Lychee Tequila Shooter

Crouching Tiger Shooter Recipe

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 shot
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
123 Calories
3g Fat
10g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
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, this is a perfect choice. Also called the crouching tiger, the lychee tequila shooter is incredibly easy to mix up and offers the sweet taste of lychee, which gives it a tropical fruit flavor that's hard to resist.

The shot recipe 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 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 this shot, though the slight aging of reposado tequila adds a nice depth of flavor.
  • 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 the lychee tequila, 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 Lychee Tequila 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.