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Chocolate-Covered Cherry Shot | 12 Shots of Christmas

Who doesn’t like chocolate-covered cherries? This Chocolate-Covered Cherry shot is just as popular but more fun for grown-ups, especially at holiday gatherings.

A clear view of the top of the glass of baileys, kahlua and grenadine, the tall glass in front of the shorter glass

This is the ninth post in my 12 Shots of Christmas series.  On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: one Chocolate-Covered Cherry shot, one Nutcracker shot, one Tootsie Roll shot, one Eggnog shot, one After Eight shot, one Snowball shot, one Black Forest Cake shot, one Chocolate Raspberry Kiss shot and a shot named Peppermint Patty!

Everyone loves this shot. At least everyone I’ve served it to. Many shots are named for what they taste like, but this one tastes the most (if not exactly) like what it’s named for: a chocolate covered cherry.

Of the shots I had her taste test for me, my niece Elizabeth said this chocolate covered cherry shot was her favorite!

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Helpful tips

  • If you are going to layer this shot, either use a cocktail spoon or regular iced coffee teaspoon – for the thin, tall shot glass, I have to use the iced coffee teaspoon because the cocktail spoon is too wide to fit in the glass.
  • Always place the spoon bowl side up in the glass, against the side.
  • Using a pourer controls the pour, which is critical to layering any shot. But if you do use a pourer, just know that you will have to eyeball your quantities because in that case, they’re coming straight out of the bottle, unmeasured.
  • As with all layered shots, you need to place the heaviest liquor on the bottom and work your way up to the lightest.
a tall and short glass layered with three different colored liqueurs
Photo Credit: Dishes Delish.

How to make chocolate covered cherry shot

This recipe is for one shot. To make multiple shots, you can double or triple the recipe.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – grenadine, Kahlúa and Baileys. Also get a cocktail spoon and the shot glass.

Kahlúa, Baileys and grenadine on a black table

Step two

Pour a half ounce of grenadine into the glass (1/3 of the way up the glass.)

Grenadine poured into the shot glasses with the bottle in the background

Step three

Place the spoon bowl side up in and against the side of the glass and slowly pour a half ounce of Kahlúa over the bowl and into the glass (another 1/3 of the way up the glass.)

Kahlúa layered into the glasses with the bottle in the background

Step four

Place the spoon back in the glass and layer in half ounce of Baileys (another 1/3 of the way up the glass.)

Baileys layered into the glasses with the bottle in the background

Let’s look at the vertical view without the bottle in it.

Vertical view of the layered shot with the tall glass in front of the shorter glass

Isn’t it a pretty shot?

All that is left to do is pick up the shot and shoot it!

It is so delicious. I hope you enjoyed this chocolate covered cherry shot recipe.

And as always, may all your dishes/drinks be delish!

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Tall glass of filled with the layered shot and shorter glass in the background

Chocolate Covered Cherry Shot

This is one of the tastiest shots I’ve ever had.  It tastes so much like a chocolate covered cherry, that you’ll forget you don’t have to chew!
5 from 19 votes
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Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate covered cherry shot, chocolate shot, layered shot, shot
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 shot
Calories: 132kcal

Ingredients

  • .50 ounce grenadine
  • .50 ounce Kahlúa
  • .50 ounce Baileys Irish Cream

Instructions

  • Pour the grenadine in the glass
  • Place the spoon bowl side up in and against the side of the glass and slowly pour Kahlúa over the bowl of the spoon
  • Put the spoon back in the glass and slowly pour Baileys over the bowl of the spoon
  • Shoot the shot
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

For more than one shot, multiply this recipe.
Tips for making the Chocolate-Covered Cherry shot:
  • If you are going to layer this shot, either use a cocktail spoon or regular iced coffee teaspoon – for the thin, tall shot glass, I have to use the iced coffee teaspoon because the cocktail spoon is too wide to fit in the glass
  • Always place the spoon bowl side up in the glass, against the side
  • Using a pourer controls the pour, which is critical to layering any shot. But if you do use a pourer, just know that you will have to eyeball your quantities because in that case, they’re coming straight out of the bottle, unmeasured
  • As with all layered shots, you need to place the heaviest liquor on the bottom and work your way up to the lightest

Nutrition

Serving: 1shot | Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Sugar: 16g
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43 Comments

    1. Hehe. I would have too, but the glass is only 1.5 ounces – or a little more than that and the cherry would take up liqueur real estate. 😉

  1. As a fan of chocolate covered cherries, I know this would be fun to make and fun to drink. What a great little treat to have lined up for the holiday guests. Now…to find a bunch of little glasses before my next party.

  2. YUM!! Not only does this shot look absolutely stunning, I can imagine it would taste sooo delicious! I love the way the three layers sit in the glass, just gorgeous! Definitely adding this to my Christmas list 🙂

  3. Haha i love chocolate covered cherries, and also i love to celebrate holidays with a good amount of tasty drinks. Cherry flavored shot? Oh yes!

  4. I am so on board with the twelve shots of Christmas. What a fun idea. I usually buy my brother in law chocolate covered cherries for Christmas, but now I’m going to have to make him a big batch of this!

  5. I’ve been searching for the perfect party shot to serve for our end of year party with family and friends. I think I’m going to skip jello shots and make this chocolate covered cherry recipe because it’s just so fitting during the holiday season, yum!

  6. 12 shots of Christmas? What a fun twist! I’m definitely going to have to go back and check out the other delicious options you’ve got going, but chocolate and cherry sounds pretty hard to beat!

  7. Aww these are fantastic! I love the holiday flair! I will definitely be putting these on my drink list while hosting family this year!

  8. WHAT a great tasting shot this is! Truly: it’s just like a chocolate covered cherry. Well, maybe just a little bit tastier!

  9. Hello, does this have to be a layered shot or could you make it ahead of time mixed together? Just wondering if the creamy liquors would make it gross or if you could just mix it every time before you served it. Thank you!

    1. You could make it ahead of time, Katelynn and it doesn’t have to be layered. If there is any separation, Just give it a shake or brisk stir before pouring it out in the shot glasses.

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