6 Shots with Triple Sec

6 Shots with Triple Sec

Shots tend to get a bad wrap. Most people have bad memories of stomach-turning shots that are almost too unpleasant to handle. You can’t rule out shots from your drinking menu until you’ve tried a shot that’s made to taste good – especially shots with triple sec! 

Shots can taste good when they’re made right, but they’re also the perfect drinking solution when you’re not in the mood to be bloated from multiple full-size cocktails. Repurpose a bottle of triple-sec with one of these innovative, delicious shot recipes!

What is Triple Sec?

Triple sec was invented in 1834 in Samur, France. This orange-flavored liqueur quickly gained popularity at the time.

What is Triple Sec

Today, triple sec is commonly used in cocktail recipes. It can be served neat, but it’s a rare occurrence that someone prefers it that way.

Triple sec is made using dried orange peels. The liqueur is triple distilled, which is where the name came from. The final result is an orange-flavored liqueur with 20-40% alcohol content and a colorless appearance. 

1. Kamikaze Shots

By My Recipes

The kamikaze shot is a classic recipe that dates back to the end of World War II. It’s a common drink order in bars and even inspired a full-size version, the Kamikaze Cocktail. 

All you need to craft this crowd-pleasing shot is vodka, triple sec, and lime juice. Kamikaze shots should be tart with just enough sweetness to balance it out.

Pour the three ingredients into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice, then strain into shot glasses. Serve with a lime wedge to add decoration and an extra kick of tartness to your kamikaze shots.

2. Mini Orange Creamsicle Shots

By Yummly

There’s no more refreshing way to enjoy orange liqueur than in these shots with triple sec that taste like a sweet summertime dessert! This recipe lets the orange liqueur be the star of the show with perfectly paired ingredients.

Orange creamsicle shots call for vanilla ice cream, fresh orange juice, orange soda, triple sec, vodka, and vanilla extract. Serve with sparkling sugar on the rim of the shot glass for an even sweeter experience!

3. Lemon Drop Shots

By Food.com

Lemon drop shots were one of the most popular drinks to order at a bar or club in the early 2000s. A larger version of the lemon drop shot served in a cocktail glass became quite popular as well. 

The recipe is surprisingly similar to a recipe for kamikaze shots, but the taste is different. Grab some triple sec, lemon juice, sugar, and lemon-flavored vodka to make a throwback shot that’s never going out of style!

Add a lemon wedge to the edge of the shot glass for a colorful garnish. 

4. Candy Sweet Jello Shots

By Baking Mischief

Jello shots are a fun way to enjoy liquor without tasting it too much. The jello stops the liquor from spreading in your mouth as much as a liquid shot and the tasty jello flavor options mask the taste. These candy-sweet jello shots are topped with boozy whipped cream that looks as good as it tastes!

The jello shot recipe calls for vodka, triple sec, water, and jello mix. Equal parts of water and liquor are used to make the jello, so these shots are pretty strong! Choose a citrus flavor jello mix that will pair well with the orange flavor of triple sec. 

While you wait for the shots to set, make your boozy whipped cream. This simple recipe uses sugar, heavy whipping cream, and triple sec. Add whipped cream to the top of each shot glass before serving. You and your guests are guaranteed to love it!

5. Cranberry Kamikaze Shot

By Cookin Conuk

Cranberry kamikaze shots reinvent this classic drink with a tart, modern twist. Add cranberry juice, cranberry vodka, lime juice, and triple sec to a shaker half-filled with ice. Shake until combined, then pour the shots through a strainer into a shot glass.

This recipe proves that kamikaze shots have endless possibilities if you step outside the box!

6. Margarita Jello Shots

By Yummly

You can never go wrong with a delicious margarita. These margarita jello shots use all the classic margarita ingredients for a strong shot that’s great for a party or your next taco Tuesday!

Fresh lime juice, water, tequila, triple sec, and unflavored gelatin pack a strong margarita flavor into a small glass. Serve with a salted rim for a more authentic margarita experience!

Tips for Making Shots at Home

Making shots at home that are good enough to serve at a party comes with a bit of a learning curve. 


Start by finding a recipe or multiple recipes you’d like to try. Next, gather all the ingredients the recipe calls for. Some recipes have optional ingredients for garnishes that you can add at your discretion. 

Making the Shot

Make the drink according to the recipe directions. Always remember to strain the ingredients before you pour them if there are ingredients like fresh-squeezed juice that may produce pulp.

Serving the Shot

Finally, pour the shot into the glass and serve it while it’s still cold. Most people prefer to make enough to pour multiple shots at the same time for convenience’s sake.

Use high-quality ingredients and a good recipe for shots that sure taste great every time!

Make Cocktail Hour Even More Fun With Great Triple Sec Shot Recipes

Grab your shot glass, cocktail shaker, and a bottle of triple sec, and get ready to shake and serve some of the tastiest shots you’ve ever had. If you’re not in the mood for a shot, try one of these great recipes (except for the jello shots!) in a highball glass over ice for a refreshing treat. 

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