Jelly Bean Shot

Get the party started by serving this jelly bean shot at your next holiday gathering. Sweet, delicious and pretty, it will become your new go-to party launcher.

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This jelly bean shot is one of those drinks that taste almost exactly like what they are named for. You’ll drink this layered shot and say, “Yup, a jelly bean.” It’s sweet, delicious and fun.

Another layered shots that tastes just like its name is the chocolate covered cherry shot.

If you are having a party, try serving this shot. Or, check out my other shot and shooter recipes for inspiration. The peanut butter and jelly shot is another really yummy layered shot.

I’ve seen many different jelly bean shot recipes – some layered, some not – but this is the one I recommend for best flavor.

This layered shot is also a perfect example of how the layers can switch positions after you’ve poured them. I absolutely love when that happens.

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Helpful tips

  • How to layer a shot: Use either a cocktail spoon or a regular iced coffee teaspoon. I prefer to use the cocktail spoon because of the wider bowl but 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 with the bowl-side facing up in and against the side of the glass. You will then slowly pour the liquid over the bowl and so it dribbles down the inside of the glass.
  • If you plan to make layered shots, I say invest in a few pourers. I bought a set of six pourers for $6.99.
  • Using a pourer helps to control 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.
  • If you don’t have a pourer, you can use a small pyrex measuring glass with a spout, but make sure you pour very slowly.
  • Unless I’m serving enough cocktails to use a full can, I recommend buying small cans of pineapple juice to minimize waste.
  • Since it does come in cans, transfer the pineapple juice into the small pyrex measuring glass I mention above, since it would be hard to pour slowly from a can.
  • When layering shots, you place the heaviest liquor on the bottom and work your way up in weight.
  • I like to use different shapes of shot glasses not only because it’s fun to see how each shape accepts layering, but layered shots look pretty in the different shapes.
  • I have noticed that in the tall shot glass, the layers get muddied unless the weights of the liquors are real different. But if they are close in weight, you’ll get the muddied look. This jelly bean shot allows you to see how differently each shot glass handles the layers.

This recipe is for one shot, but if you are making shots for a group, just multiply the ingredients by the amount of people you are serving.

This shot calls for three ingredients of equal proportion.

How to mix this candy shot

Pre-step

Get a cocktail spoon, pourer and shot glass.

Step one

Get the ingredients – Blackberry brandy, pineapple juice and blue Curacao.

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Step two

Measure a half ounce of blackberry brandy and pour it into the shot glass.

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Step three

Shake the pineapple juice and pour about 2 ounces in a small measuring cup. Place the cocktail spoon with the bowl side up in and against the glass and slowly pour the pineapple juice over the bowl and into the glass.

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Notice above there isn’t a real delineation of layers, but watch the next step.

Step four

Put the pourer in the blue Curacao bottle. Then place the spoon bowl side up in and against the glass again and slowly pour the blue Curacao over the bowl and into the glass.

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See how the tall glass took the layers? Very different from the other two. It’s very muddied.

Let’s see the jelly bean shot without the blue Curacao bottle.

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Isn’t that fun?

I hope you try this delicious and pretty jelly bean shot recipe! It’s so yummy.

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

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Jelly Bean Shot

This jelly bean shot tastes so much like a jelly bean that if you're a fan, you're going to love it! It's slightly sweet and tastes just like its name.
5 from 4 votes
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American
Keyword: jelly bean shot, layered shot, party shot
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 shot
Calories: 96kcal

Ingredients

  • .50 ounce blackberry brandy
  • .50 ounce pineapple juice
  • .50 ounce blue Curacao

Optional

  • 12 jelly beans

Instructions

  • Pour blackberry brandy into the glass 1/3 of the way up
  • Pour the pineapple juice in the measuring glass with a spout. Place cocktail spoon bowl side up in and against the glass and slowly pour the pineapple juice over the bowl of the spoon and into the glass
  • Put a pourer into the blue Curacao bottle. Place the cocktail spoon bowl side in and against the glass and slowly pour the blue Curacao over the bowl and into the glass
  • Down the shot
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Helpful Tips
  • How to layer a shot: Use either a cocktail spoon or a regular iced coffee teaspoon. I prefer to use the cocktail spoon because of the wider bowl but 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 upside down with the bowl-side facing up in and against the side of the glass. You will then slowly pour the liquid over the bowl and so it dribbles down the inside of the glass.
  • If you plan to make layered shots, I say invest in a few pourers. I got a set of 6 pourers for $6.99.
  • Using a pourer helps to control 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.
  • If you don’t have a pourer, you can use a small pyrex measuring glass with a spout but make sure you pour very slowly.
  • You will have to pour the pineapple juice into the small pyrex measuring glass since it will come from the can and won’t be easy to pour slowly.
  • I buy small cans of pineapple juice because unless I’m throwing a party and will use it up, you want the small cans so you’re not wasting the juice.
  • When layering shots, you place the heaviest liquor on the bottom and work your way up in weight.
  • I like to use different shapes of shot glasses not only because it’s fun to see how each shape accepts layering, but layered shots look pretty in the different shapes.
  • I have noticed that in the tall shot glass, the layers get muddied unless the weights of the liquors are real different. But if they are close in weight, you’ll get the muddied look. This jelly bean shot allows you to see how differently each shot glass handles the layers.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 8mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin C: 1mg
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