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When making jello shots, what proportions do you typically use?

For hard liquor like Gin, Tequila or Vodka, I've been using 1 part hot water to dissolve the jello and then 1 part cold spirits. Some of these seem stronger than others.

For a liqueur like Pama (only 17%), it froze in the freezer and I had to wait for it to thaw. I used 1 part cold Pama, but the general consensus was that the shot needed to be stronger.

The Jello seems to gel just fine.

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This is really close to being off-topic for being a mixed-drink question. On the other hand, gelatin use is highly on-topic! I'm inclined to vote to close this one, but recommend rephrasing it as something like "How does alcohol affect gel proportions?" and asking about gelatin vs agar vs etc, etc. Rather than jello shots. :) – Harlan Jul 14 '10 at 18:43
I voted to close, but I wouldn't have voted if the question was rephrased to something like Harlan suggested. – jmoeller Jul 14 '10 at 19:11
It's edible and it involves preparation, not brewing. I think the Prohibition Posse should relax a bit. – hobodave Jul 14 '10 at 19:23
What's wrong with mixed drink questions? – Brendan Long Jul 14 '10 at 19:47
@Brendan: A subset of the community thinks they should be banned. See:… – hobodave Jul 14 '10 at 20:23
up vote 8 down vote accepted

i came across this webpage ( ) some time ago. i think you may want to read into it.

so there it seems that

1) you can add up to 20oz 80-proof vodka without making the gelling a failure 2) for sugar-free kind jello shots you can use even more alcohol

Do have a look at that webpage. tons of information on jello shots!

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Can you edit your post so that the link is clickable? – Oren Hizkiya Jul 14 '10 at 21:41
yes & done as suggested. – bubu Jul 15 '10 at 0:10

You are probably fine with the 1:1 ratio for your likely 80 proof liquors. For weaker liqueurs just add more. You probably want 2:1 if you can get it to work.

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