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Sweet Tart Shot Recipe

Sweet tart shots are a delicious and easy way to enjoy a sweet and tart taste.

 They’re made with just a few simple ingredients and are sure to be a hit with everyone who tries them!

Whether you’re getting drunk from a bottle of wine or simply using your favorite liquor, the combination of tartness and sweetness makes it a delightful treat that’s sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

Sweet Tart Shot Recipe

What ingredients are needed to make a sweet tart shot?

The ingredients for this sweet tart shot recipe are:

  • White Vinegar
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Splash of vodka

If you’re making a non-alcoholic version, you will need to use 3/4 cup of white vinegar and 1/3 cup of fresh lemon juice.

 Make sure to add the vinegar and lemon juice to taste before mixing your drink with the vodka.

How much vodka do you need for a sweet tart shot?

Most shots have standard shot ratios, meaning that you’ll need one shot of vodka for every ounce of your favorite liquor.

 However, the sweet tart shot recipe is a unique take on the classic cocktail.

 There are no standard ratios to follow, so essentially, the ratio depends on how sweet you want your drink to be and how much vodka you want in the shot.

To give you an example, if you have a bottle of bourbon, half a shot of bourbon will be equal to one shot of vodka.

 If you have a bottle of vodka, you can make a half-shot of sweet tart (1/2 shot) using just two parts vodka to one part of your liquor choice.

What type of vodka is best for a sweet tart shot?

Any variety of vodka will make a tasty shot, but you may find that some liquors have more sweetness than others.

 For example, a 6% vodka like Grey Goose Vodka will be sweeter than a vodka with 10% alcohol content like Smirnoff Ice.

 This means that the higher the alcohol content, the less sweet it will taste.

In cases where you want to use vodka with high levels of sweetness, you can simply add extra sugar to the mixture.

 For example, if you’re mixing sweet tart drinks, you might want to use a 12.

5% ABV (alcohol by volume) vodka such as Absolut Elyx or Belvedere.

 These liquors will come across as less sweet since they contain more alcohol than a normal vodka.

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How do you mix a sweet tart shot?

To make a sweet tart shot, you’ll need:

  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice (juice from about 1 lemon)
  • 1 shot (1.5 oz.) of your favorite liquor
  • Cocktail glass or shot glass

What type of glass is best for a sweet tart shot?

If you’ve ever eaten dessert in a restaurant, you probably noticed that they always serve the desserts in a special cup.

 This is so the servers can easily see how much you’ve finished, and also so that the dessert isn’t spilled on your table.

The same holds true for any type of shot.

 Since it’s such a small amount, it’s best to use a cup that won’t get knocked over or drop easily.

 It’s also important to make sure the cup is large enough to accommodate the shot without spilling over.

The most common type of cup used in these shots is a Martini glass.

 That’s because they are tall and thin, which makes them ideal for holding a shot.

 On top of that, most tarts are about the same size as a martini glass (about 7 ounces), so this is a great combination.

How long should you shake a sweet tart shot?

The traditional recipe for a sweet tart shot calls for 10 minutes of shaking time.

 However, the mixture is thick, so you usually don’t have to shake it as long as the recipe calls for.

You’ll want to avoid over-mixing, so if you’re impatient or nervous, I would recommend only 20 or 30 seconds of shaking time.

 You’ll get more flavor and fewer bubbles.

What are the best garnishes for a sweet tart shot?

The best garnishes for a sweet tart shot include fresh fruit, limes, and sour candy.

 The fresh fruit adds sweetness and the sour candy adds tartness to your drink.

 Depending on what you’re drinking, you can go with a different garnish.

How much sour mix should you add to a sweet tart shot?

Sweet tart shots are made with just sour mix and liquor.

 The sweet tart mixture can be made with a variety of mixes, but the most commonly used ones are found in the cake and pastry aisle of the grocery store.

 You can get sweet tart mixes that include fruit or other flavors, but the ones we’re talking about here are the traditional “tart with a kick” kind.

 I recommend getting unsweetened mix, which will be best for this recipe.

Once you have your sour mix, you should follow the instructions on the package to make it.

 If you’re using a premade mix that’s already pre-made and ready to add to your alcohol, you’ll probably just want to follow the instructions on the package.

What type of sour mix is best for a sweet tart shot?

If you’re using a sweet tart shot recipe that calls for a souring agent other than lemon juice or vinegar, you’ll need to use a different kind of sour mix.

 A sour mix is usually a combination of sugar and lemon juice or vinegar, which causes the drink to have a distinctive tart flavor.

 You can find sour mix at many grocery stores and even online.

You can buy both premade and homemade types online.

 To make your own, start by adding equal parts sugar to lemon juice or vinegar in a saucepan over medium heat.

 Until the sugar dissolves, don’t stir so everything doesn’t become too watery.

 Once the sugar has dissolved completely, remove from heat, add water to the mixture until it becomes thick, and then stir in additional lemon juice or vinegar to taste.

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Can you make a sweet tart shot with a different type of alcohol?

Yes, you can.

 If you have a favorite liquor in mind and want to try making a sweet tart shot with that, you can!

The recipe that follows is for a sweet tart shot made with a bottle of vodka.

 You can use any type of spirit or liquor you want for your sweet tart shot.

 However, some liquors, such as whiskey and rum, tend to be more strongly flavored than others; so, if you do not like the taste of a particular liquor, it’s best to use another one.

If you like your shots on the sweeter side, try using tequila instead of vodka.

Sweet Tart Shot Recipe

Sweet Tart Shot Recipe

You might assume that the components for this recipe contain sweet tarts, but they do not. The sole reason this drink is referred to as a "sweet tart shot" is because you can create it in every color that sweet tarts come in. Give it a try nonetheless—this drink is excellent.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sweet Tart Shot Recipe
Servings: 1
Calories: 229kcal


  • 1 cocktail shaker


  • 1 ounce Vodka
  • 1 ounce Amaretto
  • 1 ounce Blue Curaçao
  • 1 ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 ounce of lime juice or lemon juice


  • Assemble your ingredients before making this cocktail.
  • The cocktail shaker with ice
  • Over the ice in the shaker, add the vodka, Amaretto, Blue Curaçao, simple syrup, and lime juice.
  • Shake (as you would at a bar!)
  • Pour the concoction (without the ice) into your shot glasses using a cocktail strainer.
  • Add a lime, lemon, or orange wheel as a garnish.
  • Serve cold.



Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 0.03g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 27mg | Sugar: 30g | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
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