The 'Three Wise Men' are Johnnie Walker, Jim Beam, and Jack Daniels who, in this case, mix together for a very strong shot of whiskey. This is a popular shot for parties and there are a few ways to make it.
Why mix three whiskies into the same shot? Why not? Three whiskies are better than one!
It does seem a little odd, but shots often are, so we'll go with it. In reality, it's a pretty interesting taste, a sort of hybrid whiskey: a little Scotch, a hint of bourbon, and a touch of Tennessee.
When it comes to the Johnnie Walker, stick with Red Label. It's the perfect shot-worthy Scotch and you won't spend too much on a drink that goes down in seconds.
Variations on the Three Wise Men Shot
Line 'Em Up! If you feel the need for a trio of whiskey shots and want to 'enjoy' each whiskey on their own, pour each into a separate shot glass.
Line up the shots in front of you and work your way down the row. While this is a fun bar game, you will get very drunk very fast!
- Three Wise Men Go Hunting - add 1/2 ounce Wild Turkey Bourbon
- Three Wise Men Visit Mexico - add 1/2 ounce Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila
For some reason (it has nothing to do with 'wise men'), a few drinkers have decided to use the name 'Three Wise Men #2' (or #3) for a mix of Jagermeister, Goldschlager, and Rumple Minze. This is nothing more than a popular recipe for the Liquid Cocaine shot.
Brand Matters in This Shot
Most of the time I would say 'choose your favorite' when it comes to the liquor in any mixed drink. This is one of those exceptions because the brands of whiskey are what makes the shot special.
These are three iconic whiskies named after men, each of whom played a role in making whiskey great. Without these three 'wise men,' the world of whiskey may look completely different than it does today. You could say that this shot is a tribute to their legacy.
The one exception I will make in brand recommendations is with the Three Wise Men Visit Mexico. While Jose Cuervo Gold once dominated the tequila scene, this is no longer the case. As has been discussed many times in recent years, there are far superior tequilas out there (all of which are made in Mexico - they have to be).
Do not hesitate to use a different brand of tequila. In fact, I would recommend it.
How Strong is the Three Wise Men Shot?
While it is made entirely of whiskey, this shot is shaken and that brings it down from the standard bottling proof of each whiskey.
It is still very potent and one of the stronger shots you will find, weighing in at an average of 30% ABV (60 proof). It might be best to limit yourself to just one, maybe two, rounds per night.