Three Wise Men: The Shot Drink That Mixes 3 Great Whiskies

Three Wise Men Shooter

The Spruce

  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
106 Calories
0g Fat
0g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 106
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 0mg 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 "three wise men" are Johnnie Walker, Jim Beam, and Jack Daniels who, in this case, mix together for a very strong shot of whiskey. This is a popular shot for parties and there are a few ways to make it.

Why mix three whiskeys into the same shot? Why not? Three whiskeys are better than one!​ While it does seem a little odd, shots often are on the "why did they do that?" end of the bar spectrum. In reality, it's a pretty interesting taste, a sort of hybrid whiskey: a little Scotch, a hint of bourbon, and a touch of Tennessee. Give it a try and see what you think!


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Pour the whiskeys into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

    Cocktail shaker
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  3. Shake well. Strain into a shot glass.

    Three Wise Men Shot
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  4. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Variations

  • If you want a trio of whiskey shots in order to "enjoy" each whiskey on its own, pour each into a separate shot glass. Line up the shots in front of you and work your way down the row. While this is a fun bar game, you will get very drunk very fast! One way to curb that is to fill the glasses only one-third of the way.
  • To make a shot called "three wise men go hunting," add 1/2 ounce Wild Turkey Bourbon.
  • For the "three wise men visit Mexico," add 1/2 ounce Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila. This one can also "go hunting" with Wild Turkey.

Brand Matters in This Shot

Most of the time, the advice is "choose your favorite" when it comes to the liquor in any mixed drink. This is one of those exceptions because the brands of whiskey are what makes the shot special.

These are three iconic whiskeys named after men, each of whom played a role in making whiskey great. Without these three "wise men," the world of whiskey may look completely different than it does today. You could say that this shot is a tribute to their legacy.

The one exception in brand recommendations is with the three wise men visit Mexico. While Jose Cuervo Gold once dominated the tequila scene, this is no longer the case. As has been discussed many times in recent years, there are far superior tequilas out there. Do not hesitate to use a different brand of tequila.

How Strong Is a Three Wise Men Shot?

While it is made entirely of whiskey, this shot is shaken and that brings it down from the standard bottling proof of each whiskey. It is still very potent and one of the stronger shots you will find, weighing in with an alcohol content of 30 percent ABV (60 proof). It might be best to limit yourself to just one—maybe two—rounds per night.

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