Fruity vodka shot recipes aren’t hard to come by, and most of them are easy to make! With just a few ingredients, you can have a shot that has the perfect balance of sweetness, citrus, and a little bit of a kick. Try one of these recipes and change up the way you drink your vodka!
What’s the Best Type of Vodka for Shots?
Before you can start preparing any shots, you have to choose a type of vodka to use. There’s no right or wrong answer to what type of vodka to use! There’s a huge selection to choose from at the liquor store. Bartender favorites include Absolut, Gray Goose, Tito’s, and Belvedere.
As a general rule, try to avoid the cheapest bottles on the shelf. They’re cheap for a reason! Cheaper vodka will have a harsh taste and you’ll likely wake up hungover the next day. Try to find a mid-range priced vodka that you enjoy and start incorporating it into recipes! Don’t be afraid to branch out and try flavored vodka for certain drinks too.
Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shot
The pineapple upside-down cake shot is popular because it looks as good as it tastes! Bright red grenadine on the button and pineapple juice on the top creates a layered shot effect that mimics a real pineapple upside-down cake.
The grenadine is added to the shot glass first. Then, pineapple juice and vodka are mixed in a cocktail shaker with ice. Slowly strain the mixture on top of the grenadine to create a layered shot.
Garnish with a maraschino cherry for even more color and a tribute to the original pineapple upside-down cake recipe.
- Pineapple Juice
- Vodka or Vanilla Vodka
Strawberry Jalapeno Shooter
These strawberry jalapeno shooters are the perfect combination of sweet and spicy. Fresh strawberries, lime juice, water, and jalapenos are combined in a saucepan. Once the flavors are combined, blend and strain through a mesh strainer.
Lemon vodka is added last. Finally, the mixture needs to be chilled before serving.
This recipe takes a bit of extra work, but the outcome is worth it! Rim the shot glass with lime juice and sugar to garnish.
- Lemon Vodka
Woo Woo Shot
This three-ingredient shot is easy to make and tastes great every time. So good it will make you say “woo woo!” Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake with ice, then strain into a shot glass. It’s that simple!
The color of the shot comes out looking great thanks to the cranberry juice, so no garnish is needed.
- Peach Schnapps
- Cranberry Juice
Blueberry Vodka Shot Recipe
Blueberry simple syrup and vodka create a shot that tastes like summer! Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice before straining them into a shot glass. This drink can also be served in a lowball glass to be sipped if shots aren’t your style.
Add a few fresh blueberries on top for a garnish that looks great and amps up the blueberry flavor.
- Blueberry Simple Syrup
- Sparkling Water
- Fresh Blueberries
This recipe puts a twist on a traditional kamikaze with the addition of blue curacao. Prepare your shot glass by rimming it with lime juice or vanilla frosting, then dipping it in pop rocks.
The remaining three ingredients are combined in a cocktail shaker with ice and strained into the shot glass. If you don’t have blue curacao, substitute triple sec orange liqueur with a few drops of blue food coloring!
This shot has the taste of a classic kamikaze with the ideal amount of sweetness added.
- Blue Curacao
- Fresh Lime Juice
- Pop Rocks
Lemon Drop Shot
The lemon drop shot is a classic that’s even been turned into a full-sized cocktail! The recipe is easy to follow and turns out great every time. The taste is exactly like a lemon drop candy!
Set your lemon drop shot apart from the rest by adding a sugar-coated lemon wedge to the edge of the shot glass.
- Lemon Vodka
- Simple Syrup
- Lemon Juice
Morning Wood Shot
The name of this shot might seem odd, but the outcome is delicious and looks gorgeous in the shot glass. All the ingredients except the blackberry brandy are combined and poured like normal. In the end, top the shot glass off with a dash of blackberry brandy.
Garnish with an orange slice or a fresh blackberry on a cocktail pick. The outcome is a vibrant orange shot that just screams fruity summer fun!
- Peach Schnapps
- Sweet and Sour Mix
- Orange Juice
- Blackberry Brandy
Finding Your Perfect Summertime Drink
All of these shot recipes are best enjoyed on a warm summertime day, but it’s never too early to start drinking! Grab your cocktail shaker, shot glasses, and vodka, and start pouring.
Explore more summer drink recipes at Cocktail Cafe! Before you know it, you’ll prefer making drinks at home over going to the bar any day.