PSLs bring out bizarrely strong emotions in people. For some, this emotion is hatred. For others, it is deep adoration. But guzzle them or scorn them, there is little debate that PSLs have become the mascot of fall, their release signaling the imminent arrival of sweater weather, apple-picking, and seasonal, food-filled, holidays. 

So for all of you who could never (soberly) admit you need some pumpkin spice to get you in the fall mood, some basic girls have created a solution for you: PSL Jell-O Shots. These are deceptively potent, so after a few, you won't care what they taste like; you'll be singing odes to fall and drunk-eating apple pie.

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PSL Jell-O Shots

  • Prep Time:20 mins
  • Cook Time:6 hrs
  • Total Time:6 hrs 20 mins
  • Servings:30
  • Easy


  • Plastic shot glasses
  • 1 cup cold Starbucks vanilla or caramel coffee
  • 3 Tbsp sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 tsp pumpkin pie spice plus a little extra
  • 2 packets Knox gelatin
  • 1 cup vanilla-flavored vodka
  • Green straws cut into 1/4ths
  • Cool Whip
Liz Joyce
  • Step 1

    Pour the cold vanilla or caramel coffee into a medium-sized sauce pan. Sprinkle two packets of Knox gelatin on top and let sit for two minutes without stirring.

    #SpoonTip: Make sure you use a big saucepan because this will rise and you'll be adding more liquid in later.

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  • Step 2

    Whisk on medium-high heat until everything dissolves.

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  • Step 3

    Add sweetened condensed milk and pumpkin pie spice while whisking. Bring to low boil.

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  • Step 4

    Once a low boil is reached, take off heat and add vodka, whisking to mix.

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  • Step 5

    Pour the mixture into shot glasses and add straws.

    #SpoonTip: The picture is using Jell-O shot cups, but if you use actual plastic shot glasses, they look way cuter and more authentic.

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  • Step 6

    Refrigerate for 6 hours.

    #SpoonTip: If rushed, put in the freezer for about an hour.

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  • Step 7

    Once firm, top with Cool Whip and pumpkin pie spice.

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