the removed blue strips. ( can snitch some first.) So now the pan looks like this.

    Put the pan with the remaining blue strips back into the fridge.

    Add Red and White

    Mix up the red and white gelatins. Take the pan of blue out of the fridge and pour 3 Tbsp of red gelatin into each of the empty spaces and return the pan to the fridge for 15 minutes.

    Ding! Timer went off and the red strips are now lightly set. Add 3 Tbsp of white to each of the red strips so those spaces are now level with the blue. Put 'er back in the fridge for another 15 minutes.

    Now it gets easier. Add enough red gelatin over the top to cover (1-1/4 to 1-1/2 cups) and refrigerate 15 minutes. Then do the same with white gelatin, and refrigerate 15 minutes again. Repeat until the gelatin is used up and your pan looks like this.

    When you put your last layer on, refrigerate the whole enchilada for about 3 hours or overnight.

    Pssst! -- Did you catch that? -- You can make these the night before the 4th so you can holiday with the rest of 'em!

    Cut it Up

    So here you have it. All done. See the upside down flag in the corner there?

    Now to cut 'em. Remember the hot knife trick and peek through the sides of the glass pan to see where your blue strips are. Then cut along those across the short direction of the pan, staying on the same side of the blue each time (about 6 cuts in the short direction).

    Next cut the long way about every inch. Now pull a couple out and you'll get the picture!


    Add little pearl candies, if you want, for "stars."

    Serve 'em up, add a sparkler and some sprinkles if you really wanna go over the top, and get ready to hear the cheers!

    Betsy Ross are you watching? Edible flags!

    Hey, everyone, Happy 4th of July! Party with spirit (but responsibly, of course)!

    Kid-Friendly Version

    Yes -- great idea! Make a second pan without the booze for the kids. Super simp: just replace the vodka with water in the recipe and you're good to go. Keep them straight by serving on different colors of plates (red for the kids, blue for the adults) OR add sparklers to one version and not the other. You'll figure it out!

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