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17 Incredibly Good-Tasting Shots

Updated on May 23, 2016
Kickass shots you won't regret tasting
Kickass shots you won't regret tasting

Nothing gets a party started like a tray of shooters. But let's face it: Strong drinks often taste, well, strong.

Luckily for you, here's a list of kickass shots that go down very easy. If you try them all, you are going to have to hide the car keys and sleep on your friend's floor.

A quick note: Each of these recipes is for one shot unless otherwise noted. The best way to make these for parties is to scale the ingredients (for example, with the Bazooka Joe, you could use one cup of each ingredient) and chill them all in the mixing glass at once. Then pour a shot's worth into each person's drink.

For a party, you can also do away with the ice and simply prepare a pitcher of the drink ahead of time and keep it in the fridge.

Lastly, the shooters than contain juice can also be enjoyed as cocktails—but be sure to enjoy them in moderation!

1. Bazooka Joe

Bazooka Joe
Bazooka Joe

This creamy blue tropical drink is a sure-fire crowd pleaser.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 ounce blue Curaçao
  • 1/3 ounce Irish cream
  • 1/3 ounce banana liqueur

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Stir until chilled.
  3. Strain into a shot glass.

2. Cherry Cheesecake

Cherry Cheesecake
Cherry Cheesecake

Who can say "no" to a slice of cherry cheesecake? Make a shooter for the sweet tooths in the crowd.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ounce vanilla vodka
  • 1/4 ounce cranberry juice
  • 1/4 ounce grenadine syrup
  • Maraschino cherry (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Shake until chilled.
  3. Strain into a shot glass.
  4. Garnish with maraschino cherry if desired.

3. Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris

Chuck Norris is famous for kicking ass and taking names. This drink will do the same. It comes with a jolt of caffeine and does not skimp on the liquor.

Ingredients

  • 1 shot UV Cherry vodka
  • Liquid Ice energy drink

Directions

  1. Place a shot glass filled with UV Cherry vodka inside of another glass.
  2. Fill the outer glass with Liquid Ice until the liquid on the outside of the shot glass is level with the liquid on the inside (see photo above).

4. Jägerbomb

Jägerbomb
Jägerbomb

Jägerbombs also attempt to counteract alcohol's depressant effects with a kick of caffeine. Here's how to make the classic drink.

Ingredients

  • 1 shot Jägermeister
  • Red Bull

Directions

  1. Place a shot glass filled with Jägermeister inside of another glass.
  2. Fill the outer glass with Red Bull until the liquid on the outside of the shot glass is level with the liquid on the inside (see photo above).

5. Kamikaze

Kamikaze
Kamikaze

This party-starter became popular in the '70s, when people knew how to get down. This citrusy shooter is reminiscent of a margarita, but with vodka instead of tequila.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ounce vodka
  • 1/4 ounce triple sec
  • 1/4 ounce lime juice

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Shake until chilled.
  3. Strain into a shot glass.

6. Liquid Cocaine

Liquid Cocaine
Liquid Cocaine

What better way to take off the edge of Bacardi 151 than—more alcohol? This shooter is not messing around.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 ounce Bacardi 151
  • 1/4 ounce Rumple Minze
  • 1/4 ounce Jägermeister
  • 1/4 ounce Goldschlager

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Shake until chilled.
  3. Strain into a shot glass.

7. Mad Dog

Mad Dog
Mad Dog

The Mad Dog packs some heat, but that's not a bad thing. To quote Grimes: "If you are tired and you need to be peppy, drinking a bit of straight hot sauce really works." So get on it!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 ounce vodka
  • 1/4 ounce raspberry syrup (try checking the Polish section of the grocery)
  • 3 drops of hot sauce

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a shaker.
  2. Pour into a shot glass.

8. Melon Ball

Melon Ball
Melon Ball

Melon is one of those subtle, but surprisingly strong flavors that goes a long way toward masking alcohol. If you're feeling fancy, scoop out a melon ball from a fresh melon, spear it with a toothpick, and lay it across the top of your shooter for people to use as a chaser.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 ounce melon liqueur, such as Midori
  • 1/4 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1/2 ounce vodka

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Stir until chilled.
  3. Strain into a shot glass.

9. Mind Eraser

Mind Eraser
Mind Eraser

Want a drink so good, you'll lose track of the night? Try this Kahlua cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 ounce vodka
  • 1/3 ounce Kahlua
  • 1/3 ounce tonic water

Diredctions

  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Shake until chilled.
  3. Strain into a shot glass.

10. Peanut Butter and Jelly

Peanut Butter and Jelly
Peanut Butter and Jelly

Try this adult spin on a childhood favorite.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ounce Frangelico hazelnut liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce black raspberry liqueur

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Shake until chilled.
  3. Strain into a shot glass.

11. Pineapple Upside Down

Pineapple Upside Down
Pineapple Upside Down

This delicious shot really does taste like a slice of pineapple upside-down cake. Because there are several ingredients to this shooter, it's best made in larger batches—perfect for a party. This recipe will make a double shot.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce bourbon, such as Jim Beam
  • 1/4 ounce peach schnapps
  • 1/2 ounce pineapple juice
  • 1 splash maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 splash grenadine syrup (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients except for the grenadine in a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Shake until chilled.
  3. Strain into shot glasses.
  4. For a sunset effect, you can add a splash of grenadine into each shot glass. Pour the grenadine in slowly, and it will sink to the bottom.

12. Purple Starfucker

Purple Starfucker
Purple Starfucker

Getting A-listers to attend your party is unlikely. But you can certainly throw one back and dream about it.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 ounce blue Curaçao liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce Southern Comfort peach liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce amaretto liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce cranberry juice

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Stir until chilled.
  3. Strain into a shot glass.

13. Red-Headed Slut

Red-Headed Slut
Red-Headed Slut

This drink is named for its beautiful red color. What's more, its fruity, herbal taste makes it as easy on the taste buds as it is on the eyes.

Ingredients

  • 1/3 ounce peach schnapps
  • 1/3 ounce Jägermeister
  • 1/3 ounce cranberry juice

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Stir until chilled.
  3. Strain into a shot glass.

14. Root Beer Barrel

Root Beer Barrel
Root Beer Barrel

Like the Chuck Norris and Jägerbomb, this is a shot-within-a-drink. Here's a shooter for those beer lovers!

Ingredients

  • 1 shot root beer schnapps
  • Beer

Directions

  1. Place a shot glass filled with root beer schnapps inside of another glass.
  2. Fill the outer glass with beer until the liquid on the outside of the shot glass is level with the rim of the shot glass.
  3. Put a hand over the drink and slam to release some carbonation.
  4. Guzzle!


15. Tennessee Log Jumper

Tennessee Log Jumper
Tennessee Log Jumper

This shot is named after the sugar/caffeine rush it brings with it. The recipe below makes three shots.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce 99 Bananas
  • 1 ounce Island Blue Pucker
  • 1/2 ounce Red Bull
  • 1/2 ounce pineapple juice

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Shake until chilled.
  3. Strain into shot glasses.

16. Tootsie Roll Shot

Tootsie Roll Shot
Tootsie Roll Shot

Tootsie rolls always remind me of the holidays. Here's a shooter that tastes just like the classic candy.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 ounce Three Olives Chocolate Vodka
  • 1/3 ounce amaretto liqueur
  • Splash of chocolate syrup

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Shake until chilled.
  3. Strain into a shot glass.

17. Water Moccasin

Water Moccasin
Water Moccasin

This shooter goes down as smooth as a water moccasin. But it probably tastes much better.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 ounce peach schnapps
  • 1/4 ounce Crown Royal Canadian Whisky
  • 1/4 ounce triple sec
  • 1/4 ounce sweet and sour mix

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a mixing glass with ice.
  2. Shake until chilled.
  3. Strain into a shot glass.

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      Jean 10 months ago

      Your directions for a Root Beer Barrel is really a Chuck Norris.

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