Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Jell-O Shots

So, February 1st is already here and to get in the proper spirit you are going to need some killer recipe ideas! You know, something to munch and drink as you sit back and cheer, hiss, boo, and shout at the screen. Those commercials can get intense! Oh, yeah, there’s a game on too if you go for that sort of thing. Kidding! I’m just still sore that my team is not in the game (*sob*).

I made these for a playoff party I was invited to in my neighborhood. Now everyone else had already nabbed the easy things to bring to the party i.e. Cheetos and Budweiser, so I had to use the old noggin a bit. After consulting Pinterest (the go-to guide if you have an hour to burn…or five), I decided to bring beverages, and not just any old beverage, but shots.

Now the best part about this recipe is that if you get the Jell-O right, the rest is cake. Pineapple upside-down cake. Haha, see what I did there? Wordplay! But really, after that you just add alcohol and fruit. Can’t go wrong there.

This recipe makes about 15-18 shots so it’s also easy on the budget. Good luck and enjoy the game Sporkers!

Pineapple Upside Down Jello Shots

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Jell-O Shots

1 cup canned pineapple juice
2 packets unflavored gelatin
1 cup cake flavored vodka
¼ cup butterscotch schnapps
Pineapple tidbits
Maraschino cherries
Jell-O shot cups

Pour pineapple juice in medium sized sauce pan and evenly sprinkle the packets of gelatin. If it is spread evenly you won’t get suspicious-looking clumps.

Allow the gelatin to soak in for a minute or two.

Heat the mixture over medium heat until the gelatin dissolves. Be sure to continually stir the mixture as it dissolves, once again to avoid unappetizing clumps.

Once the gelatin has dissolved, remove from heat. Add in the vodka and schnapps and stir the mixture. Let this stand while you are preparing the shot glasses.

To prepare the shot glasses for the boozy mixture, simply add the pineapple tidbits and cherries. I added two pieces of pineapple and a cherry to the bottom of every glass but you can also have them at the top, as demonstrated in the picture. The choice is really up to you.

Pour the Jell-O mixture into each of the cups about ¾ of the way full. Unless you have a really steady hand I would suggest using something other than the sauce pan to pour the shots. The measuring cup you used for the libations would work well, and that equals fewer dishes to be done later. Yay!

After each cup is filled, transfer them over to the refrigerator to chill overnight. To make transfer easier, I suggest placing them all on a cookie sheet and transporting them that way.

I organized them in a cute little basket and voilà! Is it dessert or booze? No one knows! And after about the third one they don’t care! Wait, there’s a football game on?

Post by Alex Castanon. Photo from