Santa Shot

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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.

Santa Shot drink recipe: Grenadine, Green Creme de Menthe, Peppermint Schnapps

This is a great treat for parties, especially as an aperitif. If you don’t trust your layering skills (learn how to layer cocktails like a pro here) under pressure, 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.

Santa Shot drink recipe: Grenadine, Green Creme de Menthe, Peppermint Schnapps


  • 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 the creme de menthe, then the peppermint schnapps.

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  1. What if you can’t find peppermint schnapps? would vodka do?

  2. Peppermint vodka would do. If you absolutely can’t find any kind of clear liquor that’s peppermint, then use regular vodka and add a drop or two of peppermint oil. I’m really not sure how many drops, so add one, taste it, add another, etc.

  3. I made this last night, and it was delicious and not hard to do, but the peppermint schnapps was hard to layer with the green mint alcohol and it sort of mixed, it needs to be poured VERY slowly. Really tasted like a candy cane, it was great!!

    • Try pouring over the back of a spoon, should help with the seperation

      • Sometimes it depends on the brand you’re using, too – they don’t all have exactly the same specific gravity. As you can see in my picture, my schnapps also just kind of blended in. And I cheated for the photo and used a syringe to add it practically drop by drop, LOL!

  4. How do you layer these? I tried to make it and it turned out brown.

    • Follow the link in the article on how to layer. You just have to do it very slowly, and that page details a few ways to do it.

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