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Root Beer Shooters

Root Beer Shooters, blending spiced rum with classic root beer, are the perfect party drink that’s as fun as it is easy to make. These quick crowd-pleasers offer a delightful twist to your gathering, sure to keep everyone in high spirits.

A hand holding a root beer shooter.

You are in the right place if you love root beer and want a new, fun party drink. These root beer shooters are a delicious combination of root beer, spiced rum, and whipped cream. These ingredients make a fantastic adult version of a root beer float that will surely please everyone who tries them. 

The best part? These root beer shooters are incredibly easy to make. They only use a few simple ingredients, take 5 minutes or less, and are perfect for parties. Change up your get-together game with this fun recipe. 

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Why You’ll Love Root Beer Shooters

  • Unique Flavor Combination: Combining root beer and spiced rum creates a unique and enjoyable flavor profile. The root beer’s sweetness complements the spiced rum’s warmth and complexity, offering a delightful flavor combination. 
  • Quick and Easy: This recipe is incredibly quick and easy to make, requiring only two main ingredients. This is the perfect option for those who want to enjoy a yummy beverage without too much fuss. 
  • Versatility: Root beer shooters can be customized to personal preferences. Individuals can experiment with different root beer or spiced rum brands to find their preferred combination. Additionally, creative garnish options allow you to personalize these shooters to your preferences.


The full printable recipe card with measurements and instructions is at the bottom of the post.

  • Root Beer
  • Spiced rum
  • Optional: Whipped cream
  • Optional: Maraschino cherries
Ingredients to make Root Beer Shooters.

How to Make Root Beer Shooters

  • Step One: Pour 1 oz of root beer into a 2 oz or larger shot glass.
  • Step Two: Add 1 oz of spiced rum to the shot glass.
  • Step Three: Optional – Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.
Steps to make root beer shooters.
  • Step Four: Knock back the shooter glass and enjoy!

Equipment Needed

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    What to Serve with Root Beer Shooters

    Serve your root beer shooters with some fun party appetizers at your next get-together. 

    Variations and Substitutions 

    • Root Beer Varieties: Choose whatever brand or type of root beer you enjoy. There are several types of root beer with different flavor profiles, so choose the one you like best. 
    • Rum Options: Try different types of rum to change the flavor profile. Spiced rum adds warmth and complexity, but you can also use dark rum, flavored rum, or even coconut rum for a tropical twist.
    • Garnish Alternatives: Get creative with garnishes. Instead of whipped cream and maraschino cherries, try a cinnamon sprinkle, chocolate shavings, or a twist of citrus peel.
    • Ice: Serve the shooters over ice if you prefer a chilled drink. Adding ice will create a nice cold element to your drink. 
    • Vodka: You can use vodka e
    • Float Variation: Turn it into a root beer float shooter by adding a small scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. This adds a creamy and indulgent element to the drink.
    • Add Coffee Liqueur: Coffee liqueur makes a fantastic addition to this shooter. It will give a deep flavor to the shot. 
    A root beer shooter on a counter.

    Storage Instructions

    This recipe only makes one shot but can easily be doubled or tripled. It is best to serve them freshly made, so storing them is not recommended. 

    Can I Freeze?

    No. This recipe will not freeze well. It is best if served fresh. 

    Recipe Tips and Tricks

    • Chill Ingredients: For a more refreshing experience, chill the root beer and spiced rum before making the shooters. This is especially important if you prefer your drinks cold.
    • Choose Quality Ingredients: Opt for high-quality root beer and spiced rum to enhance the overall flavor of the shooters. The better the ingredients, the better the drink.
    • Experiment with Ratios: Adjust the root beer to spiced rum ratio based on your preference. If you like a stronger kick, add a bit more rum. If you prefer a milder taste, increase the amount of root beer.
    • Garnish Creatively: Have fun with the garnishes. Explore options like grated nutmeg, a cinnamon stick, or a chocolate rim on the shot glass for added flair.
    • Serve in Chilled Glasses: If possible, chill the shot glasses before serving to keep the shooters colder for longer.
    • Prep Garnishes in Advance: If you’re serving these shooters at a gathering, consider preparing the whipped cream and cherries to streamline the serving process.
    • Offer Non-Alcoholic Option: If you have non-drinkers or designated drivers in the group, have a non-alcoholic version available by omitting the spiced rum.

    Best Glasses to Use

    • Shot Glasses: Traditional shot glasses, typically 2 ounces or larger, are perfect for serving shooters. They are designed for small, concentrated sips and are available in various styles and materials.
    • Mini Mason Jars: These can add a rustic or casual touch to the presentation. The wide mouth allows for easy garnishing with whipped cream and cherries.
    • Cordial Glasses: These small, stemmed glasses are designed for serving after-dinner drinks and can give your Root Beer Shooter an elegant touch.
    • Tasting Glasses: Small tasting glasses or mini snifters are another option, particularly if you want to emphasize the aromas of the spiced rum.
    • Chilled Shot Glasses: Regardless of the style, consider chilling the glasses in the freezer before serving to keep the shooters cold.
    A root beer shooter with ingredients behind.


    How long does it take to make this root beer shooter cocktail recipe? 

    This recipe takes 5 minutes to make. If you are looking for new recipes, this is a fantastic choice. 

    Can I double this recipe? 

    This recipe is easily doubled, tripled, or more. You can make a huge batch easily to serve a crowd. 

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    4 from 2 votes

    Root Beer Shooters

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 1
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Total Time 5 minutes
    Root Beer Shooters, blending spiced rum with classic root beer, are the perfect party drink that's as fun as it is easy to make. These quick crowd-pleasers offer a delightful twist to your gathering, sure to keep everyone in high spirits.


    • 1 oz Root Beer
    • 1 oz spiced rum
    • whipped cream and maraschino cherries optional, for garnish


    • Pour the root beer and spiced rum into a 2oz or larger shot glass.
    • Garnish with whipped topping and a maraschino cherry.



    Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.02mg

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Beverages
    Cuisine American
    Keyword alcoholic drink

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