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.
- 3/4 ounce bourbon whiskey
- 3/4 ounce peppermint schnapps
Gather the ingredients.
Pour the bourbon and peppermint schnapps into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Serve and enjoy!
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.