18 Christmas Shots That'll Get You Into The Holiday Spirit

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mistletoe shots
Emily hlavac green

When we talk about getting into the holiday spirit, we take the term pretty literally: by adding plenty of our favorite alcoholic spirits to our favorite Jell-O shot recipes and holiday dessert-inspired shots. Keep your Christmas party merry and bright with our favorite seasonal shots recipes, like mistletoe shots, apple pie bourbon shots, and more. Want an easy way to get to the top of the nice list this year? Leave a few milk and cookies shots out for Santa! 😉

When it comes to mixing up a batch of shots, there are tons of different alcohol combinations depending on the flavor profile you're trying to achieve. We love more neutral-flavored tequila and vodka for our Jell-O shots, personally, but the sky is truly the only limit for creating your own custom shots at home. We used a combination of whiskey and apple schnapps to bring a bit of spice to our crisp Washington Apple shot, Baileys for our tiramisu shots, and Rumchata for our snickerdoodle shots. In short, this is ABSOLUTELY the time to break out all of those fun flavored vodkas, bottles of bourbon, Fireball, and Kahlúa you've got hanging out in your bar cart.

Never made Jell-O shots or want to refine your skills? We've got a handy how-to on making the best Jell-O shots for your next party. Our recipes for champagne Jell-O shots, cranberry Jell-O shots, and Christmas Jell-O shots are proof that shots can be fun and kinda fancy.

mistletoe shots
Emily hlavac green
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Mistletoe Shots

These shots are bound to make some holiday magic happen! Share one of these with someone you want to kiss.

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eggnog jello shots
Parker feierbach
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Eggnog Jell-O Shots

It's not the holidays until the eggnog has been poured and this year we are spicing things up a bit. Rumchata and brandy ensure these jell-o shots will make the holidays so much fun.

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cranberry jell o shots
Ethan calabrese
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Cranberry Jell-O Shots

Cranberry sauce? We thought you said "cranberry shots." We love these tart-sweet Jell-O shots, especially the sugar-coated cranberries. They're optional but highly encouraged—they make for a great chaser after you've downed the shot.

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how to make jell o shots delish
Parker feierbach
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How To Make Jell-O Shots

Want to freestyle your own Jell-O shots? Let's start with the basics: Here's a step-by-step guide to making any kind of Jell-O shot.

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champagne jell o shots
Ethan calabrese
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Champagne Jell-O Shots

These scream PARTY. Change out the sprinkles on top, and you can be using this recipe for every holiday.

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santa hat jell o shots
Chelsea lupkin
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Santa Hat Jell-O Shots

A Christmas party wouldn't be complete without Santa, and these Jell-O shots are the perfect way to include him. Strawberries and and Cool Whip turn a simple Jell-O shot into a festive holiday one!

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milk and cookies shots
Parker feierbach
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Milk & Cookies Shots

Let's just say, if you leave these for Santa on Christmas Eve, you'll definitely be on the nice list. We love the ease of using store-bought cookie dough, but if you've got the time, making chocolate chip cookies from scratch is even better!

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christmas jell o shots
Ethan calabrese
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Christmas Jell-O Shots

These will surely have everyone feeling merry in no time. If you're not a fan of vodka, feel free to swap in tequila.

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negroni jello shots
Parker feierbach
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Negroni Jell-O Shots

If Meghan Markle loves a negroni then so do we. The classic drink is turned into a Jell-O shot for a fun take on the drink. Finished off with an orange peel for that classic negroni touch.

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pie jell o shots
Ethan calabrese
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Pie Jell-O Shots

We don't know how to choose between cherry pie, peach pie, or apple pie-flavored shots, so we guess that means we try them all.

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tiramisu shots
Emily hlavac green
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Tiramisu Shots

If tiramisu is your favorite dessert (ours too!), then you will go crazy for these shots. It takes a delicate pour to layer them perfectly, but it makes for the cutest presentation and resembles the layers tiramisu has.

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washington apple shot
Erik bernstein
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Washington Apple Shot

The Washington Apple Shot is a breed of the Washington Apple Cocktail made with whiskey—typically Canadian-style—apple schnapps, and cranberry juice. We added pomegranate to jazz it up! It’s a drink that’s crisp, pungent, and refreshing, one that you want to sip on for a little while.

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Snickerdoodle Shots

This has to be our new favorite way to enjoy the cozy spice of a snickerdoodle cookie. If you love this, try our caramel snickerdoodle martini next!

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Salted Caramel Pudding Shots

Any chance we get to combine drinks with dessert, we're going to be taking it. This boozy pudding shot is the best kind of pudding.

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Candy Cane Jell-O Shots

For when you need a little more jingle in your step. 😉

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apple pie bourbon shots
Natalie migliarini
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Apple Pie Bourbon Shots

With just a few ingredients—apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg—you can infuse your own bourbon so that it tastes just like your fave pie.

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Hot Cocoa Pudding Shots

Enjoy your favorite winter drink as a pudding shot (mini marshmallows included)!

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fireball apple jell o shots
Emily hlavac green
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Fireball Apple Jell-O Shots

We believe every good party has a Jell-O shot, and these Fireball apple shots will be a hit with everyone—friends, cousins, coworkers, Grandma. Whatever you do, don't skip the lemon juice! It prevents the apples from browning while the Jell-O sets up in the fridge.

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