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13 Vodka Shots You’ll Actually Want To Take

Remember when you thought it was fun to take secret shots of Skol in your friend’s dorm room? Yeah, I’m shuddering too.

1. Chocolate Cake Shot

Alexandra Grablewski

Even though this shot looks nothing like its name, nor is it even made with a chocolate base, it does taste like chocolate cake.

Chocolate Cake
Serves 1

Ingredients
3/4 ounce vodka
3/4 ounce Frangelico
Lemon wedge, seeds removed, coated in sugar

Preparation
Combine the vodka and Frangelico in a cocktail shaker. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a shot glass. Serve alongside the sugar-coated lemon wedge. Shoot the shot and follow with the lemon wedge.

Reprinted with permission from the publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt from 101 Shots by Kim Haasarud. Copyright 2014.

2. Little Red Corvette

Alexandra Grablewski

Little Red Corvette
Serves 1

Ingredients
1/4 ounce Aperol
3/4 ounce orange vodka
1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup

Preparation
Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Top with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a shot glass.

Reprinted with permission from the publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt from 101 Shots by Kim Haasarud. Copyright 2014.

3. Honeydew Shot

Alexandra Grablewski

Honeydew
Serves 1

Ingredients
1 ounce citrus vodka
1/4 ounce Midori
1/4 ounce Bärenjäger honey liqueur
1/4 ounce fresh lime juice
Skewered honeydew melon ball, for garnish (optional)

Preparation
Combine all the ingredients except the garnish in a cocktail shaker. Top with ice and shake moderately. Strain into a shot glass. Garnish with skewered melon ball, if desired.

Reprinted with permission from the publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt from 101 Shots by Kim Haasarud. Copyright 2014.

4. Beetroot and Vodka Shots

Beetroot Juice + Horseradish + Vodka

Recipe here.

5. Cranberry Kamikaze

Vodka + Lime + Cranberry + Triple Sec

Recipe here.

6. Birthday Cake Shots

Vodka + Chocolate Liqueur + Half and Half + Sprinkles

Recipe here.

7. Peach Lemon Drop

Orange Vodka + Peach Schnaps + Lemon Juice

Recipe here.

8. Bomb Pop Shots

Sprite + Lemon Vodka + Blue Curacao + Grenadine

Upside: pretty, sweet, and fun. Downside: You’d have to drink at least five to feel anything. Recipe here.

9. Dirty Martini Shooters

Elizabeth Metlitsky / odetoawe.com

Vodka + Vermouth + Olive Juice

In the case of the martini, shots may actually be the more responsible choice. Recipe here.

10. Finger Lime Kamikaze Shots with Mint and Olive Oil

Laura Bashar / familyspice.com

Vodka + Triple Sec + Olive Oil + Lemonade + Finger Lime + Mint

Mature and interesting enough to be invited to your next dinner party. Recipe here.

11. The Tyrion Lannister Shot

Pete Capella / thesavory.com

Pear Vodka + St. Germaine + Lime + Sugar + Mint

Cheers, Game of Thrones fans. This season, you’re probably going to need it. Recipe here.

12. Peanut Buttery Shot

Vanilla Vodka + Irish Cream + Peanut Butter + Butterscotch Schnapps

Everything about this is a serious YES. Recipe here.

13. Strawberry Jalapeño Shot

Strawberries + Lime + Sugar + Jalapeño + Vodka

Shameless brand promotion aside, this recipe is a nice, tame way to kick off all the outdoor day drinking you’ll be doing come summer. Recipe here.

For more ideas about how to take shots like a grown-up, check out 101 Shots.

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