Apple Cider Bourbon Bacon Jello Shots

You had me at bacon, however, add in fall apple cider and bourbon and I want to scream, Yes, Please!

I made these for our adult Halloween Trick or Treat event in our neighborhood and it went over really well. Rumor had it that my jello shots were the hit of the hood. Try it for your next Autumn event this is perfect for Friendsgiving!

These will make 12-18 jello shots depending on the size of your cups and how much you fill them


  • 10-12 Ounces of Good Bourbon ( I used Makers Mark)
  • 1 Package of Unflavored Gelatin
  • 1 Cup of Apple Cider
  • 2 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup of Cold Water
  • 1/2 Cup of Boiling Water
  • 4 Slices of Bacon for infusing the Bourbon
  • 3/4 Pound of Thick-Sliced Quality Bacon for Candying (see our recipe for Candied Bacon, this will be used for the tasty garnish on the top of the jello shot.)


  1. Start at least 1 day ahead of time by infusing the bourbon. To accomplish this crisp up the 4 slices of bacon and drop into a Mason Jar with the Bourbon.
  2. Let it sit on the counter for 2 hours and then drop into the refrigerator until the next day.
  3. Remove the jar from the refrigerator and scoop off the bacon fat that has congealed on the top. You now have a bacon-infused Bourbon. (Note that some of the Bourbon may have been absorbed by the bacon, not to worry we took that into account.)
  4. Bring a half cup of water to a boil
  5. Working quickly, mix the cold water and packet of gelatin together in a bowl
  6. Add the boiled water then the brown sugar and lastly the cider, and Bourbon and stir together. (If you want to control the strength of the cocktail for those not quite yet Bourbon fans, you can always pour the bourbon mixture separate and make them a bit lighter.
  7. Pour into the Jello Shot cups.
  8. Next up is to make the Candied Bacon using our recipe. Cut the bacon into smaller bite-sized pieces before cooking it as this will sit in or on the shot glass. ( I cut my raw bacon in thirds )
  9. It is at this stage that you can top the Jello Shot mixture with a piece of bacon. However. for the best flavor, cook the candied bacon 30 minutes before serving and top the cold jello shot with the warm candied bacon. I was unable to do this for the Trick or Treat event, but if I was having an indoor event I would definitely serve them with the bacon warm.
  10. Place the filled shot cups in the refrigerator (I like to use shot glasses that have covers so that I can easily stack them in the refrigerator to set the mixture up. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.


Watch How to Make It