Champagne Jello Shots are fun and festive single-serve cocktails for the holidays, a New Year’s Eve party, Oscar parties, and any other special occasion!
If you're looking for a super FUN and FESTIVE holiday cocktail idea, you've got to make this easy Champagne Jello Shots recipe!
This is not one of your standard jello shot recipes. These glitter jello shots are elevated with Champagne (or sparkling wine), homemade simple syrup, and beautiful sparkly edible gold stars (or gold sprinkles).
While these make great New Year's jello shots, they're also the perfect way to celebrate bachelorette parties, engagement parties, a wedding shower and more!
They're delicious and so much fun to eat!
🎉 Perfect party cocktail idea
Sure, you can simply pour some sparkling wine for friends to drink at your party. But it's so much more fun to take it up a notch and make these cute little Champagne jello shots.
- They're served in mini plastic jello shot cups, making them easy to enjoy while mixing and mingling at parties.
- These fun jello shots are portion controlled, so you don't have to worry about guests over-indulging and helping themselves to open wine bottles throughout the night.
- You can use any colored sprinkles or edible glitter to match the theme of your celebration.
- No glasses = less dishes at the end of the night!
🍾 Ingredient notes
Lemon juice - description of what it is/how it is used with affiliate link where possible
Simple syrup - use this easy simple syrup recipe on the blog. You can make a batch for the whole week to use in other cocktails, to sweeten iced tea or coffee, or to help moisten cakes!
Gelatin - This recipe calls for two (1-ounce) envelopes of unflavored gelatin. Be sure to use the unflavored gelatin for the classic Champagne jello shot.
Champagne - for authentic champagne jello shots, use one cup of champagne. Only real champagne made in the traditional method in the Champagne region of France can legally be called Champagne. You can, of course, substitute any sparkling wine that you fancy! We love sparkling wines from Gruet, Graham Beck, and Argyle Winery.
Vodka - just ¼ cup of vodka adds a bit of depth to the flavor. You can also leave out the vodka completely and add more champagne, or more lemon lime soda
Lemon Lime Soda (not pictured) - a splash of your favorite lemon-lime soda, like 7-Up, bumps up the citrus flavor. Alternatively, you could use ginger ale instead.
Edible decorations - we use edible gold glitter stars for our jello shots. They look so fun and festive, especially for New Year's Eve! But you can use any other edible glitter or sprinkles.
Use colorful funfetti sprinkles for a friend's birthday party, red hearts for Valentine's Day, or green shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day – so many possibilities!
✅ How to make sparkling wine jello shots
Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add lemon and simple syrup; shake well.
Pour mixture into a medium saucepan.
Sprinkle the mixture with gelatin and allow to soak for 2 minutes. Then cook over low to medium heat, stirring constantly, until the gelatin is fully dissolved.
Remove from heat and stir in the champagne, vodka, and lemon-lime soda (or ginger ale).
Pour into small plastic cups and chill in the refrigerator for several hours until set.
Once chilled, sprinkle edible gold glitter or sprinkles over the top of the jello shots. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
🥂 Recipe FAQs
You can either use Champagne or your favorite sparkling wine. Be sure it's a high quality sparkling wine that you love to drink on its own, since the flavor is pronounced in the jello shots.
Sure! Substituting non-alcoholic sparkling apple cider, lemon lime soda, or even ginger ale for the Champagne can be a great way to make them alcohol-free.
If using regular circular edible sprinkles, you can sprinkle them into the jello shots after about 10 minutes of chill time. This way the sprinkles can float down into the jello shots for a pretty overall sprinkle effect.
If you are using edible glitter stars or other specific shapes, like we did in the photos, wait to sprinkle them until after the jello shots have completely chilled. This way, they keep their shape! If you sprinkle them in too soon, the glitter spreads and loses shape.
Want to enjoy some of these after your New Year's celebration the next day? Simply store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They'll keep for up to two days.
🥄 Kitchen tools and equipment
For this recipe, you just need a few basic kitchen tools:
Cocktail shaker- You'll need a cocktail shaker to combine the lemon juice with simple syrup.
Whisk - Whisk together the ingredients to dissolve the gelatin and evenly distribute the other ingredients.
Pot - You'll need a pot (I love this 4-quart cocotte for most everyday cooking!) to heat up the lemon juice and simple syrup, then to dissolve the gelatin.
Mini plastic cups - We use these little cups to hold each individual jello shot. If you use these 2-ounce cups, you should end up with about 10 to 12 jello shots using this recipe.
🍽 What to serve with champagne jello shots
If you're serving these at a Christmas or New Year's Eve party, here are a few recipes to pair with this sparkling wine cocktail:
- Smoked Salmon Artichoke Dip with crackers or crostini
- Gougere Bites: Dairy-Free "Cheese" Puff Appetizers
- Air Fryer Crab Rangoon
- Antipasto Skewers
- Ham, Melon, and Mozzarella Bites
- Christmas Wreath Salad or Christmas Tree Veggie Tray
- Air Fryer Apple Hand Pies
- Gingerbread Cake Roll
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And don't forget to make a batch of our super easy Simple Syrup to keep on hand for holiday cocktails and holiday baking!
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Champagne Jello Shots
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add lemon and simple syrup; shake well. Then pour into a medium saucepan.
- Sprinkle the mixture with gelatin and allow to soak for 2 minutes. Then cook over low to medium, stirring constantly, until the gelatin is fully dissolved.
- Remove from heat and stir in the champagne, vodka, and lemon lime soda. Pour into small plastic cups and chill in the refrigerator for several hours until set.
- Garnish with edible gold glitter or sprinkles and serve.
Nutrition information is a general estimate. Actual nutrition details may vary depending on the exact foods & brands you use to make this recipe. It does not take into account any substitutions, toppings, or optional ingredients.