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March Madness 3-point jello shots — a boozy basketball-themed treat

Sandra Denneler is a SheKnows Expert who's been making and doing her entire life. Growing up, her favorite book was the 1973 World Book Encyclopedia's Childcraft Volume 11, Make and Do. An art director at Wichita State University, Sandra...

These boozy jello shots are a slam dunk, complete with cantaloupe 'basketballs'

To get yourself in that March Madness kind of mood, these 3-point shots are as adorable as they are fun to drink. The sporty shots can be made with or without alcohol so that no one will be left out on the day of the big game.

These boozy jello shots are a slam dunk, complete with cantaloupe 'basketballs'
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You can use any clear flavored water or a clear soda like 7UP or Sprite. (To make alcohol-free shots, just substitute the vodka with a cup of the clear water or soda.)

These boozy jello shots are a slam dunk, complete with cantaloupe 'basketballs'
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

Start by drawing the nets on the shot glasses.

These boozy jello shots are a slam dunk, complete with cantaloupe 'basketballs'
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

Print out the basketball backboards with this handy-dandy PDF.

These boozy jello shots are a slam dunk, complete with cantaloupe 'basketballs'
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

Cut out the backboards, and don't forget to make 2 slits at the bottom. This is the notch that will hold it on the edge of the glass.

These boozy jello shots are a slam dunk, complete with cantaloupe 'basketballs'
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

Sprinkle the gelatin over 1 cup of cold vodka. Let it sit for a few minutes before mixing.

These boozy jello shots are a slam dunk, complete with cantaloupe 'basketballs'
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

Add the remaining 3 cups of hot liquid to the gelatin mix, and stir for 5 minutes.

These boozy jello shots are a slam dunk, complete with cantaloupe 'basketballs'
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

Pour the mixture into the shot glasses, and refrigerate.

These boozy jello shots are a slam dunk, complete with cantaloupe 'basketballs'
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

Little balls of cantaloupe make perfect, edible basketballs.

These boozy jello shots are a slam dunk, complete with cantaloupe 'basketballs'
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

Assemble your shots, and wait for the fans to cheer. Did someone say 3-point-shot drinking game?

These boozy jello shots are a slam dunk, complete with cantaloupe 'basketballs'
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

If you've got a favorite team (like the WSU Shockers), print out their logo, and add it to your backboards. Go, Shocks!

These boozy jello shots are a slam dunk, complete with cantaloupe 'basketballs'
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

March Madness 3-point jello shots recipe

For an extra-boozy kick, soak your melon balls in vodka for a few hours before serving.

Yields 20

Ingredients and supplies:

  • 20 (1.5-ounce) plastic shot glasses
  • 1 white paint marker (found in most hobby stores)
  • 3 cups clear flavored water or soda (7UP, Sprite, Propel Flavored Water)
  • 1 cup vodka
  • 1 ounce (4 x 1/4-ounce packages) unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cantaloupe
  • Melon baller tool
  • Basketball backboards printed on cardstock (download PDF here)

Directions:

  1. Using a white paint marker, draw big Xs all around the plastic shot glasses, overlapping the bottom and top of each X to make the basketball net.
  2. Print the basketball backboard PDF on cardstock, and cut them out. Be sure to make 2 cuts from the bottom so the backboard can notch onto the edge of the glass.
  3. Sprinkle 1 ounce (4 x 1/4-ounce packages) of gelatin over 1 cup of cold vodka. (If you're making alcohol-free shots, use 1 cup of cold flavored water or soda instead.) Let this sit for a few minutes, then mix thoroughly.
  4. In a pan, heat 3 cups of clear flavored water or soda until boiling. Pour over the gelatin mixture, and stir for 5 minutes.
  5. Place the empty shot glasses in a container, and pour the mixture into each glass. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  6. Using a melon baller tool, make cantaloupe basketballs.
  7. Attach the basketball backboards to the glasses, and top each jello shot with a cantaloupe basketball.

Every party needs snacks. These basketball calzones are perfect for popping.

These boozy jello shots are a slam dunk, complete with cantaloupe 'basketballs'
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows

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Updated by Bethany Ramos on 3/7/16

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