Looking for a fun and easy way to get the party started? Champagne Jello shots are the perfect party treat made with sparkling wine, vodka, soda, unflavored gelatin, and gold sprinkles.
What We Love about Champagne Jello Shots
- They can be made several days in advance – which means you don’t have to waste any time on party day.
- Let out your inner child in a sophisticated way. Champagne jello shots are full of all the fun of your favorite childhood wiggly treat, but look so much prettier with their gold tone and star sprinkles on top.
- Not just for New Year’s Eve – How fun would these be for a bachelorette party, 21st birthday, or golden globes party? You could even make these for date night at home to spruce up a romantic night in.
How to Make Champagne Jello Shots:
To make things even easier for you, I created a simple step-by-step photo guide below. For all measurements and a more detailed guide, check out the recipe card at the bottom of this page.
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Step 1 – Add Champagne, vodka, and sugar to a medium saucepan. Sprinkle unflavored gelatin on top.
Step 2 – Heat on medium low, stirring with a whisk to make sure the gelatin fully dissolves. Remove from heat when the gelatin and sugar are dissolved, and the the mixture is steamy, but not boiling. (About 5 minutes.)
Step 3 – Stir in 2 cups chilled lemon lime soda. Allow the Jello mixture to cool and the carbonation from the soda to dissipate. This may take several minutes.
Step 4 – Once the foam is mostly gone, pour evenly into 2 oz. plastic cups. Move the cups to the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours.
Step 5 – Garnish with confetti star sprinkles just before serving.
Don’t skip these tips – read them before cooking to avoid any potential mistakes.
Don’t let the mixture come to boiling on the stovetop
The alcohol will cook out quickly if it starts to boil.
Add your plastic cups or molds to a tray before filling them.
This way you can easily move everything to the fridge
How to Serve Your Champagne Jello Shots
- Mini plastic cups. The lids make them so easy to stack!
- Pull out your old college shot glass set. This is a great eco-friendly option.
- Cut Out Jello Cubes: Pour the mixture into well greased 9×13 pan. When the jello is set, cut it into cubes and then stack it high on your party tray.
- Use an ice cube tray or silicone mold. Remember to grease well with cooking spray so the Jello shots come out easily.
My preferred method is to use individual cups for Jello shots. The lids make them easy to transport to another party, and to stack in the fridge while they set. You also don’t have to worry about gelatin sticking as you remove it from the tray or mold.
Grab an Eyedropper
We have eyedroppers that came with this set of silicone molds. They were perfect for moving the last bits of mixture to the cups without making a huge mess.
Trouble Getting the Jello Shots Out of the Cups?
You can spritz the jello cups with a bit of cooking spray before adding the mixture to them, but my preferred method is to run a toothpick around the rim of the jello shot cup to loosen it.
Just make sure you have a container of toothpicks next to the jello shots on your party table.
Substitutions and Adaptations
- Swap out the champagne for sparkling apple cider for a non-alcoholic version.
- Instead of plain vodka, use strawberry or cherry flavored vodka for a sweeter twist.
- Unflavored gelatin lets the champagne taste come through, but some people swear by using flavored gelatin. (Let me know in the comments below if you try it!)
- Swap out the lemon-lime soda with ginger ale for a jello shot with a bit of spice.
- Instead of sprinkles, dust your champagne jello shots with gold sanding sugar, add a bit of edible gold glitter to the top for a more sophisticated look, or use pop rocks for a fun and unexpected twist.
What type of Champagne to use?
While you can make these with any kind of sparkling wine, our tests with Brut leaned toward the bitter side. That’s why I recommend using a sweeter, inexpensive, champagne or sparkling wine.
The jello shots you see here were made with Barefoot Bubbly Moscato, but any demi sec or sweet champagne should work.
You could even use pink champagne to make pink champagne jello shots.
Can you make a non-alcoholic version?
Yes! Simply replace the champagne and vodka with 2 cups of sparkling apple cider.
How Can I Reduce the Sugar in the Recipe?
I don’t recommend replacing the sugar in the cooked mixture.
However, you can reduce the sugar in your jello shots by replacing the lemon-lime soda with plain club soda. Just make sure you use a sweeter champagne, as it will be quite bitter otherwise.
(This works especially well with the non-alcoholic version.)
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- 1.5 cups Champagne or sparkling wine
- ½ cup vodka
- 1 tablespoon granulated Sugar
- 4 envelopes Knox gelatin (1 ounce total)
- 2 cups lemon-lime soda, chilled
- Confetti Star Sprinkles
- Add 1.5 cups Champagne, 1/2 cup vodka, and 1 tablespoon sugar to a medium saucepan. Sprinkle four envelopes of unflavored Knox gelatin on top.
- Heat over medium low heat, stirring with a whisk to make sure the gelatin fully dissolves. Remove from heat when the gelatin and sugar are dissolved, and the the mixture is steamy, but not boiling. About 5 minutes.
- Stir in 2 cups chilled lemon lime soda. Allow the Jello mixture to cool and the carbonation from the soda to dissipate. This may take several minutes.
- Once the foam is mostly gone, pour evenly into 2 oz. plastic cups. Move the cups to the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours.
- Garnish with confetti star sprinkles just before serving.
Remember, the step-by-step photos and FAQ in the recipe post are there to help you if you feel stuck at any point.
- I recommend using a sweeter, inexpensive, champagne or sparkling wine rather than a Brut.
- Don’t let the mixture come to a boil on the stovetop. That will cause the alcohol to cook out too quickly.
- Add your plastic cups or molds to a tray before filling them so you can easily move everything to the fridge to set.
- An eyedropper is very helpful for moving the last bits of mixture to the cups without making a huge mess.
- When ready to eat, run a toothpick around the rim of the jello shot cup to loosen.
- To make a non-alcoholic version, replace the champagne and vodka with 2 cups of sparkling apple cider
- You can reduce the sugar in your jello shots by replacing the lemon-lime soda with plain club soda.