What’s in a Mini Beer Shot?

If you’ve been hearing about, or seeing all over the internet, mini beer shots, you’re probably wondering what you’ve been missing out on.

After all, you’re a beer lover!

Well, surprise! There is no beer in a mini beer shot.

History of Mini Beer Shots

Mini beer shots were likely born much the way most mixed drinks were – a creative bartender thought up a cool new looking, and ideally tasting, beverage for his patrons.

In the case of mini beer shots, it might also have been the company at the heart of this shot.

Licor 43 is the essential ingredient in this popular drink that is taking over the internet, so the company has a vested interest in keeping this shot on the scene.

Licor 43 is a Spanish vanilla liqueur made with 43 herbs and spices. It is also known as cuarenta y tres, the Spanish words for the number 43.

The liqueur has a distinct taste of vanilla, cinnamon, and orange peel, plus hints of other flavors you can’t quite put your finger on.

It is a bright yellow color that, surprise, looks just like a nice crisp lager, and it has been around since its invention in 1946 by the Zamora family, based on an ancient recipe.

Licor 43 is popular in Spain and Mexico, and it is making its way quickly around the world in the form of these shots.

Mini Beer Ingredients

Mini beer shots require only two ingredients: 1.25 ounces of Licor 43 and a dash of heavy cream.

That’s it!

How to Make a Mini Beer Shot

To make a mini beer shot, keep a few things in mind:

The goal is to look like beer. It will not taste like beer at all.

Keep your Licor 43 in your liquor cabinet. It is not meant to be refrigerated.

When you pour your cream, pour it over the back of a spoon so it settles on top.

Use a cool shot glass! Part of the appeal of this drink is that it looks just like beer, so use a glass that resembles a mini pint glass or even a tiny mug.

Fill your shot glass 2/3 full of Licor 43 and then pour the dollop of cream on top slowly, over the back of a spoon, so it settles on top like the foam of a beer.

How to Shoot a Mini Beer Shot

This drink needs to be festive!

So enjoy it for St. Patrick’s Day, for Cinco de Mayo, even to celebrate your birthday!

You want to have friends and family involved, with lots of mini beer shots going around.

And, of course, you can add mini beer shots to the menu of your brewery to satisfy those always looking for something stronger. It’s not a beer, true, but it might just keep your customers happy.

Licor 43

Have fun with your Licor 43. This liqueur is meant to be shared and savored.

It is reasonably priced, typically coming in at around US$15 for a medium size bottle and US$25 for a larger bottle.

There are so many wonderful things to do with this liquor that it’s absolutely worth buying the bigger bottle and making other favorite cocktails for other festivities.

You could pair it with coffee for a Carajillo.

You could add it to orange juice for a twist on a Screwdriver.

You could mix it with Coca-Cola to make an interesting Cuba Libre.

You could even blend it with lime for a fun martini.

So you see mini beer shots are just the start of what you can do with this versatile liqueur.

Have fun exploring.


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