Liquid Cocaine Party Shots

Liquid cocaine and firecracker shots
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 shot (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
106 Calories
0g Fat
22g Carbs
2g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)


Steps to Make It

  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the ingredients.

    Pour liquid liquid cocaine ingredients in shaker
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  2. Shake ingredients to liquid cocaine
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  3. Strain into a shot glass.

    Add liquid cocaine shot to shot glass
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  4. Serve and enjoy!

If your liqueurs are chilled you can skip the shake and build them in a shot glass. Of course, this will not add any dilution and will produce a much stronger drink.

Liquid Cocaine No. 2

This is the liquid cocaine recipe that is unlike all of the others. Apparently, it is the shot version of what is said to be the "original" liquid cocaine drink. The story goes that it was created in the early 1990s and was a tall drink, similar to a Long Beach iced tea.

To make the liquid cocaine no. 2, pour 1/4-ounce each of orange liqueurpeach schnapps or Southern Comfortvodka, and amaretto into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add a splash of pineapple juice and cranberry juice and shake well. Strain into a shot glass.

If you would like to try the original highball drink, increase all of the liquors to 1/2 ounce pours and add 3 ounces each of pineapple and cranberry juices. Shake and serve on the rocks with a splash of 7-Up.

Liquid Cocaine No. 3

This liquid cocaine recipe skips the cinnamon schnapps and pours rum instead. Quite often, you will see an overproof rum like Bacardi 151 used, but that's probably overkill. If you do opt for that, realize that this is going to be a very, very strong shot! Some liquid cocaine recipes will even add 151 rum to the first recipe. Again, that's not recommended but if you go that route, it's probably best to stick to one shot or you may regret it in the morning.

To make the liquid cocaine no. 3, pour 1/2-ounce each of rum, Jägermeister, and Rumple Minze into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a shot glass.

Firecracker Shooter

The firecracker a fun twist on the liquid cocaine shooter. It is an intense shot of tequila, Goldschläger, and Rumple Minze; a mix that is highly intoxicating but rather tasty.

To make the firecracker, pour 1/2-ounce each of tequila, Goldschläger, and Rumple Minze into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a shot glass.

While you could use different brands of schnapps, the two suggested do serve a purpose:

  • Goldschläger adds beautiful gold flakes that simulate a blown firecracker.

  • Rumple Minze adds its intense, 100-proof peppermint taste that many others just don't have.

How Strong Are These Shooters?

Even though they're meant for a party and a good time, it's good to be aware of exactly how strong each variation of this shooter can be. No matter which you choose, remember that they are all pretty strong. Take it easy and definitely DO NOT drive home!

  • Liquid Cocaine No. 1

    • Shaken: 38 percent ABV (76 proof)
    • No shake: 51 percent ABV (102 proof)
  • Liquid Cocaine No. 2

    • Shaken: 17 percent ABV (34 proof)
    • No shake: 23 percent ABV (46 proof)
  • Liquid Cocaine No. 3

    • Shaken with 80-proof rum: 31 percent ABV (62 proof)
    • Shaken with 151-proof rum: 42 percent ABV (84 proof)
  • Firecracker

  • Shaken: 33 percent ABV (66 proof)
  • No Shake: 44 percent ABV (88 proof)

The Takeaway

Remember that the average whiskey, vodka or tequila is 80 proof. You can see that only the vodka version (no. 2) falls below that. Rumple Minze's 100 proof plays a big role here, which is why an 80 proof rum is probably more than enough.

Also, notice the difference that shaking the shooter with ice makes. That 1/2 ounce which is factored in for dilution reduces the alcohol content by an average of 20 percent. Not only will this take down the potency of the liquid cocaine, but the water will also mellow the liquors' very strong flavors. For both of these reasons, it really is recommended to use your shaker.

The Liquid Cocaine to Avoid

One liquid cocaine recipe you will not see here is the one that includes Everclear. The 151- or 190-proof grain alcohol does not taste good in drinks and, quite frankly, it is just too strong and can be dangerous. The liquid cocaine recipe that includes it mixes all of the liquors of a Long Island iced tea then adds Everclear.

Not only is it going to be a bad tasting drink, it's not smart to shoot a drink with such a high concentration of alcohol. Please don't do it because it can quickly lead to alcohol poisoning!