Blister Shot Recipe

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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 Blister Shot is a concoction designed to ignite the senses and provide a burst of flavor. It's a favorite among those who enjoy a strong kick with a touch of sweetness.

  • Originated in a high-energy bar scene
  • Named for its potent effect and the 'blistering' experience it provides
  • Often served to patrons looking for something bold and memorable

How Blister Shot Tastes?

The Blister Shot offers a robust and fiery taste with a sweet undercurrent. The bourbon provides a smoky backbone, while the vodka adds a clean bite. The blue curacao lends a citrusy sweetness, and the juices offer a refreshing finish.

Interesting facts about Blister Shot

  • The Blister Shot is often associated with summer nights and lively parties.
  • The blue curacao gives the shot a vibrant blue hue that stands out in any shot glass.
  • Despite its potency, the Blister Shot is known for being deceptively smooth.


A few good options for Blister Shot are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose


Used for its neutral flavor profile, vodka adds a clean, punchy alcohol base without overpowering the other ingredients. If we added too much, it could become too boozy and unbalanced; too little and you might question whether it's a non-alcoholic shot. Skipped vodka? The shot would lose its strong backbone. As an alternative, you could use a grain alcohol for a higher proof, but be wary, that'll really set your night ablaze!

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Bourbon brings a certain richness with its notes of vanilla, oak, and caramel which play well against the juices. More bourbon means a heavier drink, while less makes it too subtle among the other flavors. Leave it out, and you'd miss the deep American spirit. You could try replacing it with whisky/scotch for a smokier twist, but that's like trading a cowboy hat for a kilt—still stylish, just different!

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Blue Curacao

This lurid blue liqueur not only dazzles the eyes but also adds a sweet, tropical citrus flavor. It's like the life of the party that arrives in a flashy car—without it, the shot just wouldn't have the same pizzazz. Plus, too much could turn the shot into a toothache in a glass, too little and you'll miss the tropical vacation vibe. Triple sec could substitute if you're not feeling blue, but say goodbye to the signature color!

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Orange Juice

Just a splash of OJ gives it a bright, zesty kick. Too much can drown out the other ingredients, too little, and you lose the citrus harmony. Omit it, and, well, you've basically forgotten sunshine on a cloudy day. You could swap it for lemon or lime juice for a tarter profile, but then you'd be straying from the tropical trail.

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Pineapple Juice

A dash adds a refreshing tropical sweetness, enhancing the drink's exotic appeal. Imagine a burst of sunshine in each sip! If you go overboard, it’s a one-way ticket to Sugartown, but skimp and the tropical touch is just a whisper. No pineapple juice? It’ll taste like a party without music. Mango juice can step in if you're out of pineapple, offering a similar sweetness but a slightly different dance move.

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Recipe. How to make Blister Shot Drink

  • Pour 1 oz of vodka into a shaker.
  • Add 1 oz of bourbon.
  • Measure and pour 0.25 oz of blue curacao.
  • Add a splash of orange juice.
  • Add a splash of pineapple juice.
  • Shake well with ice.
  • Strain into a shot glass.

Pro Tips

  • Chill the shot glass beforehand to enhance the smoothness.
  • Use fresh juices for a brighter flavor profile.
  • Layer the ingredients carefully for a stunning visual effect.

Perfect Pairings

Appetizers & Snacks

  • Spicy Fried Calamari: The crispiness and spice will complement the bold flavors of the Blister Shot.
  • Mini Tacos with Pineapple Salsa: The sweetness from the pineapple links up with the tropical vibe of the shot while the savory taco filling balances it out.
  • Cheese Platter: A selection of cheese gives enough variety to find a perfect match for the complex flavors in the shot.


  • Lemon Sorbet: A refreshing palate cleanser that would contrast with the Blister Shot's rich flavors.
  • Coconut Macaroons: The coconut flavor pairs nicely with the tropical fruit juices in the shot.


  • Ice-cold Beer: A light pilsner or lager could be a refreshing follow to the sweetness of the shot.
  • Iced Tea: Whether sweetened or not, the tea's tannins could be a nice counterpoint to the shot's sweetness.

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What you could change in Blister Shot

  • If bourbon is too strong, try a milder whiskey.
  • No blue curacao? Use triple sec with a drop of blue food coloring.
  • For a less sweet shot, reduce the juices or use a tart juice like cranberry.

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Spicy Blister Shot

  • Ingredients: Substitute classic vodka with pepper-infused vodka.
  • Recipe: Follow the same recipe, but with the spicy vodka.
  • The taste will gain a fiery kick, adding a peppery zing that contrasts the sweetness of the fruit juices. Serve it to the daredevils who want a shot with a bite!

Tropical Sunset

  • Ingredients: Swap out bourbon with coconut rum.
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe using coconut rum instead of bourbon.
  • This will give the shot a more pronounced tropical flavor and a smoother finish, like a beach vacation in a glass. Perfect for those serene summer nights!

Berry Blister

  • Ingredients: Add a splash of raspberry liqueur.
  • Recipe: Include raspberry liqueur to the original mix and shake well.
  • The shot will now have a fruity berry undertone, making it a sweet retreat with a tangy twist. This one's for those who crave a fruit bowl in a single gulp!

In case you forgot basics how to make Blister Shot

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

Learn everything on how to shake

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Blister Shot

Can I make the Blister Shot in advance for a party?

It's best to make the Blister Shot freshly since the juices can lose their vibrancy over time. However, you can pre-mix the alcohol and add the juices right before serving.

What kind of occasions is the Blister Shot best suited for?

The Blister Shot is perfect for lively celebrations such as bachelor/bachelorette parties, summer gatherings, or any event where you want to offer a bold and memorable drink.

Is the Blister Shot suitable for those new to drinking shots?

Due to its potent nature, it may be a bit strong for beginners. However, the sweetness and smoothness can make it more approachable for those willing to try.

What type of glassware should I use for the Blister Shot?

Traditional shot glasses are recommended for serving the Blister Shot to capture its visual appeal and ensure the correct portion size.

Can I use different types of vodka or bourbon for this shot?

Yes, experimenting with different brands or flavors of vodka and bourbon can add a unique twist to the Blister Shot.

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