The silver bullet is a bit of an unusual shooter. It combines two spirits—scotch and gin—that typically make an appearance in more graceful cocktails. Yet, it definitely still has that fun party feeling and it's one of the strongest shots you can make.
The recipe for the silver bullet is very simple: mix gin and scotch in a 2:1 ratio. The taste is rather good and similar to what you'd find in a smoky martini. It even retains that lemon twist garnish, which is used here more for its spritz of flavor than as a decoration.
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 3/4 ounce Scotch whisky
- Garnish: lemon twist
Gather the ingredients.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the gin and whisky.
Squeeze the lemon twist over the shot then hang it on the rim as a garnish. Serve and enjoy.
- The recipe produces a 2 3/4-ounce drink, which is rather large for a shot (typically they're around 1 1/2 ounces). That means you will either need a large shot glass or a small rocks glass to hold the drink. On the other hand, you can also pour two shots and share!
- While you can simply pour the two ingredients into a shot glass, you might want to think twice about it. These liquors have such distinct tastes that they can combat each other too much and create a rather off-putting flavor. The dilution from shaking helps to marry the flavors, making it go down much smoother. In the least, stir the shot with ice and strain it.
- Serving this drink in a frosty shot glass is another way to relax the flavor. Simply run your glasses under cold water and stick them in the freezer for at least half an hour.
- Have fun with this shot and explore various combinations of gin and whisky. Both liquors offer such a wide range of flavors that you'll never get bored with the silver bullet!
- If you're not in the mood to shoot the drink, enjoy it as a slow sipping cocktail instead. Serve it in an old-fashioned glass on the rocks or as an up drink in a cocktail glass.
How Strong Is a Silver Bullet?
Since you're pouring two full-proof liquors and no nonalcoholic mixers into this shot, you can expect it to be very strong. The shaking dilutes it a bit from bottling proof, yet when both your gin and scotch are 80-proof, it will have an alcohol content around 32 percent ABV (64 proof).
Of course, both spirits are available at a higher proof as well, so the silver bullet can become even stronger. Just be careful because this drink can sneak up on you and you may become drunker than you'd like rather fast.