Easy Mini Beer Shot Recipe: Looks Like Beer, Tastes Like Vanilla

This adorable mini beer shot is all about illusion. If you have the right shot glass, it looks like a teeny beer, but it tastes like vanilla-scented heaven.

Updated January 31, 2024
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If you're someone who likes the idea of a beer more than the flavor of the beer itself, then boy do we have a treat for you. This mini beer shot is totally adorbs — it looks like a tiny beer, but it sure doesn't taste like one! Instead, it's creamy with hints of vanilla, citrus, and botanicals.

How to Make a Beer Shot

Get your mini beer glass ready to make the cutest shot in town. This is also super fun in a little mini mason jar. Or, just put it in a shot glass. It still looks like a beer. 


  • 1½ ounces Licor 43
  • ½ ounce heavy cream
  • Ice


  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice and Licor 43.
  2. Shake vigorously to chill.
  3. Strain into a shot glass.
  4. Pour heavy cream down the back of bar spoon to form a layer and create the appearance of foam on a beer.

Variations on the Beer Shot

This is one shooter that requires a particular look, but you can still make a few modifications.

  • Lightly shake the heavy cream with ice and add the foamiest part of the cream to serve as the head of the "beer."
  • Instead of Licor 43, use another vanilla liqueur, but be sure it has a yellow tint to mimic the look of the beer. You can achieve this by shaking equal parts of vanilla and butterscotch liqueur.
  • Using a frother, thicken the heavy cream before adding it to the Licor 43.

Related: Tiny Baby Guinness Beer Shot Recipe

Garnishing the Beer Shot

It may not appear at first glance, but the garnish of the beer shot is, in fact, the heavy cream that mimics the foam of beer. But if you really must garnish, you can always add a skewered piece of candied ginger or a tiny bit of lemon or orange zest sprinkled on the foam.

Shooting a Small Beer

Skip the carbonation of a beer and enjoy this mini instead in the form of a beer shot! Although for fun, you could enjoy the two side by side. Now that's a shot worth taking.

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Easy Mini Beer Shot Recipe: Looks Like Beer, Tastes Like Vanilla