Breakfast Shot Recipe (With Bacon!)

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The breakfast shot, also known in some parts as the Irish breakfast shot or the pancake breakfast shot, is a surefire way to get your brunch off to a fast start.  This shot is sweet, smooth, tasty, and an undeniably fun beverage to pair with your meal.

Jameson whiskey and butterscotch schnapps are the hallmarks of the drink, which combine with only a couple of other ingredients for this easy-to-make shot.

To take the presentation and flavor profile of the drink to the next level, we highly recommend preparing some bacon to serve on top of the shot glass.  Who doesn’t love some bacon?  Plus, the sweetness and saltiness of the bacon compliments this breakfast shot recipe wonderfully.

Things You’ll Need to Make a Breakfast Shot

You don’t need any sort of crazy equipment to make this shot. All you need on that front is a cocktail shaker and some shot glasses. The shot glasses should ideally be tall or be able to hold 4 oz or more to comfortably house all of the ingredients.

If you don’t have big enough shot glasses on hand, that’s no issue! This drink can just as easily go in a cocktail glass or a lowball glass.

We mentioned bacon already, but it’s worth noting that making your bacon in advance will make the mixing and serving process a lot quicker. It’s not particularly important that the bacon be served warm alongside this shooter, and you can always warm it up in the oven right before you pour if you’d like to.

What Is a Breakfast Shot Made Of?

You also don’t need a ton of ingredients to whip up a breakfast shot – it only has 4 ingredients, not counting the bacon slice topper:

  • Jameson whiskey (you can also substitute another Irish whiskey if you prefer)
  • Butterscotch schnapps
  • Orange juice (fresh squeezed is most ideal but out of the bottle works just fine)
  • Maple Syrup

Note that some bars will serve this drink with the orange juice in a separate glass as a shooter! This is a great way to mix things up, you’ll just need an extra shot glass.

What To Serve With a Breakfast Shot

This is one of those drinks that can go down a little too easy, if you know what I mean. It’s so smooth and tasty… add the fact that it’s served alongside bacon and you might be going back for a second one before you know it.

This combined with a relatively high alcohol content means it’s best to serve this shot alongside a hearty brunch. It pairs quite nicely with pancakes, eggs, sausage, hashes, and your other filling brunch staples.

That’s not to say you can’t enjoy one on its own – you most certainly can! We just tend to prefer it alongside a decently sized meal.

Breakfast Shot Recipe

Also known as the Irish breakfast shot, this brunchy shooter is the perfect day setter
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch, Drinks
Cuisine American, Irish
Servings 1 shot


  • 1 strip bacon cut in half
  • 1 scoop of ice

Breakfast Shot Ingredients

  • 1 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 oz orange juice ideally fresh squeezed, bottled works great too
  • 1 tsp maple syrup


  • Add scoop of ice to your cocktail shaker
  • Pour whiskey, butterscotch schnapps, orange juice, and maple syrup in the cocktail shaker
  • Shake to mix for at least 30 seconds, or until liquid is cold
  • Pour mixture into shot glass. Place bacon strip on top of the glass, then serve and enjoy!


One popular variation of this recipe is to utilize the orange juice as a shooter instead of a mixer.  To do this, you just need an extra shot glass.  Pour your orange juice in one glass and mix the rest of the ingredients, then pour into the other glass.  Garnish both glasses with bacon!
Keyword Breakfast Shot, Irish Breakfast Shot, Pancake Breakfast Shot
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Final Thoughts

There’s everything you need to know for how to make the perfect breakfast shot. This fun drink is an excellent one to liven up you next brunch outing, so don’t be afraid to give it a try!

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