Boozy Rainbow Jello Pinwheels

How cool are these?

I’ve seen them floating around Pinterest and always wondered “do you think I could put booze in those?”

Well guess what? You can!

Boozy Rainbow Jello Pinwheels

I was a little intimidated by the process (even though there are only three ingredients) and I did mess up my first batch. But that ‘s a good thing, because now I can  tell you what not to do and yours will be perfect!

You’re welcome 🙂


Here are some tips:

1. Use brand new, fresh marshmallows, not the opened and slightly stale ones you have in your pantry. (doh)

2. Don’t over heat the jello or marshmallows. You will see what I mean when you get to Step 3.

3. Make sure your measurements are precise. Exactly 1/2 cup (no more) booze. See my broken green pinwheel? That’s what happens.


These are fun for any holiday. Halloween is Friday and you could do purple and orange. You could do red and green for Christmas, blue for Hanukkah. You could do rainbow for summer parties or just stick to one of your favorite colors.

In my opinion the blue and red tasted best.

You can also leave the booze out and make them for the kiddos. Austin is too little for this kind of stuff but my husband (the biggest kid in the house) loved them, even the non alcoholic ones.


I watched this video to help me with the steps. He is almost 100% spot on. The only thing I did differently was replace the water with booze and I used a plain old knife to cut the spirals, not the fancy threading knife.

Print Recipe

Boozy Rainbow Jello Pinwheels

Yield: 7-8 pinwheels

Prep Time: 5 mins

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour 5 mins


  • 1 box jello (3 oz.)
  • 1/2 cup flavored vodka (I used whipped cream flavored)
  • 1 cup marshmallows
  • olive oil or cooking spray
  • 9x9 inch square pan


Step 1: Add your jello to a medium sized microwaveable bowl. Add your 1/2 cup alcohol.

Step 2: Microwave for 40 seconds, just enough to dissolve the gelatin but not cook out the booze.

Step 3: Add your 1 cup marshmallows right away and toss them in the boozy jello liquid. Microwave them for another 20 seconds. DO NOT OVER HEAT THEM. If you over cook the marshmallows they won't do that really cool magic separating thing.

Step 4: Take the bowl out of the microwave and whisk the marshmallows right away until they all dissolve. (this should only take 30 seconds max to make sure they are all whisked in)

Step 5: Pour the liquid into a greased 9x9 inch pan and refrigerate for an hour.

Step 6: Run a knife around the rim of the set jello then carefully peel up one end and roll it towards the other end. (See the video) Pull out your rolls (should look like my second photo) and then cut half inch to one inch roll ups.

Serve and enjoy responsibly! 

4 Responses to “Boozy Rainbow Jello Pinwheels”

  1. Norma posted on December 17, 2014 at 1:47 pm (#)

    2 Questions: what did you use to cut your 1″ pinwheels? & what can I do it with (do not have the fishing line-looking thingy he had in his video)

    & what is the wattage on the microwave that you set for 20secs? (so I can compare the watts & adjust accordingly) 


  2. Carlee posted on January 10, 2015 at 11:39 pm (#)

    Norma you use thread to cut it. Slide the thread underneath and cross ends of thread on top of the roll and pull. 🙂

  3. Sandra Mort posted on June 27, 2015 at 7:41 pm (#)

    What a great idea! I don’t eat jello, but I make jello shots from scratch. I was thinking that making a White Russian jello shot this way would be really adorable!

    Here are the ones I made for my sister’s birthday a few years back. The recipe is in the comments.

  4. kim posted on July 27, 2015 at 1:54 pm (#)

    love this! its adorable and seems quick enough to make. I love making jello shots, my favorite is pineapple and stroh rum and was looking for new ideas for my 30th that’s in a few weeks and came across your blog. absolutely a new fan. I have a question, how long do you think they will keep in the fridge? I need to make quite a few and wondering what would be the best storage advice you have?

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