Butterball Shooter

Butterball Shot (aka Buttery Nipple)

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 shot
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
113 Calories
0g Fat
14g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 113
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 1mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 6mg 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.)

The butterball is a popular party shot that's more commonly known as a buttery nipple. It's a sweet and delicious shooter with the flavor of creamy butterscotch candy. You'll also enjoy that it's quick to mix up, so it's one that you'll definitely want to share with friends.

It's very common in the world of shots to find numerous recipes that go by the same name. The butterball is one of those. This first recipe is the most popular and often referred to as "#1." The butterball #2 recipe uses the same ingredients but pours equal amounts of the two liqueurs.

Many people prefer to layer this shot, with Irish cream sitting on top of the butterscotch schnapps. It's an easy combination that floats well and a good drink to practice your layering skills. However, you can shake it up if you prefer.


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Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for a butterball shot (aka buttery nipple)
    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck
  2. Pour the butterscotch schnapps into a chilled shot glass.

    Butterscotch schnapps in a shot glass
    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck 
  3. Carefully float the Irish cream on top by pouring it over the back of a bar spoon.

    Pouring Irish cream over the back of a bar spoon onto butterscotch schnapps
    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck
  4. Serve and enjoy.

    Butterball shot (aka buttery nipple)
    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck


  • The trick to creating layered shots like this is to pour the ingredients in the order given. Each liqueur has a specific gravity that will determine whether it can float on top of another. The rule of thumb is that the heavier liqueur goes on the bottom. Butterscotch schnapps is one of the heaviest ingredients in the bar because it is filled with sugar.

Recipe Variations

  • To shake this shot, combine the two liqueurs in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake well, then strain into a shot glass.
  • The shaken version also makes an excellent dessert drink when you double the recipe and serve it on the rocks. It's fabulous with cheesecake and other lightly indulgent sweets.
  • The butterball #3 uses a different flavor of schnapps. To make it, pour 1 ounce of peach schnapps into a shot glass and float 1/2 ounce of Irish cream liqueur on top. Again, you can shake it if you like.
  • The golden butterball adds Goldschläger and gets its name from the gold flakes found in the cinnamon schnapps. For this one, pour 1/2 ounce each of the cinnamon schnapps and butterscotch schnapps into a shot glass. Slowly pour 1/2 ounce of Irish cream liqueur on top so it floats.
  • One similar shot that went by the licorice ball's former name and was dubbed recipe #3 layers 1/3 ounce each of Kahlúa coffee liqueur, butterscotch schnapps, and Irish cream in a shot glass in the order given. 

How Strong Is a Butterball?

The layered butterscotch schnapps and Irish cream have an alcohol content of 25 percent ABV (50 proof), and the other versions will be similar. That's over half the strength of a straight shot of tequila. Keep this in mind because these may taste great, but a few rounds can quickly add up and may lead to a wicked hangover.

Is Butterscotch Liqueur the Same as Butterscotch Schnapps?

Butterscotch schnapps is a butterscotch-flavored liqueur—the two are one in the same. The sweet, buttery liqueur is often used in mixed drinks and shots.

Do You Have to Refrigerate Butterscotch Schnapps?

Butternut schnapps does not need to be refrigerated—store the liqueur in a cool, dry, dark place. Even after opened, it will keep almost indefinitely under the right conditions. Discard schnapps if it acquires an off smell.

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