6 Best Shot Recipes For Hosting

Do you want to know the best shots to make when you are hosting people? Well you’re in luck as the shots below are perfect to make to get everyone happily toasty at your party or pre-game. If you are looking for the 7 best easy craft cocktail recipes then you have to see these as well!

If you are reading this know that I am a certified party planner and alcoholic, I even go to meetings and everything, so I take it pretttty seriously. We all need good go-to shot recipes, or “shooters” for any of you born before 1980. With that said can we retire “shooters” as a term please?

I digress, anyways if you’re like me you can’t take shots anymore or you end up blacked out and in trouble with your significant other the next morning. With that said, you probably also host people often and want to impress them with some delightful yet potent shots to get the night or day going.

A lot of these aren’t wizard heroic recipes but more just ideas for the best tried and tested shots for you to look trendy, unique or please people that don’t want straight tequila. 

Below I have the best shots for adults that aren’t straight one liquor but also aren’t sweet and something you’d take as a freshman. More good news is I try to make sure the shots look “masculine” so guys can pretend they are macho taking whiskey/tequila shots etc vs. blueberry cotton candy pink shots.

I like these all for different reasons and occasions plus they let you have options for all liquor preferences. So, what are the best 5 shots to make at home for hosting?

My go to is the Shaft espresso shot (from Canada) to jump start the night especially since jager bombs or anything else with “bombs” and Red Bull needs to stay in 2012 please and thank you. The Shaft is a lot like an espresso martini just you drink it faster ;).

I love things on fire, I love Dr. Pepper and I love drop shots. All of that said, the Flaming Dr. Pepper checks all my boxes. Not only does it taste great and add the fun part of dropping shots but you can impress everyone you are hosting with fire!!!! This is one of the best shots ever!

You absolutely have to do a Pickleback if you’ve never done one before. I do Picklebacks with everyone for something unique or people who want whiskey but without the kick.

Full disclosure pickles are my favorite food but really you don’t taste much pickle and it automatically kills the whiskey kick… like two strong forces turning into something pretty chill.

Pickle juice itself is great for hangovers so it’s nice to know you are being proactive from the start, it’s basically a superfood. Apparently these were created in New York but I want to say it was Canada… so we can agree to disagree.

The Mexican Snowshoe is for tequila lovers with a fun little peppermint kick where both tastes end up being quelled down significantly into a beautiful fusion. I think I just like the idea of the name more than anything as it describes me in a nutshell.

It is definitely worth  breaking out when you host people next as they will love the mystery and unique shot. It tastes so good and you truly never even taste the tequila much a at all. I have no idea how it tastes so good but it does.

Irish Car Bombs are old school but I want to bring them back as they are a good time. Who knew all of those gross things together could taste good if you chug them simultaneously… and I hate Guinness aside from the world record book stuff.

Definitely a must have for anything Irish like St. Patrick’s Day, A Conor Mcgregor fight, visiting Boston or Thursdays. One of the oldest favorites of mine ever, you have to try it.

We have a ton of great drinks for hosting or just making at home for yourself! If you like cocktails then you have to try my 6 Best Summer Moscow Mules and Espresso Martini recipe.

6 Best Shot Recipes

Do you want to know the best shots to make when you are hosting people? Well you're in luck as the shots below are perfect to make to get everyone happily toasty at your party or pre-game.
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Course: Drinks, shooters, shots
Cuisine: American
Keyword: adult drinks, hosting, shooters, shots
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1


Shaft Espresso Shot

  • Cold Espresso or strong cold coffee. I use Starbucks espresso cans or cold brew, simple enough.
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz Kahlua
  • 1 oz Irish cream like Bailey’s or Carolyn's.

Flaming Dr. Pepper

  • 3/4 oz amaretto
  • 1/4 oz Overproof rum. It needs to be over 100 proof to catch on fire typically.
  • Beer


  • 1-2 oz whiskey
  • 1 oz chilled pickle juice

Mexican Snowshoe

  • 1/2 oz Tequila
  • 1/2 oz Rumple minz Peppermint schnapps works as well

Irish Car Bomb

  • 1/2 glass Guinness beer
  • 1/2 oz Bailey’s Irish cream
  • 1/2 oz Irish whiskey sub any whiskey

Drop Claw Shot

  • 2/3 can White Claw
  • 1/2 oz flavored rum or flavored vodka
  • 1/2 oz amaretto If not amaretto can just use all rum or vodka and it's still good.


Shaft Espresso Shot

  • Put all liquor into a shaker and shake it up.
  • Pour in your glass.
  • Top with espresso and stir.
  • Put a straw in and suck it back as fast as you can.
    Shaft Espresso Shot Recipe

Flaming Dr. Pepper

  • Add amaretto to a shot glass
  • Top with rum and light rum on fire
  • Drop into half a pint glass of beer
  • Make sure fire is out… or don’t…
  • Chug


  • Whiskey in one shot glass, cold pickle juice in the other.
  • Take your whiskey shot and chase it with the pickle juice
    Pickleback Shot recipe

Mexican Snowshoe

  • Pretty simple again… fill your shot glass with half tequila and half Rumple Minze.
  • Drink it.

Irish Car Bomb

  • Layer baileys first then slowly pour whiskey on top.
  • Drop into half a pint glass of Guinness
  • Chug
    Irish Car Bomb Recipe

Drop Claw Shot

  • Pour White Claw into a short glass. Our amaretto and rum into a shot glass.
  • Drop the shot into your White Claw and chug. Be sure to cover your teeth with your lips just in case the shot comes down.


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10 thoughts on “6 Best Shot Recipes For Hosting”

  1. 5 stars
    Picklebacks are my go to shot!! I love love love them and I am not even a whiskey drinker! The pickle juice is the best chaser as it covers the alcohol after taste with the perfect salty pickle taste! I also am a big fan of the espresso shot. It’s a quick easy shot of energy to say the least! Great recipes right here! Love the variety!

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