Agar Agar Vodka Jelly

Agar Agar for Vegetarian Vodka Jelly

You may well be unaware, but a vodka jelly shot is made out of meat. Or to be more specific the gelatin in the jelly is made out of meat, or to even more specific the vodka jelly shot contain gelatin that is made out of boiled up animal remnants (bones, skin etc). So the standard jelly shot recipe such as the one found on the Bar Brothers is not suitable for vegetarians.

This is particularly significant because vodka jelly shots and vegetarianism are both popular amongst students.

So, what is the alternative? If you wish to satisfy the jelly cravings of non-meat eaters?


Well, the solution is to use a substance known as agar agar

agar agar is a type of jelly that is extracted from seaweed and does a very similar job to gelatin in turning the liquid vodka cocktail into a solid. The problem is that although it looks exactly the same, it has a very different feel in you mouth. Whereas a gelatin jelly is very soft, flexible and sort of melts on you tongue – you will find that agar agar is more brittle and will crumble rather than squoosh as you chew down on the vodka jelly shot. SO not exactly the same, but close enough that the vegetarians will not need to miss out on the jelly-shot party.

You can find a full recipe here

The method is basically the same as with the standard vodka jellies:

  1. Add the agar into water and heat/stir to dissolve
  2. Allow to cool slightly
  3. Add the vodka and any flavours
  4. Pour into shot glasses
  5. Place in the fridge for a few hours
  6. Eat, drink and be merry!


  • 2 tablespoons of agar agar
  • 240 ml of water
  • 180ml of Vodka
  • Sugar to taste (a few teaspoons)
  • Any flavours/cordials – remember to subtract the equivalent amount of water used for any liquid flavours or juices.
Agar Agar Vodka Jelly
Agar Agar Vodka Jelly