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Jelly Fish Shot

This jelly fish shot is one of the more impressive looking layered shots out there. But it doesn’t stop at just being great looking, it also tastes fabulous. It’s only three ingredients layered into a shot glass with drops of grenadine providing the jelly fish tendrils.

The short glass in front filled with the layered shot in front of the two other glasses

The jelly fish shot is so cool looking. Everyone is intrigued by it and once they taste this shot, the intrigue turns into need. The taste is exquisite. The combination of creme de cacao, amaretto and Baileys Irish cream is perfect and great by itself, but add a few drops of grenadine and you are in for a taste treat.

I was at a bar when I first saw this jelly fish shot and I thought, “What the heck is that?” So, I asked the bartender, and once he told me, I knew there was one (or two) in my future.

Then I watched the recipient of this shot down it so quickly that all that was left was the shining residue of Baileys Irish cream on the side of the glass. He never even looked at it, other than to make sure the rim of the shot glass got to his mouth! Nor did this person seem to appreciate the beauty of the shot as the ingredients commingled.

Not me! I watched and admired with fascination that sweet bit of perfection just before he threw it back.

What I saw inspired me to make it.

And here we are!

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Helpful tips

  • To layer, use either a cocktail spoon or regular iced coffee teaspoon. I prefer to use the cocktail spoon 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.
  • 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.
  • Creme de cacao comes in a white (clear) and a dark version. Use the white version for this to work.
  • I use an eye dropper to drop the grenadine into the jelly fish shot, but it you don’t have one, you can stick the handle of a teaspoon in some grenadine and hold it over the glass letting the drops fall into the glass.
  • If you are just making it for you and your loved one, you can stick your clean finger in some grenadine and let the drops fall into the shot.
  • When dropping grenadine into the glass, try to let the drops fall in different places within the glass.

This recipe is for one shot, multiply the ingredients by the number of people you are serving.

How to make the jelly fish shot

Pre-step

Get shot glasses, cocktail spoon, pourers and eye dropper (if you have one).

Step One

Gather the ingredients – creme de cacao, Amaretto, Baileys Irish cream and grenadine.

Creme de cacao, amaretto, Baileys Irish cream, grenadine on a table

Step two

Since each of my shot glasses are 1.5 ounces, I measure .50 ounce of white creme de cacao. As you can see it ends up 1/3 of the way up the glass.

Creme de cacao poured in the three glasses with the bottle, spoon, pourer and eye dropper in the background

Step three

Place a pourer in the Amaretto bottle, take your cocktail spoon, turn it upside down so the curve of the bowl is facing up and rest it against the inside of the glass. Slowly pour the Amaretto over the bowl and into the glass on top of the creme de cacao.

Amaretto layered in the three glasses with the bottle in the background

Step four

Place either the same pourer or another one in the Baileys and place the spoon bowl side up, in and against the side of the glass. Slowly pour it over the bowl and into the glass.

Baileys layered in the three glasses with the bottle in the background

We are almost done.

Step five

Pour grenadine in a small glass and suck some up with the dropper and drip a total of 5 – 6 drops of Grenadine, each over a different spot at the top of the glass.

A hand with a dropper dropping a few drops of grenadine in the three glasses

That was three drops. See how the grenadine forces the Baileys to sink, forming tendrils?

Step six

Let’s see it after six drops.

A hand with a dropper putting more drops of grenadine in the shot

I quickly dropped grenadine in the other two glasses.

It took me a few minutes to take all the photos so the tendrils dispersed a little.

The layered shot showing off the tendrils in all three glasses

Now for the vertical view. See how much it dispersed even more? Just know that it’s normal.

Vertical shot of the tall glass of the layered shot with the smaller glasses in the background

Delicious!

I hope you enjoyed this jelly fish shot recipe.

Other fun shot recipes

Please feel free to leave me a comment what’s your favorite layered shot to drink?

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

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Square photo of the layered shot in the tall glass - square

Jelly Fish Shot

The combination of chocolate, almond and Baileys would make this shot delicious by itself, but add some drops of grenadine and you go to a different level. The grenadine drops drag the Baileys down through the layers making the jelly fish tendrils. Pretty and delicious.
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Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Cocktails
Keyword: easy shots, jelly fish shot, shots with amaretto, shots with baileys
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 shot
Calories: 152kcal

Ingredients

  • .50 ounce white creme de cacao
  • .50 ounce Amaretto
  • .50 ounce Baileys Irish cream
  • 6 drops Grenadine

Instructions

  • Place pourers in the Baileys and Amaretto bottle
  • Measure and pour in creme de cacao
  • Place spoon bowl-side up in and against the side of the glass and slowly pour Amaretto over the spoon and into the glass
  • Again with the spoon in the same position, slowly pour the Baileys Irish cream over the spoon into the shot glass
  • Drop 6 drops of grenadine in different spots in the drink
  • Down the shot
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Helpful Tips
  • To layer, use either a cocktail spoon or regular iced coffee teaspoon. I prefer to use the cocktail spoon 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.
  • 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.
  • Creme de cacao comes in a white (clear) and a dark version. Use the white version for this to work.
  • I use an eye dropper to drop the grenadine into the jelly fish shot, but it you don’t have one, you can stick the handle of a teaspoon in some grenadine and hold it over the glass letting the drops fall into the glass.
  • If you are just making it for you and your loved one, you can stick your clean finger in some grenadine and let the drops fall into the shot.
  • When dropping grenadine into the glass, try to let the drops fall in different places within the glass.

Nutrition

Serving: 1shot | Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 3mg | Sugar: 13g
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Originally published September of 2016.

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  1. These are SO cool looking! I don’t know if I’d want to drink it! haha Just stare at it instead ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Oh my gosh, I love this idea! Thse Jellyfish shots are super cool looking! I am totally making them for our next party.