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Mardi Gras Jello Shots

Jello layered in shot glasses

These Mardi Gras Jello Shots are as fun to make as they are to eat. They are family friendly, but I have also included the recipe for you to add alcohol in case you are hosting an adult party for Mardi Gras!  

Mardi Gras Jello Shots made with or without alcohol

Even though we don’t live in New Orleans, nor have I ever been there, I just love any excuse to create family memories for any holiday! Celebrating Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday is one of those times.

Just like the Candy Corn Jello Shots for Halloween and the Irish Jello Shots for St. Patrick’s Day, these Mardi Gras Jello Shots have layers of jello, topped with Cool Whip and a few sprinkles for color.

I used confetti sprinkles. I like that they are a little larger, and look really cute on the jello shots!

Jello Shots to celebrate Mardi Gras

Serving the Jello Shots in 2 ounce plastic shot glasses is fun, but you can certainly use the same recipe and layer the Jello in a glass bowl.

Jello layered in shot glasses

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Mardi Gras Jello Shots

Mardi Gras Jello Shots

Yield: 15 shot glasses (2 oz)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Fun treat to serve for Fat Tuesday or a Mardi Gras Party. Recipe from HoosierHomemade.com


  • 1 small box lemon jello
  • 1 small box grape jello
  • 1 small box lime jello
  • 3 packets (4 1/2 tablespoons) Knox unflavored gelatin
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • Whipped Topping or Whip Cream
  • Sprinkles for garnish, optional


  1. In a small bowl, combine lime jello and 1 packet of unflavored gelatin, stir
  2. Add 1 cup boiling water and stir 2 minutes or until dissolved
  3. Add jello to shot glasses, fill about 1/3 way
  4. Place in fridge for at least 20 minutes, longer is fine
  5. Repeat with 1 cup boiling water, lemon jello and unflavored gelatin, and then grape jello
  6. Fill shot glasses and place in fridge for at least 20 minutes for each layer
  7. Up to 1 hour before serving, add Cool Whip to the top and sprinkles if you like

Adult Version

  1. Add 1 cup boiling water to 1 box of Jello and stir to dissolve.
  2. Add 3/4 cup vodka and 1/4 cup cold water, stir to combine
  3. Add to shot glasses and chill
  4. Note - this is for a single flavor


You can easily double the recipe to serve more. Prep time does not include chilling time.





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  2. I love NOLA and the food. MardismGras is just a great excuse to eat and drink all the more. I’d love it if you linked these shots to What’d You Do This Weekend.


  3. What a fun layered jello shot! I so rarely post drinks, alcoholic or nonalcoholic and I have yet to post a jello shot. I need to get on it.

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