The Best Tequila Shot Recipes

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Tequila Shot Recipes

There are many reasons to take a shot of tequila. If you’re in a party mood, tequila can help you get there; they’re just plain fun. You can have them at a big party or just a simple get-together at home. When you make them right, they can be downright delicious.

You’ve probably done the straight tequila shot — followed by a lime — a million times before. We don’t blame you; it’s a classic. But why not mix things up and try one of these tequila shot recipes? Whether you like your tequila shots sweet, spicy, or somewhere in between, we’ve got a recipe for you.

What Is Tequila?

Tequila is a Mexican spirit made from the blue agave plant. The tequila-making process is pretty fascinating. Once the agave hearts are harvested, they’re cooked and then mashed into a pulp. This pulp is then fermented and distilled to create the tequila we all know and love.

Some tequilas are best enjoyed neat, while others are better suited for mixed drinks. Of course, some tequilas are meant for taking shots. The classic tequila shot is just tequila and nothing else, but there are plenty of ways to dress up a tequila shot if you’re looking for something a little more exciting.

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 1. Tequila Sunrise Shot

You’ve heard about tequila sunrise, but have you heard about the tequila shot version? It’s another classic, and it’s easy to know it’s a tequila sunrise shot when you see one!

This tequila shot is known for its beautifully layered look. Who can resist that yellow, orange, and red combo? It’s perfect for those who like their tequila shots sweet and fruity!


  • 2 oz. silver tequila
  • 6 oz orange juice
  • .5 oz grenadine


  1. Add tequila and orange juice to a shaker filled with ice.
  2. Cover and shake well.
  3. Strain into a tequila shot glass (this recipe is good for three to four shots).
  4.  Pour grenadine into a separate cup with a spout.
  5. Carefully pour grenadine down the side of the shot glass. Be sure not to mix it with tequila.
  6. Wait for the grenadine to settle at the bottom of the shot glass.
  7. Take the shot!

You may use a spoon to help keep the tequila and grenadine separate. The back of a teaspoon works well for pouring the grenadine slowly down the side of the shot glass.

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2. Double Trouble Tropical Tequila Shot

This tequila shot is perfect for those who like their tequila shots tropical and fruity. It’s a delicious combination of tequila, vodka, pineapple juice, and piña colada. These shots look beautiful and taste even better!


  • 1 oz. pineapple vodka
  • 2 oz. reposado tequila
  • 3 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. piña colada mix
  • Brown sugar


  1. Rim the edges of your shot glasses with brown sugar.
  2. In a shaker filled with ice, combine tequila, vodka, pineapple juice, and piña colada mix.
  3. Cover and shake well.
  4. Strain into the prepared shot glasses. This makes about four shots.
  5. Take the shot.

Feel free to garnish with a pineapple wedge, too!

3. Wake the Dead Tequila Shot

It may sound like a tequila shot recipe for the Halloween season, but you can enjoy this tequila shot year round! The Wake the Dead tequila shot is made with tequila, coffee liqueur, and espresso. It’s the perfect tequila shot for those who like their shots super strong and pack a real punch — and this sure can wake the dead!


  • 1 oz. blanco tequila
  • 1 oz. coffee liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. espresso


  1. In a shaker filled with ice, combine tequila, coffee liqueur, and espresso.
  2. Cover and shake well.
  3. Strain into two shot glasses.
  4. Take the tequila shot and give the other to a friend!

4. Prairie Fire Tequila Shot

This tequila shot recipe is for those who like it hot! The Prairie Fire tequila shot is made with tequila and Tabasco sauce. It’s definitely not for the faint of heart, but if you can handle the heat, then go for it!


  • 1 oz. tequila
  • 2 dashes of Tabasco Sauce


  1. Pour tequila into a shot glass.
  2. Add a few dashes of Tabasco sauce.
  3. Take the shot!

You might need to have a glass of milk handy to cool down your mouth after taking this tequila shot!

5. Mexican Flag Tequila Shot

Are you up for more layering? The Mexican Flag tequila shot is perfect for those who want a tequila shot with a beautiful presentation. 

This shot is made with tequila, grenadine, and crème de menthe. When layered correctly, it looks just like the Mexican flag! Who knows? You may even discover you have bartending skills with this recipe.


  • 1/3 oz. grenadine
  • 1/3 oz. white tequila
  • 1/3 oz. crème de menthe


  1. Pour grenadine into a shot glass.
  2. Carefully pour tequila over the grenadine. Be sure not to mix the two.
  3. Float crème de menthe on top of the tequila. Don’t shake or stir the shot.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

Use the back of a spoon to help layer the tequila and crème de menthe if needed.

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Take a Shot With Zipps Liquor

The best part about all these tequila shot recipes is that they’re easy to make. Any first-timers, tequila lovers, or bartenders-in-training can pick up any of these tequila shot recipes. If you need the best tequila for shots in Texas, then Zipps Liquor is always here to help.

Zipps Liquor is a Texas-based chain of local liquor stores offering a wide selection of liquor, wine, and beer. Our prices are 10 to 30% lower than most chains.

We have the best brands, and we guarantee excellent customer service. We’re just as excited as you are for your next tequila shot! Make it happen with Zipps!

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