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Mangled Frog Shot | 12 Shots of Christmas

Layers of Midori and Baileys Irish Cream run through with a dash of grenadine create the mangled frog look this shot is famously named for.

Vertical view of the beveled glass in front of the other two

This is the tenth post in my 12 Shots of Christmas series. On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: one Mangled Frog shot, 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!

This is a nastily named shot, isn’t it?  I assuming whoever named it, did so because it resembles a smooshed frog.

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I made this shot four times in a row, trying to match how I saw it portrayed when I did research for this Christmas shot series.  I could not replicate it, even when I fudged the amounts of the ingredients.

Nope, it pretty much looked like the shot above.  Though I will show you in one of the photos below how the longer it sits, the more the liqueurs meld together.

It’s still pretty and let me tell you, the Midori and Baileys together make for one delicious shot.  It’s creamy with a fun melon taste and it’s not too sweet, which I was afraid was going to be the case.

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Helpful tips

  • If you are going to layer this shot, either use a cocktail spoon or regular iced tea spoon – for the thin, tall shot glass, I have to use the iced tea spoon 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
  • If you don’t have an eye dropper, you can put a small amount of grenadine on a teaspoon and slowly drip it into the glass
three glasses with a green and beige liqueur layered in it
Photo Credit: Dishes Delish.

How to make the mangled frog shot

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

Get a shot glass and a cocktail spoon.

Step one

Gather the ingredients – Baileys, Midori and grenadine.

Baileys Midori and grenadine on a black board

Step two

Pour 3/4 ounce Midori in the shot glass.

Midori poured into the glasses with the bottle in the background

Step three

Place the spoon bowl side up in and against the side of the glass.  Slowly pour 1/2 ounce Baileys over the bowl and into the glass.

I absolutely love how the two ingredients split sides, with just a little infiltration. It makes me want to serve the shot like that.

Baileys layered into the glasses with the bottle in the background

Step four

Pour a little grenadine in a small glass.  Take an eye dropper, if you have one, and pull some grenadine up into it.

Notice in the photo below, you can see what I spoke about above; the longer the ingredients rest in the glass, the more they meld together.  It was one of the four times I tried to make this shot and I had let it languish on the table for a few minutes.

Grenadine in a little shot glass and a dropper beside it with the bottle in the background

Step five

Squeeze 6 – 8 drops of grenadine into the shot glass.  You can barely see the red, but if that makes the shot look less like a mangled frog, it can’t be a bad thing, right?

Grenadine dropped into the glasses with two other glasses and Christmas ornaments in the background

It’s a pretty shot, isn’t it?

Let’s look at another view with the beveled glass in front.

Vertical view of the beveled glass in front of the other two

All that is left is to shoot the shot.

I hope you enjoyed this mangled shot recipe!

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

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Vertical view of the beveled glass - square

Mangled Frog Shot

Only 3 ingredients in this pretty and delicious shot!  It’s a fun shot to serve at a party!
5 from 5 votes
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Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baileys shot, layered shot, mangled frog shot, midori shot, shot
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 shot
Calories: 119kcal

Ingredients

  • .75 ounce Midori
  • .50 ounce Baileys Irish Cream (or other Irish cream liqueur)
  • 6 drops grenadine (6 – 8)

Instructions

  • Pour Midori in the shot glass
  • Place the spoon with the bowl side up in and against the side of the glass and slowly pour the Baileys over the bowl and into the glass
  • With the eye dropper, pull up some grenadine into it and drop 6 – 8 drops into the shot
  • Shoot the shot
  • Smile
  • Enjoy
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Notes

Tips for making the Mangled Frog shot:
  • If you are going to layer this shot, either use a cocktail spoon or regular iced tea spoon – for the thin, tall shot glass, I have to use the iced tea spoon 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
  • If you don’t have an eye dropper, you can put a small amount of grenadine on a teaspoon and drip slowly into the glass

Nutrition

Serving: 1shot | Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 13g
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12 Comments

  1. Midori is my absolute favorite liquor! I’m glad I found my way over here for the mangled frog! You should rename it the Grinch, lol! Well done with this special series of the 12 shots of Christmas! Such a ton of extra Work!

  2. Well, I must have lived a sheltered life because I have never heard of these. They look fun and yummy, though, and the name made me laugh out loud!

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