Crouching Tiger Shooter

Crouching Tiger Shooter Recipe

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 shot (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
123 Calories
3g Fat
10g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 shot (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 123
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 23mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 6g
Calcium 5mg 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.)

When you're in the mood for a great tasting tequila shot, the crouching tiger is a perfect choice. It's incredibly easy to mix up and offers the sweet taste of lychee, which gives it an exotic fruit flavor that's hard to resist.

The crouching tiger simply requires tequila and lychee liqueur, poured equally and shaken. It's a delicious shot that goes down easily—too easily, in fact. The sweet taste is so tempting that you can quickly find that you've had one too many.


  • 3/4 ounce lychee liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce tequila (blanco)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Crouching Tiger Shooter Recipe
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  2. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

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  3. Shake well.

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  4. Strain into a shot glass.

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  5. Serve and enjoy!

    Crouching Tiger Shooter Recipe
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  • There are a number of lychee liqueurs available. The color of the options varies greatly, from clear spirits like Soho and Bols to a pale pink like Fruko Shulz, Giffard Lichi-Li, and Kwai Feh, and the brilliant red of Lichido. Which you choose will determine the color of your crouching tiger shots.
  • Alternatively, you can make your own lychee liqueur. It simply requires some lychee fruit, lime zest, and simple syrup. While that recipe uses a vodka base, tequila is an excellent option.
  • This recipe yields a 2-ounce shot, so you will need a tall shot glass. You can also divide it into two smaller glasses if that's the only option.

Recipe Variations

  • Blanco (or silver) tequila is typically poured into a crouching tiger, though the slight aging of reposado tequila adds a nice depth to this shooter.
  • While often poured in equal amounts, feel free to pour a little more of either ingredient to suit your taste. If you like things a little sweeter and softer, go with 1 ounce of lychee liqueur and 1/2 ounce of tequila. Reverse that if you want the tequila to dominate the shot.
  • This shot is also a good option for vodka if you prefer that over tequila.
  • Add a little boost of flavor by squeezing a lime wedge into the shaker. For bottled lime juice, just a splash will do.
  • There's no need to relegate this combination to shot glasses. If you like the taste of a crouching tiger, make it a little larger and take some time to sip and savor the taste. Serve it on the rocks in an old-fashioned glass or up as a martini.

How Strong Is a Crouching Tiger Shot?

The majority of lychee liqueurs are around 40 proof. Combining that with an 80-proof tequila and factoring in a little ice dilution, this shot shakes up to 20 percent ABV (40 proof). That's a very strong shot and half the strength of drinking the tequila straight.