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Boozy Coffee Shot Recipe: Class Up The Party With This Simple Layered Shot

Boozy Coffee Shot Recipe: Class Up The Party With This Simple Layered Shot

Are you looking for a coffee shot with alcohol that is not an Irish coffee shot? My recipe here has a simple layered look with coffee liqueur and a bit of frothed-up cream.

This is a super simple coffee shot recipe without Irish Whiskey and you only need three ingredients.

What I like about this shot recipe is how it looks really fancy because it is layered but it is so quick and easy.

We like to have coffee shots when we host a brunch.

They are a fantastic way to kick off a party and, well, they look cool all layered and festive.

Now, what kind of coffee liqueur you use is purely up to you.

Your decision may also be driven by what is in stock when you go to the liquor store.

When my friend went she could only get her hands on a bottle of Kova Coffee Liqueur.

It is fine but a bit syrupy and sweet.

Our personal favorite, among our friends, is Grind Espresso Shot but it can be challenging to find in stores lately.

Since I consider this a novelty drink and rarely does anyone have more than one shot of these at a time, I don’t stress too much over the brand.

About the heavy cream

You can make this shot without frothing the heavy cream but it does turn out quite a bit better visually if you froth it just a little bit.

To froth the heavy cream for this cocktail I used the frother on the side of our Ninja coffee maker.

No heavy cream? Froth milk or even coffee creamer. 

Another option is to use a stand alone milk frother.

We have one of these and they are so handy but a bit annoying to clean up if you let it sit too long with milk on it. 

Rinse the frothing unit right away to help make cleanup easier.

The other option if you don’t have any of these is actually the easiest option of all.

Add your heavy cream to a short drinking glass and use a small fork to froth up the cream.

You don’t need to overdo this.

You just want to see a few bubbles in the cream and then you are good to go.

About the candy

Fine, the Andes candies are purely optional but it does add a nice touch.

Specifically, the traditional Andes Candies adds a hint of chocolate mint to this shot that just works.

It isn’t overpowering but it is refreshing.

Tips for layering in cocktail drinks

  • Not every kind of liqueur or beverage is capable of layering. A certain amount of density is required, so if you are experimenting with what you have on hand, try it out before planning on serving a lot of guests. Make sure it looks how you want it to.
  • Even thick layers need to be carefully added to the glass. We recommend using the back of a cocktail spoon to gently cascade your layer onto the one already in the glass. This slows the flow, keeping it from mixing. 
  • When layering in shot glasses, you are dealing with a small opening. Do all of your combining and mixology on a large plate, placemat or parchment paper since spills and drips are bound to happen.
  • Experiment with flavors BEFORE you put together “final” shots so you know exactly how they taste. Coffee has a strong flavor on its own, but we’ve had good results with chocolate, mint, vanilla, hazelnut, praline, really anything you might find in a coffee creamer.

The bottom line

This boozy coffee shot is tasty and quick to create. 

You only need three ingredients, a few minutes and a space for easy cleanup.

You could even experiment with variations such as adding in a touch of vanilla or peppermint schnapps.

Coffee Shot Recipe (With Alcohol)

Coffee Shot Recipe (With Alcohol)

Yield: 1 shot
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

This is a simple to make boozy coffee shot with only three ingredients.


  • 1 oz coffee liqueur
  • 1/2 oz heavy cream
  • 1 piece of Andes Candies


  1. Add the heavy cream to a small cup or mixing bowl and whip the cream just enough to add a bit of volume.
  2. Set it aside.
  3. Use the fine side of a cheese grater to grate the Andes candies. Set aside.
  4. Pour one ounce of coffee liqueur into a shot glass. (If you want to eyeball it, that would be about ⅔ of the way up an average shot glass. You want to leave enough room for the cream.)
  5. Using the back of a spoon, slowly pour the heavy cream so it cascades gently into the shot glass. Too fast and it will combine with the liqueur and we want it to sit on top.
  6. Sprinkle the grated Andes Candies on top of the cream.
  7. Enjoy.

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