Red White and Blue Layered Shot Cocktail

Red White and Blue Layered Shot Cocktail - The Foodie Affair
These little parfait glasses are perfect for a layered shot.

This Red White and Blue Layered Shot Cocktail is festive and fun drink to add to patriotic themed event like Memorial Day or Fourth of July gatherings.

I had lots of fun experimenting with the layers as some of you saw on The Foodie Affair’s Facebook page.  

I started out using a large glass, then as the testing and experimenting moved along, I decided to go shooter style.

Aren’t these just ADORABLE??!!  These can be made with or without alcohol depending on what kind of mood you are in, and who you’re sharing with.

Red White and Blue Layered Shot Cocktail
Add ice to help the layers ease on top of each other

Let me give you the basics.

First, add ice. It helps to slow the liquid down when poured into the glass, easing it in place.

You don’t want to create a splash. The first layer is the simplest, since it goes right to the bottom like you want it to.

Red White and Blue Layered Shot Cocktail

How To Add The Red, White And Blue Layers

Now comes the trickier part, the second layer.

Here’s the important part that you need to know, add the liquid with the highest  sugar content first.

The next layer should have less sugar in it so that it floats on top of the heavier liquid.

To ease the second layer into the glass, place a spoon upside down over the glass and slowly pour the liquid on the spoon letting it drizzle on the ice and on top of the first layer. 

Take your time and don’t rush the pouring part, otherwise you’ll mix the colors, and just in case you forgot, red and blue turns purple 😉

The layered combinations can be endless, and as long as you stay with the sugar ratio rule your results will be successful!

Go test out different liquids and create your own festive beverage!  To learn more about how this layering works read this.

Red White and Blue Layered Shot Cocktail
Top with whipped cream and a little sprinkle or too for a festive touch

I didn’t measure out anything, just eyeballed how I thought I wanted the red, blue and white to look.

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Red White Blue Shooter Recipe

A fun layered festive drink with or without alcohol. The trick in layering is to have the the liquid with the most sugar contend on the bottom.
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beverage, cocktail, drink, Fourth of July, holiday
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 Serving
Calories: 380kcal
Author: Sandra @ The Foodie Affair


  • 100 % pomegranate juice like POM
  • Club soda add blue food coloring
  • Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka
  • Whipped cream
  • Sprinkles


  • Add a cube of ice to the shot glass.
  • Pour pomegranate juice in the glass, about 1/3 full
  • Hold a spoon upsides down over the ice and slowly let the club soda drizzle over the first layer of juice leaving enough room to add the vodka. Top with whipped cream and add sprinkles.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 27mg | Sugar: 35g


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Red White and Blue Layered Shot Cocktail
These can me made with or without alcohol.

Grenadine will also work well as a first layer (click here for homemade recipe – use sugar), and blue gatorade as a second layer.

Also, I’ve read that diet sprite or 7-up (not regular because it has too much sugar) works well as a second layer.

Since it’s clear it’s easy to create a different color by adding a few drops of food coloring.

Have  a safe Fourth of July holiday!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs Sandra Signature

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  1. I love this! And I seriously want to try this Pineapple Whipped Cream vodka! I’m so glad you explained how to do this. I had no idea the higher sugar content needed to go at the bottom.

  2. Oh…this is so cute and so festive. I wish I’ve seem them before the 4th! 😛 But oh well, I can still enjoy this anytime. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you, Amy!! Red, White and Blue is definitely good for any time of year. I’m going to be thinking of some other combinations as well…stay tuned 🙂