Apocalypse Now Tequila Shooter

Apocalypse Now Shot Drink

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 shot
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
108 Calories
0g Fat
7g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 1mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 19mg 0%
*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.)

More interesting than most tequila shots, the Apocalypse Now shooter adds vermouth and Irish cream to the mix. Admittedly, it's not one of the best-tasting shots you can mix up, but it is an experience, to say the least.

The recipe has been around for quite a long time and has remained popular. It was most likely concocted sometime after the "Apocalypse Now" movie was released in 1979. That era was not the best time for impressive drinks in bars and many of the shots developed then were definitely of the "What will this do?" variety. As seen in recipes like the cement mixer, taste was not always the first consideration.

And yet, this one isn't horrible. The tequila and vermouth combination is pleasant on its own and the Irish cream layer on top is nice. If you are looking for a quick, potent novelty shooter, it would be one to try. There's just no promise that you'll like it.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Pour the dry vermouth and tequila into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

  3. Shake well.

  4. Strain into a shot glass.

  5. Float the Irish cream liqueur on top by slowly pouring it over the back of a bar spoon.

  6. Serve and enjoy.


  • To make the shot a little easier to drink, serve it in chilled shot glasses. They don't take up much room in the freezer, so it's good to always have a few ready.
  • Due to the density of the shaken portion and the Irish cream, you may not get distinct layers in this shot. Don't worry too much about making it as perfect as other shots like the B-52.
  • There's no need to pour your best tequila in this shot (save that for a margarita). Pour whatever you have on hand. A decent blanco tequila would be preferred over gold tequila.
  • The freshness of your vermouth can make an impact in this shot. The fortified wine doesn't have the long shelf life of distilled spirits and should be used within three months after opening the bottle.

Recipe Variation

If you want a similar shot that tastes significantly better, skip the vermouth. The combination of tequila and Irish cream is a good one, as seen in the Irish cactus drink. Simply shake equal parts of the two spirits (1 ounce) and strain it into a shot glass.

How Strong Is an Apocalypse Now Shot?

With three liquors and just a little dilution, you certainly can expect this shot to be strong. It should have an alcohol content around 21 percent ABV (42 proof), or about half the strength of a straight shot of tequila.