Snowshoe Shooter

Snowshoe shot

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Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 shot
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
123 Calories
0g Fat
6g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 123
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 0mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 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.)

The snowshoe shooter is simple and a perfect choice for winter parties. It follows the popular whiskey-mint flavor found in drinks like the mint julep. In this instance, though, both ingredients have their own kick that is simultaneously soothing and shocking. 

For this shot, you'll mix bourbon and peppermint schnapps. The typical whiskey of choice is Wild Turkey, but almost any bourbon will work just fine. When combined with your favorite peppermint schnapps, you will get a great whiskey background offset by the coolness of mint. It really is a great tasting party shot, so be sure to mix up a round for friends.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for shot
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  2. Pour the bourbon and peppermint schnapps into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

    Shaker with ice
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  3. Shake well.

    Whiskey in glass
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  4. Strain into a shot glass. Serve and enjoy.

    Strain into a shot glass
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Though it's designed as a shooter, the snowshoe makes a very pleasant lowball drink when served on the rocks. Enjoy one after dinner for a soothing sipper.

Your Liquor Options

Wild Turkey can be a strong bourbon, depending on which bottle you choose. The 101-proof is one of the brand's most popular whiskies and, if you choose to mix with that, this shot is going to be rather strong.

Likewise, peppermint schnapps varies greatly and you can find a mild bottle of 30-proof schnapps or one like Rumple Minze that tops off at 100-proof. This extra alcohol adds to the peppermint's punch and can make a big difference in your snowshoe's strength and flavor.

Pre-Mix the Snowshoe

There may be some occasions when you want to have a mixed shooter ready to go. Maybe you're looking to eliminate carrying liquor bottles and bar gear to your campsite or cabin. Then again, you may not want to bother mixing drinks during a party and prefer to prepare things in advance. No matter the scenario, the snowshoe is an ideal candidate for mix-ahead shot.

Since the recipe requires equal parts of two shelf-stable liquors, it's very easy to mix up ahead of time. Simply shake up as much as you need and pour it into a flask, carafe, or another small container. There's no need to refrigerate it. It will be ready to pour directly into shot glasses when the time comes, so you can enjoy hassle-free fun with friends.

How Strong Is the Snowshoe?

Since the snowshoe can vary greatly in strength, you may be interested to compare the two extremes. On one side, if you mix Wild Turkey 101 with Rumple Minze, your shot will be somewhere around 38 percent ABV (76 proof). If, on the other hand, you choose to pour an 80-proof bourbon and 30-proof schnapps, it will be around 26 percent ABV (52 proof).

Even at its mildest, the snowshoe is not a light shot. Yet, in comparison to pouring two 100-proof spirits, it's relatively mild.