Green Tea Shot

Meet the Green Tea Shot, a refreshing shooter made with Irish whiskey, peach schnapps and sour mix. Enjoy it as a single shot or make a pitcher for parties.

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Classic Green Tea Shot recipe

The Green Tea Shot is a delicious and fun shooter recipe to enjoy this weekend! combines the rich notes of Irish whiskey with the sweet essence of peach schnapps, balanced perfectly by the tangy sour mix and a touch of fizzy lemon-lime soda.

Discover how to whip up this delightfully simple whiskey shot that will undoubtedly elevate your drinking experience.

You could even double the recipe to enjoy it as a Green Tea Martini. For a party, you can multiply the recipe to prepare a big batch ahead of time.

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Why you’ll love this recipe

  • With just three simple ingredients, the Green Tea Shot is incredibly easy to prepare.
  • Enjoy this little drink your way, whether sipping as a cocktail or knocking it back — no judgment here!
  • Savor the fruity tea-like taste without an overwhelming alcohol flavor.
  • Effortlessly scale up the recipe, transforming it into a refreshing cocktail or a large batch for parties.

But a word of caution: Despite its sweet and deceptively non-alcoholic taste, the Green Tea Shot can sneak up on you, so please drink responsibly!

You can enjoy these any time of year. They are refreshing in the spring and summer, but the slightly green hue of the shot makes them festive St. Patrick’s Day cocktails

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What is a Green Tea Shot?

The Green Tea Shot is a delightful and fun alcoholic drink recipe crafted with Irish whiskey, peach schnapps and sour mix.

Surprisingly, no actual green tea is involved. (However, they are the color of green tea, which is where the name of this drink comes from!)

For an added touch, you can add a splash of lemon-lime soda, providing a light effervescence to elevate the taste.

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Green Tea Shot
An overhead view of two cups of white tea shots garnished with lime wedges.
White Tea Shot

Green Tea Shot vs. White Tea Shot

While these two popular shots share similarities, they have a key distinguishing element — the base spirit. These important main ingredients lend their flavor and color.

The White Tea Shot incorporates vodka, peach schnapps and sour mix, resulting in a light-colored concoction reminiscent of a cup of white tea. On the other hand, the Green Tea Shot uses Irish whiskey instead of vodka, producing a darker green color that looks more like green tea.

Notably, the White Tea Shot presents a crisp and peachy taste, cleverly concealing the vodka flavor with the addition of peach schnapps. In the Irish whiskey version, the fruity flavor is still sweet but the whiskey makes it a little more complex.

For a twist, there’s also the Orange Tea Shot that boasts the use of orange-flavored Irish whiskey.

Tools & glassware

You’ll need 1.5-ounce or 2-ounce shot glasses. If you are crafting multiple shots, it’s best to employ a cocktail shaker instead of building them directly in the shot glasses.

Plus, utilizing a cocktail shaker allows you to mix the ingredients with ice, achieving a chilly temperature.

Use a jigger to measure the ingredients accurately.

A bottle of Peachtree Peach Schnapps

Ingredients

Grab these Green Tea Shot ingredients and let’s get mixing! 

  • Irish whiskey: This is the foundation of the shot. Jameson Irish whiskey is the most popular, but you can certainly try other brands of Irish whiskey.
  • Peach schnapps: This delightful peach liqueur brings a touch of fun to your bar cart.
  • Sour mix: This is a sweet lemon-lime cocktail mixer you can buy and use in tons of cocktail and shot recipes. For an even better shot, consider making your own homemade sour mix using fresh lemon juice, fresh lime juice, sugar, and water.
  • Lemon-lime soda: For a hint of bubbles and added flavor, a splash of soda (like Sprite or 7-Up) does the trick. This ingredient is optional and can be skipped.

If you like, you can garnish these shots with a lime wedge. 

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Variations and substitutions

No Irish whiskey? Bourbon and rye whiskey are a great way to substitute Irish whiskey, but the shots won’t taste exactly the same. 

No sour mix? Use margarita mix. You can also use 2 parts simple syrup to 1 part lemon juice and 1 part lime juice.

White Tea Shot: Substitute vodka for Irish whiskey to a different shot recipe.

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How to make Green Tea Shots

Creating a green tea shooter is a breeze. Just follow these steps:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes and pour in Irish whiskey, peach schnapps and sour mix.
  2. Shake the mixture thoroughly, then strain it into 1.5-ounce shot glasses.
  3. If your shot glasses are 2-ounce glasses, you can add a splash of lemon lime soda to the shots for extra flavor and fizz, and to fill up the shot glasses.

Tips & tricks

Here are some essential tips for making this popular party shooter:

  1. Measure out the ingredients accurately to achieve the perfect balance.
  2. Create a fresher taste by making your own sweet and sour mix with fresh citrus juice. 
  3. Multiply the recipe to make a batch for a party.
  4. Double the recipe and pour it into a martini glass for a cocktail.
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What to serve with Green Tea Shots

Green Tea Shots are a popular choice at bars, so you can enjoy them with your favorite bar foods, like beer cheese dip or fried pickles.

They would be so good with tortilla chips and a fruity salsa like pineapple salsa.

For something non-alcoholic, you could serve up sparkling green tea.

An overhead view of a light green teapot sits near two glass mugs of pale yellow liquid and a white bowl of lime wedges.

FAQ

What are Green Tea Shots made of?

Green Tea Shots contain Irish whiskey, peach schnapps and sour mix. Sometimes a splash of lemon-lime soda is added for brightness and bubbles.

What is the difference between a White Tea Shot and a Green Tea Shot?

White Tea Shots are made with vodka, peach schnapps and sour mix. Green Tea Shots are made the same way, but with Irish whiskey instead of vodka.

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A clear glass mug of pale yellow tea sits on a white marble surface garnished with a lime wedge.

Green Tea Shot

Yield: 1 shot
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

With just four simple ingredients, this refreshing shot offers a delightful tea-like flavor that will have you craving for more. Enjoy it as a quick shooter or double the recipe for a smooth and enjoyable cocktail.

Ingredients

  • ½ ounce Irish whiskey
  • ½ ounce peach schnapps
  • ½ ounce sour mix
  • ½ ounce lemon-lime soda, optional

Instructions

  1. To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add Irish whiskey, peach schnapps and sour mix.
  2. Shake the mixture thoroughly, then strain it into 1.5-ounce shot glasses.
  3. If your shot glasses are 2-ounce glasses, you can add a splash of lemon-lime soda to the shots for extra flavor and fizz, and to fill up the shot glasses.

Notes

Homemade sweet and sour mix: Use homemade sour mix instead of buying it. Combine ½ cup lemon juice, ½ cup lime juice and 1 cup simple syrup. Makes 2 cups.

Different recipes: Try one of the other versions of the green tea shot. The White Tea Shot uses vodka instead of Irish whiskey. The Orange Tea Shot uses orange-flavored Irish whiskey.

Green tea martini: Double the recipe and strain it into a martini glass to make a refreshing cocktail.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 2 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 81Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 0g

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