Prairie Fire: A Spicy Shot of Tequila and Tabasco

The heat of Tabasco gives this tequila shot the name Prairie Fire. Infuse the tequila with chili peppers if you dare. © Africa Studio / Dollar Photo Club
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  • Total: 2 mins
  • Prep: 2 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving

This is a hot shot! The Prairie Fire and its companion shots are for the bravest of drinkers. This shooter of tequila and Tabasco takes some nerve to get down and if you are up for the challenge, be sure to have some water as back up.

If you scour the web, you will find that the Prairie Fire is on many 'the worst shots to order' lists. My personal opinion tends to agree, yet many drinkers want to take it on. 

The Prairie Fire is beyond simple: add Tabasco to a shot of tequila. How much Tabasco is going to depend on your mood (or your friends' daring nature). A few dashes are enough, it gives you the spice without scorching your taste buds. However, this shot is often made with far more hot sauce than that.

There are many variations on the Prairie Fire and I have included a few of those below. Some recipes call for Tabasco on the bottom, some douse the tequila with 20 or more dashes of hot sauce, and others replace the tequila or build on it.

All of these variations have (of course) been given their own names. You might see the Prairie Fire referred to as a Brave Bull #2, Texas Prairie Fire, Tequila Fire or under countless other names. Basically, if you're shooting tequila and Tabasco, it's a Prairie Fire.


Steps to Make It

  1. Pour the tequila into a shot glass.

  2. Add dashes of Tabasco to taste.

More Prairie Fire Shots

Quite often, the tequila in the Prairie Fire is replaced with another liquor. I have chosen a few of the popular options to highlight. In reality, you can add Tabasco to anything, from vodka to whiskey to whatever you have left in the liquor cabinet.

How Much Tabasco is Too Much?

Normally, I give the advice that you don't want to add too much hot sauce or you will ruin a drink's balance. That theory may work when helping you make a better Bloody Mary, but let's face reality. I know that the majority of you want to shoot a Prairie Fire for two reasons: to get drunk and see how much heat you can take.

Honestly, I see nothing wrong with a couple dashes of Tabasco in a shot of tequila. However, if you want any taste buds or feeling left on your tongue at the end of the night, I caution you to take it easy.

Water may not douse the heat, biting into a lime might help and you may even need to eat something like a tortilla chip or piece of bread to find relief. Drinking too much hot sauce is a painful experience and if that's your idea of fun... more power to you.

Flatliner Shooter Recipe

Another popular shooter, the Flatliner takes the Prairie Fire to the next level.

It is a layered shot and requires you to float tequila on top of sambuca. That flavor combination alone is interesting because of sambuca's anise, or black licorice, taste. When you add Tabasco, the shot simply becomes devious.

Again, this is not a shot for the faint of heart (no drink on this page is), but if you're up for an experience, have fun and be safe!

To make this drink, fill a shot glass halfway with sambuca. Slowly float tequila on top and add 2 dashes of Tabasco sauce.

Battery Acid Shooter Recipe

Finally, we have one of the more interesting tequila and Tabasco shots. The Battery Acid is another drink that has many recipes and this is a popular version.

The Green Chartreuse is necessary to give this shot the appearance of battery acid. It also adds an herbal background that is typically reserved for more refined cocktails. All sense of propriety is out the window when it comes to Chartreuse's use in this shooter.

I'm not going to promise that anyone (much less everyone) is going to like the taste of this shot. In fact, if you're going to try it, I suggest you have a glass of water ready to go.

To make this shot, combine equal parts Green Chartreuse, tequila, and high-proof rum in a shot glass. Add 3 to 5 dashes of Tabasco and stir carefully

How Strong Are These Tequila Shots?

The daring of these shots goes beyond the hot sauce because they are not light on the alcohol either. Each is very strong and will quickly lead to a drunken evening and a nasty hangover in the morning.

Let's see how these shots weigh in when it comes to their alcohol content:

  • Prairie Fire: 37% ABV (74 proof)

  • Canadian Prarie Fire: 47% ABV (94 proof)

  • Caribbean Prairie Fire (with 151 rum): 71% ABV (142 proof)

  • Stout (or West Texas) Prairie Fire: 47% ABV (94 proof)

  • Flatliner: 38% ABV (76 proof)

  • Battery Acid: 50% ABV (100 proof)

As you can see, when we run the numbers, these shots have a lot of alcohol. Most are right around bottling strength of the average tequila or whiskey and some are well above that because so much high-proof liquor is used.

This can be dangerous territory and that is why I do not recommend shooting anything over 100 proof straight (which is what these shooters are because, essentially, the Tabasco doesn't count!).

If you're going to have any of these shooters, stick to one a night and enjoy a lighter drink before and after. Definitely don't drive and do not let your friends, either!