The Tootsie Roll is one of those shooters that adults create in an attempt to recreate favorite childhood treats. This one comes close and although it's not an exact replica, it is a nice trip back in time and has that hint of the Tootsie Roll candy.
As far as shots go, the Tootsie Roll is a pretty tasty drink. You shouldn't have any trouble getting this one down because it is, quite frankly, delicious. That fact also makes it easy to have one too many if you're not careful!
There are a number of ways to make a Tootsie Roll. Some recipes go with a coffee liqueur like Kahlua while others prefer chocolate. There is also a fun one that requires chocolate vodka and that alone is a tempting proposal.
A Tootsie Roll With Coffee
It seems odd that coffee and orange are combined to create a drink designed to taste like a Tootsie Roll, but it has a surprising result. It really does taste a lot like the candy and is very easy to make.
You will find variations of this Tootsie Roll recipe that skip the vodka and mix Kahlua and orange juice alone. The kick that vodka adds is a nice touch and it helps thin the drink, especially when it's not shaken.
- 1/2 ounce vodka
- 1/2 ounce coffee liqueur
- 1/2 ounce orange juice
If you like, shake the ingredients to mix them up.
A Tootsie Roll With Chocolate
The other popular way to make a Tootsie Roll is to use creme de cacao instead of coffee liqueur. It is just as tasty and easy to make. Many drinkers prefer this one and say that it is truer to the candy's flavor. This is true, but Kahlua is stocked in the bar more often, so that does make the other shot a little easier.
Why not try both and decide for yourself?
Be sure to choose a dark creme de cacao. The white (it's actually clear) will not give you that dark brown look of a Tootsie Roll and the drink will be orange instead. If you're going for the effect, do it right.
Again, you can add vodka if you like. In this case, split the chocolate liqueur and pour 1/2 ounce of each ingredient.
A Tootsie Roll With Chocolate Vodka
This Tootsie Roll is a newer version. It pairs chocolate vodka with amaretto and a dollop of chocolate syrup. If you love chocolate, this may end up being your favorite.
How Strong Are the Tootsie Roll Shots?
In general, the Tootsie Roll is a relatively mild shooter and about half the strength of a straight shot of vodka. When used, the orange juice does a good job of taming down the alcohol, though you can see the different the vodka makes.
- Coffee Tootsie Roll: 20 percent ABV (40 proof)
- Chocolate Tootsie Roll: 12 percent ABV (24 proof)
- Three Olives Tootsie Roll: 23 percent ABV (46 proof)