The Nutty Irishman

Nutty Irishman Shooter recipe

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
209 Calories
13g Fat
14g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 209
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 3g
Calcium 26mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The Nutty Irishman is a tasty and very popular drink that can be made in a variety of ways. Whether you are in the mood for a layered party shot, a smooth and creamy sipper, or some spiked coffee, this is a delicious, easy, and versatile mixed drink.

Among all of the Nutty Irishman recipes available, there are two common elements: Frangelico and Irish cream. From there, some recipes add the kick of Irish whiskey while others prefer hot coffee. The key to any good nutty Irishman, though, is that perfect pairing of nuts and cream.

Each of these drinks can be mixed up quickly. Serve them at a St. Patrick's Day party or simply enjoy one on your own. No matter which way you take it, the Nutty Irishman is a winner!


  • 3/4 ounce Irish cream liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce hazelnut liqueur (Frangelico)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Nutty Irishman Shooter recipe
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  2. Pour the Frangelico into a shot glass.

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  3. Float the Irish cream on top by slowly pouring it over a bar spoon.

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  4. Serve and enjoy!

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  • Frangelico is the most popular nut-flavored liqueurs on the market and it's a great addition to any bar. There are other hazelnut liqueurs available, so feel free to pour any you find as a substitute.
  • Irish cream is also essential in the modern bar and there are some great brands available. Baileys is the most popular, though you might want to try others like Carolan's or Molly's as well. RumChata is another great cream liqueur substitute.

Recipe Variations

  • Rather than serving the Nutty Irishman as a layered shooter, simply pour each liqueur directly into a shot glass. Or shake the liqueurs up and strain them into a frosty shot glass.
  • If you want an extra kick, add Irish whiskey. Keep the three ingredients equal by pouring 1/2-ounce of each. Shake with ice and strain into a shot glass.
  • Yet another fun option is to serve the Nutty Irishman in a cocktail glass. Any of the variations can work out well—even the layered one—and it makes an excellent dessert cocktail.
  • If you enjoy a White Russian, skip the coffee liqueur and pour Frangelico instead. Simply pour about 1-ounce each of Irish cream, Frangelico, and cream into a cocktail shaker. Shake well and strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice (or skip ice if serving in a chilled glass). You can also build the drink directly in the serving glass and give it a good stir.
  • For the cream, half and half is one of the best options because it is neither too thick nor too light. If you want a thicker drink, go with heavy cream. For a lighter drink, light cream or even non-skim milk will do.
  • Skip the extra cream and pour a shot of whiskey or vodka instead. Keep the Frangelico and Irish cream and serve it on the rocks. Irish whiskey is a natural choice that's preferred for the Nutty Irishman. For an interesting twist, you can also try an espresso vodka.
  • The flavors of the nutty Irishman are perfect for creating a hot coffee cocktail. One of the best recipes combines a full 1 1/2-ounce shot of Irish whiskey with 1 ounce each of Irish cream and Frangelico. Top that with as much coffee as you like or go with a freshly pulled double shot of espresso for a real kick!

How Strong Is a Nutty Irishman?

The strength of your Nutty Irishman depends on how you choose to make it. For instance, the layered shot has no dilution, so it's pretty strong at 20 percent ABV (40 proof). Adding cream and diluting it with ice for a lowball drops that down to 11 percent ABV (22 proof) while adding a shot of vodka or whiskey to that is equivalent to the layered shot. Then again, the hot coffee version will be somewhere around 18 percent ABV (36 proof).