Call it a PB&J or the Peanut Butter and Jelly shot, either way, this little drink is a whole lot of fun. It's extremely easy to make -- requiring just two common liqueurs -- and it's pretty darn delicious, too.
This is one of those popular party shooters that is designed to taste like a childhood treat. In this sandwich-like drink, the "jelly" of choice is the black raspberry of Chambord. This is combined with the hazelnut of Frangelico to give us the "peanut butter." Sorry, no bread here, just the good stuff inside.
The result is a smooth, delicious shot that goes down with ease. Everyone at your party will love it.
If you really love the taste of this shot, give the Nuts & Berries cocktail a try. It requires the same two liqueurs and simply adds cream to the mix for a tasty dessert drink.
How Strong it the Peanut Butter and Jelly Shot?
This is a relatively mild shot and significantly less potent than a straight shot of tequila.
When made according to this recipe, the average Peanut Butter and Jelly shot is about 15% ABV (30 proof).
The Hazelnut Liqueur. Frangelico is, by far, the most popular and common hazelnut liqueur on the market. It's very useful in a variety of cocktails including the tasty Nutty Irishman and Nutty Martini. However, it does not come cheap. A bottle will cost you over $20, though it is worth every penny.
You can choose a different hazelnut liqueur and save a bit of cash if you like. Brands like Kahlua, DeKuyper, and Hiram Walker do make a decent hazelnut that would be fine for a quick shot like the PB&J. If you're looking to also use the liqueur in fancier drinks as well, I would recommend sticking with the tried and true Frangelico.
The Raspberry Liqueur. Chambord is also the go-to liqueur for raspberry. It is easy to find, absolutely delicious, and one of the best options available. It too is a premium liqueur, which means it has a premium price of around $30 a bottle.
While it is worth the price, you do have a number of other options here as well. For the budget-conscious drinker, you're sure to find a raspberry liqueur among the cheaper brands like DeKuyper. Any creme de framboise liqueur will work as well. If you're seeking one that rivals Chambord in quality, seek out premium labels like Mathilde or Raspberry di Amore.
Just like the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, there is no need to stick with raspberry for your "jam." Many other fruit liqueurs will play just as well as Chambord with Frangelico, including strawberry, apricot, and even the black currant of creme de cassis.
No matter how you take your PB&J, simply keep in mind that the true recipe requires Frangelico and Chambord.