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Mad Scientist Shots

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Posted: 09/16/22

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These colorful and flavorful shots will become your new favorite adult science experiment. Made with just two ingredients, the sky is the limit when it comes to the flavors and colors of these Mad Scientist Shots. Sure to impress your guests in both presentation and flavor, they are perfect for your next Halloween party.

three test tubes of mad scientist shots in a wooden holder with dry ice causing smokey appearance

A touch of dry ice makes the shots bubble and smoke which makes this science experiment extra eerie and festive! For other spooky Halloween shots, try these Frankenstein Shot!

How to Make Mad Scientist Shots

Made with an equal 1:1 ratio of vodka and colorful liqueur, there is no shaking or mixing required. With an ounce of vodka and an ounce of colorful liqueur in each shot, it is easy to make a few shots or enough for a crowd.

  1. Combine the liqueur and the vodka in tall test tubes. These test tubes work great.
  2. To make them smoke, add a small piece of dry ice to each tube.
tongs dropping piece of dry ice into a test tube of mad scientist shot surrounded by other test tubes of mad scientist shots in a wooden holder

Liqueur Ideas to Make Mad Scientist Shots

  • Blue Curaçao for a blue shot
  • Grenadine for a red shot
  • Banana liqueur for a yellow shot
  • Apple liqueur for a green shot.

These liqueurs can be used alone (in addition to the vodka), or mixed and matched to create other colors. For example, use half an ounce of each of Blue Curaçao and Grenadine for a purple shot.  

four test tubes of mad scientist shots in a wooden holder with dry ice causing smokey appearance

Tips and Tricks

If using dry ice to make them smoke, be careful not to overfill the test tube with liqueur. Do NOT drink until the dry ice is completely gone.

Other Halloween Cocktails

  • For a fruity Halloween jello shot with a spooky purple hue, make these Drunk Witch Jello Shots
  • Sweet and bubbly, the Drunk Ghost cocktail is festive and delicious.
  • The Drunk Pumpkin fall cocktail is bubbly and refreshing with a splash of the pumpkin spice flavor we all know and love.
three test tubes of mad scientist shots in a wooden holder with dry ice causing smokey appearance

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three test tubes of mad scientist shots in a wooden holder with dry ice causing smokey appearance
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Mad Scientist Shots

Serves: 1 shot
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
These mad scientist shots will be your favorite adult science experiment. With just two ingredients, the flavors options are endless!

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce colorful liqueur see notes for ideas

Instructions

  • Combine the liqueur and the vodka in tall test tubes. (See post for the link to the product we used.)
  • To make them smoke, be careful not to over fill. Add a small piece of dry ice to each tube. DO NOT DRINK UNTIL THE DRY ICE IS COMPLETELY GONE.

Notes

Liqueur ideas:
  • Blue Curaçao for a blue shot
  • Grenadine for a red shot
  • banana liqueur for a yellow shot
  • apple liqueur for a green shot.
 
Mix and match liqueurs to make other colors, for example: Use half an ounce of each of Blue Curaçao and Grenadine for a purple shot.  
Author: Nathan Longley
Course: Drinks
three test tubes of mad scientist shots in a wooden holder with dry ice causing smokey appearance

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Nathan Longley has been his wife’s personal bar tender for as long as he can remember. While he most often enjoys a cold beer, he is known to love our vodka gimlet.

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