10 Fun Shots for Your St. Patrick's Day Party

Toast to Your Irish Spirit With a Round of Shots

Irish Flag Shooter

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St. Patrick's Day is one of the year's biggest parties and a fun way to celebrate is with a round of shots. While you can mix up any shooter you like, this party calls for Irish whiskey, Guinness, and green ingredients to fit the Irish theme.

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    Guinness & Green Jello Shot

    Guinness & Green Jell-O Shots

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    This fun jello shot recipe is sure to get the party started. It's a little more involved than the rest, but the Guinness & green shooter is worth your time and effort. Gelatin flavored with Guinness Stout and Irish whiskey make up the bottom layer. The top is Irish cream gelatin tinted with green food coloring. It's a simple and enjoyable project that's sure to please your guests.

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    Pickleback Shot

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    For a straight shot, few can beat the simple and bold taste of the famous pickleback. It has taken over the Irish whiskey scene, and St. Patrick's Day is a perfect excuse to revisit it. To make it, you'll pour one shot glass of Jameson Irish Whiskey and one of pickle juice. Drink one and then the other and enjoy the sensation. It's hard to say why this combination works so well, but it does.

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    Nutty Irishman

    Nutty Irishman Shooter

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    Sometimes you feel like getting a little nutty. That's the point of the party, right? If you're in that mood, the nutty Irishman is the shooter for you. The nut flavor comes from Frangelico, and it's topped with your favorite Irish cream. It's easy enough to mix so you can serve up a few rounds to everyone at the party.

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    Irish Slammer

    Irish Slammer (Irish Car Bomb) Recipe

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    One of the most popular shots in American bars, the Irish slammer (formerly the Irish car bomb) is filled with Irish ingredients. It's simple, familiar, and always a hit, though the combination of Guinness, Irish cream liqueur, and Irish whiskey packs a big punch. You'll mix the liquors in a shot glass, and pour the dark stout into a pint. Whether you choose to drop it or chase it is up to you.

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    Irish Flag

    Irish Flag Shooter

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    Put your bar skills to the test with a layered shooter. It's fun and simple and, when made correctly, it takes on the colors of the Irish flag. The three layers not only look great, but they also taste pretty good. The bottom is green crème de menthe, the middle is Irish cream, and the top is Grand Marnier. Have fun with it and be sure to share.

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    Irish Frog

    Irish Frog Layered Party Shot

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    Another layered shot, this one's a little easier. You might even enjoy the Irish frog more, especially if the mint-orange combination doesn't appeal to your taste. Built in two layers—a melon liqueur, such as Midori, and Irish cream—it's a tasty little drink. You may even be back for a second round.

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    Shamrocked Shooter Recipe

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    Get ready to be shamrocked! This easy shot is ideal when you can no longer concentrate on the Irish frog's layers. Simply pour Irish whiskey, Midori, and Irish cream into a shaker, mix it up, strain it out, and drink it down. It's a perfect way to end St. Patrick's Day, especially if you have a catchy Irish toast ready.

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    Grasshopper Shooter

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    As green as you can get, the grasshopper is a guaranteed hit at any party. The creamy mint-chocolate shot mixes up quickly, goes down smooth, and is one of the best-tasting shots you can mix up.

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    El Vocho

    Milagro Tequila's El Vocho Shooter Recipe

    Milagro Tequila

    Turn to this unique tequila shot when you're ready to spice up the party. El vocho is a two-part shooter that puts a fun twist on the classic sangrita. In one glass, you'll pour a shot of reposado tequila. The chaser is a mix of pineapple, cilantro, and mint with a spicy jalapeño kick, which you can mix up in advance.

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    Melon Ball

    Melon Ball Shooters
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    A fruity shot, the melon ball is the tamest recipe of the lot. Its combination of melon liqueur, pineapple juice, and vodka is delicious, so this little green drink can quickly become a crowd favorite. Mix up a big batch before the party, and all you have to do is pour, share, and drink.