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16 Shot Recipes - Make Baby Guinness and More Shooter Cocktails

Updated on August 18, 2014

Sometimes you arrive at the bar with one word on your mind, one terrible, godforsaken word: "shots", and the first thing you spot is the bottle of Tequila.

Your stomach makes it's first attempt to evacuate from your body in sheer bloody terror!

In order to retain an intact digestive system, you think, "I know, I'll have something fancy! Fancy tastes nice, right?"


But what to have? An Irish Flag? A B-52, a Baby Guinness, Flaming Ouzo? Dare you try a Black Jack, or a Liquid Cocaine? What the hell are all these anyway? Can't you just have a Jelly vodka? Certainly you can! Make it yourself.

Here's a list of some of my favorite shots, what you'll need for them, and how to put it all together for yourself. Enjoy!

B.T.W. The firework effect is explained on my page for The Zombie cocktail.
B.T.W. The firework effect is explained on my page for The Zombie cocktail.

The pourer and floating

If you want to make these shots yourself, be sure that you have pourers. Not only does it it make it easier to dish out the correct amounts, but it also makes it possible to float and layer when necessary, as with the Baby Guinness or B-52.

In this picture is exactly what you'll need, you'll notice a stem coming from the bottom of the pourer, this is the air-pipe that allows the liquid to run smoothly out the top.

Where I have circled is where this air-pipe takes air in. When this is blocked the liquid will come out of the bottle much more slowly.

The practical use of this is that you can float liqueurs on top of each other with greater ease, because many different liquids don't mix (think water and oil).
Conversely you can achieve the same effect with Bacardi Breezer and Guinness (with the Guinness on top).

Baby Guinness
Baby Guinness | Source

Baby Guinness AND B-52

These are both popular shots that are very similar to each other. Your Baby Guinness has Tia Maria (or Kahlua) with Baileys Irish Cream floating on top. B-52's add Grand Marnier - an orange liqueur, to the mix.

To Make
Baby Guinness
2/3 Tia Maria,
1/3 Baileys floating on top.

1/3 Tia Maria
1/3 Baileys floating, (middle)
1/3 Grand Marnier floating (top)

*The Grand Marnier is lighter than the Baileys, so you can float it on top of the Baileys, this creates a 3 layered shot that looks and tastes great.


3.4 out of 5 stars from 5 ratings of Baby Guinness

Slippery Nipple

Think CS Cowboy, with Sambuca and slightly harder to stomach.

To Make

2/3 Sambuca
1/3 Baileys floating

Cock Sucking Cowboy

Just like many full sized cocktails, many shots have questionable names. Don't let that put you off, this is a nice, easy shot.

To Make
2/3 Butterscotch Liqueur
1/3 Baileys floating

Jelly Vodkas

Here's the easiest and quickest way to get Jelly Vodkas. You need a packet of jelly babies, a glass to fit them all into, and enough Vodka to cover them all.

Basically you stuff all your jelly babies into a glass, cup or bowl, depends how many you have. Then you fill it up with vodka, just enough to cover them. Leave them long enough for the vodka to soak up, an hour should do it.

That's it! When all the liquid is soaked up your jelly vodkas are ready! You'll probably want a spoon to eat them...


Vodka (use citrus flavored if you like) and Triple Sec with a drop of fresh lime juice on top make for a strong but easy to down shot.

Popular in many clubs and bars, this is actually Japanese in origin, with larger measures and ice it works as a full sized cocktail too.

Everyday I Have the Blues

Some Gin, and a name that makes one think of misery-laden lyrics over awesome guitar work.

To Make
2/3 Gin
1/3 Blue Curacao (Fill to just below the rim)
Add a few drops of lemon juice to finish.

Irish Flag Shot

3 Step Build of Irish Flag Shot
3 Step Build of Irish Flag Shot

Irish Flag AND The Good, Bad, and the Slightly Ugly

This is slightly more difficult to make than some other layered shots, its also one of the stronger shots listed, the GBU is as hard to make, but much easier to drink, apparently.

To Make
Irish Flag

1/3 Creme de Menthe (Peppermint Liqueur)
1/3 Baileys floating (middle)
1/3 Whiskey or Brandy floating (top)

I recommend Whiskey, because Baileys is also made out of it, also because it adds a bit more Irish to the mix!

The Good, the Bad, and the Slightly Ugly
1/3 Apple Liqueur
1/3 Yoghurt Liqueur floating (middle)
1/3 Cointreau or Grand Marnier floating (top)

Liquid Cocaine

A potent half and half mix of Jagermeister and Goldschlager. If you want to get your party started - drink one of these.

But follow these simple instruction if, for some reason, you want to bring your party to an abrupt halt;

  1. Drink several.
  2. Die


Half Black Sambuca and Half Jack Daniels is a shot that can call for a sprint to the nearest toilets, or if you're so inclined the nearest floor space. Aim for your feet you dirty bugger.

It's a bit rough on the stomach, but well worth it if your night needs some new colour. Stomach content coloured.


A strange looking mix on paper, Frangelico is hazelnut liqueur, but it's actually pretty good!

To Make
Half Vodka
Half Cointreau
a drop or two of Frangelico..

Woo Hoo

A shot form Woo Woo, nice, and pretty easy to down.

To Make
2/3 Vodka
1/3 Peach Schnapps (leaving just enough room for a small drop of cranberry juice and juice from one wedge of lime)

Shove that up your man-arse!
Shove that up your man-arse!

After Eight

Yeah you guessed it, it's an alcoholic version of those after dinner mints, personally, I hate those mints. The shot however is acceptable.

To make
2/3 Creme de Menthe
1/3 Baileys Irish Cream floating


(Nowhere near) last, and certainly not least, I give you Stoli.
Stoli is the house vodka in the bar I used to terrorise. In it's blue bottled form it weighs in at 50% (or 100-proof), and when it's chilled to below zero you really couldn't tell.

To Make
100% Stolichnaya Blue chilled in your home freezer

To Drink
Run away!

Never have more than three. So potent is chilled vodka that life can still seem strange and confusing for days after over-consumption - because of the wide berth and weird looks that people will suddenly (and inexplicably) be giving you. Also, pictures may circulate.

Not this one...

Though this would be equally terrifying, I meant the OTHER Mike Myers...
Though this would be equally terrifying, I meant the OTHER Mike Myers...


For some reason the name "Boilerman" simply inspires the image of Mike Myers in my minds eye, I really don't know what's wrong with me sometimes

To Make
First you half fill a Tall glass with Beer. It could be lager or ale, your choice.

Again the choice is yours when choosing a shot of Whiskey.

Irish, Bourbon, Rye, Scotch, anything goes if you like it.

Just as you would with a J├Ągerbomb, you drop the shot into the beer and down the hatch it goes.

Distribute en-masse at parties, line your guests up, and watch them perform the explosive-stomach display team - curdled alcohol edition.
Distribute en-masse at parties, line your guests up, and watch them perform the explosive-stomach display team - curdled alcohol edition.

Irish Car Bomb

While we're on the subject of "Bomb" shots: Irish Car Bombs are, well, incredibly insensitively named. But they are damn good shots too.

To Make
Half fill a Highball glass with Guinness.

Then mostly fill a shot glass with Baileys, carefully add a few drops of Irish Whiskey to the top.

Carefully drop the shot into the Guinness and consume. Drink fast though, because the Baileys won't last long in there.

As always, thanks for reading! Comment, like, or share if so inclined.


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    • tom_caton profile image

      Tom Caton 7 years ago from The Desk

      It took me a while to come around to Tequila after the first disastrous few shots of it so I spent ages finding shots with which I could do more than look at. Now I just don't drink it very often because it's a little bland, at least the make we get at the bar i work in is.

      Thanks for the comment!

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      lilibees 7 years ago

      I am actually a Tequilla lover, my favorite is a shot of Cactus Juice, anyway great hub thanks for the drink ideas!