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Apple Cider Jello Shots

These Apple Cider Jello Shots are  easy to make and the perfect fall treat for your Thanksgiving table. 

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Sparkling Cider Jello Shots

Whether you are having the gang over after an afternoon of apple picking or celebrating Thanksgiving with family, these delicious apple cider jello shots are the perfect thing to serve. 

You get the fantastic fall flavor of apple cider in a fun dessert like treat. 

Make up a batch of these cider jello shots ahead of time and just serve them when your guests arrive.  Serve them with a fall cocktail like this Apple Pie Moscow Mule  for a really fun harvest treat. 

Apple Cider Jello Shot Ingredients

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Although the full recipe fills about 14 jello shot cups, you can make a big batch by multiplying the recipe. Just be sure to multiply the cups of water as well as the alcohol so you don’t make your guests too tipsy. 

You can also use the larger 5.5oz  jello cups like I did and you will get about 7 shots out of this recipe. 

Ingredients needed: 

These are the simple ingredients you need for this fall jello shot recipe. If you know how to make jello shots then you will find this recipe easy as, well, apple pie.  For full step-by-step instructions, scroll down to our recipe card at the bottom of the page.

  • Knox gelatin
  • Apple cider
  • Rum
  • Water

I use white rum in these jello shots but spiced rum also goes really great with apple cider too! 


  • Apple Slices
  • Whipped cream
  • Cinnamon

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How To Make Sparkling Cider Jello Shots

Step 1: Prep the gelatin

Boil two cups water. Add it to a bowl with the two packets Knox gelatin. Whisk well.

Step 2: Add in the apple cider

Add in the one and one half cups apple cider and 1/2 cup of rum to the gelatin. Whisk well. Add in hot water mixture from the pan and whisk well.

how to make apple cider jello shots

Step 3: Fill the cups

 Next, pour the jello mixture into small shot party cups and chill overnight. 

how to make apple cider jello shots

Step 4: Serve your apple cider jello shots

When ready to serve slice the apples. Add whipped topping, apples, and a dash of cinnamon to each shot. Serve!

Recipe variations

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Apple cider jello shots with fireball: If you like the taste of cinnamon, you can use fireball whiskey instead of rum in these jello shots.

Bourbon Jello Shots: If you don’t want to use Fireball, you can use any Bourbon instead of rum in these shots

Non-alcoholic Apple Cider Jello shots: Use an extra cup of cold water instead of  rum.  

Use Vodka instead of rum: If you prefer, you can substitute the rum for vodka 1:1 in this recipe

How To Serve Your Apple Cider Jello Shots

These sparkling apple cider jello shots will be a huge hit at your next holiday party. 

You can serve these in the traditional two-ounce shot cups or try one of these awesome serving ideas:

  • Make your Jello in a large pie dish then “slice” it into shots.
  • Add a stick of cinnamon to each shot before serving
  • These go great with a bowl of vanilla ice cream.

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Jello Shots Frequently asked questions

How many jello shots get you drunk?

4 jello shots as made in this recipe is the equivalent of 1 shot of alcohol so it is unlikely you will get drunk on just one apple cider jello shot. 

How long will jello shots last in fridge?

You can keep the jello shots in the fridge without the whipped cream topping for about 3 days. Do not add the whipped cream topping until just before you are ready to serve. 

What happens if you put too much alcohol in jello shots?

If you put too much alcohol in these jello shots, they will not set so be careful not to overdo it. 

Can I use other liquors besides rum?

Absolutely. Vodka, Bourbon and Cinnamon schnapps all go really well in these autumn jello shots. 

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Yield: 7 shots

Apple Cider Jello Shots

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes

These delicious Jello shots are so easy to make and are perfect for fall.

Treat your guests to something different this Thanksgiving with these delicious dessert like Jello cups. Make with or without alcohol so everyone can enjoy.


  • 1.5 cups apple cider
  • 2 packages plain gelatin
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 0.5 cups Rum
  • Whipped cream for topping
  • Cinnamon for topping
  • Apple slice for topping


  1. In a pan, add in 2 cups water and bring to a low boil.
  2. In a bowl, add in two packages of the gelatin. Add in the hot water and whisk well.
  3. Whisk in one cup rum and apple cider.
  4. Pour into containers and place into the fridge for 24 hours.
  5. Once set when ready to serve top with whipped topping, cinnamon and a piece of apple.
  6. Serve immediately once topped!


  1. You can use Fireball whiskey instead of rum if you prefer
  2. You can make these jello shots a day ahead and keep them in the fridge before serving.
  3. To make non-alcoholic versions of these apple jello shots, just use 1 cup of cold water instead of the cup of rum

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Saturday 29th of October 2022

This recipe sounds great!

I will say though - in the ingredients and body of this post you list 2 cups water to 1.5 cups each of rum and apple cider, but in the instructions you instruct to add 1 cup each.

So which is it, 5 cups total liquid or 4?


Saturday 29th of October 2022

Good catch! Sorry, there is a typo in the recipe and I've now fixed it. It should be: 2 cups water 1.5 cups apple cider 0.5 cups rum

So actually 3 cups of liquid total.

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