The green tea shot is a popular party shooter that's quick and easy to make at home. Despite the name, there is no green tea (or any tea, for that matter) in this little drink. Instead, it is a simple whiskey shot that requires just four common bar ingredients, and it's rather tasty.
When mixed, this shooter has a look similar to chilled green tea—and that's the only connection to the "green tea shot" name. It's a mix of equal parts Irish whiskey, peach schnapps, and sour mix that's finished off with a splash of citrus soda. The green tea shot tastes like a sweet-sour whiskey drink with a peachy twist and it's definitely one of the better-tasting shooters you can mix up.
This recipe makes two tall shots. Double or triple it if you like or mix up a single shot with 1/2-ounce each of the three main ingredients. Since it's an easy drink recipe to remember, it's a great choice for any occasion, including small parties when you want to dress up a straight shot of whiskey.
- 1 ounce Irish whiskey
- 1 ounce peach schnapps
- 1 ounce sour mix
- Splash lemon-lime soda
Gather the ingredients.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the Irish whiskey, peach schnapps, and sour mix.
Strain into two shot glasses.
Add a splash of lemon-lime soda. Serve and enjoy.
- The color of the green tea shot is primarily controlled by the sour mix. Some are brighter than others and those with more lime juice may produce a greener hue.
- It's easy to make sour mix at home. Not only is it inexpensive, but it gives you control over the taste since you can add more lemon or lime juice as you see fit.
- Want a drink that lasts a little longer? Increase the Irish whiskey to 1 1/2 ounces, shake it up, and strain the drink in an ice-filled rocks glass, then add 1 to 2 ounces of soda.
- When switching whiskey styles try to stick with blended whiskeys. Canadian whisky and American blends with a smooth profile are better matches than bourbons, scotches, or other whiskeys with bolder flavors.
How Strong Is the Green Tea Shot?
The strength of peach schnapps varies and that plays the biggest role in the green tea shot's alcohol content. On the low end, this shooter mixes up to 16 percent ABV (32 proof) when made with 80-proof whiskey. It will be stronger with a high-proof schnapps or whiskey. While it's not the lightest or strongest shot you will drink, one round is similar to drinking a full glass of wine.