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Sweet Tea Jello Shots

These Sweet Tea Jello Shots are the perfect party piece to pull out at your next gathering. A fun and delicious way to enjoy a shot. Laced with whiskey and sweet tea flavors this promises to become a party favorite. 

This will become your new favorite summer drink. It is such a fun way to enjoy the flavors of sweet tea and whiskey in a unique way. If you were looking for a drink that was a bit of a crowd-pleaser then this shot recipe is the one to try.

You can buy these sorts of things at the grocery store, but we think it is so much better to make your own. You can control the flavors and the amount of alcohol that is added. 

One of the best things about this jello shot recipe is that you can add different flavors or use your favorite tea.

Whether that is black tea bags, use loose leaf tea and strain, or even a flavored tea like mint tea, it will all work with this shot recipe. You can also change up the alcohol and flavors, there are some variations mentioned later in this post. 

They are the perfect festive jello shots to pull out during the holiday season, but the sweet flavor will also work during the summer months and are ideal for any special occasion. These mini jello shots will always be well-received, especially when served cool on a hot day. 

If you like the idea of these sweet tea jello shots then you will love the Easy Immunity Shot Booster. It isn't a jello shot but has incredible health and nutrition properties and is ideal if you are super conscious of your health. 

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Three lined up Sweet Tea Jello Shots.

Why You’ll Love The Sweet Tea Jello Shots

  • Easy to make - The hardest part is waiting for the shots to set. 
  • Sweet and delicious - The sweet tea flavors balance out the taste of whiskey and make a great-tasting jello shot and drink. 
  • A versatile jello shot - You can play around with the flavors and what you add to these cute mini jello shots. 

Ingredients Needed

Get all the info on how much you need of these simple ingredients in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Whiskey
  • Tea Bags
  • Boiling Water
  • Sugar
  • Unflavored Gelatin
  • Lemon slices for garnish

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How To Make The Sweet Tea Jello Shots 

This is the full recipe to make the unique jello shots. 

  1. Gather all of your ingredients together and boil the water. Pour the boiling water into a pitcher or jug and then add the tea bags and the sugar. Give everything a good store and then let the tea steep for around 20 minutes. 
  2. Remove tea bags from the water and then sprinkle the gelatin over the stewed tea. let the gelatine bloom for around 15 minutes. It will need to have completely dissolved. Give the tea mixture a good stir and then add the whiskey. Stir again to make sure everything is combined. 
  3. Place the mini mason shot glasses on a small tray or baking/cookie sheet. Pour the tea and gelatin mixture into the shot glasses. Place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
  4. Garnish with a slice of lemon or lemon wedge and then serve. Enjoy!
A collage of images showing how to make jello shots with sweet tea.

Recipe Variations

Not keen on whiskey? No problem! You could make a sweet tea vodka shot or even add some light rum to the shot instead. You don't need a whole lot of vodka or rum for these delicious jello shots and you will still get all of that sweet tea flavor. 

Want a citrus flavor? You could easily add some citrus flavor to these jelly shots. You could use a cup citrus vodka instead of whiskey, you could juice lemons or even add a dash of bottled lemon juice. Just use the remaining lemons to garnish. 

Skip the jelly. If you don't want to make jello shots this is still an incredible cocktail drink to enjoy. You could allow the tea to cool completely and then serve it over ice. Just skip the gelatin part of the recipe. You could also enjoy this drink warm. Many people associate hot whiskey as a cure for the common cold. 

​Make it peachy. You could look to use the juice from peach rings or add some peach flavor to this recipe instead. It is such a fun flavor and is naturally sweet to counteract the alcohol.

Avoid alcohol altogether. You could use a cold glass of lemonade instead of the whiskey in this recipe to make a mocktail-style shot or drink. Perfect to let the kids enjoy something a little different.  

A purple linen cloth with three sweet tea jello shots.

Tips & Tricks

  • If you have made these jello shots ahead of time then store them on the top shelf of the refrigerator until you are ready to serve them. Make sure they are sealed or covered. 
  • Make sure you give the jello shots enough time in the refrigerator to set. This is the perfect recipe to make ahead of time. The day before will be ideal. They are next level so worth the wait. 
  • The longer you leave the tea, the stronger the flavor. Leaving it longer is the perfect way to intensify that flavor. 
A few Sweet Tea Jello shots with lemon wedges.

Storage

To store these jello shots you just need to add them to an airtight container or seal the mason jars if you have lids. You can then store them in the refrigerator for up to two months, believe it or not.

A great tip is to store them on the top shelf. However, they are best enjoyed sooner rather than later. 

If you have any leftovers then you could look to freeze the sweet tea jello shots. Freeze them individually or even add the tea to an ice cube tray and allow them to set.

Make sure they have time to thaw before enjoying one or two in the summer months. 

Closely looking at a sweet tea jello shot in a mason jar.

FAQ

Can I add more alcohol to this jello shot recipe?

Sure! It will affect the consistency slightly so be mindful that you may need a little extra gelatin for the shots to set properly. 

What alcohol is best for jello shots?

We have used whiskey for this recipe, however, you could use vodka, either regular vodka or flavored, or even a rum. Tequila might also work well but you may need to balance things out with the sweetness. 

How many jello shots equal a drink?

It's important to keep in mind that there ar varying sizes of shot glasses. If we are thinking that a shot is 1.5 fluid ounces, then we can say that there are 4 shots in half a cup.
This recipe makes about 6 jello tea shots, which uses about 4 shots of whiskey from the half cup of whiskey.
So, if we consider one shot is equal to one drink, there are technically only 4 true "drinks" even though we've made 6, so you would need 1.5 of these sweet tea jello shots to be equivalent to one drink.

A few sweet tea jello shots with text overlay.

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A few Sweet Tea Jello Shots in mason jars.

Sweet Tea Jello Shots

A fun summery drink for adults.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sweet Tea Jello Shots
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Chill Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Mason Jar Recipe

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of Whiskey
  • 3 Tea Bags
  • 4 cups of Boiling Water
  • 1 Cup of Sugar
  • 2 Envelopes of Unflavored Gelatin

Instructions

  • Gather all of your ingredients together and boil the water. Pour the boiling water into a pitcher or jug and then add the tea bags and the sugar. Give everything a good store and then let the tea steep for around 20 minutes.
  • Remove tea bags from the water and then sprinkle the gelatin over the stewed tea. let the gelatine bloom for around 15 minutes. It will need to have completely dissolved. Give the tea mixture a good stir and then add the whiskey. Stir again to make sure everything is combined.
  • Place the mini mason shot glasses on a small tray or baking/cookie sheet. Pour the tea and gelatin mixture into the shot glasses. Place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
  • Garnish with a slice of lemon or lemon wedge and then serve. Enjoy!

Nutritional Disclaimer

These Nutritional Facts are ESTIMATED. Your actual nutritional info with this recipe may vary depending on the brands you choose. “Mason Jar Recipe” is not a registered dietician or nutritionist. The provided nutritional info above is based on a generic calculator, if you want more accurate info, use your nutritional calculator of choice where you can choose brands and get more info that way.

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