A shark swimming in the background with a Jevo Shot in the foreground

Our Trio of Updated Shark Bite Jevo Shots Is to Die For

Last year we shared the recipe for our Shark Bite Jevo Shots, and they were massively popular among pretty much everyone we talked to. (Credit where credit is due: We adapted the recipe from Delish.)

This year, we’ve made some minor updates that make a big splash: The original Shark Bite Jevo Shots recipe used a small amount of blue curaçao to dye our Plain Jane flavor pod blue, but since then we’ve wised up and have started using sports drinks to color and flavor our Jevo shots. They taste great and are simpler to make.

We had great results with three varieties of blue Gatorade®: Cool Blue®, Fierce® Blue Cherry®, and Fierce® Grape®. Using Cool Blue gave us the palest result, which did the best job at revealing the “grisly” scene but had the most subtle flavor. Cool Blue isn’t part of Gatorade’s “Fierce” lineup, which are all highly concentrated with flavor and therefore hold up well to being mixed with alcohol and water. Grape was darkest, yet still worked well. Blue Cherry was a happy medium. (We shared Cool Blue Shark Bite Shots in the photo above.)

Scroll down to the end of this post for a few more notes.

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Cool Blue Shark Bite Shots

Makes 20 Jevo Shots

What you’ll need
  • 10 oz vodka or rum
  • 10 oz Gatorade® Cool Blue® sports drink
  • Plain Jane flavor pod
  • 20 gummy sharks
  • red food coloring
  • a few toothpicks
How to make them

Pour the vodka and sports drink into Jevo’s reservoir, pop in a Plain Jane flavor pod, insert a loaded prep tray, select the Craft setting, and press Go. When Jevo is done preparing shots, place a gummy shark into each shot cup and then cover the tray and place it in the fridge for 10 minutes. (Delish’s recipe calls for a longer wait time, but Jevo Shots set faster.) Then add one drop of red food coloring into each cup and use a toothpick to swirl gently. Place the lid back on the tray and refrigerate until set.

Blue Cherry Shark Bite Shots

Makes 20 Jevo Shots

What you’ll need
  • 10 oz vodka or rum
  • 10 oz Gatorade® Fierce® Blue Cherry sports drink
  • Plain Jane flavor pod
  • 20 gummy sharks
  • red food coloring
  • a few toothpicks
How to make them

Pour the vodka and sports drink into Jevo’s reservoir, pop in a Plain Jane flavor pod, insert a loaded prep tray, select the Craft setting, and press Go. When Jevo is done preparing shots, place a gummy shark into each shot cup and then cover the tray and place it in the fridge for 10 minutes. Then add one drop of red food coloring into each cup and use a toothpick to swirl gently. Place the lid back on the tray and refrigerate until set.

Blue Grape Shark Bite Shots

Makes 20 Jevo Shots

What you’ll need
  • 10 oz vodka or rum
  • 10 oz Gatorade® Fierce® Grape sports drink
  • Plain Jane flavor pod
  • 20 gummy sharks
  • red food coloring
  • a few toothpicks
How to make them

Pour the vodka and sports drink into Jevo’s reservoir, pop in a Plain Jane flavor pod, insert a loaded prep tray, select the Craft setting, and press Go. When Jevo is done preparing shots, place a gummy shark into each shot cup and then cover the tray and place it in the fridge for 10 minutes. Then add one drop of red food coloring into each cup and use a toothpick to swirl gently. Place the lid back on the tray and refrigerate until set.


Notes
  • We recommend refrigerating your Shark Bite Jevo Shots for 10 minutes before adding the food coloring, but your results may vary depending on the temperature of your fridge. We use a standard commercial worktop refrigerator in an ambient air temperature of 72 degrees. Test one shot at first, and give it a gentle stir with a toothpick. If the food coloring stays suspended mostly in one spot, continue with the rest. If the entire shot turns red, you’ll need to wait a little longer.
  • This year we found smaller gummy sharks than the ones we used last year, and they tend to go belly up, literally. This is because the white part of the candy is less dense so it tends to rise. (And the larger sharks leaned up against the side of the cup, so floating wasn’t an issue.) You can use a pair of toothpicks or skewers to carefully rotate the sharks if you’d prefer that the sharks swim right side up.
  • You may find a little bit of white residue floating at the surface of the shot. This is because the white part of the candy dissolves slightly in the gelatin and alcohol. If this bothers you, use a spoon to skim it off.
  • We’ve previously shared that we sometimes like to use Wilton® food coloring in Base Crimson, and while the blood red color is spot on, the formula is a little too runny (or the droplets a little too large) for the effect we wanted. If you decide to use it, proceed with caution. We used McCormick® red food coloring for these shots.
  • Consider making some “blood-free” shots or even use Swedish Fish® for some of your more squeamish guests.
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