Orange Tea Shot

Shake up a round of Orange Tea Shots, a sweet sipper made with orange-flavored Irish whiskey, peach schnapps and sour mix. It’s a luscious, zesty shooter recipe that’s fun for parties, or you can mix it into an Orange Tea Martini.

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Orange Tea Shot recipe

The Orange Tea Shot is a delightful and refreshing shooter recipe that’s perfect for spicing up your weekend!

It takes the zesty flavors of Jameson Orange — an orange-infused Irish whiskey — and combines them with the luscious sweetness of peach schnapps and tangy sour mix. You can add a splash of lemon-lime soda for a bit of bubbles.

Learn how to create this incredibly easy whiskey shot that will add a citrusy twist to your evening. If you’re feeling a bit fancy, don’t hesitate to double up the recipe for an Orange Tea Martini, a whiskey cocktail you’ll love.

And for gatherings, you can even scale it up to concoct a large batch in advance.

More shooter recipes: Chocolate Cake Shots • Baby Guinness Shots • Milk Tart Shots

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Why you’ll love this recipe

Level up your drinking game with a shot that’s as easy as it is delicious. The Orange Tea Shot is about to become your new favorite go-to beverage for any occasion! You are going to adore this easy shooter recipe.

  • Crafting Orange Tea Shots is a breeze, with just three readily available ingredients.
  • Whether you’re a seasoned mixologist or a newcomer to cocktail-making, this recipe suits everyone.
  • Sip it slowly as a drink to savor the intricate blend of flavors, or embrace the spirit of fun and shoot it back! There are no rules when it comes to enjoying this sweet shot.

One of the best things about the Orange Tea Shot is its year-round appeal. It’s a refreshing pick-me-up during the warmer seasons. The vibrant orange hue and base of Irish whiskey add a festive touch to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

However, a gentle reminder: Though the Orange Tea Shot delights with its sweet and easy-to-drink character, it still packs a punch, so do savor it responsibly!

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What is an Orange Tea Shot?

The Orange Tea Shot is an alcoholic shooter recipe that combines orange-flavored Irish whiskey with the sweet taste of peach schnapps and zesty sour mix.

It’s a variation on the White Tea Shot and the Green Tea Shooter. And much like its counterparts, there’s no actual green tea or white tea involved. (But don’t worry, it’s as flavorful as your favorite brew!)

Despite the absence of tea, these shot recipes get their names from their colors, which make them look like little glasses of tea.

Adding a splash of lemon-lime soda into the mix gives the shots a subtle effervescence that not only adds a delightful fizz but gives depth to the flavor.

An orange liqueur shot in a clear glass mug.
Orange Tea Shot
Two white tea shots garnished with lime wedges.
White Tea Shot
A mug of green tea garnished with a lime wedge near a teal teapot.
Green Tea Shot

Green Tea Shot vs. White Tea Shot vs. Orange Tea Shot

While these 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 pale-colored concoction that resembles a mug of white tea.

On the other hand, the classic Green Tea Shot recipe uses Irish whiskey (typically Jameson Irish Whiskey) instead of vodka, producing a darker green color that looks more like green tea.

And then there’s the Orange Tea Shot, which uses orange-flavored whiskey (typically Jameson Orange) to craft an orange-flavored version.

The White Tea Shot offers a crisp, fruity flavor, masking the vodka flavor with the addition of peach schnapps. In the two Irish whiskey versions, the fruity flavor is still strong but the whiskey makes it a little more complex.

Tools & glassware

You’ll need 1.5-ounce or 2-ounce shot glasses for these Orange Tea Shots.

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, to get that perfect chilly temperature.

Use a jigger to measure the ingredients accurately.

a bottle of Jameson Orange.
A bottle of Peachtree Peach Schnapps

Ingredients

Stock up on these ingredients for Orange Tea Shots at the grocery store or liquor store, and let’s get mixing! 

  • Orange-flavored Irish whiskey: This is the foundation of the shot: Jameson Orange Irish whiskey is the main ingredient that gives these shots their orange flavor. Jameson Orange is an orange-flavored whiskey by the Jameson Whiskey Company. 
  • Peach schnapps: This delightful peach liqueur brings a touch of fun to your bar cart and adds a bright, peachy flavor to these alcoholic shots. 
  • Sour mix: This is a sweet lemon-lime cocktail mixer you can buy and use in many 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 prefer to go lighter but still want bubbles, you can use soda water instead. 

You can garnish these with a little orange slice if you like to make the presentation extra fancy.

A pale yellow liqueur shot is garnished with an orange wedge sitting next to a cutting board with a second drink on it.

Variations and substitutions

Want to or need to mix up this recipe? Here are some ways you can do that: 

No orange whiskey? Add a splash of orange liqueur, orange juice or a few dashes of orange bitters to give regular Irish whiskey some orange flavor.

  • For orange juice and orange liqueur: Combine ⅓ ounce orange liqueur or juice with ⅔ ounce Irish whiskey.
  • For orange bitters: Add 2 dashes orange bitters to 1 ounce Irish whiskey.

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 whiskey to make a different shot recipe.

Green Tea Shot: Use regular, unflavored Irish whiskey instead of orange-flavored.

Orange Tea Martini: Double the recipe and make this into a quaffable alcoholic drink instead. As a sweet-sour whiskey drink, it’s a refreshing drink with simple ingredients. 

A liqueur cocktail is poured from a stainless cocktail shaker.

How to make Orange Tea Shots

Creating this simple whiskey shot is a breeze. Just follow these steps:

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker or mason jar with ice cubes and pour in orange 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.
A hand garnishes a tea shot with an orange wedge.

Tips & tricks

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

  • Measure out the ingredients accurately to achieve the perfect balance.
  • Create a fresher taste by making your own sweet-and-sour mix with fresh citrus juice.
  • Multiply the recipe to make a batch for a party.
  • Double the recipe and pour it into a martini glass for a cocktail.
  • Add an orange slice garnish to make these stand out.
An orange liqueur shot in a clear glass mug.

What to serve with Orange Tea Shots

Tea shots are a popular choice at bars so that 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 fruity salsa like pineapple salsa.

For dessert, enjoy them with orange poppy seed muffins or margarita bars.

Two Orange Tea Shots sit alongside a white teapot, bottle of orange liqueur and a cutting board with half an orange.

FAQ

What is an Orange Tea Shot made of?

Orange tea shots are made with orange-flavored Irish whiskey, sour mix and peach schnapps. There is no actual tea in an Orange Tea Shot; however, they have a fruity flavor thanks to the addition of lemon-, lime-, peach- and orange-flavored ingredients.

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

These three tea shots are all made with peach schnapps and sour mix, but have different base spirits, which results in the various colors. White Tea Shots are made with vodka and have a light, translucent white color to them, similar to real white tea. Green Tea Shots use Irish whiskey instead of vodka and have a color like real green tea. Orange Tea Shots are made with orange-flavored Irish whiskey, usually Jameson Orange, and have a more orange hue.

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Orange Tea Shot

Yield: 1 shot
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
The Orange Tea Shot is a sweet, zesty shooter recipe with a base of Irish whiskey and peach schnapps.
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ingredients

  • ½ ounce orange-flavored Irish whiskey such as Jameson Orange
  • ½ ounce peach schnapps
  • ½ ounce sour mix
  • ½ ounce lemon-lime soda optional

instructions

  • To a cocktail shaker filled with ice, add Irish whiskey, peach schnapps and sour mix.
  • Shake the mixture thoroughly, then strain it into 1.5-ounce shot glasses.
  • 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 Green Tea Shot uses regular Irish whiskey.
Orange 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 shot

amount per serving:

Calories: 90kcal Carbohydrates: 8g Protein: 0.01g Sodium: 11mg Potassium: 0.3mg Sugar: 8g Calcium: 0.3mg
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