The Santa Shot is a gorgeous little red and green layered shot that tastes like a candy cane. It’s Christmas ascetics combined with Christmas flavors, and it packs plenty of Christmas spirit. You might even want to leave one out for Santa with his cookies.
This is a great treat for parties, especially as an aperitif. The flavors in this drink are mint and berry, which are tricky to pair with foods. That’s why I recommend serving this before dinner, to get your appetite going. After dinner also works well – like a little after-dinner candy. If you need some tips on layering cocktails, check out my ~1 minute video or look at my page on how to layer cocktails.
If you still don’t trust your layering skills under pressure (totally understandable), you can pour these in advance, put them on a serving tray and leave them in the fridge to stay nice and chilled. When the times comes, just pull the serving tray out carefully and carry it in to deliver the drinks to your guests.
Now, if you’re wondering why this has three ingredients but only two visible layers, that’s because the creme de menthe and peppermint schnapps blended together. Different brands of the very same spirit can have different “specific gravity“, and that’s what determines which ingredient will float on top of another ingredient. Your schnapps may float on your creme de menthe, and if it does, you’ll have a clear layer on top of the green layer. But it’s all good because it’s a beautiful cocktail either way.
Santa Shot Recipe
- 1 part grenadine syrup
- 1 part green creme de menthe
- 1 part peppermint schnapps
Pour grenadine to about 1/3 of your shot glass. Carefully layer equal parts of the creme de menthe, then the peppermint schnapps. Don’t worry if the schnapps and creme de menthe blend together, as mine did. You can garnish it with crushed candy canes, if you want.