pina colada jello shots

Piña Colada Jello Shots 

Made with just 4 ingredients, these Piña Colada Jello Shots are just the thing for your summer party. These pineapple coconut jello shots will bring tropical vibes to your backyard!

a close up photo of jello shots inspired in pina colada cocktail topped with whipped cream and a cherry

Easy Tropical Jello Shots

If you love Piña Colada cocktails, you are going to LOVE this Piña Colada Jello Shots recipe! They are made with many of the same ingredients, just in a different form. You can whip these up quickly as all you need is unflavored gelatin (or a box of island pineapple jello mix), rum, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut. If you frequently make Piña Coladas, you likely have all of those things on hand!

Guests will definitely love indulging in a little cup of boozy fun, especially when you add all the garnishes which are half of the fun.

What is a Piña Colada?

A Piña Colada is a popular cocktail made with rum, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut. It’s a fruity, tropical drink that you can find at almost any beach bar.

This pina colada jello shots recipe has all the taste and flavor of the classic cocktail and definitely make fun summer treats!

ingredients for pina colada jello shots, pineapple, pineapple juice, gelatine, cream of coconut, malibu, whipped cream and maraschino cherries

What You’ll Need

You’ll need just 4 ingredients and a few garnishes for these fun jello shots!

  • Gelatin – Since the flavor comes from the pineapple juice, I use unflavored gelatin to make these jello shots. Sometimes you can also find pineapple flavored jello which can also be used.
  • Pineapple juice – Provides the fruity pineapple flavor to the pina colada shots. Real pineapple juice is the best option, if you can find it.
  • Cream of coconut – Adds a hint of creaminess as well as some of the coconut flavor.
  • Coconut rum – Malibu is my go-to though Parrot Bay is another decent brand.
  • Garnishes – Whipped cream, maraschino cherries, and fresh pineapple chunks add some tropical flare before serving. In my opinion, these are the best part!

What Alcohol Should I Use?

Since the main ingredients in a pina colada are pineapple and coconut, I highly recommend using coconut-flavored liquor. Rum is the most common one, with options like Malibu and Parrot Bay.

If you’re not a big coconut fan or you prefer vodka, you can use regular white rum or a vodka for this instead.

Jello Shot Essentials

  • Condiment cups – Unless you have a large stash of shot glasses, you’ll want to make your jello shots in condiment cups. Most jello shots are made in 2 ounce condiment cups but if you want the shots to go further, you can use 1 ounce condiment cups instead.
  • Sauce pan – You’ll want to use a decent, non-stick saucepan for preparing your jello shots. We like this one.
  • Baster – A baster is my secret to easily filling the jello shot cups, without making a mess!
  • Measuring cups – To ensure you’re adding the right amount of water and liquor, you’ll want a decent measuring cup as well.
pouring pina colada jello mixture into small containers on a tray

How to Make Piña Colada Jello Shots

Here’s how to make these pineapple coconut jello shots!

  • Prepare the gelatin. Sprinkle the gelatin on top of pineapple juice in a saucepan. Heat until steamy and whisk to combine.
  • Add the remaining ingredients. Remove from the stovetop. Whisk in the remaining cold pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and Malibu rum.
  • Chill. Divide the mixture evenly between the jello shot cups. Chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours.
  • Serve. Top with whipped cream, fresh pineapple, and a maraschino cherry before serving.


  • Water instead of pineapple juice. If you use pineapple flavored jello, you can substitute water for the pineapple juice. Mix the jello into boiling water, then add cold water in with the cream of coconut.
  • Is coconut milk the same as coconut cream? These two ingredients are not the same and not interchangeable so I do not recommend substituting coconut milk for coconut cream.
a photo of six pina colada jello shots topped with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry


Your pina colada jello shots can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days. Once they have solidified, you can add the lids and stack them for easier storage. I do not recommend adding the whipped cream and other toppings until just before serving.

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Piña Colada Jello Shots

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Made with just 4 ingredients, these Piña Colada Jello Shots are just the thing for your summer party. These pineapple coconut jello shots will bring tropical vibes to your backyard!

  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 16 jello shots 1x


  • 2 packets of knox gelatin
  • 3 cups pineapple juice, divided
  • 2 tbsp. Cream of coconut
  • 1 cup Malibu coconut rum
  • Whipped Cream for topping
  • Maraschino cherries for topping
  • Optional, fresh pineapple for garnish
  • 16 (2 oz.) plastic cups


    1. Place plastic cups onto a shallow baking sheet.
    2. In a medium sauce pan, add 2 cups of pineapple juice, and sprinkle in 2 packets of knox gelatin. Whisk to combine. Heat over medium low heat until just steamy.
    3. Remove from the heat and whisk in additional 1 cup of pineapple juice, cream of coconut, and Malibu rum.
    4. Divide the jello mixture evenly between the plastic cups. Move to the refrigerator to chill for at least 4 hours.
    5. Before serving, top with whipped cream, fresh pineapple, if desired, and a maraschino cherry. Enjoy!
  • Author: Easy Party Cocktails
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Additional Time: 4 hours
  • Cook Time: 0 hours
  • Category: Jello Shots
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 86
  • Sugar: 10
  • Sodium: 18
  • Fat: 2
  • Saturated Fat: 2
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 12
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 1
  • Cholesterol: 2

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