Your Favorite/The Best Mixed Shot Recipe?
For the past few years, a group of my theater friends has gotten together at least once a month and casts one of a variety of cult classic films in our local theater. Following each showing of course there's a cast party and as always, a cast shot. The last few shots have been the most horrible experiences of my life, it's not so much that they were too strong, but quite simply that they tasted like the most foul concoctions I've ever had to try. I've reached the point where I just can't take it anymore and have decided to make the next shot or even the next few. Please oh please save my taste buds and my stomach, I need an alcoholic recipe that is perfect to be served via single shot size, is relatively strong yet still tasty to those who prefer a mixed drink flavor instead of just alcohol, and is somewhat cheap to make considering it will be served to approximately 15-25 people. Thanks!
I second the kamikaze, one of the better shooters in my opinion:
3 parts vodka, 2 parts triple sec, 1 part fresh lime juice.
You could also try the Woo Woo, which contains vodka, peach schnapps, and cranberry juice. You can adjust the amounts according to your desire for sweetness, potency, or peachiness. I think 2 parts vodka, 2 parts cranberry juice, 1 part peach schnapps would work.
One other way you could go is to make jelly shots. If you buy unflavored gelatin, you can actually turn most cocktails into a jelly shot. Just realize that you should add water to replace the ice melt and add some extra sweetener. You can try adding 1/3 of the volume of the other ingredients of simple syrup to achieve both aims. By the way, I got the jelly shot idea from Gary Regan's book The Joy of Mixology.
Ugh... well, shots as a bonding ritual are kind of cool. But my personal opinion is that I've seldom found a reason to take a shot, even less often been happy with the result, and I don't know why anyone would do that to good liquor.
However, there are some beautiful and tasty things that can be done with shots.
There 's a great book out there called "Sharp Shooters" by David Biggs that has so many cool drinks in it that it almost changed my mind. From his book:
"Unlike a cocktail party, a shooer party is loud and caucous and, sooner or later, a bit rude. You won't find many members of the elegant cocktail crowd willing to ask the barman for a Love Bite, a Bloody Good Shot, a Horny Bull, or a Splash of Passion, but the names like these fall easily from the lips of the shooter set."
Sounds like a good cast party, no?
The shots I like are pretty as well as tasty and that means they're layered. Many spirits have different specific gravities, which is a chemist's way of saying that they float on top of each other. For example, the Mexican Flag has tequila, creme de menth, and grenadine in it and makes the colors of a the Mexican flag. It also tastes vile.
But Biggs' provides good recipes... for example,
Angel's Kis: first layer creme de cacao on the bottom, then sloe gin, then brandy, then fresh cream on top. Or try Bailey's Chocolate Cherry: layer grenadine, then kahlua, then Irish cream. My favorite: the Gender Bender: layer blu curacao, then Jack Daniel, then dark rum, then Irish Cream.
Lots of creams in these drinks because they have a substantially different specific gravity.
(The book also has a great number of drinking games in it.)
Hope that helps. Have fun at the parties!
Let me just say I completely agree with your feelings about shots, give me a nice sipping tequila or a really bit of liquor and I'm set, I've never understood the reason behind drinking to get drunk so I've never fully understood the point of shots. However, if I'm going to do a shot, I want it to be a good one.
If I'm doing a shot it's usually tequila or Jack and a beer, but here are a few that might please a crowd.
The classic Kamikaze. Vodka, Triple Sec and Lime. All bartenders can make these.
SoCo and Lime. Chill Southern Comfort and lime juice, strain and shoot.
Birthday Cake Shot. Frangelico and Vodka (maybe citron?). I'm not positive if anything else is added since I've had a few versions. I think some bartenders may add a chocolate liqueur to make it a chocolate cake shot or maybe vanilla vodka.
Baby Guinness. Kahlua and Bailey's Irish Cream.
Irish Car Bomb. Not a standard shot like you requested, this one is a boilermaker. 1/2 - 3/4 of a pint of Guinness. Shot of Bailey's & Jameson. Drop the shot in the beer and race to the finish. Gotta drink fast, the Bailey's coagulates in the beer. Fun drink for a crowd, but many bars refuse to serve them or make you pour the shot in the beer so you dont break the glass.
Have fun getting drunk.