Spider Bite 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 16, 2024


The Spider Bite shot is a modern creation, designed for those who seek a quick rush of energy coupled with a potent kick of alcohol. It's a popular choice among party-goers and thrill-seekers.

  • Origin: The precise origin is unclear, but it likely emerged in the early 2000s as energy drinks became popular mixers in the bar scene.
  • Popularity: It gained traction in nightclubs where patrons wanted to keep the party going.
  • Target Audience: Ideal for those who enjoy a jolt of caffeine with their spirits.

How Spider Bite Tastes?

The Spider Bite shot is a potent concoction that delivers a sweet and citrusy flavor from the blue tequila, followed by the tart and slightly sweet taste of Red Bull. It's a strong, energizing shot with a unique flavor profile.

Interesting facts about Spider Bite

  • The blue color of Tarantula Azul tequila comes from food coloring added to give it a distinctive look.
  • Red Bull is often used in alcoholic drinks to provide a burst of energy.
  • The name 'Spider Bite' may evoke the sensation of a sudden, sharp impact, much like the effect of the shot.


  • Tequila:
  • White (tarantula azul): 1 shot
  • Red bull: 0.5 can

Tequila, white (Tarantula Azul)

Why we use it? Because life's short – and you need some zing that this vivid blue tequila brings! It's got just the right amount of kick, and it's citrus-flavored, which makes the whole "spider bite" a pleasure rather than a pain. Without it? Well, I suppose you could use a less colorful tequila, but you’d lose out on the thematic pizzazz and that subtle hint of blue agave charm.

Mary Mitkina

Red Bull

Why this exact amount? Because you're not trying to fly with wings, you're just trying to get a little buzz. Half a can wakes you up and keeps the shot from being overpowered by the caffeine. No Red Bull? Expect a less thrilling ride and the potential of a yawn instead of a bite. You could swap in another energy drink, but Red Bull has that distinctive flavor that mixes so well with spirits like Tarantula Azul.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Spider Bite Drink

  1. Chill a shot glass in the freezer for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Fill the shot glass with 1 shot of Tarantula Azul tequila.
  3. Pour half a can of Red Bull into a separate glass.
  4. Drop the shot glass gently into the glass with Red Bull.
  5. Serve immediately and instruct the drinker to consume it quickly.

Pro Tips

  • Temperature: Make sure the tequila is well chilled to enhance the smoothness of the shot.
  • Consumption: Encourage the drinker to consume the shot quickly after dropping it into the Red Bull to experience the full effect.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Salty Snacks: Pretzels, nuts, or popcorn can complement the crispness of the Red Bull and the spiciness of the tequila.
  • Citrus Flavored Dishes: Dishes like citrus-marinated shrimp or lemony grilled chicken balance well with the citrus notes of Tarantula Azul.

Drink Pairings

  • Light Beers: Serve alongside a light, crisp beer to cleanse the palate between shots.
  • Water: Always have water on hand, especially for shots with caffeine and alcohol to help stay hydrated.

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What you could change in Spider Bite

  • Tequila: If Tarantula Azul is not available, any other citrus-flavored tequila can be used as a substitute.
  • Red Bull: For a less caffeinated option, a similar energy drink with lower caffeine content can replace Red Bull.

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Cider Spider Bite

  • Ingredients: 1 shot of Tarantula Azul tequila, 0.5 can of apple cider
  • Recipe: Swap out the Red Bull for a fizzy apple cider. The sweetness of the cider will soften the bite of the tequila while complementing its citrus note. Serve this in a frosty mug for a refreshingly different apple orchard iteration of the Spider Bite.

Spicy Spider

  • Ingredients: 1 shot of spicy tequila, 0.5 can of Red Bull, a dash of hot sauce
  • Recipe: Choose a tequila infused with chili peppers for added heat. The hot sauce will turn up the temperature, and the Red Bull provides the cooling wings you'll need after this fiery gulp. It's a mouth-melting experience that’s not for the fainthearted!

Frozen Spider

  • Ingredients: 1 shot of Tarantula Azul tequila, 0.5 can of Red Bull, 1 cup of ice
  • Recipe: Blend all the ingredients until slushy. This vérité drink must be sipped rather than dropped and delivers a chilly slap rather than a bite. It's perfect for those looking to slow down the pace and enjoy a cold sting on a hot day.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Spider Bite

What glassware is appropriate for serving a Spider Bite?

A Spider Bite is typically served in a standard shot glass with a separate glass for the Red Bull, which can be a highball or pint glass.

Can I make a Spider Bite in advance?

Due to its fizzy component, it's best to make a Spider Bite right before consumption to preserve the effervescence and proper mixing of ingredients.

Is it necessary to use a specific brand of energy drink for a Spider Bite?

While Red Bull is the traditional choice, you can use any energy drink that pairs well with the citrus notes of the tequila.

What is the best way to chill tequila for the Spider Bite?

For optimal chill, tequila can be placed in the freezer for about 20-30 minutes or until it reaches your preferred temperature.

Are there any non-alcoholic versions of the Spider Bite?

For a non-alcoholic version, you could substitute the tequila with a non-alcoholic blue-tinted syrup and use a caffeine-free energy drink.

How can I garnish a Spider Bite shot?

A slice of lime or a rim of salt can be used as a garnish, complementing the tequila's flavor.

What are the best occasions for serving Spider Bite shots?

Spider Bite shots are great for parties, celebrations, and any events where a burst of energy is desired along with a festive atmosphere.

Can the Spider Bite shot be made less potent?

To decrease the potency, reduce the amount of tequila and substitute some of the energy drink with a non-caffeinated mixer like soda water or lemon-lime soda.

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