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Bomb Shots

Go to your local club and you’ll see the recent shot craze, the bomb shot. This is the hottest craze of alcoholic mixed drinks since prohibition.  Here at American Bartending School we have added a special mixology lessons on these hot new drink recipes.  We are also adding many new bomb shot recipes to our bartenders recipe site.

This new cocktail drink trend offers a variety of enticing options for shot lovers. Try out these new and old recipes to find your favorite. Although Red Bull is the most mentioned energy drink in recipes, any energy drink will work. Energy drinks are now a three billion dollar market and bomb shots have definitely added to this new pick me up.

Warning, these drinks are powerful and drinking and driving after a few of these can be dangerous. Best to be sampled when you’re not driving.

Bombs consist of energy drink, shot of liquor combination that will keep you up all night and never let you down. Which one is your favorite? The Irish Car Bomb? The Jager Bomb? The Obama? No matter what you like, there’s bound to be a shot out there for you.

The concept of the bomb shot is a no brainer. Take a shot of liquor, and drop it into a cup filled about half way with a “wash.” Shots can be taken either “clean,” dropping the shot into a cup, or “dirty,” pouring the shot directly into the wash.

New glassware has been invented to make the shots easier for bartenders to make and more fun for you to drink. Plastic bomb cups, or bombers, are as cheap as other plastic cups, and now there are companies that sell a plastic bomb shot glass that separates the two main ingredients by pouring one on top of the other. This type of glassware is easier to use but more expensive to purchase.


The Jager Bomb

The grand daddy of bomb shots is the Jager Bomb. It gets its name from the German liquor Jagermeister which is made from 56 different ingredients. Many describe as tasting like cough medicine. You decide.

The recipe is simple. A shot of Jagermeister dropped in half a glass of Red Bull, this shot is famous worldwide.

• Can of energy drink

• 1 shot of Jagermeister

Pour Red Bull into a glass. Drop shot of Jagermeister into glass.

The Obama

Named for the president of the United States. Smother and better tasting than the Jagermeister.

• Can of energy drink

• 1 oz of Bacardi O

• Splash of Orange Juice

Combine Red Bull and splash of orange juice into glass. Drop shot of Bacardi O into glass.

Irish Car Bomb

A hearty bomb that is guaranteed to give you that good feeling. Especially popular on St. Paddy’s Day or at Irish funerals.

• 3/4 pint Guinness Stout

• 1/2 oz Irish Creme

• 1/2 oz Jameson Irish whiskey

Pour the Irish Creme into the shot glass first and then slowly add the Jameson Irish Whisky. Fill a pint glass ¾ with Guinness. Drop the shot glass into the Guinness.

Fruit Flavored Bombs

Fruit flavored bombs come in a wide variety of flavors. Pick your favorite fruit flavor and there’s probably a liquor flavor. Cherry seems to be the most popular, but any flavored liquor will work.

Try a Cherry Bomb

• 1 shot Cherry vodka

• Can of Red Bull

Energy drink into a glass. Drop shot of cherry vodka into glass.


If you like this shot, then you’ll love our complete list of every candy-flavored shot and cocktail.

Click here to learn how to make every type of candy cocktail!





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