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easy Pudding Shots

Pudding Shots

These Pudding Shots are made with cheesecake pudding, a shot of vodka, and tinted in red, white, and blue for the summer holidays! Easy to make and a fun treat for adult parties -make them for Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day too!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword 4th of July, patriotic, pudding shots
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 12 shots
Calories 162kcal


  • 12 2-ounce shot glasses
  • frosting bag and tip (optional)
  • hand mixer or whisk


  • 2 boxes instant cheesecake pudding 3 ounces each
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 cup vodka
  • red food dye
  • blue food dye
  • whipped cream optional garnish
  • patriotic sprinkles optional garnish


  • Add the pudding and half and half to a large mixing bowl.
  • Beat with the mixer until thickened.
  • Add the vodka and beat again until smooth and thickened.
  • Divide the pudding into thirds, adding the portions to three separate bowls.
  • In one bowl, add the blue food coloring and mix, adding more and mixing until the desired color is reached. Mix until no color streaks appear.
  • Repeat the same steps for the red with one of the other bowls. Leave the third one without color.
  • Place the mixtures in the fridge until thickened.
  • Add the red pudding to the frosting bag and fill each shot glass a third full.
  • Next, do the same thing with the uncolored pudding, and end with the blue pudding.
  • Using the frosting bag one more time, add a dollop of whipped cream to the top of each shot and add some sprinkles.


  • Do not add more vodka to the mixture or it will make it too thin. For this pudding shot, you want it to remain a little thicker so the colors don’t mix.
  • When you start to mix the vodka into the pudding, it will look chunky at first. Just keep mixing, it will smooth out, this is normal.
  • When using the frosting bag, be sure to tilt it to the side as the mixture will be thinner and not hold in the frosting bag as well as thick frosting might. It will want to escape out of the frosting tip. So, as long as you keep the bag tilted sideways in between each layer, you should be fine. You can also try using an injector, although some pudding chunks might try and block it.
  • Be sure to tap each shot glass lightly on the counter as you add each color. This will flatten it out and make the color layers smoother.
  • It’s important to use half and half as it’s a little thicker than normal whole milk. You don’t want to use heavy whipping cream as this will make the pudding too thick. The half and half worked great for this recipe.
  • This can also be made with vanilla pudding if you don’t care for cheesecake flavor.
  • If you’re wanting to make these safe for kids, simply prepare the pudding as directed on the box and follow the rest of the steps. Just skip the vodka.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 162kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 247mg | Potassium: 53mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 0.02mg | Net Carbohydrates: 17g