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Close up photo of mai tai flavored jello shots on a what serving board garnished with maraschino cherries.
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Mai Tai Jello Shots

Mai Tai Jello Shots takes all the classic Mai Tai ingredients and turns them into a fun, tasty Jello shot that's perfect for your next party! Only 10 minutes of prep time is needed to make over a dozen!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Chill Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 8 mins
Course: Drink
Cuisine: American
Servings: 18 shots
Calories: 94kcal



  • Whisk together gelatin and 2 ounces of pineapple juice in a large heat-safe mixing bowl and let sit so the gelatin can bloom.
    2 tablespoons unflavored gelatin, 6 ounces pineapple juice
  • Heat the remaining pineapple juice and the orange juice in a pot until just barely simmering, remove and pour into the bowl with the gelatin mix and whisk until combined.
    6 ounces pineapple juice, 6 ounces orange juice
  • Whisk in the rums, triple sec, and orgeat syrup, and pour the mixture into 18 2-ounce sized plastic cups on a baking sheet. Do not fill to the brim, leave room for the grenadine and lid.
    5 ounces spiced rum, 5 ounces coconut rum or white rum, 2 ounces triple sec, 1.5 ounces orgeat syrup
  • Use a measuring spoon to add ½ teaspoon of grenadine to each cup, pouring it slowly near the edge so that it settles to the bottom to create a layer.
    1.5 ounces grenadine syrup
  • Place jello shots in the refrigerator to set for 1.5 to 3 hours.
  • Add a maraschino cherry just before serving.
    maraschino cherries


Final Amount Varies - The amount of shots recipe makes will vary based on the size of the cup you use and how full you fill it.
Skip The Molds - In my experience, fun shaped silicone molds aren't the best and you usually have to use cooking spray with them for jello shots which makes them kind of gross.
Don't Overfill - If you're not planning on serving these right after they set and are storing them in the fridge for a few days, make sure to leave room at the top for the lid.
Mini Baster - This is actually the cleanest and easiest way to fill up your shot glasses. I love this mini baster!
Measuring Cup - I have found that a small measuring cup also works great for distributing the shots into the cups. I really like this cup because it has a nice spout for easy, no mess pouring.
Cookie Sheet - The easiest way to transport from the counter to the refrigerator after filling is by arranging the cups on a cookie sheet.
Shelf Life - They should be consumed within 1 week of being made.


Calories: 94kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Sugar: 7g