If you are an alcoholic beverage aficionado, you have most likely heard of and may have even tried a tea shot. A few variations of this particular shooter have become popular over the last several years and one of those is the White Tea Shot. If you’ve never made one yourself, you should definitely know about the best White Tea Shot recipe.
This White Tea Shot recipe is made with five main ingredients:
- Peach Schnapps
- Fresh Lemon Juice
- Simple Syrup
The remainder of this article will detail how the White Tea Shot came to exist and how it got its name. It will also look at the ingredients and bartending tools needed to make this delicious, fruity drink. Lastly, it will provide you with a recipe that is a must-try.
The Origins of the White Tea Shot
Believe it or not, the White Tea Shot was not the first tea shot to be created. It is actually an alternative take on the original Green Tea Shot made famous by Jameson Irish Whiskey.
It is not known exactly where the White Tea Shot and Green Tea Shot were created, but they can be traced back to bars on the Eastern side of the United States, somewhere in the Midwest or Northeast. These drinks are primarily served at American bars, although a few other countries like Canada and the United Kingdom have adopted them as well.
The Green Tea Shot is usually made with slightly different ingredients from the White Tea Shot. The recipe for the original green drink typically calls for whiskey, peach schnapps, sweet and sour mix, and lemonade.
Funnily enough, when comparing it to the Green Tea Shot, the recipe for the White Tea Shot is fairly different. It is actually closer to the recipe for the Lemon Drop Shot since all but one of the ingredients—the peach schnapps—are the same.
The team at Jameson Irish Whiskey initially dreamed up the Green Tea Shot. It is not known who created the White Tea Shot, but the recipe most likely came to exist from someone who wanted a less hard-hitting, intense version of the Green Tea Shot.
The base liquor of whiskey is changed to vodka in the White Tea Shot, and the tanginess of the sour mix is replaced with the sweetness of the simple syrup. Although the White Tea Shot still has a very concentrated amount of alcohol in it, it will not be as bitter or heavy as the Green Tea version.
Is There Actually Tea in a White Tea Shot?
With a name like the White Tea Shot, one would assume that the mixing process would include adding some tea leaves, whether loose or in a teabag, right?
The White Tea Shot does not actually include any tea. The name comes from its pale color. Green Tea Shots do not have green tea leaves in them either.
Just as the recipe is based on the original Green Tea Shot, the name is too. They are named after the green color the sweet and sour mix gives the drink.
Because they do not include sweet and sour mix, White Tea Shots do not have that bright green color. Instead, they have a much paler hue, so it makes sense that they would be named after a light color like white.
Although it could provide the drink with some additional health benefits, the fact that tea leaves do not have to be brewed and added to the shot definitely makes the recipe and the mixing process much more straightforward.
Ingredients Needed for the Best White Tea Shot
As previously noted, there are only five main ingredients needed to make the perfect White Tea Shot. The alcoholic items are products that are easy to find at any liquor store, and the non-alcoholic items can be found at any grocery store.
The ingredient differentiating the White Tea Shot from the Green Tea Shot is vodka. In this recipe, you will use 1 oz (30 ml) of plain vodka. You do not need to purchase any sort of flavored vodka for this drink. Any brand of original vodka will work just fine since it is the base of the drink and does not need to provide any additional flavor.
The other alcoholic ingredient included in the drink is the peach schnapps. This is an ingredient found in both the White Tea Shot and the Green Tea Shot. The 1 oz (30 ml) of the peach-flavored beverage helps balance out the vodka’s strength while providing a lot of the fruity flavor that makes the drink taste so sweet.
There is another ingredient found in both the White Tea and Green Tea Shots: lemon juice. For this recipe, I recommend that the .5 oz (15 ml) of lemon juice come from hand-squeezed lemons instead of a bottle of lemon juice that could be purchased from a store shelf. It will ensure that the liquid is as fresh and tart as possible and will really give the shot that extra bit of tanginess.
The fourth main ingredient in the drink is also unique to the White Tea Shot: simple syrup. This recipe uses .5 oz (15 ml) of it. The simple syrup helps to round out the sweetness of the drink and tone down the sharpness of the lemon juice and vodka.
Simple syrup can be purchased from the grocery store, but it is also easy to make right at home. All that needs to be done is combine equal parts of sugar and water in a pot and heat it on the stove until the sugar is completely dissolved into the water. Once the homemade simple syrup has chilled, it is ready to be included in the drink!
The final item needed to make a White Tea Shot is ice. The primary purpose of including ice in the cocktail shaker with the rest of the ingredients is to chill them while they are being mixed. Once the drink is strained into the shot glass, the ice will no longer be needed.
Mixing Tools Needed for the Best White Tea Shot
Making a White Tea Shot is relatively easy when it comes to the mixing tools required for the process. Unlike other, more complicated drinks that take several different bartending utensils to concoct, only three items are needed to mix an excellent White Tea Shot.
- Shot glass. Of course, the first item that you will need is a shot glass. This recipe makes just enough for one shooter of the drink. Any shot glass can be used for a White Tea Shot. It’s not a drink that requires a specific glass or mug to be authentic.
- Cocktail shaker. This is by far the easiest way to mix a perfect shot. All of the ingredients will be combined evenly throughout the shaking process.
- Strainer. Any strainer can be used, although a bartending strainer will make straining the drink from the cocktail shaker into the shot glass easier.
Those are the only tools needed to make a White Tea Shot. Compared to some other drinks, this one is quite simple, both in ingredients and bartending tools!
How To Make the Best White Tea Shot
- Get the supplies. The first step in making a White Tea shot is to get all of the necessary supplies together. This will include both the drink ingredients and the bartending tools required to make the shot.
- Add the ingredients. Once all needed items are gathered, the ice, 1 oz (30 ml) of vodka, 1 oz (30 ml) of peach schnapps, 0.5 oz (15 ml) of fresh lemon juice, and 0.5 oz (15 ml) of simple syrup should be added to the cocktail shaker.
- Shake with a cocktail shaker. Place the lid on and shake everything together until the ingredients are all well mixed. This should not take more than 5-10 seconds at most.
- Pour into a glass. Once all of the ingredients are combined in the cocktail shaker, pour the liquid through a strainer into the shot glass. The strainer will keep the ice from falling in and prevent any seeds or pulp from the freshly-squeezed lemon from getting into the drink.
The completed cocktail in the shot glass should have a pale yellow, almost white color (hence the name). Just tap the shooter on the top of a table when you are ready and drink up!
Video: How to Make White Tea Shot
White Tea Shot Recipe
Delicious White Tea Shot Recipe: With Video
- Shot Glass
- Cocktail Shaker
- 1 oz Vodka
- 1 oz Peach Schnapps
- .5 oz Lemon Juice Fresh
- .5 oz Simple Syrup
- Add Ice, Vodka, Peach Schnapps, Lemon Juice, and Simple Syrup to Cocktail Shaker
- Shake Until Ingredients are Mixed (5-10 Seconds)
- Strain Drink into Shot Glass
- Try making homemade simple syrup by combining equal parts sugar and water. Heat in pot until sugar is fully dissolved. Chill and serve.
Final Cocktail Thoughts
This is a great drink option if you are looking for a shooter with some kick and a hint of sweetness. There are many different ways to enjoy it, including a night out on the town, at a gathering with friends, or even during a stay-at-home evening with a spouse or partner.
This must-try recipe is the best version of the White Tea Shot, so what are you waiting for? Go ahead and give this drink a shot!
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