25 Different Types of Shot Drinks

Different Types of Shot Drinks
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Consider offering your guests shots when you need to spice up your party, whether you provide them one at a time or as part of a game.

There are different types of shot drinks for you to choose from, guaranteed to get the party started. Here are different types of shot drinks you can serve at your next gathering!

Pina Colada

If you’re looking for something fruity and fun, this type of shot drink is hard to beat. A traditional pina colada uses white rum, pineapple juice, and coconut cream, and it can be served in a coconut or pineapple-shaped glass as a bonus.

Pro tip: Skip ice if you want your frozen drink to be slightly diluted (we’re not judging). You can opt for equal parts alcohol and liquid ingredients. Serve in cocktail glasses rimmed with sugar or salt. 

Whether you like your tropical smooth or on the rocks, we think you’ll love our take on one of the summer’s most popular shots—but don’t take our word for it!

Strawberry Daiquiri

Start your party off with a fun drink everyone will love. This type of shot drink is excellent for every occasion, and it’s also a simple drink that everyone can make. It’s perfect for summertime or when you have friends over at home.

You can also add different fruits, like blueberries if you want something even tastier. To get started making your own Strawberry Daiquiri. Take one part white rum and two parts sugar syrup (equal parts sugar and water).

Fresh strawberries and shaved ice in a cocktail shaker with a few dashes of lime juice will also be added. Shake up your mixture and pour over more ice in a rock glass before serving. You can get your different types of hot drinks as simple as that!

Classic Jagermeister

You may have had a few different types of hot drinks back in college, like Jager bombs. But you’re likely going to want something more elegant than Red Bull and blue curacao once you reach adulthood. This type of shot drink is as simple as it gets.

Drop a sugar cube into your jager and let it dissolve. For an extra kick, light your jager on fire before drinking; (Nb: avoid doing shots if you plan on driving.)

Singapore Sling

This traditional drink is made with cherry brandy, Benedictine, and gin. It originated in Raffles Hotel Singapore during a period of British colonial rule. This shot drink was initially invented as a hangover cure, unlike the other different types of hot beverages. 

The drinks’ cherries came from Sir Stamford Raffles, founder of Singapore, and he brought them back from Malacca (Malaysia), where they are native.

However, his original recipe for it has been lost. If you know your history, please put that information into context. Thanks!

Bazooka Joe

A Banana, whipped cream, and vanilla ice cream are served with a gumball (Also known as Bananarama). A shooter shot with 1/2 oz Banana Liqueur, and 1/2 oz White Crème de Cacao. With two scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream. Shooters should be enjoyed responsibly and in moderation. 

It will get you moving for sure! You can consume these shot drinks that are best consumed while playing twister on your living room floor! 

Jack and Coke

As America’s favorite whiskey and soda, Jack and Coke is one shot that’s sure to please. Suppose you like your drinks a little on the sweet side. You can try adding a few extra ounces of cola (which also lightens it up).

It doesn’t have quite as strong a bite as some other options. If you’re trying out different types of hot drinks for the first time, this could be a good starter. For a bonus, make sure you don’t add ice—the lack of dilution makes it more robust than it looks!

Finally, take it up another notch without watering down your drink too much. You can consider adding an ounce or two of 151-proof rum.


It is a traditional shot drink, usually done for St. Patrick’s Day. It is a combination of Midori Melon Liqueur and Bailey’s Irish Cream.

One-third Midori, one-third Bailey’s, and one-third Green Crème de Menthe, or Grenadine (sweet syrup) are poured into a shot glass.

The name comes from how you must shake it before drinking it: shamrock. These different types of shot drink colors are unique, and it’s green on top, white in the middle, and red on the bottom.

PB&J (Shaken Shot)

2 oz. Chocolate Liqueur, 2 oz. Peanut Butter Liqueur, 3 oz. Orange Juice, Ice, and Whipped Cream for garnish. Use a shaker and blender with ice.

You blend all ingredients until smooth before pouring them into shot glasses. Then rim your glass with peanut butter and sugar.

 And turning it upside down in an orange juice glass to dip gives it a fantastic taste. Also called a Wham Bam or a Bam Bam! This is an excellent different type of hot drink.

It tastes like you spent hours making it (which you did) but takes only seconds to prepare!

Spicy Pineapple Shot

This type of shot drink is as good for you as delicious, unlike many other different types of hot drinks. Served in a small glass, add just a splash of Bacardi 151-proof rum and fill it with pineapple juice. 

Then top it with fresh slices of jalapeno pepper. Be careful – you can’t taste precisely how spicy they are! Warning: The natural heat here comes from both ends, first in your mouth with that hot pepper flavor and then – surprise! — at the end, you get a little burn from all that liquor.

Blue Kamikaze

This type of shot drink is made by mixing one part vodka, 1 part blue curacao, and two parts sweet and sour mix. Pour ingredients over ice cubes in a shot glass—drop shot into a collins glass filled with beer and serve.

Young Puss

11⁄2 ounces peach schnapps, 1⁄2 ounce melon liqueur.One tablespoon orange juice, dash grenadine syrup. Shake with ice; strain into a shot glass, and serve chilled. 

Merry Gorilla

Two-ounce banana-flavored rum, 1⁄4 ounce coconut-flavored rum (or 1⁄2 ounce dark rum). Also, one scoop of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt, 11⁄2 ounces pineapple juice. Blend well with crushed ice in blender; pour into shooter glasses.

BMW (Shaken Shot)

The BMW shot is made with Jägermeister, Bacardi 151 Rum, and Red Bull. A BMW contains about as much alcohol as a six-pack, according to Business Insider.

Lumpy Dumpy (Shaken Shot)

The Lumpy Dumpling is made with Bailey’s Irish Cream, Kahlúa, and a splash of Coca-Cola. These different types of hot drinks will leave you feeling dazed and confused—in other words, lumpy dumplings! The Irish cream should help counteract any nausea from consuming such large amounts of alcohol in one sitting. 


Liquor is dropped into a hot glass of black butter. It quickly separates into yellow fat (the drink) and brownish-gray scum (the bull). The scum is chased with a spoon. 

 Toby Maloney invented these different types of shot drinks at Chicago’s Violet Hour bar. The name comes from its appearance—it looks like turkey gravy—and also because it kicks like one.

Cement Mixer

This combination tastes like a sweet, fruity version of Jägermeister—with a kick. Mix equal parts orange juice and Malibu coconut rum for this type of shot drink. Consequently, you can use these proportions for different shot drinks you prefer.

 One part rye whiskey, two parts fresh lemon juice, and 1 part orange juice. Put them all in a cocktail shaker with ice, then add one scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Shake vigorously (or blend) until well mixed, then strain into two shot glasses through a fine-mesh strainer. Enjoy! It tastes just like Cement Mixer!

Chocolate Cake (Shaken Shot)

This shot drink is made with Irish cream and brown crème de cacao, and it’s topped with whipped cream and chocolate cake sprinkles. Furthermore, the Ingredients are 2 oz. Bailey’s Irish cream liqueur; 1 oz. crème de cacao (dark chocolate).

For the whipped cream, chocolate cake sprinkles. Instructions: Pour Bailey’s Irish Cream into a glass and top with Crème de Cacao. Garnish it with a swirl of whipped cream and sprinkles.

Flaming Dr. Pepper (Bomb Shot)

This type of shot drink is made by dropping a flaming Dr. Pepper bomb into a pint glass filled with beer. If that sounds difficult, it’s because it is.

Getting both lit and in place without extinguishing your drink or starting an unfortunate conflagration takes practice. 

It’s worth it, though. However, once you pop open a flaming drink, you can use that same fire for many other shots (see below). However, you get a different type of shot drink taste!

Flaming Jägermeister

Once you get started doing flaming shots, you can do lots of fun things with them. This shot involves dropping a single full Jägermeister shot into a pint glass filled with beer. Lighting it on fire and then chugging away before all of your alcohol burns off.

Four Horsemen

Many Americans recognize that Four Horsemen is also an excellent different type of shot drink. Moreover, these four drinks are made with Tequila, Jagermeister, Rumple Minze, and peppermint schnapps—and they’re ready for action! They’re easy to prepare. 

 To make it easy on yourself:

  1. Try making them in layers.
  2. Mix a couple of tablespoons of each shot into equal parts (by volume) of cream liqueur and sour mix.
  3. Top each glass off with cola or root beer and stir it. 

 You can rim your glasses with salt or sugar, but it’s optional!

Irish Car Bomb

This recipe is for one shot and has quite a bit going on. This shot drink is made by placing Irish whiskey, Bailey’s Irish Cream, and Jameson in a pint glass. Therefore, you dropped them into a cup of coffee. 

The coffee works as an accelerant to make all three ingredients pour more quickly. Better than if they were just run individually. A spoon is used to stir until it’s evenly mixed. 

 Lastly, add whipped cream with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top for extra flair. This, however, creates different types of hot drinks!

Jolly Rancher

This candy-inspired shot includes vodka, are ̀me de Menthe, and Irish cream liqueur. Trust us. This is one you won’t want to miss. (via The Tipsy Bartender) First off, these are shots, not a drink!

There are no mixers involved, and it’s just straight liquor poured into a glass with some flavoring agent or sweetener. And they have shot drinks! Shots can be sweet or sour, transparent or opaque.

It can have different liquors depending on what flavor profile you’re going for, even though there is no limit to creating different types of shot drinks flavors.

You make sure your liquids don’t contain any additives, preventing them from being consumed quickly (such as water). 

Red Snapper

It’s not a fish! The red snapper is one type of shooter. This type of shot drink starts with one shot of Bacardi 151 (the most substantial variety).

Followed by 1 shot each from amaretto, blue curacao, creme de banana, Jagermeister, and Tuaca. While known for being potent, these different types of shot drinks don’t taste as strong as you would think.

Lime Drop

A lime drop shot is made by adding equal parts water and sugar syrup, 1/2 oz. Vodka, and 2 tsp. Lime juice. The mixture is then shaken over ice and into a shot glass before it’s garnished with a wedge of lime.

Depending on your preference, it can also be served straight up without mixing. Suppose you want to mix things up even more.

Attempt making a Watermelon Lime Drop by replacing some or all of the water in your recipe with watermelon juice! These different hot drink types will give you an entirely new flavor perfect for summertime parties.


So whether you’re looking for something substantial, sweet, fruity, or alcoholic, these different types of shot drinks are all delicious ways to get your party started. And if you don’t have any alcohol on hand? No worries—these recipes will still make a great party drink. Enjoy!

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