When you hear that song “Shots” by LMFAO, the word “refined” doesn’t necessarily come to mind. Instead, it evokes the image of sloppy, end of the night drinking with the sole aim of getting plastered. But craft cocktail culture has been responsible for returning dignity back to the drinking scene. Drinks that take time to make, and are meant to be savored, have replaced the quick well drink you order strictly to get your drunk on. Shots were the last frontier of the vintage cocktail movement, but they too have succumbed to a classier fate. With that, here are some fancy recipes to make in tiny glasses. Jägermeister even has one to replace the Jägerbomb.
Courtesy of SoBou, in New Orleans, LA
2 qt. Green tea
1 qt. pineapple juice
2 cups mango purée
1 qt. simple syrup
1 qt. lime juice
1.5 qts. white rum
Angostura and rhubarb bitters
Directions: Shake with ice and pour into shot glasses.
Courtesy of Willy Shine, Jägermeister Brand Meister
½ oz. Jägermeister
½ oz. Chocolate Liqueur
Belgian Cherry Lambic Foam
Garnish: Bacon Chocolate Square
Directions: Keep liqueurs cold in fridge. Fill an ISI foam gun 2/3 full with Belgian Cherry Lambic, charge with one whipping canister and keep cold. Take a frozen tulip style cordial glass and dispense foam to the top, quickly add both liqueurs over the foam, cheers, shoot & eat a bacon chocolate square.
Courtesy of SVEDKA
1 part SVEDKA Cucumber Lime
1 part verdita mix
For the verdita mix
1 bunch of cilantro
½ bunch of mint
3 green jalapeños (to taste)
46 oz. pineapple juice
Directions: Add SVEDKA Cucumber Lime to shot glass and top with chilled verdita mix. Vertida Instructions: Combine all verdita ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth, strain and chill mixture.
Courtesy of Pam Wiznitzer, Seamstress
1 oz. Vodka
¾ oz. Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
½ oz. Perfect Purée Black Currant
Directions: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add ingredients and shake. Strain into a shot glass.
Madina Papadopoulos is a New York-based freelance writer, author, and regular contributor to Paste. You can follow her drink adventures on Instagram and Twitter.