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
    Commented Jul 14, 2010 at 18:43
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    I voted to close, but I wouldn't have voted if the question was rephrased to something like Harlan suggested.
    – jumoel
    Commented Jul 14, 2010 at 19:11
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    It's edible and it involves preparation, not brewing. I think the Prohibition Posse should relax a bit.
    – hobodave
    Commented Jul 14, 2010 at 19:23
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    What's wrong with mixed drink questions? Commented Jul 14, 2010 at 19:47
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    @Brendan: A subset of the community thinks they should be banned. See: meta.cooking.stackexchange.com/questions/121/…
    – hobodave
    Commented Jul 14, 2010 at 20:23

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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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