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Purple Hooter Jello Shot

This easy-to-make Purple Hooter Jello Shot is perfect for parties — it’s bright purple, fruity, and fun!

Two Purple Hooter Jello Shots

Purple Hooter Jello Shots

This easy jello shot recipe is great when you want something purple and fun to drink. Originally a cocktail recipe, these jello shots are perfect for parties and entertaining, with a fun grape and berry flavor in every cup!

The “Purple Hooter” is a shot recipe that consists of vodka, raspberry liqueur, lime juice. It’s easy to make and fruity to drink, so it’s always a popular shot order at nightclubs and college bars. We decided to make it a jello shot instead, incorporating grape jello for an extra vibrant purple hue.

Where Does The Name “Purple Hooter” Come From?

Most cocktails have a backstory, whether true or not is another matter. I’ll have to admit I’m a little skeptical of the legitimacy of the Purple Hooter legend.

As the story goes (well, the story that I found when I was doing a little digging on the history of this drink), the name was given to a man who blew a loud horn to scare away gorillas in an African village. Not buying it? Me neither…

My guess for what really happened is a lot more mundane. Probably somebody whipped up a bright purple drink and just gave it a silly name, and here we are!

Related: For another fun purple drink, try the Purple Rain Cocktail!

Seven Purple Hooter Jello Shots on a wooden cutting board

Purple Hooter Jello Shot Ingredients

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 box grape Jello (3oz box)
  • 1/4 cup Raspberry Liqueur
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice, strained
  • 2/3 cup vodka

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Recipe intended for readers 21+

A bunch of Purple Hooter Jello Shots

Purple Hooter Jello Shot Directions

  1. Place the empty plastic cups on a baking sheet or a muffin tin. This makes it easy to move the jello shooters in and out of the fridge to chill.
  2. Whisk the grape jello into boiling water, until completely dissolved.
  3. Stir in the raspberry liqueur, strained lime juice, and vodka.
  4. Allow the mixture to cool slightly, then pour to fill the plastic cups.
  5. Place the jello shots in the fridge until set (about 3 hours).

Prep Tips

  • If making ahead of time, I recommend placing the plastic lids on top of the cups to protect the jello. Wait until they’re fully set to do this so the jello doesn’t stick to the lid.
  • If you want to garnish your jello shots, you can add whipped cream and/or a maraschino cherry right before serving.
Close up of a Purple Hooter Jello Shot

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Can You Keep Jello Shots In The Fridge?

Jello shots can last for up to a week in the refrigerator. Since these Purple Hooter jello shots don’t have any special toppings, they are a great party recipe to make in advance.

Can You Use A Different Flavor of Jello?

The traditional Purple Hooter drink does not have grape flavored anything — we used grape jello for the bright purple color. The grape jello actually does blend well with the raspberry liqueur, so it tastes berry-licious!

However, if grape jello isn’t your thing or you don’t have any at home, you can swap with another flavor that has the same color. Raspberry jello would also work. If the color turns out more reddish, you can add a few drops of purple food coloring to the jello mixture before you chill it.

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Seven Purple Hooter Jello Shots on a wooden cutting board

Purple Hooter Jello Shot

This easy-to-make Purple Hooter Jello Shot is perfect for any party, and is a fun take on the classic Purple Hooter cocktail.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: grape, jello shot, jello shots, Purple Hooter Jello Shot, vodka
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chilling Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 16 Shots
Calories: 55kcal
Author: Stacey
Cost: $20


  • 2oz plastic condiment cups
  • muffin tin or cookie sheet


  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 3 oz Grape Jello one typical box
  • 1/4 cup Raspberry Liqueur
  • 1 Tablespoons Lime juice fresh, strained
  • 2/3 cup Vodka


  • To Prep: Place the empty shot cups on a cookie sheet or in a muffin tin.
  • Whisk grape jello powder into the boiling water until completely dissolved.
  • Stir in the raspberry liqueur, strained lime juice, and vodka.
  • Pour the jello mixture into each shot cup and chill in the fridge until completely set (about 3 hours).
  • If not serving the same day, place lids on the cups.


Nutrition information is an estimate only.
Recipe intended for readers 21+


Calories: 55kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.01g | Saturated Fat: 0.004g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.004g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.001g | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 3mg | Fiber: 0.004g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 0.5IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.01mg

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