Stone-Cold Stinger Shot

Stone-Cold Stinger Shooter (aka Liquid Cocaine Shot)

The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 shot
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
113 Calories
0g Fat
10g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 113
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 0mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 1mg 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 stone-cold stinger is a very popular party shooter and there are several ways to make it. It's more popularly known as liquid cocaine and is sometimes called liquid crack. No matter what you call it, the shot lives up to its names because it is filled with strong flavors and potent liquors.

Most often, this shot recipe includes Jägermeister along with cinnamon and peppermint schnapps. Some add or substitute rum, often opting for a 151-proof rum, while others create a fruity vodka shot.

Shooters are not always the best tasting drinks. Quite often they are a high-alcohol novelty designed to get you drunk. The stone-cold stinger rides a fine line between the two spectrums. The flavor combination of the three liqueurs is decent. It's certainly no oatmeal cookie or cinnamon toasty—two great-tasting shots—but it's not as rough as a cement mixer, either. The taste will catch the unsuspecting drinker by surprise and you may want to have a chaser nearby.


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  • 1/2 ounce Jägermeister

  • 1/2 ounce cinnamon schnapps

  • 1/2 ounce peppermint schnapps

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for a Stone-Cold Stinger Shooter (aka Liquid Cocaine Shot)

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  2. Add the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

    Mixing a Stone-Cold Stinger Shooter (aka Liquid Cocaine Shot)

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  3. Shake well.

    Shaking a Stone-Cold Stinger Shooter (aka Liquid Cocaine Shot)

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  4. Strain into a shot glass.

    Straining a Stone-Cold Stinger Shooter (aka Liquid Cocaine Shot)

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  5. Serve and enjoy.

    Stone-Cold Stinger Shooter (aka Liquid Cocaine Shot)

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  • Rumple Minze and Goldschläger are the most common schnapps brands mixed into this shooter.
  • 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 which helps marry the strong flavors. It will also produce a much stronger drink.

Recipe Variations

  • One popular version of this shot (commonly called liquid cocaine no. 2) takes a much different approach: Pour 1/4 ounce each of orange liqueur, peach schnapps or Southern Comfort, vodka, 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.
  • That vodka shot is also mixed up as a highball. To make it, 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 lemon-lime soda.
  • Another version of the shot skips the cinnamon schnapps and pours rum instead: Shake 1/2-ounce each of rum, Jägermeister, and Rumple Minze with ice and strain into a shot glass.
  • The firecracker is a fun twist on the shot: 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 serve a purpose: Goldschläger adds beautiful gold flakes that simulate a blown firecracker and Rumple Minze adds its intense, 100-proof peppermint taste.

How Strong Is the Cold-Stone Stinger?

Even though they're meant for a party and a good time, it's best to remain aware that any of these shots are very strong. The alcohol content will depend on which liquors you pour in the various combinations. When shaken with ice, the average falls in the 30 percent ABV (60 proof) range or the same strength as a gin martini. If you choose to skip the ice, this shot can easily reach 50 percent ABV (100 proof) or higher, especially when made with high-proof spirits. To put that in perspective, a straight tequila or whiskey shot is 80 proof. Take it easy with these and, please, drink responsibly.

Why Was It Called the Liquid Cocaine?

The liquid cocaine shots were most popular during the last few decades of the 20th century when drink names were often off-color. Not only are the flavors intense, but they are designed to be extremely powerful and mimic the effects of the drug they're named for. The versions shared here are not even the strongest. One dangerous mix that should be avoided includes Everclear. There is a high risk of alcohol poisoning and, quite frankly, the 151-proof (or higher) neutral grain alcohol does not taste good in drinks.

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