Call it a PB&J or a peanut butter and jelly shot, either way, this little drink is a whole lot of fun. It's extremely easy to make—requiring just two common liqueurs—and it's pretty darn delicious. It is one of those popular party shooters designed to taste like a childhood treat and everyone at your party will love it.
In this sandwich-like drink, the "jelly" of choice is the black raspberry of Chambord. That is combined with the hazelnut of Frangelico for the "peanut butter" flavor. The result is a smooth, delicious shot that goes down with ease.
If you enjoy the taste of this shot, give the nuts and berries cocktail a try. It uses the same liqueurs and simply adds cream to the mix for a tasty dessert drink.
How Strong Is the PB&J Shot?
This is a relatively mild shot and significantly less potent than a straight shot of tequila. When made according to this recipe, the peanut butter and jelly shot is about 15 percent alcohol by volume (30 proof).
Frangelico is the most popular and common hazelnut liqueur on the market. It's very useful in a variety of delicious cocktails, including the nutty Irishman and nutty martini. It is not cheap, though. A bottle will cost you over $20, but it is worth every penny.
You can choose a different hazelnut liqueur and save a bit of cash if you like. Brands like Kahlua, DeKuyper, and Hiram Walker make a decent hazelnut that would be fine for a quick shot like the PB&J. Yet, if you're looking to also use the liqueur in fancier drinks, it would be best to stick with the tried and true Frangelico.
Almost any other nut liqueur will work, though they won't produce the same PB&J flavor. Viable options include amaretto, pecan liqueurs, and nocino, an Italian walnut liqueur.
Chambord is the go-to raspberry liqueur. It is easy to find, absolutely delicious, and one of the best options available in this flavor. It is also a premium liqueur, which means it has a premium price of around $30 a bottle.
While it is worth the price, you do have a number of other options here as well. For the budget-conscious drinker, you're sure to find a raspberry liqueur among the cheaper brands like DeKuyper. Any crème de framboise liqueur will work as well. If you're seeking one that rivals Chambord in quality, look for premium labels like Mathilde or Raspberry di Amore.
Just like the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, there is no need to stick with raspberry for your "jam." Many other fruit liqueurs will play just as well with Frangelico.
For drinkers who enjoy a DIY project or two, the two liqueurs used in this shot are excellent candidates for homemade liqueurs. This shooter just happens to be an excellent way to show off your creations.
You can use a nocino recipe and simply use hazelnuts or any combination of nuts you like. Likewise, a homemade raspberry liqueur can be made by using raspberries (or any berry blend) in a fruit liqueur recipe.
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