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Fed Up With Your Party Shots? Try These 5 Jello Shot Recipes

Fed Up With Your Party Shots? Try These 5 Jello Shot Recipes

It’s very easy to get tired of your usual party shots, and some people prefer having jello shots over regular party shots. With the luck of having previous experience as a bartender, I can tell you that most people are into trying new flavors when they are looking to have fun. One way we can provide this is with jello shots!

Everyone loves jello, and if you combine it with your regular party shots, it’s a double win. Here are 5 different recipes to really make your shots the life of the party.

1. The Jolly Rancher Jello Shot:

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green jello shotws

    This was one of my personal favorites. Why? They taste good, move fast, and are very easy to make.

    My personal recipe for this jello shot is:

    • 1 3-oz package of Lime Jell-O
    • 8 oz boiling water
    • 8 oz Raspberry Vodka

    Combine the lime jello and boiling water, stir to dissolve the granules of jello, and let sit to for about ten minutes (this is so the hot water doesn’t affect the alcohol in the jello shots). Stir the raspberry vodka into the jello mixture and voila! After four hours in the fridge, or until the jello is set up, you have a tasty jello shot that you can bring to any party.

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    There are a lot of different Jolly Rancher recipes on the internet, I would suggest trying some of them to see what you like.

    2. Watermelon Jello shots:

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      These are super easy and really fun to make. If you are making them for large groups people in the summer, it’s really easy to make these in the watermelon rind, as shown in the video from BuzzFeed’s Tipsy Bartender. If you have a smaller party and would just like to use the 3-oz package, I have used lime rinds instead of watermelon rinds. This was a tip that I learned from a fellow bartender. They look great and work for smaller crowds.

      3. Blue Hawaiian Jello Shots:

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        I found this recipe for Blue Hawaiian Jello Shots at Jellinator — this was the closest I found to my own version of Blue Hawaiian Jello Shots. The difference between theirs and mine is that I use blue jello instead of pineapple jello and pineapple juice instead of water. These are tasty and set up great. These shots also move fast, so if you find out that they’re going to be at the party, my suggestion would be to get there quickly. Either way you make them, they’re going to go quickly.

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        4. Margarita Jello shots:

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          Remember those lime rinds from the watermelon shots? They work great with these also. You cannot have a margarita without limes. Along with the unique flavors, there are many different ways to present them.

          If you are looking for a real margarita shot and want to take the time for it, I have to say that it’s worth the effort to make them from scratch. Homemade sweet and sour with tequila and knox jello and you have a party — just don’t forget the salt!

          If you’re looking for a quick jello shot, I would suggest following the link to Food Network. You can never go wrong with tequila… unless you’ve had too much and you have to crawl to the bathroom.

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          5. Lemon Drop Jello Shots:

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            recipe that I found on A Beautiful Mess by Emma Chapman looks very yummy. If you are doing a family party, this would be the way to go. Compliments are not far away. You have a quick get together and don’t have time to make lemonade? I’m not going to tell anyone that you picked up lemon jello and mixed it with vodka. That will stay between you, me, and the fly on the wall. You could even use lemonade instead of the water to add extra lemon to the recipe.

            There are so many different flavors of liquor that you can use for jello shots, whether you are using vodka, gin, tequila, or rum (or you could make a long island jello shot!). The key is to be sporadic, creative, and intelligent when making these jello shots. Are you having a black light party? Throw some tonic water in your jello shots to make them glow! You can use it in place of water and it will give your jello shots a fun buzz to liven them up even more.

            Don’t stop there, remember there are so many different ways to store jello shots. We used 1-oz syringes, if you do a search on the internet, you can find some cost effective ways to buy the containers for jello shots or you can get some little plastic cups from a party store. Use some creativity — maybe even some really cool ice cube trays will do the trick!

            Have a blast with these recipes, and please remember to eat these responsibly!

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            Last Updated on October 16, 2018

            The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

            The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

            It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

            If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

            One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

            Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

            In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

            Why you can’t sleep through the night

            The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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            Stress

            If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

            Exposure to blue light before sleep time

            We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

            While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

            Eating close to bedtime

            Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

            Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

            Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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            Medical conditions

            In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

            The vicious sleep cycle

            The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

            Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

            You get a bad night’s sleep
            –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
            –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
            –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

              You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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              How to sleep better (throughout the night)

              To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

              1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

              What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

              Here are a few suggestions:

              • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
              • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
              • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
              • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
              • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

              2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

              What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

              • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
              • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
              • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
              • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

              3. Adjust your sleep temperature

              Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

              Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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              Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

              Sleep better form now on

              Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

              I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

              As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

              Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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