St. Patrick's day celebrations here in America need some alcohol. These pudding shots are not only a festive dessert but so yummy. The addition of Irish cream liqueur to creamy pistachio Jell-O pudding makes this the St. Patrick's Day shot recipe the holiday needs. This is the best recipe for a treat with alcohol for the Irish celebration.
Adding Bailey's or Carolans to instant pudding is what makes these shots so good. Who knew that pistachio and Irish cream went together so well? Oh my goodness they are so delicious! Sip these and you too will know the magic!
This easy no-bake recipe is a fun green dessert for St. Patrick's Day and other holidays. Pair with some Shamrock Sugar Cookies for a festive green dessert combination. This green drinkable pistachio pudding cocktail is irresistible.
The green pudding makes a festive dessert or cocktail also for Christmas. If you want the best pudding shots to serve at your next party or holiday, try this easy recipe.
- What is Irish Cream Liqueur?
- How to Make St. Patrick's Day Pudding Shots
- Ingredients for St. Patrick's Day Pudding Shots
- How to Make Pistachio Pudding Shots
- Mix the Pudding
- Top Pudding Shots with Whipped Cream
- What to Serve for St Patrick's Day -
- How Long Can you Refrigerate Pudding Shots?
- PIN FOR SAFEKEEPING & SHARING!
- St Patrick's Day Pudding Shots
What is Irish Cream Liqueur?
The two most popular brands in America are Bailey's and Carolans. Irish cream is a blend of Irish whiskey, cream, hints of vanilla, and chocolate. So right there, I should have you hooked. It has an ABV (alcohol by volume) level of about 15-20% and is popular in many mixed drinks.
If you have Irish cream in your liqueur cabinet already, these pudding shots will be great to enjoy some in. Other cocktails that you can use Irish cream in include:
- Nutty Irishman
- Irish Car Bomb
- Cement Mixer
How to Make St. Patrick's Day Pudding Shots
This recipe is super easy and is ideal to make ahead of time. So when the big day comes to celebrate, you can spend more time on other things like prepping the corned beef, drinking a Guinness, or taking a nap before you indulge in all the festivities. Those are just suggestions, I am not speaking from experience or anything.
The key to these is that they are green in color and the pistachio flavor is what makes these unique. This pudding shot recipe is wonderful for St Patrick's Day, Halloween, and Christmas. However, if you are not a pistachio fan or do not want these to have the small bits of nuts that the pudding mix does have, you can substitute vanilla pudding into this pudding shot recipe.
It will be also delicious and if you simply want them green too, just add the bit of food coloring as listed below. You can add really any food coloring and make them for any holiday or themed party that way - the ultimate vanilla pudding shot recipe!
Ingredients for St. Patrick's Day Pudding Shots
- a small package of instant pistachio Jell-o pudding (3.4oz)
- 1 C milk
- 1 C Irish Cream liquor
- 1 C Cool Whip
- whipped cream
- sprinkles - optional tasty fun!
- green food coloring - optional for the desired color
You can try regular or sugar-free puddings and Cool Whip. To find out more about ingredients and carb counts, check out COOL WHIP's OFFICIAL SITE.
How to Make Pistachio Pudding Shots
Here are the ingredients you need for the pudding shots. Jello pudding is the most popular but any brand of pistachio pudding will work for this fun pudding shot recipe.
Optional is green food coloring. The green will not be as bright as the pudding is alone. Once the liqueur is added it will change a bit. It is up to you if you want it green and festive or if it is all about the taste.
Mix the Pudding
In a mixing bowl with a pourable spout, add the instant pudding mix, the cold milk, and the Irish cream. Mix with a hand mixer on low until it is smooth and combined. The brown color will change the color, it will still be green but subtle. This is where I decided to add some food coloring.
Add Food Coloring
It will turn a bit greener with each drop you add. My results are from 2 drops of green food coloring added. If I really wanted a more true green for St. Patrick's Day I would have added a few more drops. I wanted this to be green but still light in color like the original pistachio pudding.
Fold in the Cool Whip
The last step is to fold in the soft Cool Whip. If it does not fold smoothly, you can use the hand mixer for a few seconds on low. You want this to be smooth so it is pourable and it will be drinkable as it sets just a bit.
Chill the Pistachio Pudding
Pour into 12 regular shot glasses or into 6 larger dessert/jelly cups. I like the bigger size so it feels more like a dessert and drink. Once all are poured, place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. They will NOT get the pudding skin that can happen so they can be made ahead of time and still be drinkable.
The puddings will be a bit set but if you tilted the cups would be thick but still pourable. Think of a really thick milkshake.
Top Pudding Shots with Whipped Cream
Top with whipped cream and/or sprinkles. My kids eat a lot of sprinkles on ice cream sundaes around here so we were out of them.
This simple recipe has only a few ingredients & tasty as written. However, you can make a few changes & try a different variation. Here is what I suggest.
- Vodka - instead of Irish Cream make vodka pistachio pudding shots.
- Pudding - use sugar-free pistachio pudding if available.
CHEERS - HAPPY ST PATRICK'S DAY!
These would also be great to have as a Christmas Pudding Shot. Maybe add some red sprinkles on top of the whipped cream.
See how quickly these IRISH CREAM PUDDING SHOTS come together.
What to Serve for St Patrick's Day -
These great pistachio pudding shots with Irish cream are the perfect ending to a great St Patty's Day meal. The SLOW COOKER CORNED BEEF is fantastic! Here are more great recipes to enjoy in your celebration:
How Long Can you Refrigerate Pudding Shots?
These pudding shots are not different than when you refrigerate plain pudding. Once they are made and chilled they are ready to enjoy. I recommend storing them without the whipped cream on top. That is best to add fresh just before enjoying.
If stored properly in the refrigerator, pudding shots can last for up to 5 days. I do not recommend freezing pudding shots.
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St Patrick's Day Pudding Shots
- shot glasses or pudding'yougurt glass jars
- 1 small package instant pistachio pudding 3.4oz size
- 1 C cold milk
- 1 C Irish cream liqueur Carolan's, Bailey's, etc
- 1 C Cool Whip soft at room temperature
- whipped cream
- green sprinkles & green food coloring optional
- In a mixing bowl with a pourable spout, add the pudding mix, milk, and liqueur.
- With a hand mixer, mix on low speed until combined and smooth. There will be really small pistachio bits from the pudding mix, that is ok.
- Optional but makes it a true green again - Add a few drops, one at a time, of food coloring if you want the green color to be more pronounced. In mine pictured above, I added 2 drops of food coloring. Mix with hand-mixer to combine.
- Fold in the cool whip until evenly combined. If still a bit lumpy, use the hand-mixer for only a few seconds.
- Pour into 12 shot glasses or into 6 larger jelly/yogurt/dessert glasses.
- Place in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to chill and set. It will not be solid like regular pudding. It will be thick and pourable/drinkable.
- To serve, top with whipped cream. Add sprinkles if desired.
- This can be made ahead of time. It will last in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Top with whip cream only before serving as that will not hold up well.
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These look delicious!
Liz McDermott says
Yeasss, it isn't St. Patrick's day without green liquor!
And they are so cute too!!
Ramae Hamrin says
I don't drink these types of drinks anymore, but wow, does it ever look delicious. I could picture myself sipping one as I read your post. YUM!
Angela Sedlak | Mean Green Chef says
Ohhhh ahhhhh I could totally enjoy a couple of these on St. Paddy's Day! Love how easy they are to make, thanks for sharing, pinned too 🙂
So glad you pinned this - easy, fun, and delish. The flavor combo of pistachio and Irish cream is really amazing!
My fiance would love these! i'll have to surprise him this year lol
Great, I hope he loves them
Beth Shields says
These look yummy and I bet you could do a whole variation on these depending on the pudding and the liquor. Thanks for sharing.
The party fun ideas are endless!
I'll have to save this for St Patricks Day and try it out this year. Looks delicious!
I love your recipes!
well well well...me thinks i spy something new to try this st pattys day....
Lisa Manderino says
This is a great idea for St. Patrick's day
Holly Bird says
YUM!! I saved this for later..this is really an amazing recipe!! Thank you!
Tricia Snow says
These look yummy and fattening! Definitely a once in a while treat! I can't wait to try this and add it to my Saint Patty's Day plans!
We will definitely try these out this year!
These look very festive! I would have never thought of that flavor combination!
They look so good, and not too difficult to make. I can't wait to try this recipe, thank you!
Stacey Billingsley says
These look delicious and festive! I’ll have to give them a try.
They look interesting. What flavor could be used instead of the alcohol component?
You can just add more milk but it would not be drinkable. Only something with alcohol would keep it from setting as thick but having it as just pudding would be fine.
Jill DeMasi says
I love pudding shots and Baileys!
Suzan | It's My Sustainable Life says
One question. What time's the party? YUM!!
In about an hour when these are ready! Cheers!
Sydney Delong says
Yum! Perfect for St Pattys day!
Oh my goodness! These look amazing! If I still drank, I would be all over this as my perfect St Paddys day treat!
So cute - what a great idea for a shamrock celebration.
Karla Petersen says
Oh, my goodness! Pinned for sure. I love pudding and I love liqueurs!!!!
I hope you love them Karla! Cheers to you and your family every St Patty's Day!
These look so good. I wonder if I could take them in to the next staff meeting,
LOL - there are days at the office that I need many of these ! oh did I say that?!?!
Christina Furnival says
These sounds so yummy, they are very cute, and they don't seem too hard to make!
heather J jandrue says
I love Irish cream. These sound so good. I need to try these out for St. Patty's Day.
I feel like we need to become friends lol This sounds delicious!!
The more friends the merrier - cheers! Meet me at happy hour...
Dawn @ Words Of Deliciousness says
Looks yummy! This pudding shot looks perfect for St. Patty's Day!
This is such a fun idea that my whole family will love! Thank you for sharing!
Melissa Jones says
That looks like a super fun St. Patrick's Day treat!!
Yummy these look soooo delicious!
T.M. Brown says
These look cute and delicious!! The pistachio would not be my flavor of choice, but maybe vanilla would work just as well??? Thanks for sharing!
I am not a big pistachio fan but the combo with Irish cream is perfect. We had taste testing with the neighbors and they all love the flavor combo. Give it a try!
Miz Helen says
This is a great Pudding Shot! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,473 and hope you are having a great week!
Are you kidding me?! YUM!!! These will make an appearance at our next St. Pat's party. Pinned!!
So fun! I bet these taste really good. I have only had pudding shots one time, made with chocolate pudding. Pistachio sounds great for the holiday as well as to mix to Bailey’s! I might just need to whip these up for my husband and I as a nice little dessert ☺️
I hope you and your husband enjoy these fun green Bailey's shots. Cheers to St Patrick's Day!
I have never tried a pudding shot, but it looks like a drink and dessert in a glass. How decadent, plus you get that green you need for St. Paddy's!
Oh my goodness. These boozy little dessert shots look to die for. I can't wait for St. Patrick's Day this year so I can make this recipe!
Jacqueline Debono says
Love the idea of these pudding shot! A fun and delicious addition to any St Patrick's Day meal!
These look great and perfect for St. Patrick's Day. Can't wait to try it.
I just made these to have for tomorrow. I had to try one of course and they are so good.
Great - happy early St Paddy's Day!