Pudding Shots

Pudding shots with whipped cream and mint

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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, then came the pudding shot! These spiked little treats are fun party favors and can be made up, stored, and brought out at the perfect time. And, 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. If you can use a whisk, then you can make pudding shots. You'll simply substitute half of the milk needed to make instant pudding with the liquor combination of your choice, mix, and allow them to set.

The really fun part is exploring all the flavor possibilities. You can mix and match ingredients, recreate your favorite cocktails, or simply make it your own. There are plenty of ideas to get you started and the best way to figure out what you like is to experiment. So turn your kitchen into a lab and enjoy!


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients. 

    Pudding shot ingredients
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the pudding, milk, and liquor.

    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!

    When your mix includes a liquor that's around 80-proof, such as vodka or rum, stir in the whipped cream or topping. The higher alcohol content may prevent the pudding from setting up and adding cream combats this issue.

    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!

Pudding Shot Flavors

There are many ways to approach the flavor for your pudding shots. 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 some pudding shots 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; which you choose for the pudding and liquor is up to you. Vanilla or chocolate pudding, 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup coffee liqueur, 1/2 cup chocolate or vanilla vodka or liqueur.
  • 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; Chambord makes a raspberry cheesecake pudding shot.

Many of our favorite mixed drinks can serve as inspiration for pudding shots, too. Quite often, you can use the same liquors that are in the cocktail.


  • If the pudding you're using directs you to use more or less milk, follow that recommendation. Split the liquid volume equally between milk and liquor.
  • Pudding is made to be layered, so mix up two different batches and layer them in the cups.
  • When it makes sense, include cream liqueurs to make up for the lost density when replacing milk.
  • Have fun with the toppings. Browse cake decorating options or use small candies, chocolate shavings, a dusting of cocoa powder, a drizzle of syrup, crushed nuts or cookies, coconut flakes, and small pieces of fruit. Choose something that complements the pudding flavor and is small enough to go down smoothly with the shot.
  • Small, plastic cups are good options for pudding shots because "drinkers" can squeeze the pudding into their mouths. Lids make them more portable. Shot glasses work, though you'll want to provide mini spoons so guests can scoop out 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 will have a different alcohol content because of the various liquor options. On the high side, those with a single 80-proof liquor will weigh in around 15 percent ABV (30 proof). That's like taking a straight shot of a sweet liqueur. However, most of the time you'll mix in lower proof liqueurs, which will weaken the shot. For instance, the banana split pudding shot will be just 4 percent ABV (8 proof).

While pudding shots are small and generally low-proof, they're also yummy and it's easy to have one too many.

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