Baileys & Jameson Jello Shots

These Saint Patrick’s Day green jello shots feature a layer of Jameson Irish whiskey infused with vanilla, topped with a frothy Baileys Irish cream mousse to look like mini green beers!

They are the best tasting jello shots you can have for a fun St. Patrick’s Day party! Each layered shot packs a flavorful punch that will have you feeling the luck of the Irish!

I wanted to create a super cool jello shot recipe to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day that’s truly delicious and not just about the green color. An adapted version of the Lucky Irishman cocktail dressed in emerald green seemed perfect!

I made these green jello shots without lime jello because it would be a sin to hide the wonderful smooth and sweet taste of Irish whiskey!

Instead, I just added green food coloring, plus sugar and a splash of vanilla for a boozy dessert taste!

Ingredients

Below is the short list of the ingredients you’ll need for these Lucky Irishman green jello shots. They are divided by jello shot layer:

Gathered ingredients for Baileys and Jameson Irish whiskey jello shots.

Green jello shot layer

  • Jameson (or any Irish whiskey), 1/2 cup
  • Granulated sugar, 1/4 cup
  • Unflavored (clear) gelatin, 1 envelope
  • 1 cup of boiling water + 1/4 cup of cold water
  • Vanilla flavoring extract, 1/4 teaspoon
  • Green food coloring (Optional, to make green beer shots!)

Baileys Irish cream layer

  • Baileys Irish Cream liqueur, 1 1/2 cup
  • Boiling water, 1/2 cup
  • Unflavored (clear) gelatin, 1 envelope
Upside down green jello shot in mini beer mug.
The best drink for St. Paddy’s is the one that you can’t spill!

Irish cream liqueur: While Baileys is my go-to choice, feel free to use any Irish cream you prefer! Other reputable brands include Ryan’s, St. Brendan’s, Emmets and Carolans (usually much better value than Baileys!)

Irish Whiskey: For a true taste of Ireland, I recommend using Irish whiskey. Different from Scottish or American varieties, Irish whiskey is triple-distilled which gives it incredibly smooth and slightly sweet flavor.

There are many great options, but the one I prefer and that doesn’t break the bank is Jameson Original. It’s wonderful in cocktails, jello shots, in coffee, and specially by itself.

Other affordable brands that work well in these whiskey jello shots include Bushmills and Tullamore D.E.W.

Ingredient substitutions

If you don’t like Irish whiskey, you can substitute 1:1 it for another drink.

  • Fireball cinnamon whisky combined with Baileys Irish cream makes delicious jello shots – you don’t need to add vanilla if using Fireball.
  • White rum or spiced rum, like in these rum and coke jello shots, is another tasty option.
  • Hennessy and Baileys also make a good combo, so you can replace Jameson with Hennessy (or any high quality Cognac / brandy).

How to make

Green jello shot layer

Mixing gelatin powder and sugar with boiling water.

1. In a heat-resistant bowl, mix together one envelope of unflavored gelatin (Knox) and 1/4 cup of sugar until they’re fully combined. Then pour in 1 cup of boiling water and stir until everything’s dissolved and there are no sugar or gelatin crystals left.

Add cold water, whiskey, vanilla and green coloring.

2. Add 1/4 cup of cold water, 1/2 cup of Irish whiskey, 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla and green food coloring (if desired) adjusting the amount until it looks green enough to your liking. I added about 1/4 teaspoon.

3. Arrange jello shot glasses in a tray or baking sheet to prevent spills. Fill each glass about halfway with the gelatin mixture.

Refrigerate for 20 minutes, or until the gelatin is firm, but still sticky on top (not dry).

The reason why you don’t want to allow the first layer to fully set is because the second layer will not stick to it after it’s dry on top. But don’t fret, this isn’t a big deal if serving them out of shot glasses with little spoons.

Now, on to the second delicious layer of these Lucky Irishman jello shots, the Baileys foam!

Baileys jello shot layer

Add Knox gelatin to Baileys to bloom.

4. Sprinkle gelatin over 1/4 cup of Baileys Irish cream and allow it to hydrate for a couple of minutes.

Add boiling water and mix to dissolve.

5. Add boiling water and stir until the gelatin powder is completely dissolved.

Stir in remaining Baileys and whisk with milk frother.

6. Add the remaining Baileys, then mix and whisk with a milk frother or immersion hand blender to create a thick, pale foam – the beer head for your jello shots!

Pour second layer of jello shots.

7. Gently pour the frothy Baileys over the chilled whiskey gelatin layer and refrigerate until it fully sets into a light mousse texture. Serve with small spoons. Sláinte!

Expert tips

How to make strong jello shots

You can easily make stronger jello shots by increasing the alcohol content.

There’s a limit for how much alcohol you can add to gelatin without interfering with its setting properties, but it’s higher than you think.

In the basic jello shot recipe, 1/2 cup of Jameson whiskey is used. You can increase the whiskey by 1/4 cup. Simply replace the 1/4 cup of cold water added in step two of the recipe. Be warned, these will pack a kick!

Firmer jello shots

These Saint Patrick’s Day jello shots have a soft, pudding-like texture. If you prefer firmer jello shots, add one more envelope of gelatin, dividing it evenly between each layer – so you’ll use a total of 1 1/2 envelopes per layer.

Baileys and Jameson green jello shots in baby beer glass mugs.

Use larger shot glasses

Consider using 3-ounce shot glasses (these come with mini spoons!), instead of the customary 2-oz ones for this recipe. Since the Irish cream layer is foamy and takes up more space, this will ensure plenty of room for the separate layers.

I chose cute mini mug glasses, so these look like mini St. Patrick’s Day green beer jello shots! Unfortunately I bought mine locally so I couldn’t find the same one online to recommend to you.

The best I found are these baby beer glasses, they look super cute and come in glass or plastic. But they are smaller at 2-oz, so you’ll end up with more shots from the recipe.

Recipe variations

Low-calorie jello shots

Making a lower calorie and low-carb version of these Lucky Irishman jello shots is so simple! Just add a calorie-free sweetener instead of sugar and use a low-calorie / reduced sugar Irish cream (like Baileys Deliciously Light).

Vegetarian jello shots

For vegetarian Saint Patrick’s Day jello shots, replace the unflavored gelatin powder with a plant-based alternative like agar.

To make them dairy-free, substitute the traditional Irish cream made with cow’s milk for an almond milk-based Irish cream liqueur.

Gold jello shots

Ditch the green food coloring to make these jello shots gold / yellow in color. With the foamy Baileys mousse layer on top, they will look just like miniature beers (proper golden ones)!

You can see the color of this jello shot before adding green food coloring in the Step Two photo under How to make. The pale yellow / light golden hue comes from the mix of Jameson whiskey and vanilla extract.


Lucky Irishman green jello shots with frothy Irish cream topping.
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Lucky Irishman Green Jello Shots

Jameson Irish whiskey and frothy Baileys Irish cream combine into playful layers that make these delicious St. Patrick's Day jello shots look like festive emerald green beer!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time0 minutes
Chill Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 118kcal
Author: Pris Frank

Equipment

Ingredients

Green jello shot layer

Irish cream foam layer

Instructions

Green jello shot layer

  • In a heat-resistant bowl, mix together 1 envelope unflavored gelatin and 1/4 cup granulated sugar until they're fully combined.
  • Pour in 1 cup boiling water and stir until everything's dissolved and there are no sugar or gelatin crystals left.
  • Add 1/4 cup cold water, 1/2 cup Jameson Irish whiskey, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla flavoring and 1/4 teaspoon green food coloring (if desired) adjusting the amount until it looks green enough to your liking.
  • Arrange jello shot glasses in a tray or baking sheet to prevent spills. Fill each glass halfway with the whiskey gelatin mixture. Refrigerate for about 20 minutes, or until the gelatin is firm on top but not fully set.

Baileys foam layer

  • Once the first layer has chilled, sprinkle gelatin over 1/4 cup of Baileys Irish cream and allow it to hydrate for one minute.
  • Pour 1/2 cup boiling water and stir until completely dissolved.
  • Add remaining Irish cream, mix and whisk with a milk frother or immersion hand blender to create a thick pale foam.
  • Gently pour the Baileys foam over the chilled whiskey gelatin layer and refrigerate until fully set, about 2 hours.

Notes

Strong jello shots: You can increase the whiskey by 1/4 cup. Simply replace the 1/4 cup of cold water added in step two of the recipe. Be warned, these will pack a kick!
Firmer jello shots: These are soft jello shots, almost like pudding. To make them firmer, add one more envelope of gelatin, dividing it evenly between each layer – so you’ll use a total of 1 1/2 envelopes per layer.
Low-calorie jello shots: Use a calorie-free sweetener instead of sugar and a low-calorie / reduced sugar Irish cream (like Baileys Deliciously Light).
Vegetarian jello shots: Substitute the unflavored gelatin powder for a plant-based alternative (such as agar). For dairy-free, substitute the regular Irish cream made of cow’s milk for an almond milk based Irish cream liqueur.
No food coloring: Ditch the green food coloring to make these jello shots gold / yellow in color. With the foamy Baileys mousse layer on top, they will look just like miniature beers!

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 0.01mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 0.4mg | Sugar: 10g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.02mg

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