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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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            Last Updated on September 28, 2020

            The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

            The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

            At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

            Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

            One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

            When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

            So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

            Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

            This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

            Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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            When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

            Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

            One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

            Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

            An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

            When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

            Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

            Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

            We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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            By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

            Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

            While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

            I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

            You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

            Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

            When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

            Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

            Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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            Con #2: Less Human Interaction

            One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

            Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

            Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

            This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

            While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

            Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

            Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

            This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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            For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

            Con #4: Unique Distractions

            Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

            For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

            To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

            Final Thoughts

            Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

            We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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