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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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    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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            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

            How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

            We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

            We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

            So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

            Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

            What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

            Boundaries are limits

            —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

            Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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            Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

            Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

            Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

            How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

            Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

            1. Self-Awareness Comes First

            Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

            You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

            To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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            You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

            • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
            • When do you feel disrespected?
            • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
            • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
            • When do you want to be alone?
            • How much space do you need?

            You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

            2. Clear Communication Is Essential

            Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

            Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

            3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

            Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

            That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

            Sample language:

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            • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
            • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
            • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
            • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
            • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
            • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
            • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

            Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

            4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

            Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

            Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

            Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

            We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

            It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

            It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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            Final Thoughts

            Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

            Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

            Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

            The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

            Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

            Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

            They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

            Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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