White Tea Shot Vs Green Tea Shot: Resolved (2023 Updated)

Last Updated on August 22, 2023 by Lydia Martin

While these drinks may sound a bit new age, this cocktail drink has been around for years. Its popular variations include the White Tea Shot and Green Tea Shot. 

We’ve tested both shots to give you the end-all, be-all, of which one is ultimately better. 

White Tea Shot & Green Tea Shot Compared

White & Green Tea Shot on desk

Tea lovers, if you were expecting tea in this recipe, we’re sorry to disappoint you. 

The Green Tea Shot is made from four common bar ingredients: sour mix, peach schnapps, lemonade, and Jameson Irish Whiskey.

This shot was the first to hit the public when the Irish whiskey brand included it on their list of best cocktail drinks to mix with Jameson whiskey. 

Of course, not everyone loved Green Tea Shots — especially those who want a less hard-hitting shot.

White Tea Shots were eventually invented, replacing Jameson Irish Whiskey with vodka and sour mix with simple syrup. [1

No one knows the exact origins of the White Tea Shot, but some say the shots can be traced back to bars from the Upper East.

Establishments in Canada and the United Kingdom have also adapted to serving these alcoholic drinks. But do whiskey & tea work well together?

Key Differences 

Key Differences


A White Tea Shot drink is made from four classic bar ingredients: vodka, peach schnapps, lemon juice, and simple syrup. The ingredients give the White Tea Shot a murky white hue. 

On the other hand, a Green Tea Shot drink is made from sour mix, peach schnapps, lemonade, and Jameson Irish Whiskey.

If you don’t have Jameson Whiskey, any whiskey will do, but we recommend blended whiskeys as their flavor profile is a better match. 

How To Make A White Tea And Green Tea Shot 

White Tea Shot Recipe 

White Tea Shot Recipe 

Prep Time: 3 minutes 


  • 1 oz vodka 
  • 1 oz peach schnapps 
  • 0.5 oz lemon juice 
  • 0.5 oz simple syrup 
  • Ice cubes 


Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well until combined. Strain and pour into a shot glass. Drink and enjoy! 

Green Tea Shot Recipe 

Prep Time: 3 minutes 


  • 1 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey 
  • 1 oz peach schnapps 
  • 1 oz sour mix 
  • Lemon-lime soda 
  • Ice cubes 


Pour all ingredients (except the lemon-lime soda) into a cocktail shaker with ice and give everything a good shake.

Strain and pour into a shot glass. Top the Green Tea Shot with a splash of lemon-lime soda. 

Note that these measurements can be doubled or even tripled if you want to make a White Tea or Green Tea long drink. 

Health Benefits

Green Tea Shot on desk with lime

White Tea Shot Green Tea Shot
There are no obvious benefits to enjoying a White Tea Shot apart from you’ll enjoy drinking it. 

On the other hand, the mocktail version uses a white tea bag, which is rich with antioxidants that are good for heart health. 

Drinking a Green Tea Shot provides no apparent benefits because it is still alcoholic. 

A non-alcoholic Green Tea Shot drink is chock-full of bioactive compounds that can prevent cardiovascular diseases. 

Possible Side Effects

White Tea Shot Green Tea Shot
Many would consider a White Tea Shot a comparatively healthier cocktail drink as it doesn’t contain a lot of sugary mixers. However, limiting your intake of these party drinks is still best because anything in excess might cause you to get dizzy, vomit, or hungover. Similarly, a Green Tea Shot is also an alcoholic party drink that can be a health hazard if consumed excessively. 

Nutritional Information 

Nutritional Information 

Nutrient Content  White Tea Shot Green Tea Shot
Carbs 1.2 g 17 g
Calories 69 140
Sugar 0.2 g  11.5 g
Cholesterol 0 25 mg
Dietary Fiber 0.1 g 2 g 
Protein 0.1 g 5 g

Taste & Color

A White Tea Shot has a murky white color, almost like a very pale, whitish lemonade.

It takes on most of the taste of the tangy lemonade and fruity peach schnapps, with a sweet and boozy undertone. [2

On the other hand, Green Tea Shots taste more bitter and sour, thanks to the Irish whiskey and sour mix. The sour mix gives it its signature green tinge. 

Alcohols Used

Alcohols Used

Vodka is used in White Tea Shots. Vodka and peach schnapps are also “healthier” because they contain very little sugars, fat, and cholesterol. 

Conversely, whiskey is used in a Green Tea Shot. This recipe contains a bit more calories, so drinking the first option is the way to go if you’re watching your weight.

Lemon-lime soda and sour mix also contain sugars you want to watch out for. 

Alcohol Content

Both the White and Green Tea Shots are quite high in alcohol content. The spirit already has 40 percent ABV, with an additional 15 to 20 percent from the peach schnapps. 

It’s said that a single shot of these cocktails can be comparable to a full glass of wine, so you may want to watch your intake. 



The White and Green Tea Shots cost about $10 per serving in most bars.

If you ask us, that’s a steep price to pay for it — you can easily make this drink with inexpensive ingredients like peach schnapps, sour mix, honey, and Jameson Whiskey, in the comfort of your own home.  

Are There Any Similarities? 

The White and Green Tea Shots are very similar in both the style of drink and how they were created.

It is said that the White Tea Shot was only created to cater to people who liked the Green Tea Shot but were looking for a less hard-hitting drink. 


Which is easier to make, green tea or white tea shot?

Both the White Tea Shot and Green Tea Shot are easy to make.

Both shots require pretty similar ingredients and methods to create. Learning how to make them can easily elevate your drink shot list. 

Which tea shot came first, white or green tea shot?

The Green Tea Shot came first, included in Jameson Irish Whiskey’s release of official cocktail drinks.

The White Tea Shot is derived from the original Green Tea when patrons wanted a shot with a less bitter taste. 

So, Which is Better, White Tea or Green Tea Shot?

It’s a bit of a toss-up between the White Tea and Green Tea Shots. 

Personally, we liked the White Tea Shot recipe when drunk in traditional shot glasses, as it had a better flavor that didn’t sting our throats when we swallowed. 

However, in a long drink, we have to say the recipe for the Green Shot takes the cake, as it had a more nuanced flavor — from sour to bitter — that grew on us the more we drank it. 

Let’s hear your thoughts about these shots by sounding off below. 



Lisa Dimarco

Lisa is a freelance lifestyle writer specializing in nightlife, leisure, and celebration. She has been in the field for eight years and has written articles featured in various local blogs and lifestyle magazines. For Lisa, there’s nothing better than an ice-cold drink after a rough day (she’s not fussy). But she also likes to get a bit fancy every now and then. She believes you can never go wrong with a Moscow Mule or a classic Daiquiri anywhere you go. Contact at [email protected] or learn more about us here.

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