Got a sweet tooth? Then look no further than a sweet dessert shot – a bite-sized portion of boozy deliciousness served in a shot glass. Whether you need something to satisfy after dinner or just want a swallow of something sweet in the evening, dessert shots are the perfect answer. Keep reading for a selection of tasty dessert cocktail slammers (see also: Alabama Slammer Recipe)you can make at home.
What Is a Dessert Shot?
A dessert shot is a sweet miniature cocktail (see also: Panty Dropper Cocktail (or Shot!))served in a shot glass. The term “dessert shot” encompasses a variety of cocktails, slammers, and desserts, but the thing they have in common, and the thing that makes them shots, is the shot glass.
Dessert Flavored Shots
These dessert shots use sweet flavored liqueurs, syrups, and mixers to mimic the flavor of popular candies and desserts. The Apple Pie shot, for example, combines cinnamon-flavored whiskey, vanilla vodka, and apple cider to recreate the crisp, creamy flavor of a freshly baked apple pie. Another dessert shot, the Birthday Cake shot, is a popular cocktail to order for someone on their birthday since it tastes just like a celebratory cake.
Dessert Shot Cocktails and Slammers
Some dessert shots are rich enough to stand in for or pair with dessert, like a glass of sweet dessert champagne. They’re perfect for sipping and slamming after dinner. A Chocolate Espresso Martini, for example, is a slow-sipping cocktail that contains with coffee, Kahlua, and vodka. The Galliano Hot Shot is another cocktail slammer that could stand in for dessert with its coffee and heavy cream flavor.
Miniature Dessert Shot
Dessert shots in this category are tiny servings of dessert that may or may not have alcohol in them. Some, like Jello Shots and Pudding Shots, incorporate booze into the gelatin or instant pudding mix while preparing the dessert. Others have no alcohol and are simply miniature servings of ordinary desserts.
7 Delicious Dessert Shot Recipes to Make at Home
If you’re craving a treat, here are seven dessert shooters to satisfy your sweet tooth. These boozy sips are perfect for after dinner or whenever you feel a little indulgent.
1. Oatmeal Cookie Shots
An Oatmeal Cookie shot mimics the flavor of a freshly baked oatmeal cookie by combining butterscotch and cinnamon schnapps, Irish cream, and coffee liqueur. I recommend serving this yummy cocktail next to a bowl of vanilla ice cream to get the full effect.
2. Key Lime Pie Shooters
These Key Lime Pie shots taste just like the real thing. To make them, combine whipped cream vodka, RumChata, and key lime juice in a shot glass rimmed with crushed graham cracker crumbs for a tasty sip of the tropics.
3. Pineapple Upside-Down Shots
Capture the caramelized pineapple flavor of this classic inverted dessert with a Pineapple Upside Down shot. This dessert shooter combines vanilla vodka and pineapple juice to recreate the taste of the cake with a splash of grenadine for the cherry on top.
4. Peanut Butter Shooters
Rim a tall shot glass with peanut butter and chocolate syrup. Shake up some chocolate and hazelnut liqueur (see also: Best Chocolate Liqueurs)and a little half and half in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into your rimmed shot glasses, and you’ve got a rich, candy-flavored dessert shooter that you’ll want more of.
5. Orange Creamsicle Shots
This nostalgic dessert shot combines orange and vanilla vodka, orange soda, and sweetened condensed milk in one satisfying swallow. Top your Orange Creamsicle shot off with a dollop of whipped cream, and it tastes just like the classic orange and cream popsicle that it’s named after.
6. Flaming S’mores Shots
Shake up some heavy whipping cream, whipped cream vodka, and creme de cacao in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain it into a shot glass, then float a layer of 151 rum on top. Light it on fire, and you’ve got a toasty treat that tastes like the classic campfire confection.
7. Tiramisu Shots
These sweet, layered shots look complicated but are very simple to make. Start by pouring some Kahlua into the bottom of a shot glass. Next, combine heavy whipping cream and Irish cream in a cocktail shaker with ice. Use a bar spoon to float the Bailey’s and cream concoction on top of the Kahlua, then top it off with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cocoa powder. This rich, dessert-flavored cocktail is the perfect swallow for after dinner.