Shooter (drink)

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A B-52 shooter served in a shot glass
A sake oyster shooter

A shooter, or shot, is a small serving of spirits or a mixed drink (usually about one ounce), typically consumed quickly, often in a single gulp. It is common to serve a shooter as a "side" to a larger drink.[1]

Shooters can be shaken, stirred, blended, layered, or simply poured. Shot glasses or sherry glasses are the usual drinkware in which shooters are served. They are most commonly served at bars, and some bartenders have their own "signature" shooter.

The ingredients of shooters vary from bartender to bartender and from region to region. Two shooters can have the same name but different ingredients, resulting in two very different tastes.

List of drink shots[edit]

Shooters with beer[edit]

Mixed shooters
  • Boilermaker or Depth Charge: a beer mix
  • Snakebite: variations and alternate names: Snakebite and black, Diesel, Snakey B, Purple nasty, Purple, Black, Deadly snakebite, Hard snakebite, and Super snakebite.
  • U-Boot: a beer mix
  • Irish Car Bomb: a mix of Irish whisky and Irish cream or other ingredients in a pint-glass of Irish stout.

Shooters with non-alcoholic bases[edit]

Mixed shooters

Shooters with Irish cream[edit]

A Brain Hemorrhage layered shooter.
Layered shooters

Shooters with rum[edit]

Two Liquid Marijuana shots side by side
Layered shooters
  • Flaming B-52 (also B-51, B-52 with Bomb-bay Doors, B-53, B-54, B-55, and B-57)

Shooters with tequila[edit]

Mixed shooters
Layered shooters

Shooters with vodka[edit]

A Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Shooter
Mixed shooters
  • Lemon Drop: A chilled shot of lemon-flavored vodka served with a lemon wedge covered in sugar. One takes the shot, then bites the lemon. Vodka with lemon juice can be substituted if no lemon-flavored vodka is available.
  • Ruffe (see Boilermaker).
  • Kamikaze: vodka, triple sec, and Lime juice, mixed in equal parts. It is also served traditionally.
  • Snakebite with venom, poison snakebite, or turbo diesel (see Snakebite). [<- that's a beer cocktail, not a shooer]
  • U-Boot

Shooters with whiskey/whisky or bourbon[edit]

Mixed shooters
  • Canadian Prairie Fire (see Prairie Fire)
  • Prairie Fire
  • Pickleback: A shot of whiskey (often Jameson) chased by a shot of pickle brine.
  • Washington Apple: Equal parts Canadian whisky, sour apple liqueur, and cranberry juice[2]

Shooters with wine, sparkling wine, or port[edit]

Mixed shooters

Cocktails with less common spirits[edit]

Mixed shooters
Layered shooters

See also[edit]


  1. ^ DeGroff, Dale (2002). The craft of the cocktail : everything you need to know to be a master bartender, with 500 recipes (1st ed.). New York: Clarkson Potter/Publishers. ISBN 9780307762276. OCLC 669067001.
  2. ^ "Washington Apple Shot Recipe". Bevvy. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Bazooka Joe Cocktail Recipe". 1001cocktails. Retrieved 23 August 2013.

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