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7 Popular Gin Shots to Kick Off Happy Hour

Have a bottle of gin you don’t know what to do with? Whip up these exciting gin shots.

Gin is one of the most underrated spirits, in my opinion. You don’t have to stick to the same old boring gin and tonic, you know!

Gin with Vodka and Cranberries in a Shot Glass
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With these gin shots on hand, you can impress all with your newly learned bartending skills.

You’ll turn gin-averse family and friends into gin lovers. 

Keep things simple and classy with gin and cranberry juice cocktails.

Or kick start the party with Alabama slammer shooters. 

Whatever the mood, there’s a gin shot that fits. 

1.  Gin Shot with Lime

These quick and easy shots are super simple to make. They’re smooth to drink and oh-so-refreshing.

You can use your favorite gin. But premium gin guarantees a smoother drink.

Ready in mere minutes, these gin shots with lime are great for when you’re entertaining a big crowd.

And it only takes three ingredients, gin, sugar, and lime juice.

Simply throw all the ingredients into a shaker with some ice, shake up, and pour into shot glasses.

Nobody has to wait around (which is always important at parties). Cheers!

2. Mixed Berry Gin and Tonic Shots

Now, I know not everyone is super keen on taking down shots.

But after trying one of these mixed berry gin and tonic shots, you’ll ask for a second. 

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The sweetness of mixed berries nicely balances the tartness of the gin.

They’re fruity, fresh, and tantalizingly good. You definitely won’t need a chaser (just another shot). 

Not only do they taste delightful, but they also look gorgeous, too. A striking purple color makes these shots the perfect party drink. 

3. Gin and Cranberry Juice Cocktail

These festive gin and cranberry juice cocktails always go down a treat at holiday parties. They’re a perfect way to welcome the celebrations. 

They’re brimming with gin, cranberry juice, lemon juice, simple syrup, cranberry bitters, and soda.

And the cherry on top? A garnish of fresh cranberries and rosemary sprig. 

Make sure to have all the cocktail-making equipment on hand. A good-quality gin really makes all the difference. It’s worth the splurge!

4. Gin and Tonic Jelly Shots

Looking for a fun tipple to serve at your next get-together? These gin and tonic jelly shots are great for sharing.

Plus, they’re perfect for those who aren’t keen on the taste of alcohol.

Get ready to look like a bartending pro! Impress your friends with these intricate-looking shots.

Just don’t tell them how easy they are to make! Simply mix dissolved gelatin with tonic water, gin, and the zest of lemon and limes. 

Let the mixture set in the shell of hollowed-out lemons for 3 to 4 hours.

Then, they’re ready to go. Eat them straight out of the lemon peel. Fun, interactive, and super tasty. What more could you want?

5. Alabama Slammer Shooter

Refreshing and fruity, these Alabama slammer shooters are the retro throwback you have to try.

These tasty shots use sloe gin, a type of red gin made from sloe berries or drupes.

They’re made with sloe gin, amaretto, and the sweet, fruity taste of Southern Comfort.

They’re finished off with a touch of orange juice, for a lovely citrus freshness. Delicious.

These vibrant shooters are perfect for summer barbeques, game nights, or your next party.

So what are you waiting for? Call up your closest buddies and make these slammers!

6. Silver Bullet Shot

Oozing with sophistication, these silver bullet shots are some of the strongest shots you can make.

Unusually, they combine two types of spirits, gin, and scotch.

A lemon twist garnish gives these shots a nice spritz of flavor, as well as some class.

These are the kind of shots that’ll make you feel like saying “shaken, not stirred,” if you catch my drift.

Mix the gin and scotch in a two-to-one ratio. They have a wonderful depth and are reminiscent of a smoky martini.

So, put on some jazz, and enjoy a fancy night in your very own home. 

7. Quarterback Attack Shooter

These quarterback attack shooters seriously pack a cherry-fueled punch. It’s lovely and sweet, but still as strong as a quarterback!

This shooter’s ratio is two to one, gin to sweet vermouth. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.

Add gin, vermouth, cherry juice, and bitters. Shake well and strain into shot glasses. 

Finish off with a maraschino cherry in each glass and serve. True to the name, these shots go down a treat on game night.

But you can enjoy them any time you feel like it.

7 Popular Gin Shots

Get the party started right with these tempting gin shots! From mixed berry to gin and juice to Alabama slammers, you’ll love these boozy treats.


  • Gin Shot with Lime

  • Mixed Berry Gin and Tonic Shots

  • Gin and Cranberry Juice Cocktail

  • Gin and Tonic Jelly Shots

  • Alabama Slammer Shooter

  • Silver Bullet Shot

  • Quarterback Attack Shooter


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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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