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Published on May 22, 2023.

Shots: Let's do it!


There are many stories relating to exactly why a ‘shot’ is called a ‘shot’. Some say they exchanged bullets for alcohol in the old west. Whilst others state that its named after an 1880s glasswork factory owner called ‘Friedrich Otto Schott’ (believed to have developed the tougher glass which is used in shot glasses) and the name has been simplified since. No matter how they were created, we can all appreciate how popular shots have always been. They hit hard and fast making them so appealing.

Despite how long Shots have been around, the mixing of them is still a relevantly recent development. ‘Shooters’ have only been around since the late 60s and early 70s. This was the perfect marriage between ‘taste’ and ‘effect’ which surged interest in the drinks. This has lead to many imaginative combinations and even greater creativity when it comes to the naming of these beverages.

The B-52

A popular, eye-catching shot composed of three liqueurs: Baileys Irish cream, Grand Marnier and coffee liqueur.

The Silver Bullet

A bit of an unusual shot. It combines two spirits—scotch and gin—that typically make an appearance in more graceful cocktails.

Alabama Slammer

Consitsting of sloe gin, amaretto and Southern Comfort. It is finished off with a touch of orange juice, resulting in a rather tasty shot.

Jäger Bomb

Possibly the most popular of all shots at the moment, is it a combination of Jägermeister and Energy Drink. 

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About the author

Chloe Lewis

Chloe looks after all copywriting and proof-reading for Drink Warehouse UK, working with the Marketing team to deliver educational content to all our customers. She has spent many years in the hospitality sector, moving from behind the bar to now helping venues to stock their own. You can find more from Chloe about beer, cider, spirits, wine, non-alcoholic, soft drinks and RTDs all over our blogs, website, social media and Set The Bar magazine. 

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