50+ Great Recipes for Fun Party Shots and Shooters

Mix 'em up and Slam 'em Down

Get the party started with a few fun shots for you and your friends. There are many recipes to choose from and you're sure to find a quick, boozy drink that is right for you and right for any occasion. From popular shooters like the tart kamikaze to obscure shots like the mint-chocolate brandy snowball, these recipes span the full range of flavors.

What's the difference between a shot and a shooter? Shooters are short, potent drinks that are mixed with a combination of spirits, liqueurs, and non-alcoholic mixers. Shots contain only alcoholic ingredients. It's a technicality, but one that you can use as trivia to stump friends someday.

While it should go without saying, drinking too many shots can cause you to get you very drunk, often before you know it, and should be done in moderation. Remember to drink responsibly and designate a driver.


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    Alabama Slammer

    Alabama Slammer Shooter

    The Spruce 

    The Alabama slammer is a smooth shot of sloe gin, amaretto, Southern Comfort, and orange juice. It's a favorite for fans of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide and there is more than one way that you can mix up this fun recipe.

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    Apocalypse Now

    Apocalypse Now Shooter
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    Named after the movie, the apocalypse now is a tasty and interesting recipe. You'll need tequila, Irish cream, and dry vermouth to create this powerful little drink.

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    B-52 Shot

    B-52 Shots

    The Spruce

    The B-52 shot is the most popular recipe in the B-50 family of shots. It will test your layering skills as you pour Grand Marnier on top of Baileys Irish Cream on top of Kahlua. It's worth the effort and quite delicious.

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    Bazooka Joe

    Bazooka Joe Shooter
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    When you want a shot of alcohol that tastes like the bubble gum you enjoyed as a kid, turn to the Bazooka Joe. To create that signature, sweet flavor, you'll need to have Irish cream, blue curaçao, and a banana liqueur in your bar.

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    Beam Me up Scotty

    Beam Me Up Scotty Shooter
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    Another shooter that will test your liquor floating skills, the beam me up Scotty shot is fun to build. Similar to the B-52, this one begins with coffee liqueur, adds banana liqueur, then finishes it off with Irish cream. If you like, feel free to shake it up. It's quite tasty either way.

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    Big Bamboo

    Big Bamboo Shooter
    Getty Images/Gina Sabatella

    Double the rum and double the fun (or hangover)! The big bamboo shooter pours both 151-proof and dark rum with triple sec and orange and pineapple juices. The recipe makes a few shots, so be sure to share.

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    Big Fat Elvis

    Big Fat Elvis Shooter With Bacon Whiskey and Peanut Butter Amaretto
    Jason Westplate

    Looking for a completely unique shot? The big fat Elvis is the recipe for you. It includes bacon whiskey and peanut butter amaretto, both of which you'll have to make yourself. Add maple syrup and applewood-smoked salt and enjoy. 

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    Black Rose

    Black Rose Shooter
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    If you happen to have Tequila Rose in the bar, this is the shooter you'll want to play with. The black rose has a fun look because the pink, strawberry cream liqueur is topped with black vodka which swirls around in the glass.

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    Bloody Shirley Temple

    Deep Eddy Vodka's Bloody Shirley Temple Syringe Shot
    Deep Eddy Vodka

    Syringe shots are fun for parties and the bloody Shirley Temple is so easy anyone can pull it off. It mixes cranberry vodka with citrus soda and draws it all up into the syringe. You simply squirt it into your mouth.

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    Blow Job

    Blow Job Shooter
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    The names of shots get suggestive at times and the blow job is probably the best example of this. We're all adults, though, and you're going to actually enjoy this shooter.

    It's a mix of Baileys and amaretto topped with whipped cream, so it's quite delicious. There's also a method to drinking it, so prepare yourself for the fun (and a little blushing).

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    Boilermaker Shot Drink
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    It really is hard to pass up a boilermaker. This classic shot is nothing more than a shot of whiskey with a beer chaser. Some people like to drop it, some slam it, and others like it nice and slow.

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    Candy Corn Shot

    Layered Candy Corn Shooter for Halloween Parties
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    Perfect for Halloween parties, the candy corn shot is a fun imitation of those little candies. To make it, you'll layer Galliano, curaçao, and cream. If you want to get creative and play with a jello spin, try out the candy corn oranges jelly shot.

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    Cement Mixer

    Cement Mixer Party Shot

    The Spruce 

    Try the cement mixer if you dare! This is one of those gag shots (literally) that someone at some time thought would be funny. It can be, but it's probably best if you serve the Irish cream and lime juice shot to a friend. Just make sure they drink it fast.

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    Cool Colada

    Cool Colada Shooters
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    You'll want to stock up on the vodkas to mix up this fun shooter. The cool colada is a spin on the piña colada, mixing pineapple and coconut vodkas and a little pineapple juice together for a nice, tropical zest.

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    Crouching Tiger

    Crouching Tiger Tequila Shot

    The Spruce

    The crouching tiger is, by far, one of the best-tasting tequila shots you can make. It's sweet, fruity, and the pairing of your favorite tequila with lychee liqueur will have you asking for a second round.

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    El Vocho

    Milagro Tequila's El Vocho Shooter Recipe
    Milagro Tequila

    If you have ever enjoyed the two-step sangrita shot before, you'll like el vocho. It begins by taking a shot of reposado tequila, then chasing that with a spicy mix of pineapple, cilantro, mint, and jalapeño. It definitely has a kick but it's also a lot of fun.

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    Flaming Dr. Pepper

    Flaming Dr. Pepper Shooter
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    Please don't play with this flaming shot after you've had a few. While the flaming Dr. Pepper is fun and one of the most popular shots in the bar, the fiery shot can burn the careless drinker. It's really a better option for the start of the party than the end.

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    Fourth of July

    Red White and Blue Shooter
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    Creating the colors of the American flag in a shot glass is fun and ideal for patriotic parties. There are a few ways to go about it, too.

    For instance, the Fourth of July shooter layers grenadine, blue curaçao, and vodka. In a similar manner, the red, white, and blue shooter opts for grenadine, crème de cacao, then blue curaçao.

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    Gladiator Shooter
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    Another dropped shot similar to the Irish car bomb, you can also choose to drink the gladiator in two stages. The shot itself is a mix of amaretto and Southern Comfort and the pint glass is filled with orange juice and 7-Up. It's one of the better tasting shots of its kind.

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    Grasshopper Shot
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    As you browse shot recipes, you'll find plenty to give you that popular taste of mint-chocolate. While you could go with the Girl Scout cookie, think about mixing up the grasshopper instead. For this one, you'll need green crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and light cream.

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    Honey Dew Me

    Honey Dew Me Shooter

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    It's both sweet and fruity and there are few shots like the honey dew me. It does require unusual ingredients, so hunt down Bärenjäger Honey Liqueur and a lemon liqueur. After one taste you'll realize that the journey to find them was worth it.

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    Irish Flag

    Irish Flag Shooter

    The Spruce 

    To pour the colorful shot known as the Irish flag, you'll need three ingredients. Crème de menthe makes up the bottom layer, Irish cream the middle, and Grand Marnier the top. It's a fun one to make and pretty light on the alcohol, too.

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    Irish Frog

    Irish Frog Layered Shooter
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    An easier layered shot, the Irish frog requires just two ingredients. For this recipe, the green liqueur is Midori and its melon flavor is topped with that ever-useful Irish cream.

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    Jager Bomb

    Jager Bomb

    The Spruce

    Most drinkers of a certain age have heard of, if not tried, a Jäger bomb. It has a notorious reputation ​but is one of the best-known shots in the bar. It became popular after Red Bull was first released and Jägermeister even gave bars special shot dispensers because of it.

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    Jello Shots

    Jell-O Shot
    The Spruce

    When you're ready to play around in the kitchen for a few hours, mix up some jello shots. They're fun, jiggly, and a great party favor that can be as simple or complex, fancy or casual as you like.

    You can make up your own recipes by combining different flavors of gelatin with almost any liquor you have. If you'd like to play around with proven recipes, try the banana daiquirimargarita, or whiskey sour jelly shots.

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    Jelly Bean

    Jelly Bean Shooter
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    The taste of a Jelly Bean in a glass, how can you resist that? Okay, if you're not a fan of the black beans, you might want to pass because that black licorice flavor comes by way of sambuca. Otherwise, this is a fun layered shot with blackberry brandy or grenadine and Southern Comfort.

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    Kamikaze Shooter

    The Spruce

    The kamikaze has long been a favorite shot and it's incredibly easy to mix. You'll simply shake vodka, orange liqueur, and lime juice together. It has a great tart taste that will make you pucker.

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    Kool Aid

    Kool Aid Shooter
    S&C Design Studios

    We do love to recreate childhood favorites in boozy shots. The Kool Aid is another example and it's more of a fruit punch flavor than anything else.

    While the most common recipe uses vodka, Midori, and amaretto, there are more flavors. Why not? The sugary juice came in many flavors, so if you prefer grape, cranberry, or peach, we have a recipe to suit your taste.

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    Lemon Drop

    Lemon Drop Shot

    The Spruce

    This shot is not like the lemon drop martini. It's more like a tequila shot with training wheels. To drink the lemon drop, you'll pour a shot of vodka, drink that down then suck on a sugary lemon. It's fun and definitely a pucker-worthy drink.

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    Melon Ball

    Melon Ball Shooters
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    These pretty little melon ball shots are very easy to make. If you have a well-stocked bar, you might even have everything you need. The recipe requires melon liqueur, vodka, and pineapple juice, so it also tastes great.

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    Mexican Samurai

    Ty Ku's Mexican Samurai Tequila Shot
    TY KU Liqueur

    In order to make the Mexican samurai shot, you will need to hunt down one special bottle. It is the neon green, sake-based spirit called Ty Ku. When that tropical fruit liqueur is mixed with tequila, you're in for one tasty little drink.

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    Mind Eraser

    Mind eraser shot

    The Spruce


    There's a trick to the mind eraser and it will give you a head rush as well as a healthy liquor buzz. To make it, you'll pour vodka and coffee liqueur into a rocks glass then fill it with soda. The gimmick involves a straw and a really fast slurp.

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    Nutty Irishman

    Nutty Irishman Shooter

    The Spruce

    Hands down one of the better tasting shooters, the nutty Irishman is as entertaining as it sounds. The shot itself is made of Frangelico and Irish cream, but how you serve it is up to you. Layer it, shake it, or just pour it, they're all good.

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    Office Party

    Hornitos Tequila's Office Party Shooter
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    If you have never juiced a red bell pepper, here's your chance. The veggie's juice is actually quite invigorating and savory. When mixed with aged tequila, lime, ginger, and grenadine, you'll get to experience it in a very dynamic office party shot.

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    Screaming Orgasm Shooter

    The Spruce


    The orgasm is a delightful shooter of Irish cream, amaretto, and coffee liqueur. It's very popular because it tastes so good and when you want it a little stronger, just add vodka and you'll have a screaming orgasm.

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    Peanut Butter and Jelly

    Peanut butter and jelly shot

    The Spruce


    Two old-school liqueurs combine to create the rather tasty peanut butter and jelly shot. The nutty flavor comes from Frangelico and the raspberry jelly from Chambord. It's simple and may have you clamoring through the kitchen to make up the real deal.

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    Peppermint Patty

    Peppermint Patty Shooter
    S&C Design Studios

    Yet another way to build a mint-chocolate shot, the peppermint patty is a creamy delight. The main recipe pairs crème de cacao with peppermint schnapps and cream. Yet, if you want extra chocolate, just pick up some chocolate syrup or vodka and try out one of the other recipes.

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    Polar Bear

    Polar Bear Shooter

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    An even simpler way to get the delicious taste of peppermint and chocolate in a shot glass, the polar bear requires just two ingredients. All you need for this recipe are peppermint schnapps and crème de cacao.

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    Purple Hooter

    Photo of a purple hooter shot on a light colored background

    The Spruce 

    Purple is one of the rare colors in the bar world and the purple hooter recipes show you two ways to mix it up. In one, you'll mix vodka, lime juice, and black raspberry liqueur. For the other, the vodka and Chambord remain, but a citrus soda adds a nice sparkle. 

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    Prairie Fire

    Prairie Fire Tequila Shot

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    When you want to a tequila shot with an extra kick, go with the prairie fire. It really can be as easy as adding as much Tabasco as you can stand to a shot of tequila.

    You might want to try one of the other prairie fire recipes or go old-school with the flatliner or battery acid. Consider yourself warned, though, any of these can singe your taste buds and keep you from enjoying the taste of food for a while.

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    Red Headed Slut

    Red headed slut cocktail

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    The redheaded slut was one of the first popular shots to include Jägermeister and it remains relatively popular today. It is definitely one of the better Jäger mixes thanks to the sweet combination of peach schnapps and cranberry juice.

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    Red Snapper

    Red Snapper Shot Drink

    The Spruce

    You will need to pick up a very specific whiskey to pull off the proper red snapper. This shot requires Crown Royal and mixes it with amaretto and cranberry juice. The flavor is great and that's why it's been a hit for so many years.

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    Russian Qualude

    Russian Quaalude Layered Shot Drink
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    As you might suspect, all of the Russian Qualude recipes include vodka. The Quaalude portion of the name refers to a brand of a once rather common prescription sedative. With that, you can expect that these drinks to be pretty potent.

    The most common recipe calls for hazelnut and Irish cream liqueurs. Another goes with Galliano and Green Chartreuse. You can even make a Russian Qualude on the rocks with Frangelico, Kahlua, and cream.

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    Santa Shot

    Layered Santa Shot
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    It's a bit more obscure than its layered shot cousins, but the Santa shot is still a fun mix of flavors. For this recipe, you'll pour grenadine, crème de menthe, and peppermint schnapps into red, green, and white layers. It's a fun, fruit-mint shot for Christmas parties.

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    Slippery Nipple

    Slippery Nipple Shot Recipe

    The Spruce 

    Like many shots that came out of the late 21st-century bar, there are a few ways to make a slippery nipple.

    One includes sambuca, Irish cream, and grenadine. Another pours Kahlua, butterscotch schnapps, and Irish cream, making it more like a buttery nipple. The dirty nipple combines elements of the two, using Kahlua, sambuca, and Irish cream.

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    Snake Bite

    Snakebite Shot

    The Spruce

    The snake bite is an older shot, but you'll still find plenty of people ordering it at the bar. It's powerful both in alcohol content and taste. That "bite" comes from a splash of lime added to the 100-proof Yukon Jack and it's one you won't be able to forget. 

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    Snowball Shot With Brandy
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    The snowball is a perfect shooter for those cold, snowy days of winter. It will warm you up from the inside and tastes fantastic. To make it, you'll need brandy, peppermint schnapps, and crème de cacao.

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    Stoplight Shooter
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    Line up the shot glasses because it's time for some vodka shots. This is a fun one, but you need to be ready on the word "go." This colorful stoplight requires three glasses of vodka, each with a dash of either cranberry juice, orange juice, or melon liqueur.

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    Tequila Slammer

    Tequila Slammer
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    When you want to play with your tequila, take on the tequila slammer. For this shot, you'll top a shot of tequila with soda, slam the glass on the bar, then try to down the fizzy drink in one gulp.

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    Voodoo Rum Shooter
    Dessie/Dollar Photo Club

    Rum is the star of the voodoo and it's another floater. The bottom layer is Tia Maria (a coffee liqueur), the middle is a rum cream, and the top is an overproof rum. It's a strong one, but it goes down pretty smooth.

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    Wake the Dead

    Patron Tequila's Wake the Dead Shooter
    Patron Spirits

    Bring a little espresso to the party with the wake the dead shot. It uses Patron XO Cafe and Patron Tequila, but it's the small amount of espresso that makes it special. 

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    Washington Apple

    Washington Apple Cocktail and Shot

    The Spruce

    You can make the famous Washington apple into a martini or serve it on the rocks, but the shot is just as tasty and a little more fun. The recipe uses Crown Royal, sour apple schnapps, and cranberry juice. It's simple and delicious, what more could you want?

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    Wolf Bite

    Wolf Bite Shot
    S&C Design Studios

    You have to love the visual appeal of the wolf bite shot. The green color comes from a combination of absinthe and Midori, though there's a little pineapple, too. The red is thanks to grenadine and this is one of the more unusual, but pleasant, shots you can make.

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    Woo Woo

    Woo Woo Cocktail and Shot

    The Spruce

    We'll finish up with a little "woo woo!" You may have had this served as a martini, though the sweet taste of peach schnapps, cranberry juice, and vodka works just as well as a shooter.