Get ready to dive into the tantalizing world of the pineapple upside down shot! If you’re a fan of tropical flavors, vibrant colors, and a touch of whimsy in your cocktails, you’re in for a treat. From its irresistible combination of pineapple and cherries to its visually stunning presentation, this unique cocktail is an absolute showstopper.
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Why You Should Make This Pineapple Shot Recipe
- Quick: Keep ingredients chilled for a super speedy setup.
- Minimal Ingredients: THREE ingredients. That’s all you need for this simple cocktail treat.
- Stunning: The way the pineapple juice and grenadine layer makes this perfect for lining up at a party.
This cocktail was served to me at a bridal shower and I instantly fell in LOVE. Not only was it show stoppingly beautiful, but it tastes exactly like a bite of my favorite dessert: Pineapple Upside Down Cake!
It was the very first drink to disappear and everyone was begging for the recipe. I knew I needed to share this with all of you. It’s quick, easy, and has the perfect balance of tangy pineapple to sweet cherry. We tested it at our last bbq and everyone was RAVING over the flavor and in disbelief that it was truly so simple to make.
You will have everyone begging for the recipes and requesting it for every party.
Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shot Ingredients
The ingredients for a classic Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shot typically include three simple ingredients:
- Whipped Vodka: Our whipped vodka selections were limited at the local liquor store. We opted for Pinnacle, because it holds a great base flavor. I’ve heard that Burnett’s is also a great option.
- Pineapple Juice: I found small cans of juice, that was exactly the perfect size, next to the grape juice in our grocery store. It has one main ingredient, pineapple, which is exactly what you need for this drink.
- Grenadine: Grenadine is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a wide range of cocktails and adds a sweet and fruity flavor to drinks.
That’s it! Simple and delicious. You can also opt to have maraschino cherries as a side garnish if you wish, although I don’t recommend you putting them directly in the shot but instead serve on the side.
How To Make A Pineapple Cake Shot
There are TWO ways to make this recipe.
- PREP: Chill the vodka and the pineapple juice for several hours before serving.
- POUR: Pour the whipped vodka into the bottom of the shot glass. Top with pineapple juice. Carefully pour in the grenadine.
- ENJOY: The grenadine will settle on the bottom of the glass giving you a beautiful display. Serve and enjoy!
No time to chill? I’ve got you!
- PREP: Fill a shaker halfway with ice cubes.
- SHAKE: Add the vanilla vodka and pineapple juice to the shaker. Shake well to combine the ingredients and chill the mixture. Strain the mixture into a shot glass, filling it about ¾ of the way.
- POUR: Slowly pour the grenadine syrup into the center of the shot glass. It will sink to the bottom, creating a layered effect.
- ENJOY: Serve and enjoy this delightful Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shot!
- Shot Glasses: My sister collects shot glasses from all of her travels. Tall shot glasses (affiliate) are by far our favorite to use.
- Cocktail Shaker: I don’t mind serving these directly in the glass, but some people really enjoy mixing in a cocktail shaker (affiliate).
- Jigger: These handy cocktail tools make measuring super quick and easy! I like the Oxo Jigger (affiliate).
Yes, you can use regular vodka as a substitute for vanilla vodka in a pineapple upside down shot. While vanilla vodka adds a distinct flavor, regular vodka will still provide the alcoholic base for the shot. Experiment and adjust according to your personal preference. Cheers!
This shot layers well without any special tips. However, to ensure a more pronounced layering effect, you can slightly tilt the shot glass and pour the grenadine syrup slowly along the inside edge of the glass, allowing it to trickle down to the bottom.
Yes, you can definitely use fresh pineapple juice. Freshly squeezed pineapple juice can add a vibrant and authentic flavor to the shot.
If you don’t have grenadine syrup or prefer to omit it, you can still enjoy a delicious shot by focusing on the pineapple and vanilla flavors. The shot will have a different taste profile, but it can still be enjoyable without the grenadine.
as a general guideline, a Pineapple Upside Down Shot typically contains approximately 1 to 1.5 ounces (30 to 44 ml) of vodka, which is typically 40% alcohol by volume (ABV). This means that the shot would have an alcohol content of around 14% to 21% ABV. It’s worth noting that the exact alcohol content can be influenced by the specific brand and proof of the vodka used. As always, please drink responsibly and be aware of your own alcohol tolerance.
Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shot
- 1 ounce whipped vodka
- 1 ounce pineapple juice
- 1/2 ounce grenadine
- Chill the vodka and the pineapple juice for several hours before serving.
- Pour the whipped vodka into the bottom of the shot glass. Top with pineapple juice. Carefully pour in the grenadine.
- The grenadine will settle on the bottom of the glass giving you a beautiful display. Serve and enjoy!
- Fill a shaker halfway with ice cubes.
- Add the vanilla vodka and pineapple juice to the shaker. Shake well to combine the ingredients and chill the mixture. Strain the mixture into a shot glass, filling it about ¾ of the way.
- Slowly pour the grenadine syrup into the center of the shot glass. It will sink to the bottom, creating a layered effect.
- Serve and enjoy this delightful Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shot!