Irish Car Bomb Jell-O Shots for St. Patrick's Day: A Recipe (Photos)

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St. Paddy's Day is around the corner, and we're so over the same tired traditions that get trotted out every year. Green beer, corned beef and cabbage, shamrock shakes, yadda-yadda-yadda. Where's the originality?

This year, think outside the boozy box and delight your alcoholic friends with these epic Irish Car Bomb Jell-o shots. Treats worthy of St. Pat himself.

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Several recipes for these layered beauties are floating around online. We used this one as a starting point.

Note: This recipe makes only about ten to 12 Jell-O shots, depending on the size of the cups. Double or triple the recipe to make more. And if you want to keep the cost down, sub out the Jameson or Baileys with cheaper brands. We're pretty sure your drunk friends won't notice.


  • 1 1/4 cups of Guinness Stout
  • 1/2 cup Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 1 cup Baileys Irish Cream
  • 4 packets unflavored gelatin (Knox brand come four to a box)
  • 4 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • Water
  • (For those who like to drink while they work, buy a six-pack of the Guinness Stout and you'll have plenty left over for your sipping pleasure.)

Part One:

1. Pour 1/2 cup of Jameson into a bowl. Pour two packets of unflavored gelatin onto the whiskey. Let it sit for one minute; then stir to help it dissolve.

2. In a separate bowl, pour in 1 1/4 cups of Guinness; then pop it in the microwave for approximately 80 seconds.

3. Remove and add 4 teaspoons of granulated sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves.

4. Combine the Guinness with the whiskey mixture and stir until gelatin dissolves.

5. Pour the mixture into shot glasses, filling them about 80 percent of the way; then refrigerate for a couple of hours or until firm. Hint: Using a measuring cup to fill the shot glasses makes the process loads easier -- also handy to know for all future Jell-O shot creations.

Part Two:

1. Combine a 1/4 cup of cold water with a 1/4 cup of Baileys Irish Cream in a bowl. Sprinkle in 2 packets of the unflavored gelatin. Let stand for a minute; then stir to mix.

2. Pour in a 1/2 cup of boiling-hot water and stir until the gelatin is almost entirely dissolved.

3. Add 3/4 cup of Baileys and stir for another few minutes.

4. Take the shot glasses out of the fridge, pour the Baileys layer on top, and then refrigerate again until firm.

And voila! This perfectly layered alcoholic treat is a thing of beauty. And so much easier than the whole Irish Car Bomb-at-the-bar thing. Less muss, less fuss, plenty of booze.

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