These Sparkling Cider Jello Shots are as stunning and beautiful as they are delicious and fun! A great alternative to alcoholic champagne jello shots that are so popular on New Years, these sparkling treats are for the whole family!

Sparkling Cider Jello Shots (non-alcoholic) |

I've been so excited to share this recipe with you! But first, can we just take a moment to say ohmygosh I can't believe Christmas has already come and gone?!?

I mean. Wow.

How has the entire year already flown by??

We had a really great Christmas with my family in North Carolina. It took us all day to work our way through the pile of gifts, the food was incredible, and the day was filled with lots of laughter and love. We relished in every single moment watching Emma as she (for the first year) started to really understand the concept of Santa, gift giving, and (obviously) gift getting. We went overboard on her gifts this year, no question about it, but it has been so much fun watching her gleefully run around with new toys.

I know, I know– I'm just talking about the toys and presents. I know there's more to Christmas, and I should be focusing on that. But I just can't wipe the grin off my face when I see her sitting at her new vanity curling her hair and applying pretend lipstick. Or when she runs around with her new camera shouting “SAY CHEEEEEEEEEEEEESE!” Or when I hear her speaking in a high squeaky voice as she pretends the Cinderella lego-person is having a conversation with the Ariel lego-person.

It's just so sweet my heart feels like it's going to explode.

Sparkling Cider Jello Shots (non-alcoholic) |

But all good things must come to an end, I suppose. And now it's time to transition into the New Year. Which means it's almost time to start cleaning out her room of old and ragged toys, taking down the Christmas decorations, and making salad my new favorite food (boo)!

Fortunately, the cosmic universe (well… the calendar year, actually) gives us a buffer week in between the most gluttonous day of the year and the least. And we get to use this week to finish up the holiday food leftovers and plan for one last awesome celebration: New Years Eve!

We don't drink, but I've always loved the look of champagne jello shots. They just look so pretty and sparkly, and I've been meaning to get around to making a non-alcoholic sparkling cider version forever!

Sparkling Cider Jello Shots (non-alcoholic) |

These are so fun and just as beautiful as the champagne jello shots, but these can be enjoyed by the entire family! You can use any flavor of sparkling cider (or even a combination of half juice and half carbonated water) and add berries or cherries for a fancy look! You could even add gummies for a less-fancy and more kid-friendly feel!!

I used White Grape Sparkling Juice and blackberries for a more “adult” and sophisticated look and taste, but there are so many variations you could create. And, of course, think outside the glass! I was going for fancy-looking, so I poured them into these stemmed glasses. But you could pour the jello into small jars or even cut them into cubes!

Sparkling Cider Jello Shots (non-alcoholic) |

Sparkling Cider Jello Shots (non-alcoholic) |

Sparkling Cider Jello Shots (non-alcoholic)


  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
  • 2 1/2 cups sparkling juice or cider (chilled)
  • optional: berries, cherries, or gummies


  1. Sprinkle the 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin over the boiling water and let soften for a few minutes. Whisk to dissolve completely and to get rid of clumps.
  2. Pour the sparkling juice or cider gently into a mixing bowl or large measuring cup with a spout (try to pour onto the inside of the bowl to minimize carbonation loss). Pour the gelatin mixture into the sparkling juice and gently stir to combine.
  3. Pour the liquid into stemmed glasses or other containers you wish to use for serving. Add berries or gummies to each glass.
  4. Refrigerate for an hour before serving or until jello is firm enough to eat.


Recipe modified from a Champagne Jello Shot recipe found on 1 Fine Cookie

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