We know, bro. Fireball is awesome. It tastes like heaven, burns like hell, and features a label with a totally jacked dragon who definitely lifts. But what if we told you there are other shots out there that are just as extreme as the cinnamon whisky you’ve come to know and love? Well, as true as Saturdays are for the boys, there are. Here are nine shots to take that are just as capable of igniting your night―if not more so.
There’s More to Life Than Just Fireball, so Try These Shots Instead
Almost as satisfying as daring your friend to chug some weird concoction you threw together in college, the Cement Mixer mixes Irish cream with lime juice. The combo curdles upon contact and actually gets thicker the longer the shot sits. Start your night with a little nervous adrenaline.
Anything that invokes WWII’s vicious Kamikaze attacks is bound to be dangerous. Made with equal parts vodka, triple sec and lime, the Kamikaze earns its name by being as easy drinking as it is dangerously boozy.
There’s no better way to toast your favorite actor from Freaks and Geeks and Pineapple Express then by having yourself a James Franco, a shot made with equal parts Jameson Irish Whiskey and Frangelico. The cleverly named recipe adds a sweet hazelnut kick to those Jame-O shots you’re used to pounding on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a shooter that won’t take you 127 hours to get through.
Jameson Irish Whiskey
Picklebacks are for freshmen. Oyster Backs, however, are for the pros. A full shot of rye whiskey topped with a shucked oyster filled with pickle brine, this salty oyster shooter takes your unorthodox shot-and-chaser pairings to a new level.
The B-52 was a popular shot in the ‘70s, and it’s worth reviving. One of the more popular pousse cafés, aka “coffee pushers,” of the decade, the B-52 features Kahlua, Baileys and Grand Marnier. Since each spirit has a different density, they separate out into layers in the glass. You can sip each one at a time or throw the whole thing back. But be warned: All three layers contain alcohol.
Aside from earning a cheap laugh from your buddies, this shot delivers the same sort of easy-drinking spice you love from Fireball—with nutty amaretto, coffee liqueur and Irish cream— and just as much of that boozy burn, courtesy of vodka. It may not live up to its name upon shooting, but we assure you it’s a darn good shot.
The Slippery Nipple is a simple combo of sambuca and Irish cream topped with a cherry—you know, for the visual effect. It’s the perfect shot for your one friend who “can’t go hard today” because he’s “got a wedding to go to in the morning.”
Forget Wheaties; the Irish Breakfast Shot is the real breakfast of champions. With two parts of good ol’ Irish whiskey, and one part butterscotch liqueur, chased with a glass of OJ and a slice of bacon, this day-starter delivers on all the food groups one would expect from a fully balanced breakfast.
Burns like hell—and tastes like it, too. The Prairie Fire brings the heat like Fireball wishes it could. Three parts White Lightnin’ Tennessee moonshine and one part fiery Tabasco sauce, the Prairie Fire is widely believed to have originated as a Midwestern punishment for cowboys who lost bets. So don’t go writing checks your alcohol tolerance can’t stomach.