Pudding shot recipes you need in your life.
How to make alcoholic pudding shots: recipes for Horchata, Buttery Nipple, and Mudslide flavors.
I first “invented” these alcoholic pudding shot recipes five years ago for my thirtieth birthday. I believe the conversation, in my head, at the time, probably went something like this:
Val 1: “What should we have at my birthday party?”
Val 2: “Jello shots?”
Val 1: “But we don’t like Jello.”
Val 2: “We like Jello pudding.”
Val 1: “So….”
Val 2: “So…Jello pudding shots?”
Val 1: “…!!!”
That conversation is most likely 100% accurate because I talk to myself a lot. Out loud. Like, all the time.
Alcoholic pudding shots were born.
OK, so maybe I wasn’t the first first to ever come up with making alcoholic pudding, but this was before Pinterest made things like this popular. And I’d never heard of them before that. So I’m basically a pudding hipster. Just sayin’.
And anyways, when I first said I was going to make pudding shots, people had their doubts. I got a lot of raised eyebrows and a lot of assertions that alcohol and dairy just don’t mix. And, maybe they usually don’t mix. But in this case they do. They totally do. The trick is to err on the side of sweet. Think of drinks you can mimic that are on the sugary side. Use anything with chocolate notes. Use anything that you’d stick in coffee (or hot chocolate) to make it Irish. Use anything that already has cream in the title. And then you’re probably good.
This year I made three variations:
Mudslide Pudding Shot: Based on the creamy drink, chocolate pudding with Bailey’s and Kahlúa. (OK, I didn’t use Bailey’s. I used O’Connor’s Irish Country Cream. Same same? It was $10 cheaper. So whatever.)
Buttery Nipple Pudding Shot: Based on a shot of the same name, a variation of the Slippery Nipple shot, butterscotch pudding with butterscotch schnapps and some of that Irish cream.
Horchata/RumChata Pudding Shot: A new one for me, a simple vanilla pudding shot with RumChata (because RumChata may be the greatest thing in the world). (I had planned on topping it with a cinnamon whipped cream too, but then I got lazy…sorry.)
And the basic pudding shot recipe is this: one packet of Jello instant pudding, one cup milk, one cup alcohol. I did try one of them with a Cook and Serve pudding and it turned out great: a really juicy, thick pudding. But I’m not sure it was worth the extra effort and time waiting for it to cool. So you can stick to instant. It’s totally fine.
Now, a lot of people remarked that this year these were STRONG. So maybe you’ll want increase the milk and decrease the alcohol accordingly. But, they are shots after all. So you do want them boozy. Because you want some, right? Because now that you know the wonder that is pudding shots you’re totally going to make them, right? Or do you still think I’m crazy? You probably still think I’m crazy… Fine. But hold off judgments.
Pudding shot recipes are below, along with some tips and instructions, so you should probably make them for your next party. And then you can decide just how crazy I am…deal?
How do you make pudding shots?
The basic recipe for pudding shots is the take a box of Jello instant pudding and follow the recipe on the box, replacing half of the milk with alcohol. Typically, a 3.4 oz. box calls for 2 cups of milk. So, you can use 1 cup of milk and one cup of alcohol of your choosing. (This may be a little strong for some so feel free to adjust!) You can play around with flavors too. For the alcohol, just think of things that already are creamy or go well with desserts. Baileys, Kahlua, and RumChata are all great choices. While a Baileys Jello shot might sound gross, a Baileys pudding shot is delicious!
How do you thicken pudding shots?
Sometimes you’ll find that your pudding is a little…well… soupy. That happens because alcohol isn’t quite the thickener milk is. You can compensate by mixing in some Cool Whip or other frozen whipped topping. Start with a little and add more until the shots are the consistency you desire.
How do you serve pudding shots?
Party stores and online merchants carry Jello Shot cups that are perfect for serving pudding shots at parties. You can also use shot glasses, mini dessert cups, or even full-size dessert glasses. For serving, be sure to have plenty of spoons on hand. While these are, technically, shots, they’re best eaten with a spoon. I’ve found that mini plastic spoons are the perfect scale, but regular spoons will do as well.
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