Who doesn’t love an icy, tasty shot now and again? There are so many options out there to choose from- but this is a real classic crowd-pleaser and one of my favorites.
A white tea shot is one of the most refreshing, light, and flavorful shots of all and is incredibly easy to make at home by yourself.
Unlike some other cocktail recipes, a white tea shot can be made using simple mixing tools and only five ingredients- making it an excellent choice for anyone looking for a quick and tasty tipple.
The recipe card below is one of the best white tea shot mixes I have tried- and it also happens to be one of the most straightforward. There are other ways to make it- which I have summarized later, but I think sometimes the simple solution is the best solution!
Keep reading for the best white tea shot recipe that takes less than two minutes to make and is sure to be a hit and get the party started.
What Is a White Tea Shot?
A white tea shot comes in many forms- but it is essentially an alcoholic drink that tastes similar to a fresh lemon iced tea. Some recipes use actual tea bags or tea leaves, but this one doesn’t.
The name comes more from the flavor than the actual ingredients, and you will understand why when you taste it! Many people think of it as a healthy option, but the science behind that is shaky, to say the least.
It may not be the calorie-busting booze some people say it is, but it tastes great and it sure to be a hit at a classy party. There are ways to make it a bit healthier if that is what you are looking for, but I think this white tea shot recipe gives the best flavor of any mix.
What Do White Tea Shots Taste Like?
The white tea shot taste is comparable to an iced peach tea with a twist of alcohol. Vodka gives it a kick, but the primary flavor is a sweet and sour mix of sugar and citrus.
It is generally considered quite a girly drink but can be enjoyed by anyone who likes their alcohol content fresh and fruity. Our starburst shot recipe is another concoction that many women love!
I like it because the alcohol taste is not overpowering but is strong enough to know you have had a shot- not just a sip of juice. The great thing about this white tea shot recipe is you can tweak the measurements to make it stronger, sweeter, or punchier depending on what you like best.
Traditional White Tea Shot Recipe
Here is a little more information about all you need for the perfect white tea shot.
Vodka is the main spirit in a white tea shot. This recipe calls for one ounce per shot, so you don’t need much. It doesn’t really matter what brand you use- as long as it is a classic vodka with no added flavoring.
You will also need an ounce of peach schnapps. Personally, I think the real thing is the only one that gives the ideal taste for a white tea shot- alternative versions just don’t seem to match up. It is up to you, of course, but I think it is worth getting a bottle of the real stuff- I am sure you will want more than one and will use the bottle up quickly!
I usually use fresh lemon juice, but lemon-lime soda is an excellent alternative. Really anything with a citrus flavor is fine, but the fresh fruit gives it a bright flavor and a good kick of zest when you drink it.
You only need about half an ounce per white tea shot. Add more if you want the citrus punch to hit harder. If you really like lemons, my lemon drop shot recipe is a top choice by many!
A simple syrup is best for this recipe as it has a basic sweet flavor that doesn’t overpower or detract from the other ingredients. You can use brown sugar if you don’t have syrup at home and don’t want to buy it- but I personally think the taste of syrup works better for this recipe.
White tea shots are meant to be served ice cold. Ice cubes are a must to get the desired temperature- or at least crushed ice to add to your cocktail shaker. Have more than you need handy in case it doesn’t seem cold enough on the first attempt.
Alternative White Tea Shot Recipes
As I mentioned, there is more than one way to make this shot. You can switch up the main alcohol or make it using real white tea- it all depends on what you like best.
White Tea Shot with Rum and Brewed Tea
This white tea shot method is a little different because it uses loose-leaf tea. You start by brewing your white tea leaves to make around two ounces of tea per shot, then filling the cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes.
Pour in all the ingredients (just an ounce of white rum and half an ounce of fresh lime juice) and shake vigorously for at least 30 seconds.
Garnish with lime and drink immediately.
Making your white tea shot this way is a low-fat option, but it also has a stronger alcoholic flavor.
Tequila White Tea Shot
Follow exactly the same method as the primary recipe detailed above for making white tea shots- but substitute the vodka for tequila. It helps add a bit more lime juice or sweet and sour mix to this one to balance the kick of the tequila.
The tequila version of a white tea shot also tastes great with juniper berries instead of peach snaps if you are feeling adventurous.
Definitely garnish the shot glass with a wedge of lime to suck after you drink- tequila just isn’t the same without it!
Green Tea Shot
A green tea shot is another popular fresh shooter drink. You can make a drink that tastes similar to a classic green tea shot by swapping the vodka in this white tea shot recipe for Jameson Irish whisky, or you can use a proper green tea shot recipe.
Classic green tea shots also require a cooled white tea bag on top of the other. Once you shake the mixture and strain it, add the tea bag and let it sit for around ten minutes.
A green tea shot also works well with black tea bags if you want the tea flavor to come through stronger. Leave them to brew in hot water separately before pouring them over the ice-filled cocktail shaker along with the other ingredients.
Here are a few frequently asked questions about the white tea shot and how to make it.
Is this white tea shot recipe low-fat?
In general, white tea shots are considered low-calorie options for shot lovers. This particular recipe is quite sugary because of the syrup and peach schnapps- but you can make it without the syrup if you prefer.
If you want a healthier version, you can use brewed white tea leaves or white tea bags- which contain antioxidants that are good for your digestive system.
How much does a white tea shot cost in bars?
White tea shots are generally quite pricey if you order them in a bar- usually around the $10 mark! It works out much cheaper, in the long run, to buy the ingredients and make them yourself if you like to drink them often!
Do I need any special bartending tools to make a white tea shot?
The only tools you need are a cocktail shaker and a strainer. They don’t need to be from fancy bartender sets- any simple shaker works, and you can even use a clean sieve from your kitchen.
Can I use other variations of alcohol to make a white tea shot?
As I mentioned above, tequila and rum are great alternative spirits to use in a white tea shot. You can technically use any clear alcohol you want- even gin can work well.
In my opinion, aniseed-based alcohol is not the best choice for a lemon white tea shot as the two flavors do not complement each other very well.
If you add a brown spirit (such as Jameson Irish Whiskey), you get a drink that tastes like a green tea shot.
Does it need to be fresh lemon juice, or can I use something else?
If you don’t want to use fresh lemon juice, you can swap it out for lemon-lime soda, a sweet and sour mix, or citrus soda. Really any citrus fruit juice works fine- including fresh lime juice for a punchier flavor.
Can I bottle the mixture and keep it?
This white tea shot recipe is meant to be served and consumed immediately. It doesn’t keep very well, and the ingredients could separate if left to sit.
In only a few minutes, you can have your own perfect white tea shot. This classic white tea shot recipe is sweet and sour without having an overpowering flavor- and it is incredibly easy to make! Treat yourself and impress your guests with this simple but classy shot.
Whatever recipe you use for your white tea shot or green tea shot, it is sure to land in your top ten favorites.
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- 1 oz vodka
- 1 oz peach schnapps
- 1/2 oz lemon juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- 1-2 cups of ice cubes
- Start by filling your cocktail shaker with ice cubes almost to the top for a nice fresh shot. Pour the vodka and peach schnapps over the ice.
- Next, add your lemon juice and simple syrup. Pour in the of lemon juice (or sprite or whatever citrus element you choose to use) and syrup.
- Shake vigorously for at least 20 seconds. The main thing is that all the ingredients are fully combined and looking a lovely cloudy white color.
- Take your strainer and carefully pour the mixture through into your shot glass. I always like to chill my shot glasses before serving because it gives the shot that extra chilly edge.
- This recipe also works with crushed ice, but the mix will be a little more watery if you choose that option
- This is definitely a drink best served cold, so the frostier, the better. If you want to impress, you can use a lime or lemon wedge to garnish your shot glass. It isn't necessary, but it does look good and sucking the juice after you finish the white tea shot adds a little extra zing.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 14gProtein: 0g