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Pineapple Upside Down Shot

Delight in the sweet nostalgia of a dessert-inspired shot, capturing the essence of a pineapple upside-down cake in a glass. This sweet and fruity shot is sure to be a hit with your guests, and it’s easy to make with just a few simple ingredients.

pineapple upside down shot

To make a pineapple upside down shot, you’ll need vanilla vodka, pineapple juice, grenadine, and maraschino cherries for garnish. Simply mix the vanilla vodka and pineapple juice together in an iced filled glass, then pour the mixture into shot glasses and add a splash of grenadine. Top each shot with a maraschino cherry for a fun and festive touch.

Whether you’re hosting a birthday party, a summer barbecue, or just a casual get-together with friends, the pineapple upside down shot is a great way to add some fun and flavor to your event. 


The pineapple upside down shot is a variation of the classic pineapple upside down cake, which was created in the early 20th century. The cake was originally made with canned pineapple rings, maraschino cherries, and a buttery brown sugar glaze poured on top of a yellow cake batter. It became an instant classic and remains a popular dessert today.

pineapple upside down shot pictured with ingredients

The pineapple upside down shot is a modern twist on the classic dessert. The shot is made with vanilla vodka, pineapple juice, and a splash of grenadine. It is typically served in a shot glass with a maraschino cherry garnish.

The origins of the pineapple upside down shot are not clear, but it is believed to have been created in the early 2000s. The shot quickly became popular in bars and nightclubs, and it is now a staple of modern mixology.

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How to Make It

pineapple upside down shot

Pineapple Upside Down Shot

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

Making a Pineapple Upside Down Shot is easy and requires only a few ingredients.

Here's how you can do it:


  • 1 1/2 oz. vanilla vodka
  • 1 1/2 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1/4 oz. grenadine
  • Garnish: Cherries


  1. Prepare the Ingredients
  2. Start by preparing your ingredients. Pour some pineapple juice into a small bowl or dish. Place some grenadine syrup into a separate dish. Make sure to have your vanilla vodka and maraschino cherries ready as well.
  3. Dip the Shot Glasses
  4. Take your shot glasses and dip the rims into the pineapple juice, making sure to coat the rims evenly. Then, dip the rims into the grenadine syrup, again making sure to coat them evenly. This will create a sweet and tangy rim for your shot glasses.
  5. Fill the Shot Glasses
  6. Fill each shot glass with one part vanilla vodka and two parts pineapple juice.
  7. Finally, garnish each shot with a maraschino cherry. You can either
    place the cherry on top of the shot or let it sink to the bottom, which
    will create the "upside-down" effect.

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There are many ways to customize the classic Pineapple Upside Down Shot recipe to suit your taste. Here are a few variations you can try:

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Spicy Pineapple Upside Down Shot

Add a dash of hot sauce or a slice of jalapeño to the shaker for a spicy kick.

Coconut Pineapple Upside Down Shot

Substitute coconut rum for the vanilla vodka to give the shot a tropical twist.

Peach Pineapple Upside Down Shot

Replace the pineapple juice with peach nectar and garnish with a slice of fresh peach for a fruity twist.

Blue Pineapple Upside Down Shot

Add a drop of blue food coloring to the shot for a fun and colorful twist.

Frozen Pineapple Upside Down Shot

Blend the ingredients with ice for a frozen version of the shot.

Pineapple Upside Down Shot
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