Turn a classic wine punch into a fun party shot with this easy Sangria Jello Shots recipe! These cocktails are great for all your get-togethers and are made ahead of time for easy entertaining!
Sangria Jello Shots
These Sangria Jello Shots are bound to be an instant hit with friends! Do you love cocktails for a crowd? I do! They’re one of my favorite drinks when I’m having friends and family over.
I love being able to make a big batch (usually ahead of time) and letting everyone serve themselves. I don’t have to play bartender all day and everyone gets a perfectly mixed drink.
As much as I love pitcher drinks, unique jello shots are my other go-to premade cocktail for parties. There’s something totally fun and delicious about a little cup that takes you back to your childhood but is loaded with booze. Adults only. Sorry kiddos.
After bartending for years, I developed a fondness for sangria. We’d make white and red sangria at work and always run out mid-shift because once you serve one glass, everyone wants one.
When I decided it was time for a new jello shot, sangria jumped to the front of the line.
As much as I love whiskey, sweet and fruity jello shots have a special place in my heart…especially these Pina Colada Jello Shots. So I grabbed a yummy bottle of wine, some juice, and fruit and voila! Sangria jello shots!
I’m planning to make these shots again for Halloween, so I went with a “spooky” wine and grabbed Ménage à Trois Midnight red blend. But any red blend, cabernet, or zinfandel you like should work just fine with the cherry and cranberry juice.
Apples and oranges are a sangria staple and raspberries go great with the juices and red wine profile, that and they’re pretty.
These shots are a little sweet, they have some texture from the fruit pieces, and go down WAY too easily if you ask me.
What You’ll Need to Make these Jello Shots:
- Gelatin: You can’t make jello without gelatin! In this case, you want to use unflavored gelatin which you can buy at grocery stores near the flavored Jello or on Amazon.
- Plastic Containers: For easy transportation, packaging, and consumption, I find these containers to work the best! I love that they come with lids and in a package of 100 so I can use them for several batches of jello shots throughout the holiday season.
- Wine: You’ll want to use a red wine for this recipe, pick your favorite but make sure it pairs well with fruit!
- Fresh Fruit: You can’t have sangria without fresh fruit! Don’t use frozen because the extra water in the fruit could change the outcome of the recipe.
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Sangria Jello Shots
- 2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin (2 packets)
- 2 cups red wine (red blend, cabernet, zinfandel) divided
- 1/2 cup cherry juice
- 1/2 cup cranberry juice
- 1/2 granny smith apple cored removed & finely diced
- 18 mandarin oranges cut into 1/3's
- 18 fresh raspberries cut in half vertically
- 18 2-ounce plastic cups with lids
- Add gelatin to a spouted mixing bowl or 4-cup liquid measuring cup. Pour 1/4 cup of red wine over the gelatin and allow to sit for 5 minutes until the gelatin is absorbed into the wine.Heat 1 cup wine over medium heat until it just begins to simmer. Whisk the hot wine into the gelatin mixture until the gelatin is dissolved. Whisk in the remaining 3/4 cup of wine and both juices until combined. Set aside.Lay out your plastic cups on a baking tray without the lids (for easy transportation). Distribute the diced apples evenly among the cups. Add 3 pieces of orange and 1/2 or a raspberry to each cup.Pour the wine mixture into each cup filling just under the lip so there's room to put the lid on later.Refrigerate the shots for 2-3 hours or until set. Remove shots from the fridge. Place a raspberry half on top of each shot, cut side down. Serve immediately or cover each cup with a lid and refrigerate until ready to serve.