Firecracker Rum Shots

Ahhhh…Independence Day. BBQ’s, games, friends, fireworks and rum shots? Why not! Here’s a recipe for Firecracker Rum Shots sure to spice up your 4th of July picnics. Got kids around? Make another round – sans the rum – (maybe a different color for easy identification) for the young ones and designated drivers.

Glass shot glasses work well for very small parties (and look good in the pictures), but I found Lil’ Reds Mini Cup Shot Glasses  or Jello Shot Cups and Lids work quite well for larger gatherings and are both disposable.

Firecracker Rum Shots

(makes about 12 – 1.5 oz. servings)

1 – 3oz. package Strawberry Jello Mix
1 cup boiling water
1 cup banana (or coconut) flavored rum
Whipped Cream

Boil water and add Jello mix. Stir until dissolved. Add the rum to the Jello mix, stir well and pour into shot glasses or disposable cups. Place glasses or cups in the refrigerator for about 4 hours. Add whipped cream to the top right before serving.

Want to make your shots taste a little cinnamony? Add 1/4 c. of red hots to the boiling water before you add the Strawberry Jello and use white rum instead of flavored rum.

Want a hot cinnamon taste? A couple of our readers have suggested substituting half Hot Damn Cinnamon Schnapps for half of the rum (use white rum instead of flavored). We haven’t tried it yet, but it sounds cinnamon hot and delicious! If you try it, let us know what you think!


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  1. Oh yum! Will have to give these a whirl!

  2. Laurie F. says:

    How about pineapple jello and coconut rum for a pina colada shot!

  3. Joel Vinion says:

    I made lime jello with coconut rum for a coconut lime freeze shot, freekin awesome!