Shots have long been a drink staple on the social scene of many a college student and bar fly. Shooters are a twist on the classic shot, and are one of the most recent trends to hit the bar scene, adding another option for your drinking pleasure. A shooter is a shot with a twist: it’s made with two or more liquors or ingredients to create a distinct taste or flavor. Typically made in a shot glass and thrown back all at once just like a shot, a shooter gives you the unique taste of a cocktail with the ability to get sloppy really quickly like a shot.
Because they’re a part of bar culture, shooters are very likely to have sexually suggestive or explicit names. Such names make ordering a shooter more fun. When else can you say, “give me two slippery nipples and a red headed slut,” without getting slapped, thrown in jail, or fired?
#1: Slippery Nipple
With such a lovely suggestive name, the Slippery Nipple is high on everyone’s shooter list. It is typically made in a shot glass with an ounce of Butterscotch Schnapps and a second layer made of 1/2 ounce of Irish Cream liqueur.
The Slippery Nipple has a deliciously naughty name and a sweet taste to match. After a few of these, all of your body will be slippery, as you will be nothing short of sloppy drunk.
Named after the cocktail that features the same ingredients, the B-52 is one of the few shooters with a G-rated name. The basic ingredients make a B-52 an all-time favorite for getting smashed while avoiding liquor that tastes like liquor.
Made with equal parts Kahlua, Amaretto, and Irish Cream, the B-52 is like candy in a shot glass. If you drink enough, you will be able to find out if it tastes as good coming up as it did going down.
#3: Purple Hooter
Another shooter that makes reference to a woman’s most noticeable feature, the Purple Hooter is another classic shooter. It is made with vodka, raspberry liqueur, and 7-Up. The raspberry liqueur gives the shot a light purple color. This bubbly, sour shooter is a classic favorite. It’s fun to order and fun to drink, and it isn’t full of sugar and heavy ingredients like other shooters.
#4: Blow Job Shot
While all men love this shot (of course), women either hate it or love it. However, if you let a crude, offensive name come between you and trying something new, then you should probably avoid shooters altogether. A favorite at bachelorette parties, the Blow Job shot is made with Kahlua and Irish Cream or some combination. Other recipes call for Amaretto or liqueurs that are flavored like banana or orange. Then a large amount of whipped cream is arranged atop of the shot glass in a suggestive shape.
Many feel that the proper way for a woman to drink a Blow Job shot is from between the knees of a guy without using any hands. You do what works for you, very few men will complain however you decide.
#5: Red-Headed Slut
Again, the name is just as fun as the shot itself, perhaps leading to its popularity. It is also made with serious alcohol, so that might be part of the appeal as well. Made with an ounce of cranberry juice, 3/4 of an ounce of Jägermeister, and 1/2 of an ounce of Peach Schnapps, this shooter’s ingredients must be chilled before drinking. Most chill the ingredients by mixing with ice in a shaker. The intense cold adds to the pleasure of drinking the shooter.
#6: Mind Eraser
It seems like the name of this shooter could be applicable to just about any shooter, but logic is not really the forte of the bar scene. Made with vodka, Kahlua and Sprite or tonic, the Mind Eraser is tasty with an interesting combination for your palate.
#7: Chocolate Cake
With a name that is as G-rated as a kid’s birthday party and a taste to match, the Chocolate Cake shot is a definite favorite, though it is a bit fussy. However, many swear by this shooter.
Make a Chocolate Cake shooter with equal parts hazelnut liqueur and vodka. Have a lemon wedge coated in sugar ready. The ingredients should be chilled before pouring into a shot glass. Throw back the shooter and immediately bite the lemon for a chaser.
#8: Three Wise Men
This shooter combines the three most important men in hard liquor: Jack, Jim, and Johnny. Some bartenders add a fourth for the Four Wise Men, which is Jose.
Any way you combine your Jack Daniels, Jim Bean, Johnny Walker, and Jose Cuervo, it is sure to make for one stiff drink that can quickly make the world dissolve into little fuzzy bits. Drink this one with caution! Very few men get wiser after dropping a few of these back.
#9: Jell-O Shooters
While not as popular as they were when they first hit the scene, Jell-O shooters are still fun. Choose your favorite Jell-O in a box, use vodka in the recipe instead of cold water, pour and chill until firm. They have a reputation for a drunkenness that sneaks up on you, as the alcohol takes a bit to get into your system.
#10: Pineapple Upside Down Cake
This is another shooter with a safe name and a sweet taste, though it is mostly citrus rather than cream. Combine vanilla vodka, pineapple juice, and grenadine for a shot that is nice to offer to buy a woman.