Buttery Nipple Shooter

Buttery Nipple Shots
The Spruce
  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 shot (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
140 Calories
2g Fat
18g Carbs
11g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 shot (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 140
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 16mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Protein 11g
Calcium 9mg 1%
*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 buttery nipple is a wonderful and popular party shot. It's sweet and light on the alcohol, so it is not one that will ruin your night—unless you have too many, of course. This delicious shooter has the flavor of creamy butterscotch candy, is quick to mix up, and 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 buttery nipple is one of those. This first recipe is the most popular and often referred to as buttery nipple #1. The buttery nipple #2 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. You can, however, shake it up if you prefer.


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Steps to Make It

  1. Gather ingredients.

  2. Pour the butterscotch schnapps into a chilled shot glass.

    Butterscotch schnapps.
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  3. Carefully float the Irish cream on top by pouring it over the back of a bar spoon.

    Buttery nipple shot.
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  4. Serve and enjoy!


  • 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 and Irish cream is one of the heaviest ingredients in the bar.
  • The shaken version 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.

Recipe Variations

  • Buttery Nipple #3: To make this shot, pour 1 ounce peach schnapps into a shot glass and float 1/2 ounce Irish cream liqueur on top. Again, you can shake it if you like.
  • Golden Nipple: To make this shot, pour 1/2 ounce each Goldschlager and  butterscotch schnapps into a shot glass. Slowly pour 1/2 ounce Irish cream liqueur on top so it floats.