Irish Frog Shooter

Irish Frog Layered Party Shot

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 shot
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
80 Calories
0g Fat
8g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 80
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 0mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 8mg 0%
*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.)

The Irish frog is a fun layered shot that brings together two favorite liqueurs. It creates a creamy, melon-flavored shooter that goes down smooth and it's easy to make.

To create the delicious taste of an Irish frog, you'll simply float Irish cream on top of Midori. The liqueurs have such distinct densities that the cream almost naturally wants to float on top of the melon liqueur. That means this is a perfect drink to practice the popular bartending skill of floating ingredients, even if it's your first attempt! You don't even really need a spoon, but it helps slow down the pour.

Since there's no ice involved, the Irish frog is better when both liqueurs are well-chilled. While you might need to wait a little bit for that, you'll be rewarded for your patience.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Pour the Midori melon liqueur into a shot glass, filling it halfway.

  3. Float the Irish cream on top: Hold a bar spoon upside down over the drink and slowly pour the Irish cream over it, moving the spoon up as the glass fills. 

  4. Serve and enjoy.


  • Any spoon will work, though a bar spoon is best. The bowl of the bar spoon is thinner, smaller, and lighter weight than a normal spoon so it can fit inside most shot glasses (except the really skinny ones). Plus, the long, thin handle makes it easier to control the spoon's movement. If you don't own one, it's a useful tool to add to your bar.
  • When you use a speed pourer on the bottle of Irish cream, you may be able to eliminate the need for a spoon. Carefully and slowly pour the top layer, pointing the tip of the speed pourer directly onto the interior of the glass and it should create a layer.
  • If you plan ahead, stick the two bottles of liquor in the refrigerator for a few hours for a nice chill. You can speed it up by popping them in the freezer. Don't worry about the liqueurs freezing because the average freezer doesn't get cold enough. Just don't forget them there or they may become slushie (a bigger concern with the Irish cream; Midori will warm up just fine).

How Strong Is an Irish Frog Shot?

There is no dilution in a layered shot, so you're drinking the average of the two liqueurs combined. Since both of these are around 20 percent ABV (40 proof), the shooter's alcohol content will be that as well. It's not the strongest shot you can make, though it is half of a straight shot of tequila or whiskey and a few rounds will add up quickly.

Recipe Variation

  • This shooter is very similar to a fruity Irishman. It's a play on the more popular nutty Irishman, though it uses the same ingredients as the Irish frog. It does concentrate more on the Irish cream, and to make it, you'll shake 2 parts Irish cream with 1 part Midori, then strain it into a shot glass. For the average shot glass, pour 1 ounce of Irish cream and 1/2 ounce of Midori.