How To Make Vegan Jello Shots!

I am a big fan of jello shots—sweet, whimsical, and a little bit of booze … what’s not to love? The only downside is that I usually like to eat as plant-based as I can, so using the traditional method for jello shots made with gelatin (made from boiled animal skin, cartilage, and bones) isn’t something I’m super excited about. I knew that you could also make vegan jello shots, but I hadn’t ever tried it before—until today!! Thankfully, this new method not only worked, but it really wasn’t any different of a process from using the gelatin. So it wasn’t any more difficult to make a vegan version—yay!! The difference in making a jello shot vegan is using agar agar powder instead of the gelatin powder. Agar agar is made from red algae and is used in lots of different food items since it has powerful thickening and gelling properties—just the qualities you need to make a great jello shot!Easy Vegan Jello Shots

-1 cup fruit juice
-3/4 cup vanilla vokda (you can use regular vodka if vanilla doesn’t sound good with your particular juice flavor)
– 2 teaspoons agar agar powder
-silicone mold (I used the bottom of this mold to get a half circle shape)
gold sprinkles

Heat your juice over medium to high heat until it boils and and sprinkle in your agar agar a little at a time, whisking the mixture as you go until all the powder is dissolved. Agar agar needs a higher heat to activate the gel properties, so make sure your juice comes to a boil before adding.Pour your juice and powder mix into a bowl and stir in your vodka as well.

Pour your mixture into your molds and let your shots set for 4 hours (or overnight) in the fridge. They should pop out pretty easily and be ready to decorate!Sprinkle some gold sprinkles on top of your pink domes right before serving and your vegan jello shots are ready to go! See? Not that different at all from the “regular” process. The texture of these is a little different than a gelatin version (a little more firm), but it’s not something that affected my overall enjoyment. It just took a second to adjust my brain a bit that it was a bit different. Some sources say you can use the agar agar powder at a 1:1 ratio (so probably about 1 teaspoon per cup of liquid for a jello shot), but I would suggest using a bit more if you are going to have a freestanding jello mold situation like I did. You could back off the amount a bit if you are setting your mixture in small cups or another self-contained method. Overall, I think this is a great alternative to the usual gelatin route for plant-based diets. See our jello shot hall-of-fame and find something sweet to make at your next party! xo. Laura

5 from 2 votes
Print

Easy Vegan Jello Shots

Instructions

  1. Heat your juice over medium to high heat until it boils and and sprinkle in your agar agar a little at a time, whisking the mixture as you go until all the powder is dissolved. Agar agar needs a higher heat to activate the gel properties, so make sure your juice comes to a boil before adding.

  2. Pour your juice and powder mix into a bowl and stir in your vodka as well.

  3. Pour your mixture into your molds and let your shots set for 4 hours (or overnight) in the fridge. They should pop out pretty easily and be ready to decorate!

  4. Sprinkle some gold sprinkles on top of your pink domes right before serving and your vegan jello shots are ready to go!

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • This is so exciting! I become vegetarian before I was 21 and was convinced I would never get to have a jello shot, but now I can! I don’t even drink, but this just seems like so much fun.

  • Thank you so, so much for posting this! I’ve been drooling over your jello shot recipes, but as a vegan, never found a good alternative. My home bar is about to become even more exciting!

  • You guys make the cutest jello shots! I’ve never been a fan of jello shots, but you’re coming close to converting me…

  • I’ve been hoping y’all would make vegan Jell-O shots! I’ve only used the agar flakes. I wonder if it matters?

    • Fellow vegan here! Flakes and powder are pretty different, I find the powder blends a lot easier and gives you more consistent results. I think flakes you might need to boil just them first to get the right consistency, which is a pain. I bought powder on Amazon (it was hard to find for me in the grocery stores compared to agar flakes) and have been using it for pies, jello shots, etc. For me, it’s taken some tweaking to find the right ratio for jello shots – maybe it differs which brand of agar you use and what you pour them in to set? The first time I tried to make vegan jello shots a few years ago the consistency was straight up agar plates like I used when I was in college microbio/genetics labs…not great haha. Good luck! I’m interested to see how this recipe and brand of powder works for people 🙂

  • Yay for cruelty-free partying !
    Just a little something to bear in mind : since it absorbs water so well, agar agar can speed the digestive track considerably. Not very glamorous, I know, but some people react quite strongly and I thought you should be warned.

  • I’ve been vegetarian since I’ve been a teen, and now I’m vegan, so I thought I would never have a jello shot. But now maybe I can try one, hooray! So many fun possibilities 🙂

  • This is perfect! I was only thinking the other day what kind of party foods I could make that were vegan. Hello vegan vodka jelly shots! Thanks for posting this 🙂

  • Amazing! The pink color is like your blog 😀 It’s very elegant and it seems delicious. Thank you for sharing it!

  • Note that agar-agar does not work well with very acidic juices such as all things citrus fruits. Cheers to the rest!