Vegas Bomb: The Ultimate Shot to Drop in Your Next Party

Dubbed as the best shot ever made, Vegas Bomb is the perfect shot to drink to enjoy a good time at parties. Significantly different from other bomb shots, this is insanely delicious and can take people down in just a few glasses. Not to be confused with the vodka-Red Bull combination Vod-Bomb or DVR, Vegas Bomb is made of Crown Royal whiskey, Peach Schnapps liqueur, Malibu, cranberry juice and the energy drink Red Bull. 

Relatively new in the cocktail scene, it was created in 2003 by the general manager of one bar in Auburn, AL while he was on vacation in Las Vegas. This is a relatively low ABV cocktail with just 28% ABV.

Not convinced? Try one for yourself today using this recipe! 

Vegas Bomb Ingredients:

Vegas Bomb Preparation:

  1. Pour Red Bull halfway into your rocks glass
  2. In a double shot glass, add Crown Royal followed by Malibu and Peach Schnapps. 
  3. Fill the rest of the double shot glass with cranberry juice. 
  4. Drop the shot glass into the mixing glass and serve.


  1. In a mixing glass, combine ice and equal parts of Crown Royal, Peach Schnapps, and Malibu.
  2. Add a splash of cranberry juice.
  3. Cover the glass with a shaker tin and shake vigorously. 
  4. Strain into a lowball glass. Add Red Bull and serve. 

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Recipe Variations

The fun that Vegas Bomb does not stop here. To make things more exciting, try these other versions for your next party! 

Amaretto Vegas Bomb 

This is not your usual Vegas Bomb because instead of making a separate shot glass. The Malibu is replaced with Amaretto and the cocktail is shaken. 




  1. Add Peach Schnapps, Crown Royal, and Amaretto to a cocktail shaker with ice. 
  2. Shake well and strain into a highball glass
  3. Top up glass with Red Bull.

Johnny Vegas Bomb 

Take out the alcohol in the recipe and throw in tequila and watermelon schnapps for an extra kick! 


  • 1 oz watermelon schnapps
  • ½ oz tequila
  • ½ can Red Bull


  1. Add the watermelon schnapps and tequila into a shot glass. 
  2. Fill a highball glass with the Red Bull. 
  3. Drop the shot into the highball glass

Butterscotch Vegas Bomb 

Replace the peach schnapps with butterscotch schnapps for a sweeter version of your favorite Vegas Bomb. 



  1. Pour Red Bull halfway into your rocks glass
  2. In a double shot glass, add Crown Royal followed by Malibu and butterscotch schnapps. 
  3. Fill the rest of the double shot glass with cranberry juice. 
  4. Drop the shot glass into the mixing glass and serve.

Virgin Vegas Bomb



  1. Mix the peach juice and cranberry juice into a shot glass.
  2. Fill a rocks glass halfway with Red Bull and drop the shot glass into the rocks glass.

Know Your Ingredients!

So, what exactly is in this recipe that it instantly became a hit? Find out below! 

  • Crown Royal - A brand of Canadian Whiskey that's topping the charts in the US. 
  • Peach Schnapps - Liqueur that helps enhance and balance the taste and color of cocktails. 
  • Malibu - Coconut flavored alcohol processed with Caribbean rum. 
  • Cranberry Juice - Juice extracted from cranberry fruits. 

Bar Accessories 

If you want to have an awesome party, you better be prepared. These bar accessories will help to mix drinks a lot easier-and dropping bombs way more epic! 

  • Mixing glass - A large glass used for holding cocktail ingredients making them easier to mix together. 
  • Shot glass - A small glass used for drinks that are meant to drink in one gulp/shot 
  • Strainer - Specifically made for straining cocktails. 
  • Jigger - An essential bar equipment that measures the amount of liquid in ounces, usually for alcoholic beverages
  • Lowball glass - The type of glassware commonly used for serving whiskey. Also called as the rocks glass and old fashioned glass. 

Calories in the Vegas Bomb

One double shot serving of Vegas Bomb has 3 ounces. The calories come from the liquors and juice ingredients. 

Servings  3 oz

Calories  -  330
Total fat  -  0 g
Cholesterol  -  0 mg
Sodium  -  9 mg
Total carbs  -  48 g
Dietary fiber  -  0 g
Sugars  -  14 g
Protein  -  0 g

To burn the calories from one 3-oz calorie Vegas Bomb, it needs at least 30 minutes running, 45 minutes biking, or 2 hours of cleaning.

The Rise in Fame

Though its beginnings are uncertain, the Vegas Bomb surely made a huge impact almost a decade ago. Rumors are this was brought upon by college friends, but regardless of its origins, the drink has surely made a mark all over the US, specifically in Nevada, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, and Illinois. Neighboring countries have taken a liking to the drink too, specifically Canada, Ireland, South Korea, and Mexico, though not as much as in the states.


What is vodka and Red Bull called?

This cocktail is known by the names Vodka Red Bull (I know, not a very inventive name), Heart Attack Special, or One Armed Scissor. This is very popular in the 25-50 age group who needs a constant rush of energy. However, the caffeine has the potential to mask the effects of the alcohol but a later study refuted this claim

Why is it called a Vegas Bomb?

This cocktail is actually an upgrade of the Royal Flush shot made with Crown Royal, peach schnapps, and cranberry juice. To keep up with the casino theme of the original shot, it was named Vegas Bomb because it was meant to be dropped in a glass of Red Bull. It was also rumored that this cocktail was created by a tourist in Vegas who happened to also work for a bar in Alabama. 

What is a bomb shot?

A bomb shot is an alcoholic cocktail dropped in a glass of energy drink or beer. Some classic examples of a bomb shot are Jager Bomb, Dr. Pepper, Irish Car Bomb, and Chupacabra. 

Is Jager and Red Bull bad for you?

Although Jagermeister has an average level of alcohol at 35% ABV, there is a very big chance of what researchers call “wide-awake drunk” where the caffeine content in Red Bull will mask the effects of the alcohol, giving you a feeling of alertness. This increases the risk of accidents and fights. 

Why is the Irish Car Bomb offensive? 

The cocktail itself is not offensive but its name brings back very tragic memories for the Irish people. In 1972, 20 car bombs were detonated by the Irish Republican Army in one of their operations. The explosion killed 9 people. 

The creator, Charles Burke Cronin Oat, later apologized for naming the cocktail in such an offensive way, even if he did not mean any harm at that time. The drink, which was supposed to be a homage to St. Patrick, patron saint of the Irish, was banned in most bars and those who ordered them are seen as derisive. 


Vegas Bomb may be a delicious cocktail but it should be drunk with care, taking into consideration the ill-effects of the combination of caffeine and alcohol.

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