Signature Sips: Glowing Jello Shots

Another week, another cocktail…sort of. Maybe it’s the change of the season, maybe it’s the aftermath of the total eclipse, but things just haven’t been going my way, INCLUDING these black light Jello shots.

Every step I took led to some type of roadblock, and at the end of the day I ended up making enough shots for about four dozen people. Luckily for me, no one in the office minded surprise Jello shots on a Tuesday – except maybe HR (sorry!).

In order to save you a headache, I am going to outline each step below and include the hurdles I faced. Hopefully this way, you can avoid my errors and make these super cool party shots in one try…instead of four.


For this recipe, you will need:

  • Lightly colored Jello
  • Vodka
  • Tonic water
  • Plastic shot glasses
  • Black light

Making the Jello

In a medium saucepan, boil one cup of tonic water. Once boiled, pour in a full packet of Jello. Once the powder is dissolved, mix in a half cup of vodka and a half cup of regular tap water. Now, remove from the heat and pour into your shot glasses – let chill in the fridge for at least three hours.

Do yourself a favor and just order the shot glasses on Amazon. Seriously. I couldn’t find them and I went to FIVE stores. No one sells them. It’s like their trying to tell us full-grown adults shouldn’t being doing Jello shots. Whatever, guys. I live by my own rules.

It’s gonna get lit

Once your shots have chilled, set them up at your party (or shower room with the lights off if you’re like me), and position a black light on them. Now, watch it glow! Pretty cool, right? The key is the tonic water – it’s black light activated!

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Now I’m going to do you another favor: just splurge for a real black light. Don’t be like me and buy the cheap one in the dollar section. Because guess what? It’s not actually a black light….it’s just a purple light bulb. AND it says it right on the package.

And don’t make the same mistake a second time at a different store. Seriously guys. TWICE. Fool me once, light bulb: shame on your misleading packaging. Fool me twice: I should just quit while I’m ahead. So, in summary, buy the nice light on Amazon that is actually a black light flash light and not a purple light bulb.

If there was any upside to this whole process, it’s that I ended up only being able to find clear baby food containers for shot glasses. May sound strange, but they have a key feature: lids. Now, being an adult, I feel like I constantly ask myself, “how low can your life really go?” well, I have my answer: Jello shots on the go – for those really trying days (every day).

So, there you have it. I’ll be honest, this one was a struggle. But hopefully you learn from my mistakes and just set yourself up for success from the beginning. I believe in you!

Cheers – happy…..what verb is appropriate for shots? IDK. Here’s a ten minute loop of the chorus of Shots.



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