Taking shots shouldn’t just be reserved for the bar; there are plenty of simple recipes (besides shooting straight liquor) that are easy to replicate at home. From refreshing, citrusy shots, to dessert shooters, to spicy, savory chasers to be served with snacks, here our favorite shots to make at home. Caution: They’re as easy to gulp down as they are to make. Hide your guests’ car keys.
9 Best Shots to Make At Home
Light, refreshing and easy, this lime-spiked vodka shot is the perfect way to get a night started. To mix it up, make a syrup with equal parts orange or lemon marmalade and water and use in place of Triple Sec or Cointreau. Chasing the shot with a lick of smoked salt and a bite of fresh lemon only enhances the experience.
Though its name may make you think otherwise, this shot includes zero actual Dr. Pepper. Simply combine overproof rum (try Hamilton’s 151 or Lemon Hart 151) and Amaretto, ignite with a lighter, and drop into a beer of your choice to extinguish.
The next time the girls (or open-minded guys) are over for a get-together, serve up a tray of these hands-free cocktail shots. Great for bridal showers and bachelorette parties, make sure you garnish them with fresh whipped cream for the full effect.
Freshly whipped cream
This impressively layered shot is a great way to end a meal. Made with Baileys, Kahlua and Grand Marnier, it’s creamy, sweet and almost too pretty to drink.
This shot is great for sweet tooths and dessert fanatics. Made with equal parts vodka, Irish cream, coffee liqueur and Amaretto, it’s insanely easy to make and goes down easy. For a truly special shot treat, use homemade Irish cream.
Kevin Diedrich of Pacific Cocktail Haven in San Francisco pours this shot for bar patrons as a welcoming, and with this easy recipe, you can offer the same hospitality the next time you have guests over. If you can’t find Plantation Pineapple Rum, sub the turbinado syrup for a pineapple gomme and use a darker, demerara rum for the base spirit.
If you don’t have the time to make your own Fireball, and are looking for an easy DIY substitute, look no further than this recipe. Perfect for a Friday night get-together, or a game of Mario Kart with the Lambda Lambda Lambda brothers, this shot features a the spicy cinnamon heat of Becherovka, a Czech liqueur.
As its name suggests, this flamin’ hot shot is the perfect pick-me-up for lovers of all things spicy. All you need is some local moonshine (we won’t say anything if it’s yours) a bottle of Tabasco and an iron gut. If you’re really adventurous and have the skills to shuck your own oysters, the Prairie Fire shot is a wonderful shot accompaniment to the briny bivalve.
No, James Franco did not invent this shot. And no, making this shot will not summon James Franco to your house. But you should still definitely try this easy shooter. Made with Jameson Irish Whiskey and nutty, Frangelico liqueur, it is super simple to make and tastes like butterscotch hard candies.
Jameson Irish Whiskey