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How to turn your cocktails in whisky jello shots

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Looking for something to amp up the fun at your next party, gathering or bbq? Don’t underestimate the humble whisky jello shot, or jelly, depending on which side of the pond you’re on.

Jello shots are a little bit silly, but in the best possible way. Anyone who doesn’t muster a smile at wibbly wobbly mini versions of your favourite whisky drinks is someone to be rather suspicious of.

These mini mouthfuls of whisky and jello deliciousness are sure to add an element of entertainment to any occasion, and you may be surprised at how easy they are to make and customise. 

If you want to know how to make jello shots with whisky, stick around.

Whisky Sour Jello Shots

We love the juxtaposition of arguably the most classic whisky cocktail of all time within a jello shot. 

Although having said that, the roaring twenties (when the whisky sour was especially popular), have a good amount in common with the hedonistic and secular lifestyles of today. But enough of the deep reflections, let’s get on with how to make these whisky jello shots.

We’ve decided to use lemon flavoured jelly to make it easy, but you could use plain gelatin and fresh lemon juice if you prefer. You’ll also need to add some sugar syrup if using gelatin.

Bear in mind that you may need to tweak the measurements for all these recipes depending on the brand of jelly you use, how strong you want your whisky jello shots, and how many people you’re serving.



Pour your jelly packet into a jug and add the boiling water. Give it a good stir until the jelly is dissolved. Then add your whisky, cold water and stir again. 

Pour into your jello shot moulds (large ice cube moulds work well), allow to cool and then refrigerate until set.

Then simply pop your shots out of their moulds, add a garnish if you’re feeling fancy, and serve.

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Whisky Sour

This cocktail is 150 years old, yet you’ll still find it in the trendiest bars. Give it a go with your favourite Ballantine’s!


Apple Whisky Jello Shots


Tart yet sweet apple is a delicious flavour to pair with whisky, and the bright green of these apple whisky jello shots is sure to turn heads at your party.

We’ve used gelatin sachets for this whisky jello shot recipe as apple flavoured jelly can be tricky to find.


  • 1 sachet of gelatin, such as Dr Oetker, prepared according to packet instructions
  • 430ml of apple juice or apple soda
  • 100ml of Ballantine’s Finest
  • 40ml of sour apple liqueur
  • A couple of drops of green food colouring

Again, feel free to tweak the alcohol quantities, as long as you’re sticking to the liquid quantities recommended for your gelatin.



The gelatin we’re using is dissolved in approximately 8 tbsp of hot water and is then added to your liquid of choice. Make sure everything is thoroughly combined as the gelatin needs to be fully dissolved.

Pour into your moulds and leave to set in the fridge. You may need to let it cool before refrigerating, depending on what kind of gelatin you’ve used.

Once your apple whisky jello shots have reached that perfect wibbly wobbly consistency, carefully remove them from your moulds and arrange however you like before serving. 

Eat them immediately or do something pretty on a platter with apple slices – we’re not judging either way.

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Whisky & Cola Jello Shots


Whisky and cola is one of our favourite simple yet super refreshing whisky drinks. It’s ideal for any occasion and can be created in seconds. 

If it’s one of your favourites too, why not try it in jello shot form? This unexpected twist on an old classic is sure to delight your pals.


  • 1 sachet of gelatin, such as Dr Oetker, prepared according to packet instructions
  • 140ml of Ballantine’s Finest
  • 430ml of cola



This recipe for this whisky jello shot is pretty much the same as the previous one. 

Make the gelatin sachet up using the instructions and then add it to your whisky and cola. It’s a good idea to add the gelatin to just a portion of the cola first and stir thoroughly to ensure it’s fully dissolved. Then combine the rest of the cola and your whisky.

Add to your moulds once more, and you know the drill – leave the set in the fridge.

This whisky jello shot recipe will inevitably create a brown coloured shot, so consider adding a colourful garnish to make them a little prettier. You could use lime wedges or even cherries.

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Whisky & Coke

Two’s company and three’s a crowd pleaser. Mix up this three ingredient classic to kick off a night with friends.


Old Fashioned Jello Shots

Similarly to a Whisky Sour, an Old Fashioned is one the most classic whisky cocktails out there. And we’re really into the contrast of turning what is literally “old fashioned” (yet timeless), into a very contemporary way to enjoy scotch.

Here’s how you can try it for yourself.


  • 1 packet orange jelly
  • 285ml boiling water
  • 140ml Ballantine’s 7 American Barrel Whisky
  • 145ml cold water
  • Orange slices
  • Brown sugar


Combine all the liquid ingredients and set the jelly in your chosen mould. Once set, add your fresh orange slices and sprinkle over some brown sugar for a bit of extra flair.

Sweet, tangy and delicious.

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Old Fashioned

Our favourite way to enjoy an Old Fashioned is with Ballantine’s 7 Bourbon Barrel Finish, with a couple of dashes of orange bitters to complement the sweet notes of the whisky.


Bobby Bru Whisky Jello Shots

Now this is going to be a real crowd pleaser with any Scottish pals. 

We’ve taken inspiration from our Bobby Bru Whisky Sour Cocktail to come up with a super easy whisky jello shot recipe made with two Scottish iconics: Ballantine’s scotch and Irn Bru.


  • 1 sachet of gelatin, such as Dr Oetker, prepared according to packet instructions
  • 140ml of Ballantine’s Finest
  • 430ml of Irn Bru

These whisky and Irn Bru jello shots will be a vibrant orange colour that’ll catch the eye of every party guest. Simply follow the same instructions of dissolving the jelly into boiling water, adding your whisky and Irn Bru and setting in a mould.

Feel free to add a complementary garnish to your handiwork, however seeing as what Irn Bru actually tastes like is a constant source of debate for most Scots, we’ll leave that garnish up to you!

Bobby Bru Whisky Sour

Scottish mates, this Whisky Sour is for you! Ballantine’s Finest, Irn Bru, and a touch of frothy egg white creates a Scottish masterpiece in every sip!



So that’s how you make whisky jello shots. Once you’ve nailed the recipes, your whisky jello shots can become your new party trademark, and it’s one we’re sure all your friends will appreciate.


If you want to try out some more whisky drink recipes to impress your friends, take a look at How to Host a Whisky Themed Party at Home or our 10 best classic whisky cocktails.

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