Prairie Fire Tequila Shot

Prairie Fire Tequila Shot

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  • Total: 2 mins
  • Prep: 2 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving

The prairie fire is a hot shot! This shooter of tequila and Tabasco is for the most adventurous of drinkers. You can make it as spicy as you like, just 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. While that may be true—and it's definitely not appealing to everyone—many drinkers still want to take it on the challenge. It also goes by many different names, including brave bull #2 and Texas prairie fire.

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


  • 1 ounce tequila
  • 2 dashes Tabasco Sauce

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Pour the tequila into a shot glass.

  3. Add a few dashes of Tabasco to taste.

  4. Serve and enjoy!


  • Typically, the advice is that adding too much hot sauce will ruin a drink's balance. That theory may work when helping you make a better bloody Mary, but the majority of drinkers shoot a prairie fire for two reasons: to get drunk and see how much heat they can take. However, if you want any taste buds or feeling left on your tongue at the end of the night, it really is best to take it easy.
  • You will also want to have something available to cool your mouth down. Water may not douse the heat, so try biting into a lime or eating something like a tortilla chip or piece of bread to find relief.

Recipe Variations

  • Quite often, the tequila in the prairie fire is replaced with another liquor. For instance, the Canadian prairie fire uses Yukon Jack, the Caribbean prairie fire pours rum (often 151-proof), and the Stout (or West Texas) prairie fire is made with Everclear. In reality, you can add Tabasco to anything, from vodka to whiskey to whatever you have left in the liquor cabinet.
  • Another popular shooter, the flatliner takes the prairie fire to the next level. It is a layered shot, made by floating tequila on top of sambuca, with its anise (black licorice) flavor. When you add 2 dashes of Tabasco, the shot simply becomes devious.
  • The battery acid is a popular green shooter that has many recipes and a rather odd taste. One of the most popular versions combines equal parts Green Chartreuse, tequila, and high-proof rum in a shot glass. Add 3 to 5 dashes of Tabasco and stir carefully, then drink!

How Strong Are These Shots?

The daring of these shots goes beyond the hot sauce because they are anything but weak. Each is very strong and can quickly lead to a drunken evening and a nasty hangover in the morning.

When it comes to the alcohol content of the prairie fire family of shots, you're essentially drinking the equivalent of the bottling strength of the base liquor—the tequila, whiskey, or whatever. For instance, the prairie fire is about 37 percent ABV (74 proof) while the Canadian prairie fire is 47 percent ABV (94 proof).

Those are nothing compared to a Caribbean prairie fire made with 151 rum, which tops out at 71 percent ABV (142 proof). And even though multiple liquors are used, the Stout prairie fire weighs in at 47 percent ABV (94 proof), the flatliner at 38 percent ABV (76 proof), and the battery acid at 50 percent ABV (100 proof).

As you can see, these shots have a lot of alcohol. This can be dangerous territory and quickly lead to extreme drunkenness or alcohol poisoning if you're not careful. It's wise to stick with one of these shots a night and enjoy a lighter drink before and after. Definitely don't drive and do not let your friends, either!

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