Black and Blue Shot Recipe

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Alcohol content:40%

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Black and Blue Shot is a popular choice among those who enjoy a visually striking and potent drink. It's known for its layered appearance, which resembles a bruise, hence the name 'Black and Blue'.

  • Origin The exact origin of this shot is a bit murky, but it's a staple in bars that favor bold, colorful concoctions.
  • Popularity It's particularly popular on college campuses and at parties where patrons are looking for something that's both a conversation starter and a quick, strong drink.
  • Target Audience This shot is a hit with adventurous drinkers who aren't afraid of a potent mix of flavors or a high alcohol content.

How Black and Blue Shot Tastes?

The Black and Blue Shot is a bold combination of sweet and sour with a strong alcoholic kick. The berry notes from the blackberry liqueur provide a fruity sweetness that's immediately followed by the sharpness of the Jägermeister. It's a shot that's not for the faint of heart.

Interesting facts about Black and Blue Shot

  • The Black and Blue Shot often garners attention due to its layered look, which can be quite impressive if done correctly.
  • It's a popular choice for themed parties, especially Halloween, due to its dark and mysterious appearance.
  • Despite its intense flavor, it's often consumed quickly because of its shot form.


Blackberry Liqueur

The blackberry liqueur brings a sweet and fruity dimension to the shot, balancing the herbal qualities of the Jägermeister. If you skimp on it, you'll miss the forest for the berry - the shot will lose its fruity edge. Using more could overpower the herbal notes. Want a twist? Swap in raspberry liqueur for a different berry kick.

Mary Mitkina


This German herbal liqueur is like the secret handshake of the spirits world - it brings a complex mix of flavors that define the shot's character. Without it, you're just sipping on berry juice with an identity crisis. Jägermeister’s intricate blend of herbs plays complement to the simplicity of the fruit liqueur. Too little and the drink becomes a one-note berry melody; too much, and it's a walk in the herb garden, minus the fruit. As a daring alternative, try a splash of Fernet for a minty, medicinal twist.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Black and Blue Shot Drink

  1. Chill Ingredients
    • Place the blackberry liqueur and Jägermeister in the freezer for at least an hour before preparation.
  2. Layer the Shot
    • Pour the chilled blackberry liqueur into a shot glass.
    • Carefully layer the Jägermeister on top using the back of a spoon or a pourer to create a clear separation.
  3. Serve Immediately
    • Serve the shot as soon as it's prepared to maintain the layers and ensure the best taste.

Pro Tips

  • Temperature Matters: Serving this shot well-chilled can significantly improve the drinking experience.
  • Pouring Technique: Use a pourer or the back of a spoon to slowly layer the Jägermeister over the blackberry liqueur to achieve the distinct layers.
  • Glass Choice: A clear shot glass is best to showcase the layers of the Black and Blue Shot.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Spicy Foods: The herbal and sweet notes of the shot balance the heat from spicy dishes.
  • Dark Chocolate: Complements the blackberry and herbal flavors.
  • Cheese Boards: A mix of cheeses can provide a tasty contrast to the shot's sweetness and complexity.

Drink Pairings

  • Craft Beers: Especially darker stouts or IPAs, which can hold up against the robust flavors.
  • Coffee: A shot alongside or after a cup of coffee could provide a pleasing combination of bitterness and sweetness.
  • Non-Alcoholic: Sparkling water with citrus can cleanse the palate between shots.

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What you could change in Black and Blue Shot

  • Blackberry Liqueur: You can substitute with Chambord or any other berry-flavored liqueur if blackberry liqueur is not available.
  • Jägermeister: If you're out of Jägermeister, a herbal liqueur like Fernet-Branca can be a suitable alternative, although the taste will differ.

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And of course - twists🍹

The Bramble Jäger

  • Replace blackberry liqueur with gin and a splash of blackberry syrup.
  • Shake the gin and syrup with ice and strain into the shot glass.
  • Float the Jägermeister on top. This twist adds a botanical kick and dilutes the sweetness, perfect for those who prefer their shots with a drier finish.

Spicy Black and Blue

  • Muddle some fresh chili with blackberry liqueur before layering.
  • The added spice offsets the Jägermeister's herbal complexity and the blackberry's sweetness. Aim for a tiny tingle, not a five-alarm fire in your mouth.

The Citrus Hunter

  • Add a few drops of orange or lemon zest oil onto the Jägermeister layer.
  • The addition of citrus brightens up the drink and adds a layer of freshness. It's like stepping into the wild with a berry compote in one hand and a compass in the other.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Black and Blue Shot

How should I store the ingredients for the Black and Blue Shot?

Both blackberry liqueur and Jägermeister should be stored in a cool, dark place ideally. Refrigeration is not necessary but can enhance the flavor when served cold.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of this shot?

There isn't an official non-alcoholic version of the Black and Blue Shot, but you can experiment with blackberry juice and a non-alcoholic herbal tonic to mimic the flavors.

Can I make the Black and Blue Shot in advance?

It's best to make the shot immediately before serving to preserve the layered effect and ensure the best flavor.

What food pairs well with the Black and Blue Shot?

Salty snacks or appetizers pair well with the strong flavors of the Black and Blue Shot, as they can help balance the sweetness and herbal notes.

How can I practice layering techniques for shots like the Black and Blue Shot?

You can practice with liquids of varying densities at home using syrups and water to get a feel for how slowly you need to pour to achieve the layers.

What occasions are best for serving the Black and Blue Shot?

This shot is perfect for adult parties, themed events like Halloween, or as a daring option at a tasting event.

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