Pina Colada Jello Shots

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If you like Pina Coladas, then you’ll love these pina colada jello shots! They’re the perfect summer cocktail and have a strong pineapple and coconut flavor! Serve them at a tropical party or a pool party for a festive treat.

Also, try our frozen pina colada and watermelon pina colada recipe too! 

pina colada jello shots

We are huge fans of all things tropical, the weather, beach, and flavors of pineapple and coconut make our hearts burst! This is why we absolutely love making these fun jello shots for summer get-togethers. Our guests love being served a unique jello shot made with real pineapple juice and coconut rum!

To make them more sophisticated we serve them in small shot glasses with a mini spoon. It feels better scooping a small amount out, rather than shooting it all at once!

What we love about this recipe is that it uses fresh pineapple juice, coconut rum for extra flavor, and coconut cream. They have a jello-like texture with a little creaminess. Top them with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry for the most beautiful jello shot! 

the best pina colada jello shots with a red cherry

What are Jello Shots?

These jiggly, tasty treats – sometimes called ‘jelly shots’ – are simply jelly spiked with alcohol. They are super fun and so easy to make. They can be created a few days in advance if needed. This recipe uses coconut rum for an alcoholic kick.

How to Make Pina Colada Jello Shots

The best part about this recipe is that it’s made with just 5 simple ingredients!

gelatin, pineapple juice, coconut cream, water, coconut rum

Ingredients

The full recipe is in the recipe card below.

Gelatin – Unflavored gelatine.

Water

Pineapple Juice – Use 100% pineapple juiqce.

Cream of Coconut – We keep this on hand to make any tropical, pina colada recipes.

Coconut Rum – We used Malibu Coconut Rum to make these and love the added flavor of coconut. However, any white rum will do!

pineapple jello shot in a measuring cup

Directions

  1. Pour the water into a bowl and Sprinkle the gelatine over the top. Set aside.
  2. Heat the pineapple juice and cream of coconut until it’s just boiling. 
  3. Add the gelatin mixture to the juice and mix until all of the gelatin has dissolved.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the coconut rum.
  5. Fill up each shot glass 3/4 of the way full.
  6. Chill for 5 hours or overnight.
pouring pina colada jello shots into shot glasses

Tips for Making Pina Colada Jello Shots

They only keep fresh for 2 days so eat them quickly.

If you don’t have coconut rum, use a light white rum.

Garnish them with shredded coconut, a cherry or whipped cream.

Do not pour directly from the saucepan, let the mixture cool a few minutes, then transfer to a heat-proof bowl with a spout.  

If you want to make these and take them to go then serve them in compostable corn plastic cups with lids.

Shot Glasses

Here are some of our favorite shot glasses to serve jello shots in. If you’re serving them in a glass you’ll also need small spoons to scoop it out as well.

Teardrop Tasting Shot Glasses

Hatch Shot Glass

Dorset Shot Glasses

tropical jello shots

What is the best alcohol to use for jello shots?

Most jello shot recipes use vodka since it’s a clear, versatile spirit. However, you can make jello shots with any type of alcohol and it depends on the recipe you’re making. For these pina colada jello shots, we use coconut rum. We also use Irish whiskey in our green jello shots.  

How much alcohol can you put in jello shots?

A basic ratio for jello shots is 1 1/2 cups of juice or water, one packet of gelatin, 1/2 – 3/4 cup of alcohol.

What color is pina colada jello?

These jello shots have a light, pale yellow color since they are made with pineapple juice and coconut cream. If you’re using a pineapple Jello packet, they will have a bright yellow color.

Looking for a virgin recipe? Try our virgin pina colada! You can also make this virgin by using coconut water instead of rum. Add a little rum extract in there for flavor and you have a non-alcoholic jello shot!

pina colada jello shots with shredded coconut

More Jello Shot Recipes You’ll Love

Cranberry Jello Shots

Jameson Whiskey Jello Shots 

Red White and Blue Jello Shots

Hard Apple Cider Jello Shots 

Champagne and Chambord Jello Shots 

Skull Jello Shots

When to Serve Pina Colada Jello Shots

Serve this festive cocktail on any summer occasion! Here are a few ideas:

Brunch

Pool Party 

Beach Bonfire 

Birthday Party it’s also perfect for a last-minute birthday party!

Carnival Party

Garden Party 

Tropical Party

Simple Summer Gathering

More Rum Cocktails You’ll Love

If you love rum drinks and cocktails, try these recipes!

Rum Punch Recipe

Havana Cocktail

Pineapple Coconut Rum Popsicles

Toasted Coconut Pineapple Cocktail

Also, check out our fruity jolly rancher shot recipe! They’re great for a summer party.

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the best pina colada jello shots with a red cherry

Pina Colada Jello Shots

A tropical jello shot made with pineapple juice, coconut cream and rum!
4 from 4 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 8 shots
Calories: 154kcal
Author: Eden

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ounce unflavored gelatin, 2 packets
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 4 tbsp cream of coconut
  • 1 cup coconut rum
  • 8 Maraschino cherries, to garnish

Instructions

  • Pour the water into a bowl and Sprinkle the gelatine over the top. Set aside.
    sprinkling gelatin over water
  • Heat the pineapple juice and cream of coconut until it’s just boiling. 
    pineapple juice and coconut cream in a saucepan
  • Add the gelatin mixture to the juice and mix until all of the gelatin has dissolved.
    adding gelatin to a saucepan with pineapple juice
  • Remove from heat and stir in the coconut rum.
    coconut rum pouring into a saucepan to make jello shots
  • Fill up each shot glass 3/4 of the way full. 
    pouring pina colada jello shots into shot glasses
  • Chill for 5 hours or overnight. 
    tropical jello shots

Notes

Use white rum if you don’t have coconut rum. 
They only keep fresh for 2 days so eat them quickly.
If you don’t have coconut rum, use a light white rum.
Garnish them with shredded coconut, a cherry or whipped cream.
Do not pour directly from the saucepan, let the mixture cool a few minutes, then transfer to a heat-proof bowl with a spout.  
If you want to make these and take them to go then serve them in compostable corn plastic cups with lids.

Nutrition

Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg
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2 thoughts on “Pina Colada Jello Shots”

  1. 2 stars
    This recipe has potential but there is a typo in the ingredients. It says two packets of gelatin but also says 2 oz. Each packet is .25 oz. Unfortunately I went with the oz quantity and not the number of packets so I used 8 packets and they were absolutely awful. The texture was like cartilage. I do want to try with the proper ratio.

    Reply
    • Thanks for letting us know about the typo. Sorry, it didn’t work out for you. It did say 2 packets right next to it and it shows 2 packets in the photos. It’s really a great recipe but yet 8 packets would not be good.

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