Shot Drink Recipes: Five Shots for Any Occasion

Updated on October 7, 2013

Shots

There are so many alcoholic beverages out there, yet there's something about shots that we all love. Perhaps it's the concept of something so little packing so big of a punch. Nonetheless, there are thousands of recipes out there for numerous shots, many of which are easy to make and fun to drink. In this Hub, I'll give you five recipes for some well-known and delicious shots that are perfect for any occasion. Whether at parties, or with friends, or even whipping up a few of these bad boys on your own downtime, you'll have a blast knowing that your alcoholic knowledge just bumped up a few points in the ranks.

Alright, here we go. Shot number one:

1. Red-Headed Slut

This shot is a well-known and popular drink and one that your bartender should know without a problem. So why shouldn't you? Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 oz Jagermeister
  • 1 oz Peach Schnapps
  • 2 oz cranberry juice

Pour all the ingredients above into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a shot glass. It's as simple as that.

Want to make it a drink? Red-Headed Sluts can also be served 'on the rocks' in and Old Fashioned Glass instead of being served as a single shot.

Despite its name, the Red-Headed Slut shot is anything but raunchy. The cranberry juice and peach schnapps add a sweet flavor to mix in well with the Jager. It's a must-know in the world of drink recipes.
Despite its name, the Red-Headed Slut shot is anything but raunchy. The cranberry juice and peach schnapps add a sweet flavor to mix in well with the Jager. It's a must-know in the world of drink recipes.
Like you might have gathered from its name, the Buttery Nipple shot has a flavor of creamy butterscotch to accompany the liquor and is also one of the easiest shots to make.
Like you might have gathered from its name, the Buttery Nipple shot has a flavor of creamy butterscotch to accompany the liquor and is also one of the easiest shots to make.

2. Buttery Nipple

Ah, the buttery nipple. Never mind the implied innuendos here, let's get down the business. This shot is an excellent shot for those wanting to learn some easy recipes. This shot however, requires a layering technique. To do this, simply hold a spoon over the glass, tilted slightly inside (with the rounded side up) and gently pour the liquid over the surface. This will allow a layering technique, or in other words, the liquids to float on top of one another. Pretty neat, huh? So here's what you'll need:

  • 1 oz Buttershots Liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Irish Cream Liqueur

Pour the buttershots liqueur into a shot glass (chilled is optional) and simply float the Irish cream on top. Voila! Your Buttery Nipple shot is ready for serving.

Did you know? There are various versions of this drink such as the Golden Nipple, Alien Nipple, Spicy Buttery Nipple, etc. Each recipe calls for the same basic ingredients, but with a few minor twists.

3. Four Horsemen

Be warned, this shot packs a punch. It basically consists of three brands of whiskey and tequila. Moral of the story? This shot is not for the faint of heart. There are variations to this shot, as with any drink, but just know that you'll be riding with the four J's. Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 oz Jim Beam Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1 oz Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey
  • 1 oz Johnnie Walker Black Scotch Whiskey
  • 1 oz Jose Cuervo Tequila

One of the whiskeys above can be replaced with Jameson Irish Whiskey as well, or the tequila may be taken out altogether and simply be 100 percent whiskey. Either way, you'll be feeling this one. Simply pour the four ingredients together in a shot glass and down immediately.

Did you know? There are versions of this drink such as "Four Horsemen Go to Sea" and "Four Horsemen In a Boat" that call for just one added ingredient. The Four Horsemen Go to Sea calls for another ounce of Captain Morgan and the boat version calls for another ounce of Grand Marnier.

What can we say? This shot packs a punch.
What can we say? This shot packs a punch.
The Kamikaze: A vodka based shot with a hint of citrus.
The Kamikaze: A vodka based shot with a hint of citrus.

4. Kamikaze

When someone says "kamikaze", what's the first thing that pops to your head? Something flying in the air and spiraling out of control? Well, with enough of these shots the only thing that will be spiraling out of control will be your sober side. The Kamikaze calls for a few simple ingredients:

  • 1.25 oz Smirnoff No. 21 Vodka
  • 0.25 oz lime juice
  • 0.25 oz triple sec

Add all the ingredients together and shake well. Strain into a shot glass and you're done.

Did you know? A Kamikaze shot can become a Blue Kamikaze by replacing the triple sec with blue curacao.


Layering can be tricky when it comes to this shot. Practice is key to creating the perfect B-52.
Layering can be tricky when it comes to this shot. Practice is key to creating the perfect B-52.

5. B-52

This shot requires that layering technique mentioned before in the Buttery Nipple. Only this time, you'll be making a drink with three layers. How's that for progress?

The B-52 requires the following ingredients:

  • 0.33 oz KahlĂșa Coffee Liqueur
  • 0.33 oz Bailey's Irish Cream
  • 0.33 oz Grand Marnier

Carefully layer the ingredients into a shot glass in the order given. Refer back to the Buttery Nipple shot directions if you need more help on layering drinks. Once you've mastered this, you'll be ready for completion of your B-52 shot!

Did you know? People often replace the Grand Marnier in this recipe with amaretto almond liqueur.


New Recipes, New Options

Now that you've got a few more shot recipes under your belt, you're ready to experiment and show off to your friends (if you have any). The world of alcohol is constantly changing and people are coming up with fresh, new recipes daily for various different drinks, cocktails, and shots. These few shots are on the popular list, so it's never a bad thing to have these handy during parties or get-togethers.Stay tuned for more Hubs with even more drinks and shot ideas. In the meantime, try not to drink too many Four Horsemen.

Seriously. It's probably not a good idea.

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