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Pineapple Upside Down Shot Recipe & Guide (2024 Edition)

Pineapple Upside Down Shot Recipe

The delightful Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shots are both adorable and delicious. If you’re a sweet tooth like me, you’ll like this classic dessert cocktail layered with sweetness.

Through countless trials, I finally found the perfect recipe card. So, if you’re looking for a good drink for birthday parties, you have come to the right place.

Today, I’ll share my favorite Pineapple Upside Down Shot recipe for your next party.

Classic Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shot Recipe

3 Glasses of Pineapple Upside Down Shots

Prep/Total Time: 3m


  • 1.5oz vanilla vodka (cake vodka)
  • 1.5oz pineapple juice
  • 0.25oz grenadine syrup

Instructions: Add vanilla vodka and pineapple juice to your cocktail shaker with ice. Shake for 30 seconds and pour into two shot glasses.

Top it with grenadine using the back of a spoon. Garnish each shot glass with a maraschino cherry. Serve and drink responsibly.

Serving: 2

What’s A Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shot?

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shots are delicious cake-flavored vodka-based cocktails, with the traditional recipe combining vanilla vodka, pineapple juice, and grenadine syrup.

It has a layered look, topped with grenadine (for the red layer), and garnished with maraschino cherries.

History & Origin

This shot is a new take on the traditional Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shot, invented in the 1920s.

It has a layered effect, mimicking the cake flavor (in liquid form), often garnished with a maraschino cherry. This layered shot has gained fame as a fun shot.

What Does Pineapple Upside Down Shot Taste Like?

Woman Drinking Pineapple Upside Down Shots

The Pineapple Upside Down Shots recipe tastes reminiscent of the Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shots. It combines the sweet essence of juiced pineapples with the smoothness of vodka [1].

“There cannot be good living where there is no good drinking.” – Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father of the United States

The grenadine adds a hint of fruity flavor. It puffs tangy and sweet notes.

Why Is It Called Pineapple Upside Down Shot?

It’s called the Pineapple Upside Down Shot recipe, as it mimics the visual appearance of the cake when served.

When the cake is baked and flipped over, pineapples and cherries end up on the top, creating the “upside down” effect.

“Savor the sweet essence of Pineapple Upside Down Shots perfection.” – Liquor Laboratory

The Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shot captures this concept by layering the ingredients in a way that resembles the cake’s inverted presentation.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shot Variations

If you want more shot recipes or variations of the Pineapple Cake Shots, try the following:

Pineapple Upside Down Shot With Rum

Prep/Total Time: 5m


  • 1oz Pineapple rum (can use white rum)
  • 1oz vanilla vodka (alternative: whipped cream vodka)
  • 1oz pineapple juice
  • 0.5oz grenadine

Instructions: In your cocktail shaker, combine the rum [2], vanilla vodka, and grenadine. Add ice and shake well. Strain the blend into your shot glass and garnish it with a maraschino cherry.

Serving: 1

Pineapple Upside Down Shot With Crown Vanilla

Hand Holding Glass of Pineapple Upside Down Shot

Prep/Total Time: 4m


  • 2oz pineapple juice
  • 2oz Crown Royal Vanilla whiskey
  • Splash of grenadine
  • 2 Maraschino cherries

Instructions: In your mixing glass, mix pineapple juice, vanilla, and ice. Stir until cold, and pour the mix equally into each tall shot glass.

Add the grenadine (using the back of the spoon) and garnish each shot glass with a Maraschino cherry.

Serving: 2

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shot With Amaretto

Prep/Total Time: 5m


  • 2oz pineapple juice
  • 1.5oz vanilla vodka
  • 0.5oz cherry vodka
  • 0.5oz Amaretto
  • Splash of grenadine
  • 1oz lemon-lime soda

Instructions: Pour the grenadine at the bottom of your glass; set aside. Add cherry vodka, pineapple juice, vanilla vodka, and Amaretto over icicles in your cocktail shaker, then shake.

Strain the Upside Down Cake shot in your prepared shot glasses. Top each glass with lemon-lime soda, then garnish with maraschino cherries.

Serving: 1-2

Note: You can use regular vodka, but expect a tiny bit of flavor variation from the original taste.

Alcohol Content (ABV)

Considering the shot’s standard recipe, it would have an approximate ABV of 20-25% due to the presence of vodka.

However, the alcohol content of Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shots varies depending on the ingredients and measurements used.

How Many Calories Does It Have? 

Glass of Pineapple Upside Down Shot

The calories in an Upside Down Cake drink are around 50-120kcal. This varies on the ingredients and the ratios used.

The more sweeteners or flavorings used, the more calories they may contain.


What is the Pineapple Upside Down drink in Las Vegas?

The Pineapple Upside Down drink in Las Vegas is the traditional recipe version, containing vodka, juiced pineapple, and grenadine in American servings.

Do you need a chaser for a Pineapple Upside Down shot?

The need for a chaser with a Pineapple Upside Down shot depends on personal preference. But the shots are typically a balanced combination of sweet and fruity flavors, and it’s already enjoyable without a chaser.

How do you make a Pineapple Upside Down cake not stick?

To make a Pineapple Upside Down Cake not stick, pour half of the melted butter into a cake pan. Swirl it around to ensure a thorough coating of the bottom and sides.

What does a Pineapple Upside Down shot taste like?

A Pineapple Upside Down shot has a sweet and tropical flavor with notes of vanilla, pineapple, and a hint of cherry from the grenadine. It’s reminiscent of the dessert it’s named after, making it a popular choice for those with a sweet tooth.

Can I use different types of vodka in a Pineapple Upside Down shot?

While vanilla vodka is commonly used in a Pineapple Upside Down shot to enhance the dessert-like flavor, you can experiment with other flavored vodkas or even plain vodka if you prefer. However, the vanilla flavor adds a unique touch to the cocktail.

Are there any variations of the Pineapple Upside Down shot recipe?

Some variations of the Pineapple Upside Down shot may include additional ingredients such as coconut rum or amaretto to enhance the tropical flavors. Experimenting with different liqueurs can result in unique twists on the classic recipe.

In Conclusion

Pineapple Upside Down Shots are delightful and flavorful drinks inspired by the famous Pineapple Upside Down Cake.

Its combination of pineapple juice, vodka, and grenadine gives a sweet and tropical taste that evokes the cake’s essence. I really enjoy these shots in gatherings, plus the Cake Shot prep time is easy.


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