Dirty Shirley Jello Shots

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Enjoy the fruity taste of the adult version of a classic Shirley Temple! Make this refreshing drink recipe into a fun, homemade Dirty Shirley Jello shot in just minutes!

set of jello shots with lime wedges

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We’ve had so much fun making our own homemade Jello shots throughout the years. Our readers have loved our Tequila Sunrise Jello Shots, our classic Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots, and our popular Mojito Jello Shot Recipe. So, we had to try an adult twist on the classic Dirty Shirley cocktail recipe for our next Jello shot creation! A delicious combination of fruity Jello and fizzy soda, with a kick of vodka. What’s not to love?!

This tasty, Shirley Temple drink-inspired Jello shot recipe is incredibly simple to make. It can easily be whipped up in just a few minutes! It pairs great with barbecued foods, chips, and dips, and will look so inviting around Summer charcuterie boards. They’re so cool and refreshing, this recipe makes the perfect poolside boozy treat!

These Jello shots are easily the best take-along for Summer parties, barbecues and get-togethers! We made ours for our Memorial Day backyard bash, but these delicious Jello shots are an absolute go-to for the 4th of July, grad parties, or any fun Summery occasion (or no occasion at all!). They can be easily modified into a non-alcoholic drink recipe, so they’re a fun special treat for kids, too!

To get started, just follow our simple recipe below – soon, you’ll have the perfect Jello shot for any special occasion in no time!

Fun Fact: The child star Shirley Temple enjoyed this sweet drink as a fancy alternative to her parents’ adult beverages. The famous actress was very protective of the name of her special drink and filed a lawsuit against companies attempting to brand the name as one of their own drinks. 


Dirty Shirley Recipe

ingredients for jello shot recipe

Now, you can have one of your favorite drinks in an easy-to-serve Jello shot! This recipe makes the best boozy version of a traditional Shirley Temple and is the perfect remedy for those hot Summer days spent poolside.

Ingredients Needed for Dirty Shirley Temple Jello Shots:

NOTE: We suggest using the name-brand lemon-lime soda as it results in a better flavor. However, any lemon-lime soda will do the trick!

How to Make Easy Jello Shot Recipe:

With these easy steps and simple ingredients, you’ll have the best Dirty Shirley Jello Shots around! No special equipment required. These shots are great for everyone, and are a guaranteed hit for Summer parties and gatherings!

jello mix poured into mixing bowl
water added to jello recipe

First, we’ll start off our recipe by adding the Jello and boiling water together into a medium mixing bowl.

jello recipe hardened from fridge

Then, begin mixing until the Jello has completely dissolved in your bowl.

lemon lime being poured into measuring cup
adding mixture to jello shots

Next, pour in the lemon-lime soda and vodka. We used Sprite for our Jello shot recipe to give it a nice, sweet flavor!

bubbling mixture of jello shots in bowl

Now, just give your mixture a light stir.

clear plastic containers for jello shots

Prepare your empty shot cups by lining them together onto a baking sheet or flat surface that you can easily move.

stirring up the best jello recipe ever

Using an injector or pourable measuring cup, fill each shot cup about ¾ of the way full. Do not fill all the way to the top. 

dirty shirley jello shots on party table

Place the prepared shots in the fridge to chill for 2 hours or until Jello is set. 

set of jello shots with lime slices

Finish off by topping your Jello shots with a dollop of whipped cream, maraschino cherry or lime wedges, if desired. Enjoy!

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Tip: To make these as virgin Jello shots, just replace the vodka with more lemon-lime soda or cold water. Both will work well and result in a delicious, refreshing Summer treat!


Frequently Asked Questions

delicious and refreshing jello shots

Can I Make These Ahead of Time?

You can make these Dirty Shirley Jello Shots up to 1-2 days in advance for maximum enjoyment. They can last in the fridge for up to two weeks, though – just store them safely in the fridge until you are ready to serve!

easy to make dirty shirley jello shots

Can I Use a Different Flavor of Jello?

Any flavor of Jello you’d like will work great for this recipe if you don’t want to use the cherry flavor! Just keep in mind that the color of the Jello will change the overall look of your Dirty Shirley Jello Shots. But if you are looking for something fun and different, go for it!

stack of jello shots for summer

Can I Add Garnish to the Jello Shots for Extra Flavor?

You can absolutely add garnish to your Jello shots! But, if you are not going to serve these right away, we suggest not adding any garnishes until you’re ready to serve them. Just before serving, add the desired toppings(like maraschino cherries) to each Jello shot. Then, put the lids back on them and leave them on until you are ready to enjoy. Easy peasy!

cream topped jello shots

Can I Add More Liquor to These Jello Shots?

For best results, you should put 1/2 cup of liquor into your Jello Shots. But, you are able to add as much as 2/3 cup without changing the texture of the Jello Shots. If you add too much alcohol to your Jello shots, it may cause the Jello Shots to not set properly.


Dirty Shirley Jello Shot Printable Recipe Card

set of jello shots with limes

Dirty Shirley Jello Shots

Enjoy the fruity taste of the adult version of a classic Shirley Temple! Make this refreshing drink recipe into a fun, homemade Jello shot in just minutes!
Print Pin Rate
Course: Drinks
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Yields: 15

What You’ll Need:

Instructions:

  • First, we’ll start off our recipe by adding the Jello and boiling water together into a medium mixing bowl.
    3 oz Box Red Jello, 1/2 Cup Water
  • Then, begin mixing until the Jello has completely dissolved in your bowl.
  • Next, pour in the lemon-lime soda and vodka. We used Sprite for our Jello shot recipe to give it a nice, sweet flavor!
    3/4 Cup Lemon Lime Soda, 1/2 Cup Vodka
  • Now, just give your mixture a light stir.
  • Prepare your empty shot cups by lining them together onto a baking sheet or flat surface that you can easily move.
  • Using an injector or pourable measuring cup, fill each shot cup about ¾ of the way full. Do not fill all the way to the top.
  • Place the prepared shots in the fridge to chill for 2 hours or until Jello is set. 
  • Finish off by topping your Jello shots with a dollop of whipped cream, maraschino cherry or lime wedges, if desired. Enjoy!
    Whipped Cream, Lime Slices

Notes:

Tip: To make these as virgin Jello shots, just replace the vodka with more lemon-lime soda or cold water. Both will work well and result in a delicious, refreshing Summer treat!
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These easy to make Jello shots are a clear favorite for anyone who enjoys a tall glass of Shirley Temple! If you enjoyed this recipe, be sure to check out these 25+ Jello Shot Recipes to try anytime!

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