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Pappy Van Winkle Jell-O Shots

Anyone who drinks whiskey would say that drinking it any other way then on the rocks or neat is a waste. Mixed drinks and shots just don’t do it for these avid whiskey aficionados. And, Jeremy Johnson, owner of Meta cocktail lounge, created one of the most sacrilegious whiskey drinks to piss people off…an Old-fashioned Jell-O shot.

Jell-O shots are always thought to be made with cheap vodka and some sort of flavored Jell-O made in mass quantities. But Jeremy Johnson had other plans. He took Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 15 Year Old Bourbon, priced at about $100 a bottle, and made Jell-O shots with it.

Jeremy Johnson invented the shots at his Louisville bar when he acquired a large abundance of Pappy. For Jeremy, whiskey was community and friendship. He grew up in Kentucky since the age of 10 and Bourbon was everywhere. He didn’t appreciate all of the hype for Pappy, so he tried to downplay the Bourbon as much as possible. Hence, the Jell-O shots.

Considering Bourbon being my favorite liquor, I fell in love with these Jell-O shots. Old-fashioneds are one of my favorite drinks. So, here is the recipe for these famous Jell-O shots. And keep in mind, you can use whatever Bourbon you can get your hands on. Cheers!

Old-Fashioned Jell-O Shots


  • 1 750-ml. bottle Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve Bourbon 15 Year Old*
  • 2 oz. simple syrup
  • 15 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 pouches (about 2 tbsp.) Knox gelatin, unflavored
  • 1 c. water
  • maraschino cherries

*You can substitute this Bourbon for something more reasonably priced

Directions: Make a large batch of Old-fashioneds using the Pappy, simple syrup, and bitters. Then, in a separate bowl, stir together the gelatin and boiling water until it has fully dissolved. Combine your Old-Fashioned batch and the gelatin solution and pour into plastic or paper shot glasses that already have a maraschino cherry in the bottom of them. Put in the refrigerator until solid and enjoy!

Enjoy these at your next party!