Now we can’t promise that this is going to burn fat, make you live longer, or pair with a relaxing yoga retreat in the mountains, but the Green Tea Shot is a drink that’s bound to impress your guests!
You may have seen this whiskey-based shooter in bars and clubs and been thinking about making a few up for your next party. Well, we’ve got you covered with this simple and easy guide to the Green Tea Shot. Let’s dive right in!
What’s In A Green Tea Shot? The Main Green Tea Shot Ingredients
Green Tea Shot is a simple but effective recipe for making what seems at first to be quite a complicated drink.
Newsflash: it’s actually not, which makes it the perfect choice to impress your guests!
Starting with the base, the main spirit in a Green Tea Shot is Irish Whiskey. When choosing your whiskey, you’ll have plenty of options but you simply cannot go wrong with Jameson’s.
It dominates the Irish whiskey market and for good reason. It’s great tasting, reasonably priced, and easily accessible.
After the Whiskey, we’re going to be adding sour mix, peach schnapps, and some lemon-lime soda.
If you want, you can always buy some sour mix from the supermarket, but we recommend making your own if you can. It’ll bring that authentic, homemade taste to your shot and make it really unique.
Just make a basic, 1:1 simple syrup, but add in a cup of freshly squeezed lime juice, and half a cup of freshly squeezed lemon.
You can store the mixture in the refrigerator for 2 or more weeks. You’ll know it’s turning when it goes cloudy so you don’t have to worry about risking using an out-of-date syrup.
How To Make Green Tea Shots In 3 Steps
Now that all the ingredients are covered, let’s dive right into our simple recipe for Green Tea Shots. Bear in mind the measurements given here are per shot, so scale it up to however many you want to make.
Step 1: Add to Shaker
Add a ½ ounce each (per shot) of Irish Whiskey, Sour Mix, and Peach Schnapps to your shaker. Fill with ice.
Step 2: Shake and Strain
Shake until chilled. Don’t shake this as much as you’d shake a typical cocktail. We want to melt as little of the ice as possible and keep this drink strong as it’s a shot rather than a cocktail. Strain into a beaker or other serving cup.
Step 3: Top It Up
Top your mix with ½ ounce per shot of lemon-lime soda such as Sprite or 7up. Now you can serve into your shot glasses and hand them out to anyone and everyone who fancies a quick shooter.
Green Tea Shot Variations
As it’s not a super swanky, New York influencer lifestyle cocktail, or a timeless classic, the Green Tea Shot doesn’t have the same back catalogue of riffs and variations that most cocktails do.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t make some wicked changes to this drink to give it a totally new lease of life!
Green Tea Cocktail
Starting off, we’re making this an actual, full-bodied, cocktail.
Let’s up the measurements to 1 ounce each of Irish Whiskey, Peach Schnapps, and Sour Mix, then shake until your shaker is cold to the touch, strain, and top with lemon-lime soda.
Garnish with a lime wheel and voila, you have yourself a full Green Tea Cocktail.
Mix up the Whiskey
Of course, the easiest way to change up your Green Tea Shot is to play around with the Whiskey you’re using.
Of course, we all love Jameson’s, it’s an absolute classic, but the world of whiskey is far too wide reaching to stick with one choice. Try a bourbon for a smoother shot, or a rye for a spicier one.
Maybe even some honey whiskey to add a layer of sweetness to an otherwise quite sour drink.
The possibilities here are endless but we’d recommend staying away from any peaty or smoky whiskies, like some of the scotches out there. There are going to be too many clashing flavors there.
Caribbean Tea Shot
Are whiskey and rum directly interchangeable?
Well no, but rum will bring a very different sort of taste and palate to your drink and it goes well with most things that suit whiskey.
The Green Tea Shot is no exception. A spicier, more tropical taste is going to pair nicely with the peach schnapps to give you a very different feel to your Green Tea Shot.
Exotic and exciting, using rum is definitely a great way to put a spin on your Green Tea Shot.
Green Tea Toddy
We’re all familiar with a classic Hot Toddy.
Well, what if you took your Green Tea cocktail, and topped it with hot water instead of lemon-lime soda?
This will give you a perfect drink for cold nights in and a totally new dynamic to a drink you’re used to shooting down in one.
Given this could be a bit sour, try stirring in some honey once it’s topped up to sweeten the deal.
There are no promises that this will taste like an actual green tea, but it’ll certainly look like one and be the perfect way to round off a cold day.
I started bartending in 2017, just 4 days after my 18th birthday, at a cocktail bar in my hometown. I immediately fell in love with the art and science of mixology and have since worked in bars across Yarm, York and Liverpool in England.