Okay, I’ll say it. I hate taking shots. I’m not good at it and I can’t stomach them. In my opinion, if there are tastier drinks out there, I’d rather opt for those. Yes, shots are quick and easy, but there’s no good reason for me to be forcing them down. So I’ve spent a lot of time this week researching the best alternatives and stumbled upon the delicious world of dessert shots. Yes, we’ve all heard of Jell-O shots, but these recipes take your standard vodka or tequila shot one step further. They’ll satisfy every sweet tooth and look pretty darn impressive, too.
Oreo Cookie Shots
6 oz. Baileys Irish Cream
2 oz. chocolate vodka
2 oz. creme de cacao
2 oz. Kahlua
6 Oreo cookies, pulled apart with center cream scraped out
Extra Oreo cookies for serving
These dessert shots are so easy to make! Simply crush the cookies in a bag with a rolling pin. Rim the shot glasses with cookie crumbs. Combine all the liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into shot glasses. Oreo cookie shots taste like a lighter version of a milkshake, without any heavy ice cream to weigh you down. Serve alongside a tray of cookies. Boozy cookies and cream, anyone?
Chocolate Toffee Crunch Shot
2 oz. Baileys Irish Cream
1 1/2 oz. chocolate vodka
1 ounce Kahlua
1 ounce amaretto
Chocolate syrup and chopped walnuts for rimming the glasses
These shots are the perfect combination of salty and sweet. First, rim the glass with chocolate syrup and then coat with chopped walnuts. Combine the liquor in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until frothy, then pour and serve. The extra crunch at the end from the walnuts makes these dessert shots unique and delicious.
Pumpkin Pie Shots
2 oz. caramel vodka
2 oz. pumpkin spice liquor
2 oz. RumChata
Colored sugar for rimming the glass (optional)
With Halloween and Thanksgiving coming up, these are the perfect drink to serve up at your holiday parties. Everyone loves pumpkin spice. Rim the shot glasses with sugar crystals. Combine all other ingredients in a cocktail shaker and mix well. Strain and pour evenly into shot glasses. For an added touch, serve these shots in tiny hollowed-out pumpkins and sprinkle some cinnamon or nutmeg over the shots. Bonus? These shots can be prepared in advance and kept in the fridge!
Pineapple Upside Down Shots
4 oz. vanilla whiskey
2 oz. pineapple juice
2 oz. cake flavored vodka
4 maraschino cherries
If you favor a fruitier option, these are the drinks for you. Start by adding a cherry to the bottom of each glass. Add all the liquid ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain and pour into glasses. These taste just like the real thing, and the colors send major tropical vibes.
Birthday Cake Shots
¼ cup frosting (flavor of choice)
¼ cup rainbow sprinkles
1 cup of cake-flavored vodka, chilled
1 cup Baileys Irish Cream or white chocolate liqueur, chilled
First, rim the shot glasses with the frosting, then coat with sprinkles. Combine all liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker and mix well. Pour in the prepared glasses and served immediately. You might not be able to stick a candle in these birthday cake shots, but they certainly guarantee you a fun celebration ahead.
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