15 Best Shots to Order at a Bar in 2023 (Most Popular)
Last Updated on May 15, 2023 by Lydia Martin
It’s nice to unwind in a bar once in a while to destress or socialize with people. Although every bar experience can be awesome, it can also be something to forget.
But you don’t want to forget the best signature shots and mixed drinks. Keep reading and take notes on the best shots to order at a bar on your next visit.
Top 15 Popular Shots To Order At A Bar
15. Mind Eraser
The mind eraser shot is a coffee-flavored cocktail. This shot has three simple ingredients: coffee liqueur or Kahlúa, vodka, club soda, or lemon-lime soda.
It’s not a literal mind eraser when you drink it. On the contrary, it has a unique intensifying bite that you will remember.
14. Melon Ball
A melon ball is a no-hassle vodka shooter. And it can be one of the tastiest shots you will find because of its fruity flavor.
The shot is made of a tropical melon fruit flavor together with vodka, Melon liqueur, and orange juice or pineapple. But how can you take a shot without tasting it?
13. Mad Dog
This Mad Dog shot can be mad by name, but you will be thrilled when you try it.
With raspberry syrup, vodka, and tabasco, this drink can be a shot of startling twists.
The sweetness of the raspberry syrup balances the sting of vodka.
The Tobasco heat notes prevent the raspberry from being too sugary. By any chance you don’t like tabasco, you can leave it as an option.
12. Liquid Cocaine
Liquid cocaine shots have an addictive taste buds impression. But don’t get us wrong, it doesn’t have cocaine.
Some people said that this shot’s supremacy is similar to actual cocaine based on the effects.
The shot consists of Jägermeister, peppermint schnapps and cinnamon schnapps, and overproof rum. 
This bitter yet delicious shot is a crowd pleaser that will make you yearn for more.
The most iconic vodka shot is the Kamikaze shooter. It is made of vodka, triple sec, and lime or orange liqueur.
Some people add some peach schnapps for other variations. Some people like to use sweetened lime juice or lemon drop to balance the tanginess.
Make sure to shake it with ice and strain to remove any ice. Take a sip of the lime wedge after a double shot. You can also try Paloma Mix as a replacement.
Jägerbomb shot consists of two distinct flavor ingredients- Jägermeister shot and Red Bull energy drink.
The ‘Bomb’ is made by dropping a shot glass of Jägermeister in a larger glass half-filled with Red Bull.
But be careful to drop the shot glass not too high because it could break the half-filled glass. But is Jagermeister whiskey?
9. Chuck Norris
One of the popular shots is the Chuck Norris shots. This intense shooter is a mixture of vodka or rum as your alcohol base, liquid ice energy drink, and hot sauce (only if you like).
You can top off more alcohol bases like Absinthe and hot sauce to make it more exciting. It’s perfect to drink with a hybrid cocktail glass.
8. Cherry Cheesecake
These indulging Cherry Cheesecake shots are mysteriously similar to the dessert cherry cheesecake itself.
Often presented on manhattan cocktail glass, this drink is made from vanilla, cherry vodka, grenadine, cranberry juice, or pineapple.
You can have an option to add a butterscotch liqueur, butterscotch schnapps, and more cranberry juice if you have a sweet tooth.
Find some easy shots for bartenders in this list.
7. Water Moccasin
Water Moccasin is a fun shot drink named after a snake, and yes, it got a bite.
In making this shooter, you need whiskey or Irish cream, peach schnapps, lime or lemon juice, simple syrup, and triple sec.
This drink has a sweet and sour mix balance, and you’ll find it quite easy to make. You can add more peach schnapps for a fruitier flavor. Best with pretzels!
6. Tootsie Roll Shot
Your favorite childhood chocolate, Tootsie Roll, is one of those loved shooters.
The tootsie roll shot is undeniably delicious because of caramel flavors, orange juice, coffee, and chocolate liqueur.
The recipes could vary quite a bit depending on your preferences.
5. Tennessee Log Jumper
The Tennessee Log Jumper is a good shot that isn’t complicated as its name.
You can have this sweet shot with four ingredients: 99 bananas liqueur, Island Blue Pucker liqueur, red bull, and pineapple sap to balance the strong flavor of the liquors.
This great shot, presented on highball glass, is named after the caffeine and sugary rush it carries.
4. Root Beer Barrel
The Root Beer Barrel is a signature shot that has two ingredients only. Root beer schnapps and beer. You mix it both and pour it into shot glasses. Down in one gulp. As easy as that.
Some people add Bailey’s Irish cream or an Irish whiskey, whipped cream, and turn it into a root beer float shot.
3. Pineapple Upside Down
This Pineapple Upside Down cake is a vodka-based shot. That has three colorful ingredients that resemble the sunset—the fruity layered shots of vanilla vodka, pineapple juice, and grenadine.
In making a Pineapple Upside Down cake shot, add the grenadine to a shot glass.
Shake the vodka first with the pineapple juice and ice. Gradually layer the drink over the grenadine to create the two-tone outcome.
2. Peanut Butter and Jelly
The Peanut Butter and Jelly Shot is tasty like the classic PB&J. This shot is made of black raspberry liqueur, peanut butter whiskey or Irish cream, and optional raspberries.
It takes seconds to prepare but tastes incredible. It will give you the nostalgic feeling of your beloved childhood treat.
Read: White Gummy Bear Shot Guide
1. Bazooka Joe
This Bazooka Joe shot tastes like the bazooka bubble gum you grew up chewing but with a hint of a banana.
This layered shot combines Bailey’s Irish cream, crème de banana liqueur, and blue curacao.
Despite the bluish color of this drink, it still resembles the sweet pink gum you loved.
How do you drink a tequila shot?
To drink a tequila shot, you should remember these three things: lick, shoot, and sip. Lick the salt on your hand. Shoot the tequila in your mouth. And sip the lime wedge like a pro. 
What’s the best alcohol shot for beginners?
The best alcohol shot for beginners is the one containing any high-quality liquor like tequila, vodka, and rum. Popular shots for beginners are white gummy bear, buttery nipple, jolly rancher, slippery nipple, lemon drop, Green tea, red-headed slut, and Irish car bomb.
The popular shot drinks we listed will persuade you to go and visit your favorite bar. But the fun doesn’t stop there. You can also have one in your home either by using a cocktail set or ready-to-drink cocktails. You don’t even need a special occasion.
You can mix and match the flavor of your choice. And believe us, you won’t regret it if you try one.
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