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11 layered shot recipes and how to pour them (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Impress your friends by pouring a badass layered shot like a boss

Layered shots impress at a party, but so many amateur bartenders fear the dreaded layer. But tremble no more — we can help you master this cool effect.

Pouring a layered shot is actually easy with a little practice. Soon you'll be creating your own layered shots.

There's one thing you need to understand first.

Liquor density: The critical key to layering shots

Liquor density is essentially the weight of the liquor. In general, sweeter liquors or liqueurs with less alcohol are typically the lightest. Alcohol-laden liquors are the heaviest. The heaviest liquor goes on bottom, with the lightest liquor on top.

How to layer a shot


  • Liquors
  • Jigger
  • Teaspoon
  • Shot glass


  1. Measure the densest liquor into the jigger, and then pour it into the shot glass.
  2. Measure the next-densest liquor. Place the spoon upside down with the tip inside the shot glass. Slowly pour the liquor over the back of the spoon.
  3. Repeat for any remaining less dense liquors.

With that in mind, it's time to learn to layer shots and get a few simple recipes to practice with.

Impress your friends by pouring a badass layered shot like a boss
Image: Karen Cox/SheKnows

*Note: Pour order does not correspond with color/liqueur layers as shown.

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