Various buttery nipple cocktails

10 Buttery Nipple Shot Recipes That Will Make You Scream For More

, by Randy Woodward

Various buttery nipple cocktails

Most people think that cocktails and shots are always made of strong liquor and make your face all red once you’ve taken a gulp. But there is also an array of sweet shots that deserve recognition. The buttery nipple shot or the “Cowboy” is one of them.

With its rich sweet taste, the buttery nipple shot is a famous party drink that reminds you of delicious and creamy butterscotch candy. It is traditionally layered while some like it shaken. Either way, it’s guaranteed to give you a great experience.

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Ingredients for Buttery Nipple Recipe

How to Make Buttery Nipple Shot

  1. Measure ingredients with a jigger
  2. In a chilled shot glass, pour in the butterscotch schnapps. 
  3. Using a bar spoon, slowly pour the Irish cream over the back of the bar spoon. This will create the layer. Bottoms up!

Buttery Nipple Shot Recipe Variations

1. Slippery Nipple Recipe Cocktail

Slippery Nipple Shot

This cocktail may look precisely like a buttery nipple, but it differs because of one ingredient - the sambuca. The slippery nipple shot is made the same way as the original version. You only need to replace the butterscotch schnapps with sambuca, and you’ll get a whole new tasting drink. 


How to Make

  1. Measure the ingredients with a jigger and pour first the sambuca into a chilled shot glass.
  2. Top the Irish cream over the back of a spoon to create the layer. 

2. Buttery Pudding Shots

Buttery Nipple Pudding Shots

Let’s assume that you’ve already had a buttery nipple shot, but have you ever had a lighter and sweeter version of it? The whipped cream and pudding mix added to this cocktail made all the difference from the original buttery nipple shot. Should you crave something creamier and sweeter, try this butter nipple recipe variation for a change.


How to Make

  1. In a bowl, combine the pudding mix, milk, Irish cream, and butterscotch schnapps. Mix well.
  2. Fold in whipped cream, and mix well. Place the mixture in small cups and let it set in the fridge. 
  3. Once set, top them with whipped cream. 

3. Buttery Finger

Buttery Finger topped with cherry

If you haven’t had enough of the buttery nipple or the slippery nipple, you can make this elevated version of the recipe. The buttery finger gives off a more potent kick in every shot because of the added coffee liqueur. Imagine cream, coffee, and liquor in one drink - sounds like an energy drink, right?


How to Make

  1. Fill a tumbler with ice cubes. Measure ingredients with a jigger and pour all of them.
  2. Stir with a bar spoon and then garnish with a cherry on top. 

4. Alien Nipple

Alien buttery cocktail

A fantastic twist on the classic, the alien nipple shot incorporates melon liqueur’s great fruity sweet flavor on the ever-awesome buttery nipple. The butterscotch schnapps’ bitter and robust taste is made more vibrant and lighter with the melon flavor. Try one now!


How to Make

  1. In a shot glass, pour in the butterscotch schnapps.
  2. For the second layer, use the back of a spoon to pour over the melon liqueur. 
  3. For the last layer, slowly top with the Irish cream, again over the end of the spoon.

5. Brain Hemorrhage 

Two shots of brain hemorrhage cocktail

Don’t be scared with the name; you’re not going to get a brain hemorrhage after taking this drink. Instead, you’re going to have a great time. This buttery nipple shot recipe variation is a combination of peach and cream with little droplets of “blood” that definitely tastes great. The rose grenadine syrup gives off that tart and sweet flavors while adding a bright red color to the aesthetics.


How to Make

  1. Fill your shot container with peach schnapps three-quarters of the way.
  2. Combine the Irish cream and top it off with grenadine. You’ll mostly need a marbling or cloudy effect here rather than a layered effect. 

6. Alien Brain Hemorrhage

Alien brain hemorrhage cocktail

If you’ve already had a brain hemorrhage, be sure to try out this recipe. This is an upgraded version that adds something blue to the mix. The blue curacao that gave a whole new look to the drink adds a bitter and orange hint. This will remind you of a festive party night with your friends. 


How to Make

  1. Fill a shot glass with peach schnapps three-quarters of the way. 
  2. Add in the Irish cream on top. Then, add drops of grenadine and blue curacao. 

7. Fallen Froggie Shot

Fallen Froggie shot

Have a shot with this fun and tasty recipe that incorporates the delicious taste of melon and cream. Plus, the tart and sweet flavors from the rose grenadine syrup mixed with the rest of the ingredients result in a candy-like flavored cocktail with a slight kick. 


How to Make

  1. In a shot glass, pour in the melon liqueur.
  2. Pour the Irish cream over the back of the spoon, just to top it off. 
  3. Add a few drops of grenadine.

8. Butterball Shot

Butterball shot

Another classic sweet shot recipe that is a nice refreshing drink on a hot summer day is the butterball shot. This cocktail tastes so bright and sweet that it will remind you of your childhood. The combination of amaretto, butterscotch, and cream gave this drink its classic toffee flavor.  


How to Make

  1. Measure ingredients with a jigger. In a chilled shot glass, pour in the butterscotch schnapps and amaretto.
  2. Slowly pour the Irish cream over the back of a spoon. 

9. After Eight Shot

After Eight shot

Have you ever had a minty and robust coffee before? If not yet, try this recipe. It will surely make you alive. The strong caffeine content of the coffee liqueur plus the earthy and cool hints from the peppermint schnapps will give enough energy to party all night. 


How to Make

  1. Fill a shot glass with Kahlua. Then, slowly pour the peppermint schnapps over the back of the spoon to create the second layer. 
  2. Do the same thing with the Irish cream, just to top it off. 

10. Hiroshima Bomber Shot

Hiroshima shot

The Hiroshima shot is quite an intimidating name. But don’t be too bothered because each shot will guarantee you a great experience. The sweet and robust orange flavor from the triple sec makes a perfect combination for the Irish cream and the lovely rose grenadine syrup. And together, they make a wholesome fruity and zesty cocktail.


How to Make

  1. Pour in the triple sec into a shot glass.
  2. Use the back of a spoon to pour over the Irish cream. Then drop in a couple of drops of grenadine to resemble an exploding bomb. 

Buttery Nipple Shot FAQ

1. What is the difference between a slippery nipple and a buttery nipple?

Both cocktails are made with Baileys Irish cream liqueur. But they differ in other components. The slippery nipple is made with Sambuca, whereas the Buttery nipple is made with butterscotch schnapps, making it sweeter.

2. What is a butterscotch liqueur?

A butterscotch liqueur is a clear liqueur with a rich and sweet taste of melted butterscotch - a blend of butter and brown sugar. Most butterscotch liqueurs have 15-21% alcohol content by volume. 

3. What is the difference between schnapps and liqueur?

Schnapps is fermented and distilled. It is made through a mixture of a neutral grain spirit with fruit flavors or other flavors and then added with sugar to achieve a syrup-like consistency. On the other hand, liqueurs are made from fruit, cream, herbs, spices, flowers, or nuts steeped in fermented and distilled alcohol and added sugar. 

4. What is a nipple shot?

A nipple shot is known as a layered shot, usually composed of two main liqueurs and is often added with a couple of grenadine syrup drops. They are mostly referred to as alcoholic dessert beverages. 

5. How much alcohol content is in Bailey’s Irish cream liqueur?

It is declared that Bailey’s Irish Cream liqueur contains 17% alcohol by volume. It is flavored with cream, cocoa, and Irish whiskey. 


For those who have a low alcohol tolerance but still want to have a good time, the classic buttery nipple shot is perfect for you. This drink is so easy to make that you can whip up one in the comfort of your own home. Just remember to drink responsibly.

What do you think about the buttery nipple shot? Which buttery nipple shot recipe variation is your favorite? Let us know in the comment section below.

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