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Top 10 Rum Shots to Get Your Party Started

Rum shots bring the Caribbean’s warm vibes straight to your party. They blend bold flavors and the smooth essence of rum into a compact, fun drink. These shots suit anyone looking to add a playful twist to their drink selection. They come in a variety of flavors, catering to all tastes. Perfect for livening up gatherings or expanding your drink menu, they’re a must-try for adventurous spirits. Check out the roundup for the best rum shot recipes.

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Liquid Marijuana Shot

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Marijuana doesn’t actually appear in the recipe for these rum shots. Instead, the name probably derives from the bright green color and powerful effects of the shooter. Four spirits, including spiced and coconut rum, are used to make this strong shot. Small amounts of simple syrup and fruit juices bring balance to the drink. 


Captain on Acid Shot

Captain on Acid Shot
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This rum shot has two types of rum, calling specifically for Captain Morgan Rum, but you can use the coconut rum of your preference. Captain on Acid is a layered shot with an array of colors created from small amounts of Blue Curacao and Grenadine, which also adds a sweet element to the shooter. 


Big Bang Rum Shooter

Big Bang Rum Shooter
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Another example of rum shots that use multiple rums, this shooter calls for robust dark rum in addition to a high-proof variety. This shooter cuts the alcohol with tropical juices from orange and pineapple while adding a small amount of simple syrup for sweetness. A dash of bitters brings a balance to this tart shot. 


Buttery Nipple Shot

Buttery Nipple Shot
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If you’re interested in rum shots but not a fan of tropical flavors, the Buttery Nipple Shot provides an excellent option. This is an all-alcohol shot, layering butterscotch schnapps and smooth Irish cream. While the typical shooter stops here, this recipe adds white rum float to the top to add an extra kick to the shot. 


Banana Pudding Shots

Banana Pudding Shots
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These rum shots double as desserts for the perfect sweet ending to an enjoyable evening. Rum is incorporated in the shooter in the pudding mix with white rum. Adding crumbled vanilla wafers in between layers of pudding provides a crunchy element. Top with fresh banana and whipped cream for the perfect sweet and boozy treat.  


Voodoo Shooter

Voodoo Shooter
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The Voodoo Shooter is another option for those not looking for something overly sweet but still rich and decadent. This layer shot uses coffee liqueur for an intense, slightly bitter base. Next comes a rum cream, lending smoothness to the drink. Finally, the shot is topped with intense overproof rum to create this strong shooter. 


Tropic Thunder Shots

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Colorful and cute, these rum shots are perfect for parties, especially ones with a tropical theme. A splash of grenadine adds a bright pop of red, creating a sunset-toned gradient in this shot. Other colors come from orange and pineapple juices, and coconut rum adds even more tropical flavor to this shooter. 


Jell-O Shot

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Another example of a shooter that can double as dessert, this shot uses Jell-O as its base. While many shots of this kind use vodka, white rum can be substituted for a more intense flavor. Customize this shot by picking your favorite gelatin flavor. Try orange or pineapple for a tropical taste or cherry to bring out richer flavors in the rum.


Blue Scooby Snack Shot

Blue Scooby Snack Shot
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Blue Curacao gives this shot its color while adding an orange flavor that blends well with the coconut rum. Pineapple juice adds sweet citrus notes, which, in addition to the Creme de Banana, creates the perfect tropical combination. If you want to add a creamy element to this sweet rum shot top it with whipped cream. 


Strawberry Smash Rum Shots

Strawberry Smash Rum Shots
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One of the most popular rum shots, especially for celebrations, these fruity shooters have a perfect mix of sweetness and citrus. Strawberries are the star of these shots, that when combined with lime juice, have a pleasantly tart taste. Simple syrup sweetens the shooter, which is added at the same time as your favorite light rum.


A rum shot in a small, clear shot glass, placed on a rustic wooden bar. The rum is a deep amber color, rich and inviting, with a smooth texture visible even in the small serving. The glass is straightforward and functional, typical of shot glasses, emphasizing the spirit's quality. The background features a traditional bar setting with a variety of rum bottles on shelves, dimly lit to create a warm and intimate atmosphere. The focus is on the rum shot, showcasing its simplicity and the pure flavor of the rum.

10 Rum Shot Recipes

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.7 from 3 votes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: rum shots
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
Check out these amazing rum shot recipes that will liven up any party or celebration.

Instructions

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  • Gather all the needed ingredients
  • Prep a rum shot in less than 5 minutes
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Written by Paul Kushner

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