Apple Cider and Buttered Rum Jello Shots

Merry Christmas friends!

If you follow my Facebook page, you know we took a vote. Apple cider and buttered rum jello shots or champagne jello shots.

Behold …. a jello shot is born.

I meant to get this post up a couple days ago but ran out of time before we headed out the door to visit our grandparents in Southern Virginia (photos coming soon).

My mom came up with this whole concept and They. Are. De-licious. Don’t worry I only smelled them … but a room full of people will vouch for me.

I added red food coloring to the apple cider so there would be a color difference in the layers (apple cider and buttered rum are actually very similar in color) and the Knox makes them perfect for picking up with your fingers.

I hope everyone had an amazing Christmas morning. I know I did.

P.S. I’m still going to make a new champagne jello shot, look for that post on Friday. (For a kid friendly non-alcoholic version just use cold water mixed with 2 tablespoons of butterscotch syrup instead of schnapps)

UPDATE 1/6/2015 – I’ve made some edits to this recipe based on suggestions from folks who have tried it. I added more apple cider and bumped up the buttered rum for  flavor! Thanks for your feedback.

Apple Cider and Buttered Rum Jello Shots (makes 18-24 cubes)
3 cups apple cider
3/4 cup butterscotch schnapps
1/4 cup light rum
6-10 drop red food coloring
4 envelopes Knox gelatin
10×10 square pan

1. Pour 1 cup apple cider into a medium sauce pan. Add 3-5 drops of red food coloring into your cider until you get your desired red color. Sprinkle 2 envelopes of Knox gelatin on top. Let it sit for 1-2 minutes. Turn on the heat stir and dissolve all of the gelatin and bring the cider to a light boil. Turn off the heat.

2. Spray non stick cooking spray on your 10×10 pan. Add 3-5 drops of red food coloring into 1 cup of cold apple cider. Pour that cup of cold cider into your hot cider. Pour that into the 10×10 pan.

3. Let the apple cider gelatin set. Should take 30-60 minutes.

4. Pour 1 cup apple cider into a medium sauce pan. Sprinkle 2 envelopes of Knox gelatin on top. Let it sit for 1-2 minutes. Turn on the heat stir and dissolve all of the gelatin and bring water to a light boil. Turn off the heat and add 3/4 cup butterscotch schnapps and 1/4 cup light rum.

5. Pour your buttered rum gelatin on top of your set apple cider gelatin. Let it set overnight.

6. Run a warm butter knife along the edges of your pan. Flip over the pan releasing the jello. Cut the jello into strips and then into cube. Keep cold until serving. Make the night before serving.

16 Responses to “Apple Cider and Buttered Rum Jello Shots”

  1. Made in Sonoma posted on December 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm (#)

    Merry Christmas, Michelle!

  2. Judy posted on October 10, 2014 at 12:45 pm (#)

    Do your jello shots work well in the plastic cups with lids or are they too firm? Love your site!

    • Michelle replied on October 10th, 2014 at 2:05 pm

      Great questions! I don’t think anyone has ever asked me that before. In this particular recipe I would drop down the Knox by just 1/2 a packet. I would put 1.5 envelopes Knox for each layer instead of 2. Does that make sense? 🙂 Thank you!

  3. Judy posted on October 13, 2014 at 2:42 pm (#)

    Great thanks!!!

  4. crishana posted on December 14, 2014 at 10:11 pm (#)

    Your list of ingredients calls for 2 cups of apple cider, but your instructions only use one cup. Are you suppose to use 2? or do you only need one?

    • Michelle replied on December 29th, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      Crishana — I emailed you back a response right after you posted this but in case anyone else is wondering the same thing, in step two is where you add the second cup.

  5. Deb posted on December 15, 2014 at 6:18 am (#)

    I was really expecting a fabulous Jell-O shot (who doesn’t love butterscotch schnapps and apple cider?). While the recipe was super easy, the tray set up well (both layers), and the color was great (I used more red to get good contrast), the flavor was very bland w/little to no apple or butterscotch favor at all. I took them to a family holiday event last night and no one could figure out what they were supposed to taste like (and sadly, they were universally poorly rated). I definitely recommend a rework of the recipe. Perhaps replacing the cup of water w/more cider and/or more butterscotch schnapps. Yes, crishana, you need both cups of cider – in step 1 (warmed) and step 2 (cold).

    • Michelle replied on December 15th, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      Booo. I am sorry they weren’t a hit at your party Deb. I can see how the water in the second layer cup might make the flavors more subdued. Perhaps I will add an option for a stronger shot that uses all schnapps and a little rum. Thanks for the feed back! 🙂 

  6. Gina posted on December 24, 2014 at 4:30 am (#)

    I had to come back and share my experience.  I was halfway through making this recipe when I read the (negative) comments and got worried my shooters would be a flop!  So I experimented by replacing the 1 c. Water with 1 c. Schnapps, and rum for both the 1/4 & 1/3 cups in the final step.  I also fancied them up a little with a small dollop of whipped cream and a dash of cinnamon on top right before serving.
    End result?  A boozy but delicious shot that my entire extended in-law family LOVED at Christmas dinner!!  Even great grandma and grandpa enjoyed (grandpa even had seconds!) So thank you, Michelle!!!  🙂

    • Michelle replied on December 29th, 2014 at 4:28 pm

      Thank you Gina! After reading some of these comments I think I am going to go back and tweak this recipe alittle. I think adding more butterscotch schnapps on both layers is the answer. I was pregnant when I made these and couldn’t try them, I had to rely on taste testers 🙂 Thanks again for your KIND feedback and suggestions. Happy New Year!

  7. Jodi Newcom posted on October 29, 2015 at 5:51 pm (#)

    I have everything BUT a 10×10 pan.  How critical is it to have that exact size?  Would I change the recipe at all?  Or they will just be thinner/thicker?


  8. shell posted on October 29, 2015 at 7:24 pm (#)

    Do you let it set refrigerated  Michelle

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