Show your patriotism with a red, white, and blue shot, a layered shooter that is a delicious mix of peach, orange, and pomegranate flavors. It's ideal for the Fourth of July or any party that has a patriotic theme because it perfectly displays the colors of the American flag.
The key to layered shooters like this is to slowly pour the ingredients over a bar spoon in a certain order according to the density of the liquid. It takes a little practice, but after a few tries, you'll have the perfect red, white, and blue layers inside your shot glass.
- Pour the grenadine into a shot glass, filling the glass one-third of the way.
- Float the peach schnapps on top of the grenadine by pouring it over the back of a bar spoon. The glass should now be two-thirds full.
- Float the blue curaçao on top of the peach schnapps to fill the glass.
The Liqueur Densities
The specific gravity of peach schnapps and blue curaçao will vary by brand. The difference can be significant and your layers may not be as distinct with some combinations.
DeKuyper's Peachtree and Blue Curaçao is a combination that is known to work in the order given.
If you have you have a schnapps-curaçao combo that is not layering well, try reversing the two liqueurs. The shot will look different, but the taste will be the same.
How Strong Is the Red, White, and Blue Shot?
Layered shot drinks have no dilution because the ingredients are poured straight from the bottle. Typically, the absence of water from the ice creates a rather strong drink, but that's not the case here.
The two liqueurs from DeKuyper are each 24 percent ABV (48 proof), so they're relatively low-alcohol ingredients. If poured with these, the alcohol content of the red, white, and blue shot will be around 16 percent ABV (32 proof).
This is certainly not the strongest shot drink you can mix up, yet it's also not the lightest either. To put it into perspective, one of these shots will be slightly more powerful than the strongest glass of wine or beer (though rare, these can top off at 13 to 14 percent ABV).
More Patriotic Layered Shooters
The color combination found in the red, white, and blue shot can be created in a few different ways. By switching out the liquors and ensuring the lightest remain on top, you can get the same effect with different flavors.
For instance, the Captain America shot switches the peach schnapps out for white creme de cacao and keeps the other two ingredients. In the Fourth of July shot, blue curaçao becomes the middle layer and vodka tops off the shot.
There are also recipes circulating that take on the "Superman shot" name.
Though a few feature the red, white, and blue color scheme, that's not always the case.
One of the most popular versions of the Superman doesn't include a red layer. It begins with Irish cream on the bottom, a middle layer of blue curaçao, and a banana liqueur on top. Another tasty version begins with a mix of blue curaçao and banana liqueur, topping that with grenadine, then finishing it up with rum (typically Bacardi).
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