When someone asks you if you would fancy a Green Tea Shot, you might expect to encounter that someone in a spa or perhaps in a juice bar or other wellness and health focussed places. And I'm not saying you won't get offered a Green Tea Shot there, but probably of a different kind. Because the one we're talking about here is not necessarily aimed at improving your immune system. Some might argue it's quite the opposite, in fact. But for compensation, it might lift the spirits a little, and that's beneficial to your well-being in its own right. At least from time to time.
So, unlike the famous representatives of the immune boosters like ginger and turmeric shots, a Green Tea Shot won't be on the menu after wellness but at a bar or after dinner.
Now, what is a Green Tea Shot?
The Green Tea Shot is an invention of Jameson, one of the oldest Whiskey brands from Ireland, and therefore also known as Jameson Green Tea. So consequently, the main ingredient is Jameson Whiskey. And the shooter with a color somewhere between yellow and pale green becomes a distinct fruity touch through the addition of peach liqueur and lime juice.
It's an especially suitable option for St. Patrick's Day parties, with its greenish color and Irish roots. And just like the St. Paddies celebrations spread out into the world, the Green Tea Shot did, too. It's a common serve in US bars, with prices for a shot ranging between USD8 to USD12. But because it's fruity and so easy to drink, it's a crowd favorite regardless of the time of the year.
What is a Jameson Green Tea made of?
Of nothing too fancy and extravagant, to be honest. So you won't make the bartenders and home mixologists flip out about it. But that's not the purpose of this shot. It also doesn't pretend to be of the luxurious kind with its somewhat nondescript color - which can vary depending on the ingredients and measurements you use, by the way.
So, the original ingredients of a Jameson Green Tea are:
Peach Schnapps: the clear grain spirit with added peach flavor, is one of the top-selling schnapps types in the US and known for its intensely peach-forward fruitiness.
Sweet and Sour Mix: A mixture of equal parts lemon and lime juice combined with a bit of simple syrup, shaken with ice. You can buy it pre-mixed in liquor or grocery stores. Usually, it's worth using fresh ingredients because they make the difference between good and great. However, in this case, you end up sacrificing the green color when you use fresh lemon and lime. So that's up to you.
Lemonade: either unsweetened, if you prefer your Green Tea Shot a little more on the sour side, or something sweet like Sprite if you want some extra sweetness.
Taste of the Green Tea Shot
Peach Schnapps is intense, so expect to get something quite peachy. If you don't like the taste of peach schnapps in general, you might not be the biggest fan of a Jameson Green Tea, as well. But if you enjoy it, the Green Tea Shot is a brilliant choice when it comes to shooters. The flavor of the Whiskey will also come through. So you can expect somewhat of a sweet and sour Whiskey taste with a noticeable peach aroma to it.
- 0.5 oz Jameson Whiskey (any other Irish Whiskey works, too)
- 0.5 oz Peach Schnapps
- 0.5 oz Sweet and Sour Mix
- 1 splash Lemonade (Sprite, 7Up, or something unsweetened)
- Optional: Put your shot glass for a few minutes in a freezer.
- Add the Whiskey, the Peach Schnapps, and the Sweet and Sour mix to your cocktail shaker. As opposed to our usual approach of using fresh ingredients only, we go with the Sweet and Sour Mix because, otherwise, we won't achieve the typical green color of the Green Tea Shot.
- Shake everything vigorously for a few seconds and strain in your chilled shot glass.
- Top everything up with a splash of lemonade. Cheers!
You can also turn the Green Tea Shot into a cocktail if you like the overall flavor but dislike the idea of drinking shooters in general, or at least too many of them. Just stretch the shot recipe with some extra lemonade. It will dilute the alcohol taste and make it easier and more enjoyable to sip.
A Green Tea Shot sounds like it would indeed be beneficial for your health. However, as long as we're still talking about the Whiskey-Peach-Liqueur-Shot, it's not necessarily helping your health.
Considering the overall ABV of between 15% and 20%, Green Tea Shots will, of course, eventually get you drunk. How many you can drink before you get seriously tipsy depends on your height, weight, gender, and, naturally, on your preferred size of a shot.
Because if you follow the original recipe introduced by Jameson Whiskey, you get a drink that resembles the color of Chinese green tea. Apart from that, the two have nothing in common, though.
When you order it in a bar or restaurant in the US, you can expect to pay somewhere between USD8 and USD10. When you make them at home, a shot should cost you around USD1.