12 Best-Tasting Party Shots

Pour these delicious shooters at your next party

Bartender pouring pink shots into shot glass

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You have many choices when it comes to fun party shots to mix up for your party. Yet, not all of them have a really great taste. Sometimes they're so bad, you just want to get over with. Not so with these delicious little shooters.

Sure, these tasty shot recipes are packed with liquor and you may get drunk, but they also taste great on the way down. In fact, they may be a little too good, so try to control yourself tonight or you'll pay for it tomorrow.

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    Girl Scout Cookie

    Girl Scout Cookie Shot Cocktail Recipe

    You know the cookie. Those delicious Thin Mints the Girl Scouts peddle every year. Have you tried the liquid version that's definitely for adults only?

    There are a few ways to make the Girl Scout cookie shooter and they all involve mint and cream with either chocolate or coffee liqueurs. You can also add vodka and make it "dirty" or layer it for a fun effect.

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    Butterball Shot (aka Buttery Nipple)

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    The butterball is such a popular shooter that there are at least four recipes for you to try. It's absolutely delicious and can even help you beef up your bartending skills.

    This famous mix is generally made of butterscotch schnapps and Irish cream. You can layer it or shake it or play with the proportions. Another recipe opts for peach over butterscotch, but we recommend the golden nipple that brings cinnamon schnapps into the original mix.

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    Oatmeal Cookie

    Oatmeal Cookie Shot

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    Party people sure do love cookies and we have another tasty libation for you to try. The oatmeal cookie shooter may be sweet but it does pack quite the punch.

    For this recipe, you'll build on that delicious butterscotch-cream pairing and add a little Jägermeister and cinnamon schnapps. The result is a creamy, very boozy shooter with a hint of spice and a whole lot of sweetness.

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    Carrot Cake

    Carrot Cake Shooters
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    With the help of four common liqueurs, you can recreate the taste of carrot cake in a glass with this carrot cake shooter. This might be one of the most delicious shots you can make, and the taste will surprise and delight you. Unlike the cake, no actual carrots are required—but it is just a little better with a frosting and walnut rim.

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    Chocolate Cake

    Chocolate cake shooter

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    You will have to trust us that the original chocolate cake shooter recipe does taste like the real thing. The ingredients are unusual considering the flavor we're going for, but it really does work.

    The shooter is made up of citrus or vanilla vodka and hazelnut liqueur. When you're ready, drink the shot then suck on a sugar-coated lemon. It's a science experiment in a glass and one of those magical mixes we love to play with in the bar.

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    Pair of M&M Shooters
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    What does it take to liquefy those bite-sized M&M candies? Two very common ingredients you should already have in your bar. Once again, neither of them is chocolate.

    The classic (as in 1980s classic) way to make an M&M shooter is with amaretto and coffee liqueurs. It's delicious, but if you must have chocolate, there's a recipe with creme de cacao and Frangelico or one with chocolate vodka. Take your pick.

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    Tootsie Roll

    Tootsie roll shooter

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    The last of our really popular shooters that are now considered "vintage" is the Tootsie Roll. Yes, it does taste a lot like the candy and, yes, it is delicious.

    There are a few recipes you can choose from, but the key to that signature Tootsie Roll taste is a hint of orange. One common recipe pairs orange juice with chocolate and coffee liqueurs.

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    Cinnamon Toasty

    Cinnamon Toasty Shot (aka Tomahawk Shooter)
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    Stepping away from the sweetest of sweet party shots, the cinnamon toasty has an entirely different profile. It is no less delicious, though, and it can easily become your new favorite. 

    The cinnamon toasty is nothing more than amaretto and cinnamon schnapps. While that may not sound amazing, it truly is a taste you will come back for again and again.

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    Berry Whipped

    Berry Whipped Shot Drink
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    We really cannot share the most delicious shots without at least one recipe that calls for whipped cream vodka. When these flavors were released, they took our idea of dessert liquors to a new level.

    For the berry whipped recipe, you'll pair that tempting, creamy-flavored vodka with a strawberry vodka. Add a splash of grenadine (because it can never be too sweet) and you have a pretty pink and oh-so-good shot to enjoy.

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    Shamrocked Shooter Recipe

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    The other shooters here are a little tame compared to this recipe. We finally get to bring a little whiskey into the mix and if you didn't guess by the shot's name, we're talking whiskey of the Irish variety.

    The shamrocked shot is both easy and unique. Midori, that famous melon liqueur with the brilliant green color, dominates it and is accented with Irish whiskey and Irish cream. It's quite tasty and perfect for St. Patrick's Day.

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    Pudding Shots

    Pudding Shots

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    Jell-O shots are nice, but they cannot even begin to compare to the deliciousness of pudding shots. Whoever came up with the idea of spiking this fun treat deserves our thanks.

    The best thing about pudding shots is that there are so many things you can do with them. Choose your pudding flavor, mix and match liquor, top them with whipped cream and all sorts of goodies, or create layers. You can even serve them inside edible cookie shot cups if you like.

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    Birthday Cake Shot

    Birthday Cake Shot Drink
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    It doesn't have to be anyone's birthday to enjoy a round of birthday cake shots. This recipe creates a yummy shooter that goes down nice and smooth, and you'll have a lot of fun decorating it too.

    Cake vodka is the key ingredient for this drink, though any sweet vodka will do. It's mixed with chocolate and cream liqueurs, and the frosting rim gives it that irresistible birthday cake taste. Choose your favorite sprinkles, making them as colorful and festive as you like.