Written by Gus Penton
If you’re looking for the ultimate party shot, you will get mixed reviews depending on location, traditions and personal preference from whoever you ask. In this case, The Gentle Manual saw fit to compile a list of our favorite party starters by a few aspects such as names, strength and sheer awesomeness. Perhaps one of these can be the next highlight of your party.
1. Flaming Dr. Pepper
- 1oz Amaretto
- 1/4oz Bacardi 151
- 6oz Light Lager
Pretty simple instructions to a splendid shot. Take a shot glass and fill about 3/4 of the way with Almond Liqueur. Top of with the 151. Take your glass, pour the beer. Hover your shot over the glass, ignite the 151, drop it down in the beer and take it down. If you’ve never had one of these, trust me, it tastes just like Dr. Pepper.
2. Royal Flush
- 1 1/4oz of Crown Royal Canadian Whiskey
- 1/2oz Peach Schnapps
- 1/4oz Chambord Raspberry Liqueur
- 1/2oz Cranberry Juice
This is on the larger side, but not as brutal as a straight liquor shot. Simple, simple instructions. Pour into a shaker filled with ice. Shake generously. Pour into a shot glass. Enjoy the spoils.
3. Irish Car Bomb
- 12oz of Guinness Stout
- 1/2 Shot of Jameson’s Irish Whiskey
- 1/2 Shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream
Pour your Guinness into the glass. Take your whiskey and Baileys, put them in a shot glass together. Just like any other bomb, drop it down and take it back. Though this one calls for a few other elements; perhaps some Flogging Molly blaring at top level to really set the mood. Remember, this drink is an age old tradition. Respect it.
4. Four Horseman
- 3/4 Jose Cuervo Gold
- 3/4 Jagermeister
- 3/4 Rumpleminze Peppermint Liqueur
- 3/4 Bacardi 151
Now don’t let anyone fool you. This shot doesn’t have a fruity, delectable taste. Actually, it’s quite awful. It has the firepower of the National Guard and toughness of an MMA fighter. You can mix all the ingredients into a shaker (ice optional), shake it slightly, pour into a shot glass. Then become the bravest person at the party.
5. German Chocolate Cake
- 1/2oz of Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur
- 1/2oz of Stoli Vanilla Vodka
- Lemon Wedge
Take an Old Fashioned glass and sugar the rim. Pour your ingredients into glass. If you’d like, prepare in a shaker with ice first, then pour. But most bartenders will advise against this. Lick your sugar, take the shot then bite into your lemon wedge. By some form of alcohol magic, you then taste the wonderful flavor of a German Chocolate Cake.
6. Red Headed Harlot
- 1/2oz Peach Schnapps
- 1/2oz of Jagermeister
- Dash of Cranberry Juice
You can take this shot in whatever glass you like, but an Old Fashioned is advised. Pour your ingredients into an ice-filled shaker. Strain. Share. Shoot. Though if you’re sharing (which you should be) up the ante and double or triple the ingredient size. Minus the offensive name, this is a pleasantly sweet shot.
7. Girl Scout Cookie
- 1/2oz of Bailey’s Irish Cream
- 1/2oz of Kahlua
- 1/2oz of Peppermint Schnapps or Creme de Menthe
Once again ice is optional. Either way, pour your liquids into your shaker. Make sure they’re mixed well. Pour out, then have the tastiest shot your mouth has ever experience. Don’t get this confused as a shot for wimps. When you’re getting your ass kicked by this Girl Scout, don’t say we didn’t warn you.