Tasty Mexican Candy Shot Recipe and Fun Variations

Published May 3, 2022
Mexican candy shots

When you're looking for something new but don't want to venture too far into the unknown, the Mexican candy shot, sometimes known as the Mexican lollipop shot, will get the job done. It doesn't matter if you want to get the party started or you want to show off your new recipe to friends, this sweet and spicy shooter will be a new crowd favorite.

Mexican Candy Shot

Jump right in with a classic recipe that'll knock your socks off.

mexican candy shot with sugar rim glass

Ingredients

  • Lime wedge and sugar for rim
  • ¾ ounce tequila
  • ¾ ounce watermelon liqueur
  • 1-2 dashes hot sauce
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. To prepare rim, rub the rim of the shot glass with the lime wedge.
  2. With the sugar on a saucer, dip either half or the entire rim of the glass in the sugar to coat.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, tequila, watermelon liqueur, and hot sauce.
  4. Shake to chill.
  5. Strain into prepared glass.

Watermelon Candy Shot

This spin is a little less boozy but keeps watermelon as the star.

watermelon candy mexican candy shot

Ingredients

  • ½ ounce watermelon juice
  • ½ ounce tequila
  • ¼ ounce watermelon liqueur
  • ¼ ounce simple syrup
  • 1-2 dashes hot sauce
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, watermelon juice, tequila, watermelon liqueur, simple syrup, and hot sauce.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into shot glass.

Cinnamon Candy Shot

Kick up the heat in this spicy version of the candy shot.

Mexican Cinnamon Candy Shot

Ingredients

  • ½ ounce tequila
  • ½ ounce watermelon liqueur
  • ¼ ounce cinnamon liqueur
  • ¼ ounce ancho reyes
  • 1-2 dashes hot sauce
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, tequila, watermelon liqueur, cinnamon liqueur, ancho reyes, and hot sauce.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into shot glass.

Mexican Lemon Lollipop

Take a turn back to the sweet side in this sweet yet perfectly sour shot. But don't forget that heat that's quietly lurking!

Mexican Lemon Lollipop candy shot

Ingredients

  • ¾ ounce tequila
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ ounce watermelon liqueur
  • 1-2 dashes hot sauce
  • Ice
  • Lemon slice for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, tequila, lemon juice, watermelon liqueur, and hot sauce.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into shot glass.
  4. Garnish with lemon slice.

Mezcal Mexican Candy Shot

There's no reason not to add complexity and flavor to a shot. Simply swap in the mezcal for a smokey, sweet, and spicy Mexican candy shot.

Mezcal candy shot

Ingredients

  • Lime wedge and salt for rim
  • ¾ ounce mezcal
  • ½ ounce watermelon liqueur
  • ¼ ounce simple syrup
  • 1-2 dashes hot sauce
  • Ice
  • Lime slice for garnish

Instructions

  1. To prepare rim, rub the rim of the shot glass with the lime wedge.
  2. With the salt on a saucer, dip either half or the entire rim of the glass in the salt to coat.
  3. In a cocktail shaker, add mezcal, watermelon liqueur, simple syrup, and hot sauce.
  4. Shake to chill.
  5. Strain into prepared glass.
  6. Garnish with lime slice.

Summer Candy Shot

Load up the flavors of sunshine and summer into a tiny shot glass--it pairs well with flip flops and several text messages inviting friends to come over and hang out.

Mexican Summer Candy Shot

Ingredients

  • ½ ounce tequila
  • ½ ounce watermelon liqueur
  • ¼ ounce raspberry liqueur
  • ¼ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1-2 dashes hot sauce
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. In a cocktail shaker, add ice, tequila, watermelon liqueur, raspberry liqueur, lime juice, and hot sauce.
  2. Shake to chill.
  3. Strain into shot glass.

A Sweet Shot With a Spicy Side

Don't hesitate to whip up a Mexican candy shot. And certainly don't let its size fool you. This perfectly balanced shot may just convince you to skip a cocktail or two in favor of this crisp and fruity shooter. There are also a lot of fruity shots to try that will help you keep the fun going.

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Tasty Mexican Candy Shot Recipe and Fun Variations