Honey Citrus Drop Shooter

Honey Citrus Drop Shooter

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 shot
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
186 Calories
0g Fat
43g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 186
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 43g 16%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 43g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 8mg 41%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 53mg 1%
*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.)

Do you like shooters but want something with a sweet taste that doesn't leave you cringing from the alcohol? Then you will want to check out the honey citrus drop shot. It's fun and the sweet honey-lemon flavor is tempting, so it's definitely a shooter you'll want to invite to your next party.

This recipe comes from Bärenjäger, a German honey-flavored liqueur that's named after medieval bear hunters. That sweet taste is accented with a lemon liqueur then orange or pineapple juice brings in a tartness to offset all that sugar. It's a fun shot to try, especially when you're in the mood for something unique.


  • 1 ounce honey liqueur

  • 1/2 ounce lemon liqueur

  • 1/2 ounce orange juice, or pineapple juice

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the honey and lemon liqueurs and either orange or pineapple juice.

  3. Shake well.

  4. Strain into a shot glass.

  5. Serve and enjoy.


  • For the lemon liqueur, limoncello is probably the best-known option and it is a good one. It's very sweet, so when paired with Bärenjäger, it may be too sweet for some tastes.
  • There are other lemon liqueurs, such as Lombardi Limonata, which is described as "lemonade with a kick." Another fun option is Spirits of the Blue Ridge Lemon Liqueur, a product of Chesapeake Bay Distillery in Virginia; other craft distilleries may also offer the lemon flavor.
  • To make this shooter a little smoother, chill your shot glasses. They're so small that they don't take up much room in the freezer and it's always nice to have a frosty shot ready when you are.
  • Don't be tempted to skip the shake and just build the ingredients in a shot glass. This one really needs that extra dilution from the ice or it will be far too sweet.

Recipe Variations

  • If you want to cut back on the sweetness, pour a lemon-flavored vodka instead. The fruit is most commonly found in citrus vodkas (that's a good choice), but you can find lemon-only vodkas from brands like Crop, Deep Eddy, New Amsterdam, and a few others.
  • Pour Midori or another melon liqueur rather than lemon.
  • Raspberry liqueurs (e.g., Chambord) would be nice with Bärenjäger as well.

How Strong Is a Honey Citrus Drop Shot?

You might expect that a two-liqueur shot would be weaker than those with liquors like tequila or whiskey, but this one's a surprise. Bärenjäger is actually a 70-proof liqueur and if you go with limoncello, that's typically 60 proof, so it shakes up to 20 percent ABV (40 proof). To put that into perspective, taking two of these shots is equal to one straight shot of tequila. It may have a sweet taste, but it does pack a punch!