Red, White, and Blue Shot

Red, White, and Blue Shot Drink
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
61 Calories
0g Fat
12g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 61
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 0g
Calcium 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.)

Show your patriotism with a red, white, and blue shot, a layered shooter that is a delicious mix of chocolate, orange, and pomegranate flavors. Also called the Captain America shot, 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. This one's pretty easy, though with a little practice you'll have the perfect red, white, and blue layers inside your shot glass.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Pour the grenadine into a shot glass, filling the glass one-third of the way.

  3. Float the white crème de cacao on top of the grenadine by pouring it over the back of a bar spoon. The glass should now be two-thirds full.

  4. Float the blue curaçao on top of the crème de cacao to fill the glass.

  5. Serve and enjoy!


  • The exact amount of each ingredient you'll need will vary based on the size of your shot glasses. Don't worry so much about measuring this one out. Instead, visually divide your glass into thirds and pour accordingly straight from the bottles.
  • The specific gravity of crème de cacao and blue curaçao will vary by brand. The difference can be significant and your layers may not be as distinct with some combinations.
  • If you have you have a liqueur combo that is not layering well, try reversing the two liqueurs. The shot will look different, but the taste will be the same.

Recipe Variations

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.

  • Replacing the crème de cacao with peach schnapps is a popular variation, though its effectiveness will vary by brand. Low-proof options like Arrow Peach Schnapps will not float between the blue curaçao and grenadine, while DeKuyper's Peachtree will layer up because it's twice the alcohol content.
  • In the Fourth of July shot, blue curaçao becomes the middle layer and vodka tops off the shot.
  • The Superman shot is very popular as well. Many versions don't include a white layer, opting for yellow instead to mimic Superman's suit.

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 because the two liqueurs are relatively low-proof. On average, the shot's alcohol content will be 14 percent ABV (28 proof), or just slightly more powerful than a glass of wine.