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
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
136 Calories
0g Fat
12g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 136
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 0mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 8mg 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.


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.