Red, White, and Blue Shot: Practice Your Layering Skills

Red White and Blue Shooter
© Maksim Shebeko / Dollar Photo Club
  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 Shooter
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Show your patriotism with a Red, White, and Blue shot. This layered shooter is a tasty mix of peach, orange, and pomegranate flavors. It's perfect for the Fourth of July or any party that has a patriotic theme.

The key to layered shooters like this is to slowly pour the ingredients over a bar spoon in a certain order according to the density of the liquid. It takes a little practice but after a few tries, you'll have the perfect Red, White, and Blue layers inside your shot glasses.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

This is a layered shot so each ingredient is poured on top of the previous one.

  1. Pour the grenadine into a shot glass.
  2. Float the peach schnapps on top of the grenadine.
  3. Float the blue curaçao on top of the peach schnapps.

A Note About the Liqueur Densities

The specific gravity of peach schnapps and blue curacao will vary by brand. The difference can be significant and your layers may not be as distinct with some combinations.

DeKuyper's Peachtree and Blue Curacao is a combination that is known to work in the order given.

If you have you have a schnapps-curacao combo that is not layering well, try reversing the two liqueurs. The shot will look different, but the taste will be the same.

How Strong is the Red, White, and Blue Shot?

Layered shot drinks have no dilution because the ingredients are poured straight from the bottle. Typically, this absence of water from ice creates a rather strong drink, but that's not the case here.

The two liqueurs from DeKuyper are each 24% ABV (48 proof), which means that we're using relatively low-alcohol ingredients. If poured with these, the Red, White, and Blue shot will be 16% ABV (32 proof).

This is certainly not the strongest shot drink you can mix up, yet it's also not the lightest. To put it into perspective, one of these shots will be slightly more powerful than the strongest glass of wine or beer (though rare, these can top off at 13 to 14 percent).

More Patriotic Layered Shooters

The color combination found in the Red, White, and Blue shot can be created in a few different ways. By switching out the liquors and ensuring the lightest remain on top, you can get the same effect with different flavors.