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These Are the Shots You Didn’t Know You Need Now

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You’ve come a long way from Redheaded Sluts and Scooby Snacks, but even a seasoned drinker deserves to knock one back from time to time. While the Tipsy Tuesdays and Thirsty Thursdays of your college days may be things of the past, these shots don’t have to be.

1. Cosmopolitan Jelly Shot  


The Cosmopolitan made waves in the 90’s, which means it’s time to whip out your denim jacket and Dr. Martens because these boozy little cubes are making a comeback. Combine orange vodka, Grand Marnier, Rose’s Lime and cranberry juice with gelatin to take your Cosmo from neat to jiggly. Carrie Bradshaw may be over the Cosmo, but this pretty-in-pink drink is still a crowd-pleaser. Get the recipe.

2. Beet and Vodka Shot

Don’t be fooled by this game-changing vodka shot’s inviting hue—it’s packing some serious heat. Made with vodka, freshly grated horseradish and beet juice, this shooter is a step up from your dorm room day shots. Get the recipe.

3. Dirty Martini Shooter

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Yes, this shot does still have a “dirty” word in its name but there’s nothing immature about it. This mini Martini presents all the classic components of its full-sized friend—vodka, vermouth and olive brine—with a little added fun. The best part: it’s sippable too. Get the recipe.

4. Finger Lime Kamikaze Shot with Mint and Olive Oil

While your days of downing Kamikaze shots before dancing into the wee hours are long gone, it isn’t time for a crash landing just yet. Breathe new life into the pre-game shooter of your past with homemade lemonade, fresh mint and finger limes. Top it off with a little lemon-infused EVOO. Congrats, grad. The transition is going to be smoother than you thought. Get the recipe.

5. Edible Flower Lemon Jello Shot

Lemonheads candies were a favorite when you were a kid, so it’s no surprise that the familiar sweet-and-sour combo had fans in adults too. Since your next office party is no place for the Lemon Drop shots of your dorm days, consider puckering up for something a little more sophisticated. Top a grown-up mixture of vodka, Cointreau, freshly squeezed lemon juice, sugar and gelatin with edible flower petals to add some elegance to your next soirée.  Get the recipe.


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