The name “shot drink” is somewhat of a misnomer. A shot is actually a unit of measurement–it equals 1 1/2 ounces. So, if you order a shot of tequila, that’s what you’ll get: 1 1/2 ounces of tequila. “Shot drinks,” however, can be little bigger, simply because they contain more ingredients than just the alcohol. They’re still much smaller than traditional cocktails and mixed drinks. And shot drinks traditionally aren’t sipped. You place it to your lips, tilt your head back, and swallow it all in one quick, fluid motion.
An Alabama slammer is a half-ounce of sloe gin, an ounce of amaretto, an ounce of Southern Comfort and a dash of lemon juice. All ingredients are poured over ice into a chilled cocktail shaker. (The lemon juice is added last.) Shake for a few minutes until thoroughly chilled and pour into a large shot glass. Many drinkers like the taste of this sweet, smooth shot.
This alcohol shot is comprised mainly of Jagermeister, a strong hard liquor with an intense black licorice flavor. This shot is so popular that many bars stock small plastic shot glasses to accommodate this drink request, which combines a shot of Jagermeister with an energy drink, such as Red Bull or Rock Star. First, a glass of an energy drink is poured, then a shot of Jagermeister is poured into a shot glass. Finally, the shot glass of Jagermeister is dropped into the energy drink, causing it to curdle. The consumer drinks the entire concoction at once, as quickly as possible, in an attempt to finish the drink before the energy drink becomes too curdled to consume.
While many of the most popular alcoholic shot drinks are combinations of various hard and flavored liquors with some non-alcoholic elements, the buttery nipple is made only from alcohol. It is made with an ounce of butterscotch liquor and a half-ounce of Bailey’s Irish Cream. The butterscotch liquor is poured into the shot glass first and the Irish cream is then poured on top. This is a smooth, sweet drink.
Surfer on Acid
The surfer on acid combines a half-ounce of Jagermeister, a half-ounce of coconut-flavored rum and a half-ounce of pineapple juice. All ingredients are poured into a cocktail shaker over ice and are shaken vigorously until completely cold. The mixture is then poured into a large shot glass or old-fashioned glass. This is an intense, fresh-flavored drink.
Girl Scout Cookie
The Girl Scout cookie combines equal amounts of coffee liqueur, Irish cream liqueur and peppermint schnapps. To make the drink, sometimes called an “After Five,” pour a half-ounce of coffee liqueur into a shot glass. Next, float a half-ounce of Irish cream liqueur on top of the coffee liqueur. Finally, float the schnapps on top of the Irish cream. This smooth, sweet tasting drink is one shot that can actually be consumed slowly if desired.
References and ResourcesMixology: Popular Shots
Alcohol Stuff: Famous Alcoholic Shots
Drinks Mixer: Popular Shot Drinks