There’s only one statement that can make anyone’s night go either sideways or set it on a much better path than it was initially. Yup, you guessed it! It’s “Let’s do shots!” But that statement usually leaves people with the question, “Alright, but which shots?” which is precisely why the topic of the day is the most popular shots ever.
What Are the Most Popular Shots in the World?
Are you unsure of what to order at a bar? Are you feeling the need to dramatically throw a shot down your throat and slam the shot glass against the bar? But are you simultaneously unsure which shot to order?
Shots are a great way to start the party, keep it going, or take it to another level. If you’re looking for something traditional, you can order a round of vodka or tequila shots. However, if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous or simply can’t stomach pure liquor anymore, there are quite a few delicious shot options on pretty much any bar menu.
There are plenty of delicious, potent shots out there that will give you both for the theatrics you crave and that glorious alcoholic burn that will leave you feeling all warm on the inside!
Most Popular Shots That Taste Like Desserts
If you have a hard time swallowing hard liquor or have an aversion to straight alcohol, try some of these delicious shots. Swap your dessert for a sweet-tasting shot that will give you a slight buzz and leave a pleasant taste in your mouth. It will be a nice change!
1. Chocolate Cake
Is there anything better than chocolate cake? Well, yes! Alcohol can quite improve that sweet, tarty taste of brown deliciousness. That’s precisely why Chocolate Cake is one of the most popular shots ever.
Chocolate Cake is the perfect shot for people who like vodka, but dislike the seriously strong aftertaste of it. Paired with Frangelico, with just a dash of lemon and sugar, this shot tastes exactly like the delicious cake and carries none of the nasty aftertastes of vodka.
2. Pineapple Upside Down
Summer shots are known for their pure, sweet taste and refreshing qualities. Pineapple Upside Down is a perfect example of that. It has a bit of a complicated recipe and more than a few ingredients. Aside from Stolichnaya and Jim Beam, this delicious shot also has peach schnapps and, of course, pineapple juice that gives it a distinct flavor.
What’s more, great bartenders also add just a smidge of Maraschino Cherry Juice to make it even sweeter.
3. White Gummy Bear
As you can probably tell by the name, White Gummy Bear tastes almost exactly like the popular candy. It can be overly sweet to some people, and it packs quite a punch thanks to the cherry vodka and peach schnapps. Just like the previous entry on this most popular shots list, this one also has pineapple juice. However, it’s paired with Sprite, which makes the shot refreshing and delicious.
4. Tootsie Roll Shot
If you’re looking for a shot that you’ll be able to order at any bar, look no further than the Tootsie Roll. Much like an Old Fashion, Tootsie Roll is an oldie but a goodie. What’s more, every bartender knows how to make at least one version of it!
Depending on the bar (and the bartender), you might get a shot that has freshly squeezed orange juice with a bit of zest, vodka, and coffee liqueur or one that has regular orange juice out of a bottle and chocolate liqueur. Either way, you’ll enjoy the syrupy, candy-like flavor.
5. Melon Ball
Another shot perfect for those long summer nights of partying around town. Melon Ball is a concoction of vodka and Midori. The melon flavored Midori is solely responsible for both the taste and the color of this delicious shot. Most bartenders cut it with a bit of pineapple juice.
6. Cherry Cheesecake
Sweet with just a bit of tartness to it, Cherry Cheesecake is a love child of vanilla vodka, grenadine, and cranberry juice. It’s quite simple to make, and it goes down quickly and smoothly.
7. Berry Whipped
If the previous shot is too simple for you and you’d like something a bit more extravagant, then Berry Whipped might be the choice for you.
This shot calls for some specific ingredients. The primary liquor is the whipped cream vodka (it can’t be regular vodka, of course), with just a dash of strawberry vodka. Top that off with some grenadine, and you got yourself a delicious, creamy Berry Whipped!
Most Popular Shots That Will Get You Drunk In No Time
If you aren’t particularly picky when it comes to the level of sweetness and you don’t think that every shot should mask the taste of alcohol as much as possible, then these hard liquor shots are the perfect choice for you.
One of the most popular shots to drink on St. Paddy’s day, Shamrocked, is so sweet that it almost ended up in our previous shot category. But because it has whiskey in it, paired with some Midori and Irish cream, Shamrocked is actually strong enough to give you a pleasant buzz in no time.
9. Liquid Cocaine
With a name like Liquid Cocaine, this shot has a lot to live up to. And it really does! No matter how much alcohol you had, Liquid cocaine will shake you up and give you a boost of energy to keep the party going. And no wonder, considering that the main ingredients are not only Jägermeister and Goldschlager but also Rumple Minze.
Another shot that packs quite a punch, Snowshoe only has two ingredients. It calls for some Wild Turkey Bourbon and peppermint schnapps. Not the wildest combo out there, sure, but the shot is both refreshing and strong enough to get you drunk.
11. Irish Car Bomb
Irish Car Bomb is more of an experience than a shot. It can also be a drinking game if that’s more your speed. It requires a serving of whiskey (or Irish cream if you don’t enjoy hard liquor) that you’re supposed to drop into a Guinness pint. The first one to finish their pint wins and the last one buys another round.
12. Alabama Slammer
One of the most popular shots ever is the world-famous Alabama Slammer. It’s a shot with pretty much everything you’ll ever need — gin and amaretto provide the punch of alcohol while the peach liqueur and some sour mix provide the particular sweet-but-not-too-sweet taste.
13. Kick in the Balls
If you don’t know what Yukon Jack is, it’s 100-proof Canadian alcohol. When you mix it with some tequila and whiskey, you get a Kick in the Balls. Appropriately named, this shot will leave you with a grimace on your face and a burning sensation deep in your tummy. And, the best part is, you’ll keep going back for more!
Most Popular Shots With Dirty Names
Sometimes you just want to yell obscenities at the bartender, right? Well, perhaps not, but there’s still a specific type of thrill that everyone feels when they order a shot with a dirty name.
There’s a good reason why shots with dirty names are among the most popular shots in the world, no matter their taste. They’ll make you laugh and get you drunk — does it get any better than that?
14. Screaming Orgasm
When it comes to the most popular shots, nothing beats the Screaming Orgasm. A shot so tasty and delicate that it will leave you feeling as if you just had the best Big O ever, Screaming Orgasm looks like a layered Mocha but tastes a hundred times better.
A bit of vodka, Irish cream liquor, amaretto liquor, and coffee liquor is all you need to make and have the best Screaming Orgasm ever (in liquid form, of course).
15. Absolut Legspreader
Thanks to the name of its brand, Absolut vodka really left plenty of room for talented bartenders to come up with dirty shot and cocktail names. Absolut Legspreader requires a shot of Absolut vodka, of course, as well as some Midori. Bright green and deliciously melony, this shot might not make you spread your legs, but it will definitely ensure that you have a good time!
16. Slippery Nipple
Along with the Screaming Orgasm, Slippery Nipple is one of the most popular shots in the world. That’s partially due to the sweet taste and partly because everyone enjoys screaming, “I’d love a slippery nipple, if you have one, please!” in a crowded bar or a club. A delicious combo of Bailey’s and butterscotch schnapps makes this shot worth your time and money.
17. Purple Starfucker
If you’re looking for a shot that stands out in the crowd, so to speak, then Purple Starfucker is an excellent choice for you. It looks impressive and tastes even better. The distinct purple color comes from the blue Curaçao liqueur and cranberry juice, and the divine taste also has a hint of amaretto and peach liqueur.
18. Angel’s Tit
Named after a concept so obscure and yet so unquestionably divine in flavor, Angel’s Tit is a tasty, creamy shot that will leave you wanting more and more (all night). It calls for a bit of Creme de Cacao, Maraschino Liqueur, and heavy cream. Of course, everyone serves it in a round shot glass with a nipple-like Maraschino cherry nesting in the middle of the heavy cream topping.
A Few Parting Words
Considering the vast variety and the sheer volume of different shots out there, making a list of the most popular shots ever is quite tricky. However, just like always, this list has something for everyone. Even those who don’t drink alcohol or only enjoy specific lagers will find something on this list to enjoy.
So, pick your favorite, go to a bar, order it, and slam it as energetically (or calmly) as your heart desires!