How to Make Pudding Shots for Your Next Party

Pudding shots

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  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Chill: 30 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

First, there were jello shots; now there's the pudding shot! Oh, how we love to bring our childhood favorites into the world for 'Adults-Only.'

These spiked little treats are fun party favors and can be made up, stored, and brought out at the perfect time. Just like their jiggly counterparts, you can take them anywhere your flavor cravings desire.

The great thing about pudding shots is that they are very easy to make (even easier than jello shots). If you can use a whisk, then you can make pudding shots.

There is no magic behind the pudding shot: simply substitute half of the milk needed to make regular pudding with the liquor(s) of your choice, mix, and allow them to set. The really fun part is the flavor possibilities. You can mix and match ingredients, recreate your favorite cocktails, or simply make it your own. You will find plenty of ideas to get you started.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. 

    Pudding shot ingredients
  2. Combine pudding, milk, and liquor in a mixing bowl.

    Combine pudding, milk, and liquor
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  3. Whisk for about two minutes or until the pudding is nice and smooth. Nobody likes lumpy pudding!

    Whisk until pudding is smooth
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  4. Spoon into shot glasses or disposable plastic cups and refrigerate for about 30 minutes until the pudding sets up.

    Spoon pudding into glasses
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  5. Top with whipped cream and any additional toppings you desire.

    Pudding shots with whipped cream and mint
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  6. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Variations

There are many ways that you can approach the flavor for your pudding shots. One of the best is to think about your favorite desserts and treats, then figure out how to transform those flavors into a yummy pudding. Using the recipe above, here are a few fun pudding shot recipes to try.

  • Banana Split Pudding Shot: Banana pudding, 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup chocolate liqueur, 1/4 cup strawberry liqueur, 1/4 cup butterscotch schnapps.
  • Chocolate Cream Pudding Shot: Chocolate pudding, 1 cup milk, 3/4 cup Irish cream liqueur, 1/4 cup vodka.
  • Chocolate Mint Pudding Shot: Chocolate pudding, 1 cup milk, 3/4 cup RumChata Cream Liqueur, 1/4 cup peppermint schnapps.
  • Chocolate Berry Whip Pudding Shot: Chocolate pudding, 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup whipped cream vodka, 1/2 cup strawberry vodka.
  • Mocha Pudding Shot: Include both chocolate and vanilla in this pudding shot; which you choose for the pudding and vodka is up to you. For instance, if you choose chocolate pudding, use vanilla vodka, or vice versa. Vanilla or chocolate pudding, 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup coffee liqueur, 1/2 cup chocolate or vanilla vodka.
  • Strawberry Cheesecake Pudding Shot: Cheesecake pudding, 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup vanilla vodka, 1/2 cup strawberry liqueur. This recipe works well with other berries too. For example, choose Chambord for a raspberry cheesecake pudding shot.

Many of our favorite mixed drinks can also serve as inspiration for pudding shots. You already know that you enjoy the flavor, so it's only natural. Quite often, you can use the same liquors in the pudding shot that are in the cocktail.


The best way to figure out what you like is to experiment. So turn your kitchen into a lab and enjoy!

  • If the pudding you're using directs you to use more or less milk, follow that recommendation and split the volume equally between milk and liquor.
  • Pudding is made to be layered and spiked pudding is no exception. Simply mix up two different batches and layer them in the cups.
  • There are many fun flavored liquors available that you can swap in and out of your pudding shots. Rum and vodka work best in pudding shots and there are many flavored options available in both. Use liqueurs to add flavor as well.
  • Thick cream liqueurs are nice to include because they make up for the lost density when replacing milk.
  • Have fun with the toppings for your pudding shots to add a festive finishing touch. Browse cake decorating options at your local store and or consider some of these: small candies, chocolate shavings, a dusting of cocoa powder, a drizzle of syrup, crushed nuts or cookies, coconut flakes, and small pieces of fruit. Make sure that the topping complements the pudding flavor and is small enough to go down smoothly with the shot. No one likes a chunk of chocolate stuck in their throat!
  • If you are taking your pudding shots to an outdoor party or someone's house, small, plastic cups with lids are your best option. The nice thing about these containers is that "drinkers" can squeeze the pudding into their mouth. If the party is at your house and you have a good stock of shot glasses, use those. You may want to have mini spoons available so guests don't get too messy or miss part of the shot.
  • When you are feeling extra creative, make edible shot cups. Chocolate chip cookie shot cups are perfect for pudding and mini muffin tins create bite-sized morsels that are fun finger food.

How Strong Is a Pudding Shot?

Every pudding shot you make is going to have a different alcohol content because of the various liquor options you have. On the high side, if you pour a single 80-proof liquor, such as vodka or rum, the basic pudding shot will weigh in around 15 percent ABV (30 proof). That's like taking a straight shot of a mild liqueur. However, most of the time you'll be mixing in lower proof liqueurs, which will weaken the potency significantly. For instance, the banana split pudding shot will be just 4 percent ABV (8 proof).

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