Irish Flag Shot | Pretty and Delicious

If you like creme de menthe, you are going to love this Irish flag shot. It’s a fun and delicious layered shot that is wildly popular around Saint Patrick’s Day (March 17). But don’t let that deter you from drinking it any other day of the year.

Vertical view of the tilted glass in front of the other two. They are filled with the three layered shot

I’ve already stated that I don’t particularly like creme de menthe. It’s not that I don’t like the taste of mint. I do. To prove it, my favorite ice cream flavor is mint chocolate chip.

But when it comes to this Irish flag shot, the combination of the ingredients lessens what I think is creme de menthe’s cloying quality.

People who love mint and creme de menthe, LOVE this layered shot. They also go crazy over the grasshopper cocktail and the After Eight shot.

As you probably guessed already, this shot was named after the color combinations of the Irish flag and that’s why it’s important to use green creme de menthe and not the white version.

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Helpful tips

  • If you are going to layer any 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. The slower you pour the alcohol, the better. 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

How to make the Irish flag shot

Pre-step

Get a cocktail spoon, pourer and shot glasses.

This recipe is for one layered shot. If you are making more shots, just multiply the ingredients by how many shots you are making.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – green creme de menthe, Baileys Irish cream and Grand Marnier.

Creme de Menthe, Baileys Irish cream and Grand Marnier on a table

Step two

Pour green creme de menthe 1/3 of the way up the glass.

Green creme de menthe 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 Baileys Irish cream over the bowl and into the glass (another 1/3 of the way up the glass.)

Baileys Irish cream layered into the three glasses with the spoon and bottle in the background

Step four

Place the spoon in the glass again and pour the Grand Marnier slowly over the bowl of the spoon.

The flag shot in three glasses with the tilted glass in the front

Now, I’ve said this before, but when I layer Grand Marnier as I do with layered shots like this B52 shot, I can’t get the Grand Marnier to separate fully without some cloudiness.  But you know what?  That’s okay.  You can still see the layers.

Let’s get a little closer!

An upper view of the three layered shot in the tilted glass in front of the two other glasses

It’s pretty isn’t it?

I hope you enjoyed this Irish flag shot recipe.

Other layered shot recipes

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

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Vertical view of the tilted glass in front of the other two. They are filled with the three layered shot - square

Irish Flag Shot Cocktail

This pretty shot is not only colorful but it is delicious! It represents the Irish flag and I believe even leprechauns will like it!
5 from 11 votes
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Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: Cocktails
Keyword: Baileys Irish cream shot, Irish flag shot, layered shot
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 Shot
Calories: 285kcal

Ingredients

  • .50 ounce green Creme de Menthe
  • .50 ounce Baileys Irish Cream
  • .50 ounce Grand Marnier

Instructions

  • Fill your shot glass 1/3 with Creme de Menthe
  • Use your spoon and turn the bowl up, slowly pour Baileys Irish cream over the bowl so it layers. Fill it so it is 2/3 full
  • Use your spoon again and slowly pour Grand Marnier until it reaches close to the top of the shot glass
  • Take the shot glass and down the contents
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Tips for making this layered shot:
  • If you are going to layer any 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. The slower you pour the alcohol, the better.  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: 3ounces | Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 3mg | Sugar: 26g
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Originally published March of 2017.

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34 Comments

  1. Wow, this is a beautiful shot! I love making special treats like this for the holidays! Even better is when I get a bunch of the girls together and we make them! Can’t wait to try this out!

  2. I’d certainly drink this on any holiday. My little Irish heart is swooning over it! ? I too, love mint chocolate ice cream but am not the biggest fan of creme de menthe!

  3. Oh yes that’s my kind of shot! I would enjoy your Irish flag shot after a long and busy day. Such a fun little shot in emerald, who can resist right?

    1. Hehe. So true, Kaitie! Keep the kiddies away because they will want them because they are cool looking!!

  4. This is so fun! Now I wish I was having a St Patrick’s Day party because I know these would be the hit of the event!

  5. We love some minty chocolatey goodness too!! Holy cow girl, this shot looks like my cup of tea!

  6. I’m not Irish but I’m going to pretend to be!! This looks awesome and just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, too!!

  7. Elaine, you have absolutely mastered the layered shots, and have so many great tips for how to get a pretty and professional-looking result! Personally I’m a big mint fan so I’m all over these this weekend for St. Patrick’s Day!

  8. How cool is this cocktail love the idea of making a flag and St Patrick’s day is a great opportunity to show off the green colors. Cheers amiga!

  9. Oh yum, looks so delicious! I actually love creme de menthe haha, I am a serial mint fan haha. This one reminds me a bit of a jellyfish shot, where you can put in a few drops of raspberry syrup or cordial to pull some of the thicker layers down into the clear bottom layer. So fun!

    1. Hehe! My family likes it, I think I’m the only one who doesn’t but I do like the combination of these ingredients together! Thanks Laura!

  10. This shot is so pretty with its beautiful layers, not sure of my layering skills but I’ll try my best!