Skittles 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 Skittles Shot, inspired by the rainbow-colored candy, is a favorite among those who enjoy sweet and fruity flavors. It's particularly popular at parties and among younger adults who appreciate a playful twist to their drinks.

  • Origins: The exact origin is unclear, but it likely emerged in the early 2000s as part of the trend for candy-flavored cocktails.
  • Popularity: Gained traction in bars that cater to a vibrant, party-going crowd.
  • Audience: Best suited for those with a sweet tooth and fans of the Skittles candy.

How Skittles Shot Tastes?

The Skittles Shot is a delightful mix of sweet and tangy flavors, reminiscent of the candy it's named after. It's a vibrant, fruity concoction with a slight sour kick from the sweet and sour mix, balanced by the tropical notes of pineapple juice.

Interesting facts about Skittles Shot

  • The Skittles Shot can be made in various colors, depending on the flavor of Skittles or liqueur used.
  • It's a popular choice for themed parties, especially those that involve colorful or playful elements.
  • Despite its sweet taste, the shot packs a punch with a combination of vodka and Southern Comfort.


A few good options for Skittles Shot are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Vodka is the backbone of many shots, providing a neutral, clean alcohol base that allows the other flavors to shine. At 0.75 oz, it's just enough to give the shot a kick without overpowering the sweet and fruity notes. Without it, you'd lose the boozy punch. Substitute it with flavored vodka for a twist, but that could either complement or compete with the other flavors.

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Southern Comfort

Southern Comfort, a whiskey-flavored liqueur, adds a smooth peachy flavor that plays well with the other sweet and fruity ingredients. Not too much or it could overshadow the melody of flavors. Skip it and you'll miss out on a warm, honeyed depth. A possible substitute could be amaretto for a nuttier profile.

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Melon Liqueur

At 0.75 oz, the melon liqueur brings a vibrant, sweet melon flavor that gives the Skittles Shot its unique 'rainbow' identity. Too much might turn your shot into a melon monsoon! If it's absent, the shot loses a signature flavor. Midori is the go-to, but other melon liqueurs could vary in sweetness and potency.

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Pineapple Juice

This tropical juice adds sweetness and a bit of acidity, balancing out the liqueurs. The amount is perfect for a refreshing zing. Remove it, and the shot might become too heavy on the alcohol. If you're out of pineapple, try orange juice for a different citrus twist.

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Sweet and Sour Mix

Sweet and Sour Mix brings a tartness that contrasts with the sweetness of the other ingredients. It's in just the right measure to pucker up the lips and ready you for another round. Without this, the shot could be cloyingly sweet. Lemon-lime soda could be a fizzy alternative but would change the shot's dynamics.

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Recipe. How to make Skittles Shot Drink

  1. Chill the shot glass: Place the shot glass in the freezer for a few minutes.
  2. Mix ingredients: In a shaker, combine 3/4 ounce of vodka, Southern Comfort, melon liqueur, pineapple juice, and sweet and sour mix.
  3. Shake well: Shake the mixture vigorously until well chilled.
  4. Strain: Strain the mixture into the chilled shot glass.
  5. Serve immediately: Enjoy the fruity blast of the Skittles Shot!

Pro Tips

  • Balance: Ensure a balance between sweet and sour to avoid the shot being overly sweet.
  • Chill: Always serve this shot well-chilled for the best experience.
  • Presentation: Use a colorful garnish, like a small skewer of Skittles, to enhance the visual appeal.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Tropical Fruits: The vibrancy of the Skittles Shot complements a platter of tropical fruits like mango, kiwi, or papaya, enhancing the shot's fruity notes.
  • Salty Snacks: A salty counterbalance like pretzels or salted nuts can offset the sweetness and provide a pleasing contrast.

Drink Pairings

  • Light Beer: A crisp, light beer can cleanse the palate between these sweet shots.
  • Sparkling Water: A palate cleanser that's refreshing and helps balance out the sweetness.

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What you could change in Skittles Shot

  • Vodka: Any premium vodka will do, but for a smoother taste, try Grey Goose or Ketel One.
  • Southern Comfort: If unavailable, peach schnapps can be a suitable substitute.
  • Melon Liqueur: Midori is the go-to, but Bols Melon can also work.

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Tropical Skittles Shot

  • Add coconut rum: Swap out the vodka for coconut rum to introduce a tropical twist.
  • Recipe: Chill, mix, shake, and strain as usual, but with coconut rum in place of vodka.
  • Flavor Change: The shot becomes more beachy with a smooth, creamy coconut vibe.

Berry Blast Skittles Shot

  • Use berry vodka: Opt for a berry flavored vodka to amplify the fruitiness.
  • Recipe: Replace the vodka with berry flavored vodka and follow the original steps.
  • Flavor Change: Expect a burst of summer berries, adding depth to the fruity profile.

Sour Skittles Shot

  • Increase Sweet and Sour Mix: Boost the Sweet and Sour Mix to 1 oz for more tang.
  • Recipe: Shake with more Sweet and Sour Mix and less pineapple juice for balance.
  • Flavor Change: The shot takes on a tart character, reminiscent of sour Skittles candy.

In case you forgot basics how to make Skittles 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.

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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 Skittles Shot

What glassware is ideal for serving a Skittles Shot?

Skittles Shots are typically served in standard shot glasses, which hold about 1.5 to 2 ounces of liquid.

Can Skittles Shots be batched for a party?

Yes, you can mix a larger quantity in advance and keep it chilled in the refrigerator before serving at a party. Just make sure to shake or stir well before pouring into shot glasses.

Are there any non-alcoholic versions of the Skittles Shot?

Non-alcoholic versions can be created by substituting the alcoholic ingredients with fruit juices, flavored syrups, or non-alcoholic alternatives.

How can I make the Skittles Shot if I don't have a cocktail shaker?

You can mix the ingredients in a glass with ice and stir well, then strain into a shot glass. However, a shaker is preferred for a chilled and well-mixed shot.

What is the shelf life of the ingredients used in a Skittles Shot?

Unopened spirits have an indefinite shelf life. Once opened, they should ideally be consumed within a year for optimal taste. Liqueurs and mixers can vary, so check the label for shelf life guidance.

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