Snowshoe: A Shot of Wild Turkey and Peppermint Schnapps

Snowshoe Shooter with Wild Turkey Bourbon Whiskey
The Snowshoe is a fun and popular whiskey shot that mixes Wild Turkey with peppermint schnapps. It's not as gentle as it seems. © Anton Prado / Dollar Photo Club
  • 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins,
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 serving

The Snowshoe shooter is simple and rather delightful. It follows the popular flavor whiskey-mint flavor found in favorites like the Mint Julep. In this instance, both ingredients have their own "kick" that is simultaneously soothing and shocking. 

Wild Turkey can be a strong bourbon, depending on which bottle you choose. The 101-proof is one of the brand's most popular whiskies and, if you choose to mix with that, this shot is going to be much stronger.

Likewise, peppermint schnapps varies greatly and you can find a mild bottle of 30-proof schnapps or ones like Rumple Minze that top off at 100-proof. This extra alcohol adds to the peppermint's punch and can make a big difference in your Snowshoe's strength and flavor. 

The Snowshoe is a perfect shot for winter parties.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a shot glass.

How Strong is the Snowshoe Shot?

Let's compare both extremes to get an idea of just how strong and how mild this minty shooter can be.

  • Snowshoe with Wild Turkey 101 and Rumple Minze: 38% ABV (76 proof)
  • Snowshoe with 80-proof bourbon and 30-proof schnapps: 26% ABV (52 proof)

Even at its mildest, the Snowshoe is not a light shot.

Yet, in comparison to pour two 100-proof spirits, it's relatively gentle.