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10 Best 4th of July Shots (Patriotic Shots)

Get the patriotic party started with these firework-worthy 4th of July shots.

Red, white, and blue shooters are just what you need this Independence Day. 

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Fortunately, they also work for Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, or any other summer party.

They’re light, bright, and wonderfully fun for your friends and family.

Take the watermelon jello shots, for instance. Each one looks like a tiny slice of watermelon!

And the rocket jello shots even have a flaming “fuse” to complete the look.

Make these 4th of July shots this year, and your guests may forget all about the food.

Top 10 4th of July Shooters We Adore

1. Fourth of July Cocktail Shot

Red, white, and blue looks good on you!

It looks fantastic in these colorful shooters, too! And believe it or not, you’ll make these awesome shots with just three ingredients.

You’ll start with grenadine, which is very thick and therefore ‘heavy’ so it sinks to the bottom of the cup.

Carefully pour blue curacao over the top, using the back of a spoon to keep it from disturbing the first layer too much.

Top it off with vodka (whipped cream works, as well), and if you pour carefully, you’ll get that perfect, tri-color look.

Each one is fruity, tasty, and strong. What more could you ask for from an Independence Day shot?

2. 4th of July Jello Shots

The beauty of Jell-o shots is that you can layer them with all kinds of fun colors and flavors.

In this case, you’ll pick your favorite red and blue flavors. Then, make a white layer with unflavored gelatin and sweetened condensed milk.

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Let each layer set before adding the next, and top each finished jello shot with whipped cream and patriotic sprinkles!

They’re wiggly, jiggly perfection.

3. Watermelon Slice Jello Shots

Nothing screams, “Summer is here!” like fresh, juicy watermelon. But these incredible shots are the next best thing on a hot day.

Served right inside a watermelon rind, these give you a boozy kick and some fresh watermelon in the same bite.

No other recipe on this list is so quintessentially summer. So serve this for the fourth, Labor Day, or just a Sunday get-together with family.

Either way, people will love them.

4. Rocket Jello Shots

Rocket jello shots are like the 4th of July shots above.

The key difference lies in the white layer. Instead of sweetened condensed milk, you’ll use milk and granulated sugar.

Mix it with gelatin, vanilla extract, and vodka for a sweeter, boozier layer.

Additionally, you’ll add a ‘fuse’ to these to make them look like rockets. (Or fireworks, if you prefer.)

It’s a simple birthday candle, but you can’t deny it looks effective!

5. Fourth of July Jello Shots (Red, White, and Blue Jello Shots)

These adorable cubes may not look like typical jello shots. That’s precisely what they are, though.

And you can make them in a baking pan or ice trays. There’s no need for fancy little cups here.

I think the ice trays are easier to manage, but either will work. Regardless of your method, you get tart little squares of multicolored yumminess. 

They take about 35 minutes to make. However, you’ll want to refrigerate them overnight for the best results.

6. Champagne Jello Shots

These Champagne Jell-o shots aren’t red, white, and blue.

But what better way to celebrate anything than with Champagne, right?! That includes the Fourth of July! 

These shimmery, gold-flecked shooters are a fun and festive option. Plus, you can make them with just four ingredients.

You’ll need vodka, lemon Jell-o, and Champagne. Add some edible gold sprinkles to the top, and you’re all set!

These are classy and elegant and would even work for weddings, anniversaries, and other gatherings. 

7. Stars and Stripes Cheesecake Shots

Sometimes, making something festive is all about the garnishes. And that’s the case with these stars and stripes shots. 

They feature a sweet and tangy cheesecake flavor. They’re also smooth, creamy, and easy to make.

By themselves, though, they look rather plain. 

That’s why you’ll add blueberries, raspberries, and star-shaped puff pastries. Once you do, they go from plain to perfectly patriotic! 

Plus, these are entirely alcohol-free. So if you want dessert shots that everyone can enjoy, these are a fantastic option. 

8. Red, White, & Blue Party Shot

Here’s another vodka-filled red, white, and blue jello shot you’ll fall for fast.

This one comes complete with fresh strawberries and blueberries. There’s also sweet, scrumptious marshmallow creme!

Of course, this doesn’t exactly look like a jello shot. So, I like to make it in a square tin and then cut it into bite-sized pieces for serving.

That’s much easier than working with a million little shot glasses!

Still, it’s a fun, patriotic, and refreshing way to celebrate. 

Also, just look at it! It has such a strange, unique appearance. I guarantee you there won’t be anything like it at the party.

9. Shark Attack Jello Shots – Ocean Water

These brilliant blue jello shots are a bit sweet and a whole lot tart. Each one features a gummy shark at its center for an extra fun treat. 

By themselves, these are perfect for summer. They taste great and look super beachy.  

However, if you pair them with red and white jello shots, they’re totally patriotic. 

They’re also an exciting dessert option for the kiddos. Simply leave out the blue raspberry vodka. (You can replace it with Kool-Aid if you like.) 

You could whip up a double batch. Make one for kids and one for adults. Just keep them separate and don’t forget which one is which.

10. Strawberry Margarita Jello Shots

These red shooters are ideal for Independence Day like the blue ones above. Mix and match the pair for the ultimate Fourth of July shooter table.

Even on their own, people will love these shots. They’re full of tart-n-tangy strawberry margarita flavor. 

The salted (or sugared) rim and slice of lime make them even more appealing. They’re the ultimate party shots.

Thanks to the tequila, they’re pretty strong, too. 

Best of all, you’ll need only five ingredients to make them. Enjoy!

10 Best 4th of July Shots (Patriotic Shots)

Get the patriotic party started with these firework-worthy 4th of July shots. Red, white, and blue shooters are just what you need this Independence Day. 


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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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