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In this video learn how to make this classic, college drink: The Jello Shot, step-by-step.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make Jello Shots

Hi, I'm Gregory Lay. I'm a bartender here at the Roebling Sporting Club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I'm here for About.com to show you how to make jello shots. 

Now, the first thing I'd like to say about jello shots is that they tend to be a little on the potent side. So, you have to be careful when drinking them.

In a Bowl, Mix Ingredients Together

I have here my gelatin. I'm going to pour that right into the bowl. Empty its contents completely in, and then you're going to slowly mix in the boiling water. Very slowly as to dissolve the gelatin into the water. What I have here is one cup of boiling water. 

Add Cold Water and Chilled Alcohol

Now that I've dissolved my gelatin in my cup of boiling water, I'm now going to add the half cup of cold water and the half cup of chilled alcohol. In this case, I've chosen to use citrus vodka.

One of the great things about jello shots is that you can actually convert any of your favorite cocktails into jello shots. For example, for a margarita jello shot, simply replace the alcohol with tequila and triple sec. Use lime jello as the base. For a cosmopolitan jello shot, use some cranberry jello, vodka, triple sec and lime juice. And, for a bahama mama jello shot, use Malibu rum, peach schnapps and watermelon jello. 

Portion out Jello Shots

The next step is just to portion out the jello shots, and for that, I'm going to use these small plastic ramekins. Obviously, this will yield a lot more jello shots than you'll see right here, but this is just a little sample platter. 

And there you have it. The next step, just throw these guys in the refrigerator. That's it.

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