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31 Best Summer Shot Recipes

June 15, 2023 | Laura

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This hot summer weather calls for fun, delicious, and fruity shots! Whether you are relaxing by the pool, hosting a backyard barbecue, throwing a 4th of July party, or looking for ways to beat the summer heat, these shots are exactly what you are wanting. Cheers!


1. Pineapple Hollywood Shot

Pineapple Raspberry Shot Recipe

This shot just screams 'hello summer'! This is a vodka shot that is made with fresh pineapple juice and raspberry liqueur. Pineapple and raspberry is not a combination that you see every day, but it works in this shot. So delicious.

Garnish your Hollywood shot with a fresh pineapple wedge and/or raspberry to get the party started.

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2. Grapefruit Hollywood Shot Recipe

Grapefruit Hollywood Shot

This pink shot is another version of a Hollywood shot. It is a white rum shot made with fresh grapefruit juice and grenadine, a pomegranate syrup. These shots are extra thirst quenching when garnished with a fresh grapefruit slice!

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3. Strawberry Lemon Jello Shots

Strawberry Lemonade Jello Shots Recipe

Nothing says summer better than lemonade! These jello shots are full of deliciousness. They are made with strawberry Jello, fresh lemon juice, and strawberry vodka.

These scrumptious shots are perfect garnished with a strawberry slice and lemon wedge. Their bright red color and the bright yellow from the lemon wedge make them a fun summer treat.

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4. Cherry Bomb Jello Shots

Cherry Bomb Jello Shots

These shots are a bomb of cherry flavor! They don't just taste good but they will also give you a boost of energy thanks to the addition of Red Bull!

To maximize on the cherry flavor, these shots call for both cherry gelatin and cherry vodka. A little bit of grenadine is also added in for a touch of pomegranate flavor. Garnish with maraschino cherry, and you have a great summer shot!

View Cherry Bomb Jello Shot Recipe

5. Dreamsicle Jello Shots

Dreamsicle Jello Shots

I love the taste of Dreamsicles on a hot summer day. The combination of orange and vanilla are just perfect.

These jello shots are made with orange juice, orange gelatin, vanilla extract, and whipped cream vodka. These shots are seriously so good! They are even better when served with a little bit of whipped cream and an orange slice.

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6. Malibu Sunset Jello Shots

Malibu Sunset Jello Shots Recipe

A list of summer shots wouldn't be complete if there wasn't a shot named after Malibu Coconut Rum. These Jello shots will take your taste buds right to the beach.

These fruity shots are made with orange juice, pineapple Jello, grenadine, and coconut rum. All coconut rum fans are sure to love these! Garnish with orange slices and maraschino cherries for an extra tasty treat.

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7. Gin and Tonic Jello Shots

Gin and Tonic Jello Shots Recipe

Gin & Tonic cocktails sure are refreshing summer drinks on a hot day! These Jello shots were created using the same ingredients as the classic cocktail.

They are made with unflavored gelatin, tonic water, fresh lime juice, a little bit of sugar, and gin. Be sure to garnish the shots with a lime wedge to make them extra refreshing!

View Gin and Tonic Jello Shot Recipe

8. Strawberry Whipped Cream Jello Shots

Strawberry Whipped Cream Jello Shots Recipe

I could eat so many of these jello shots. They are so darn good! And the best part is- they are super simple to make. This makes them a great choice for big pool parties and summer parties.

These fruity jello shots are simply made with strawberry Jello and whipped cream vodka. Make them extra fancy by topping them with whipped cream and fresh strawberries right before serving.

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9. Creamsicle Shots

Creamsicle Shots Recipe

These delicious shots are super popular for a reason! They go down super easy.. maybe a little too easy. These layered shots are so much fun and the perfect addition to any summer party!

They are made with whipped cream vodka, triple sec and orange juice. Then the heavy cream is floated on top, and the shot is garnished with a fresh orange slice. Perfection!

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10. Pina Colada Shots

Pina Colada Shots Recipe

When summer rolls around, I must have a pina colada in my hand! These shots have all the same great flavors as a full-size pina colada. They are made with spiced rum, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut.

You just can't go wrong with that coconut and pineapple combination! Garnish with a maraschino cherry and/or pineapple wedge to make them extra cute.

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11. Cherry Limeade Shots

Cherry Limeade Shots Recipe

A good summer day includes a cherry limeade. There is just something about that sweet goodness that tastes so good on a sunny day. It's the taste of summer!

These red shots are made with cherry vodka, maraschino cherry juice, and fresh lime juice. They are the perfect balance of sweet and tangy. Complete the shot with a maraschino cherry and/or lime wedge.

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12. Pink Panty Shot

Pink Panty Shot Recipe

What is more fun than a bright pink shot at a pool party on a warm summer day? These shots get their color from pink lemonade. In addition to the pink lemonade, they also have gin, strawberry vodka, and vanilla vodka mixed in.

These shots are perfect for anybody that loves gin and fruity shots!

View Pink Panty Shots Recipe

13. Scooby Snack Shot

Scooby Snack Shot Recipe

Usually you will find these Scooby snack shots at a Halloween party thanks to their bright green color. However, they taste fruity making them a great option for summertime as well.

These Scooby shots are made with coconut rum, melon liqueur, and pineapple juice. To make them taste even better, top with whipped cream and a few graham cracker crumbs.

View Scooby Snack Shots Recipe

14. Georgia Peach Shot

Georgia Peach Shot Recipe

Here is your summer shot if you love whiskey! These Georgia peach shots are fruity, but the addition of whiskey balances out the sweetness.

These extremely tasty shots are made with peach schnapps, your favorite whisky, orange juice, and cranberry juice cocktail. Garnish with a peach slice for some freshness. These are sure to be a huge hit at any summer party!

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15. Red Gatorade Shot

Red Gatorade Shot Recipe

If you like the red fruit punch Gatorade then you are in luck! These shots are made with vodka, red Gatorade, pineapple juice, and triple sec.

They are tropical and fruity making them a good option for serving at a outside party!

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16. Tiger's Blood Shots

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My favorite snow cone flavor to get during the summer as a kid was Tiger's Blood. I couldn't get enough of it! I was so happy to create these shots which taste very similiar to the real deal.

These shots are made with watermelon vodka, strawberry vodka, and coconut rum. They are so fruity and delicious especially when served with a strawberry slice.

View Tiger's Blood Shot Recipe

17. Watermelon Tamarind Shots

Watermelon Tamarind Shots Recipe

These shots are so much fun and perfect for those of you that like to combine savory and sweet together. If you have never tried tamarind vodka, I highly recommend it. It pairs so well with almost any fruit juice!

These watermelon shots are made with tamarind vodka and watermelon juice. The most important part of the shot though is making sure you dip the rim of the shot glasses into Chamoy and Tajin and garnish them with a fresh piece of watermelon!

View Watermelon Tamarind Shot Recipe

18. Watermelon Tequila Shots

Watermelon Tequila Shots

If you are more of a tequila person then you will prefer these watermelon-flavored shots! These shots are super easy and quick to make.

They are made with silver tequila, watermelon vodka, and watermelon juice. And since tequila is present, a sea salt rim is necessary. Garnish with a small watermelon slice!

View Watermelon Tequila Shot Recipe

19. Pineapple Tamarind Vodka Shots

Pineapple Tamarind Vodka Shots

These shots are super popular and for good reason! The pineapple and tamarind just pair so well together.

These strong shots are made with both pineapple vodka and tamarind vodka. Then some pineapple juice is added to make them oh so delicious. Garnish the shot glass with Chamoy, Tajin, and fresh fruit.

View Pineapple Tamarind Vodka Shot Recipe

20. Tiger's Blood Jello Shots

Tigers Blood Jello Shots Recipe

These bright red shots have all the same great flavors as the Tiger's Blood Shots listed above, but they are in Jello form! You gotta try these if you love the classic Tiger's Blood snow cone flavoring (a childhood favorite) as much as I do!

These jello shots are made with strawberry gelatin, watermelon vodka, and coconut rum. The perfect flavors for summer! Each shot is garnished with a strawberry slice.

View Tiger's Blood Jello Shot Recipe

21. Watermelon Vodka Jello Shot

Watermelon Vodka Jello Shot Recipe

If you love the taste of watermelon candy then you should try this Jello shot. Watermelon vodka is used in order to make these shots super fruity and sweet.

In these shots you will find watermelon juice and watermelon vodka combined with unflavored gelatin. I like to garnish each shot with a watermelon gummy candy to make them really fun!

View Watermelon Vodka Jello Shots Recipe

22. Red, White, and Blue Jello Shots

Red White and Blue Jello Shot Recipe

These Jello shots are must-have on Fourth of July! Berry blue gelatin is poured on top of cherry gelatin then the shot is topped with whipped cream and festive sprinkles. As for the liquor, I like to use Smirnoff Red, White, and Berry vodka for ultimate deliciousness.

View Red, White, and Blue Jello Shot Recipe

23. Pineapple Jello Shots

Pineapple Jello Shots Recipe

These Jello shots take my taste buds to somewhere tropical. Pineapple is the perfect summer flavor!

These Jello shots are made with pineapple Jello and pineapple vodka for a pineapple flavor bomb! Each shot is garnished with a maraschino cherry which pairs so well with the pineapple.

View Pineapple Jello Shot Recipe

24. Margarita Tequila Jello Shots

Margarita Tequila Jello Shots Recipe

If you one of those people that crave margaritas on a hot summer day then check out these Jello shots! They are made with simple ingredients (all the same ones you find in a homemade marg) and are so good!

These margarita shots are made with unflavored gelatin, lime juice, a bit of sugar, silver tequila, and triple sec. Of course the shot glass rim is covered in sea salt and garnished with a lime wedge.

View Margarita Tequila Jello Shot Recipe

25. Grape Vodka Shots

Grape Vodka Shots Recipe

During the summer, I find myself craving the flavors of childhood. Grape juice is one of those flavors for me!

These fruity shots are made with grape juice, pear vodka, and triple sec. Grape, pear, and orange is a tasty combination! To make it more fun, I like to garnish with a grape gummy candy.

View Grape Vodka Shot Recipe

26. Peach Vodka Jello Shots

Peach Vodka Jello Shots Recipe

I am a big peach candy fan so these are some of my favorite Jello shots to make! If you like peach rings candy then you will like these shots.

Peach vodka jello shots are made with peach gelatin and peach vodka to maximize that delicious peach flavor. And don't forget the peach ring as a garnish!

View Peach Vodka Jello Shot Recipe

27. Mango Mexican Candy Shot

Mango Mexican Candy Shot Recipe

I still can't get over how good this shot is. The sweet, salty, tangy, and savory all combine together to make perfection- great for having during warm weather!

To make this shot you will need tamarind vodka, mango nectar, and lime juice. The Tajin on the rims of your glasses is a must!

View Mango Mexican Candy Shots Recipe

28. Pickle Juice Tequila Shot

Pickle Juice Tequila Shot Recipe

This is one refreshing shot! So grab your pickle jar out of the fridge and go make some for you and your friends now!

All you need to make this shot is dill pickle juice and tequila. I also like to put some sea salt on the rim of the shot glass and garnish with a dill pickle slice.

View Pickle Juice Tequila Shots Recipe

29. Berry Blue Jello Shots

Berry Blue Jello Shots Recipe

Nobody is even quite sure what blue raspberry flavor is, but I do know that is sure is delicious! These shots are made with berry blue Jello and berry vodka.

When topped with whipped cream and maraschino cherries, they make the perfect shot for Memorial Day festivities and 4th of July parties!

View Berry Blue Jello Shot Recipe

30. Blue Coconut Shot

Blue Coconut Shot

If this shot isn't summer then I don't know what is! These blue coconut shots are absolutely perfect for pool parties and beach days.

They are made with blue curacao, coconut rum, and cream of coconut. When given a coconut flake rim, all coconut lovers will be happy.

View Blue Coconut Shots Recipe

31. Pickle Vodka Shots

Pickle Vodka Shots Recipe

If you like drinking pickle juice out of the container then you gotta try these tasty shots. They are super simple to make!

All you need to make these shots is some dill pickle juice and vodka. Of course, they are a bit tastier when served with Tajin seasoning and a dill pickle slice.

View Pickle Shots with Vodka Recipe

Looking for delicious summer cocktails too?

→ Check out all of my favorite cocktail recipes!


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Bon appétit and Happy Summer!

June 15, 2023 by Laura Ehlers

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