Easy Champagne Jello Shots with sparkling wine, gin, lemon juice, and a glamorous gold topping based on our favorite French 75 cocktail recipe.
Anyone else have terrible memories of the ever-present “jello shot” from their college years?
No?!? Then, we’ll assume you’ve repressed them!
Not to worry, this easy champagne jello shots recipe is quite the step up from the college plastic cups!
No matter how nasty those technicolor shot glasses from the good old days tasted, you have to admit they were very efficient for entertaining.
Having attempted to make things “to order” for house guests one too many times, we’re now ALL about recipes that you can make ahead of time.
You know how it is. Things are never ready when we want them to be.
Serving temps get way out of whack, and frankly I, Colleen, end up looking less “effortless hostess” than “very hot mess”.
This easy jello shot recipe fits the bill perfectly for an easy grab and go option as a customizable holiday drink, wedding, bachelorette party, New Year’s Eve, or even just an impromptu weekend party.
Easy Jello Shots | Champagne Jello Shots Recipe
Enter the grown-up, glam version of everyone’s (least!) favorite frat cocktail — the classic jello shot.
Even a punch bowl (and we LOVE a good punch bowl) can get watered down over time and presents a challenge in terms of consistency.
The first few drinks from a punch bowl might be too strong. And the few last few might be too weak.
These jello shots are so easy to make ahead of time. And then, pull out of the fridge when you’re ready to serve.
Everyone will get the same perfectly-balanced cocktail in a super fun form. This recipe is the edible version of a French 75, a refreshing champagne cocktail with gin and lemon.
Customizing Jello Shots
While we’re a big fan of using champagne or vodka for jell-o shots, you can easily customize these to your liking using a different liquor.
You can also make these for the kids with a mocktail version of ginger ale, sparkling cider, and lemon juice!
How to Store Jello Shots
When it comes to how to store jello shots, you can keep them in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 7 to 10 days.
It’s still best to serve them sooner for optimal freshness.
How to Garnish Champagne Jello Shots
A lot of people opt for making jello shots in disposable cups. But you can also make a batch recipe in a single loaf pan or mini muffin dishes for a non-disposable option.
We like the rustic look of hand-sliced squares from there. However, you could definitely get a more finished look with a square ice cube tray for this recipe.
These would also be fun to make in silicone candy molds. Don’t you think?!
If you opt for a silicone mold, be sure to use a light cooking spray to make it easier to remove your jello shots neatly once they’ve chilled.
You could just add another packet of gelatin to the recipe for a firmer texture, then pick out basically any shape under the sun.
We loved topping these with flakes of edible gold leaf for a fancier vibe that would be perfect for a wedding, New Years, or engagement party.
If you don’t want to track down edible gold, you could just garnish with lemon zest or colorful sanding sugar for an impromptu decoration that you already have in the kitchen.
French 75 Jell-o Shots
This recipe is the edible version of a French 75, a refreshing champagne cocktail with gin and lemon.
French 75’s have become incredibly popular over the years.
They’re still one of my favorite cocktails because they are so refreshing and don’t have an overpowering alcohol flavor.
They are light and crisp, and pair well with a wide variety of foods.
(Have you ever noticed champagne seems to pair well with anything you’re serving?
These jello shots will too!)
French 75’s taste best when they are incredibly cold, making it a perfect cocktail to turn into chilly jell-o shots!
Be sure to check out one of my favorite French 75 recipes.
It is quick to mix up and so delicious!
Do you have a silicone or jello mold at home you’d like to try these in?
We’re definitely going to play around with different versions!
We also had fun making a red, white and blue jello shot recipe for the 4th of July, too!
If you’re looking for a hostess hack that makes consistent, easy-to-serve cocktails an absolute breeze, these edible cocktails are definitely for you!
Champagne Jello Shots Recipe
- Medium saucepan
- Loaf pan
- Parchment paper
- Paint brush only use one dedicated for food use
- Knife a thin knife like a boning knife works best
- 8 oz champagne or cava
- 4 oz gin or vodka
- 2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 2 oz simple syrup
- 2 tbsp gelatin 2 packets
- Edible gold leaf optional for garnishing
- Gold leaf crumbles and sticks to things (like fingers) easily so be gentle. Just pull off tiny corners with the brush. (They will stick). Then, place them gently on top of the gelée squares.
- You can also make these for the kids with a mocktail version of ginger ale, sparkling cider, and lemon juice!
- Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 7 to 10 days, but they're best served fresh!
- Combine the simple syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Then, pour the mixture into a medium saucepan.
- Sprinkle in the gelatin. Allow the gelatin to soak for 2 minutes. Then, heat over medium low heat, stirring constantly, until the gelatin is completely dissolved (about 2-5 minutes).
- Remove from heat and add the gin and champagne, stirring well to blend. Lightly grease a loaf pan or line a loaf pan in plastic wrap. Then, pour the jello mixture in the loaf pan. Chill until fully set and firm for several hours (minimum of 2) or overnight.
- Turn out the firm gelatin onto parchment paper. Then, slice carefully into rectangles or squares.
- Garnish with edible gold leaf using a paintbrush.
Don’t forget to share your champagne jello shots with us on Instagram using the hashtag #sugarandclothloves. We always love seeing all of your creations! Looking for more quick and delicious recipes? You can find them all right here with a few desserts to go along with them.