Green Tea Shot

By Sina Torner / Last updated on April 21, 2024

The Green Tea shot is a popular, easy-to-drink, and easy-to-make shooter. Yet its name is misleading, as it is as far away from Green Tea as it could be, with the main ingredient being Jameson Whiskey.
Green-Tea-Shot, Jameson Green Tea

When someone asks you if you would fancy a Green Tea Shot, you might expect to find yourself in a spa or perhaps in a juice bar. We're not saying you won't get offered a Green Tea Shot there, but probably a different kind. The one we're talking about here is not meant to improve your immune system, but it might still lift the spirit a little. - At least when consumed responsibly.

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.

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?

The Green Tea Shot 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. So, the original ingredients of a Jameson Green Tea are:

  • Jameson Irish Whiskey: you can use any other type of Whiskey, like Bourbon or Scotch, of course. Just don't opt for a too-smoky one if you intend to create a crowd-pleasing Green Tea Shooter.
  • 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.
  • Lemonade: either unsweetened, if you prefer your 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. Yet, if you enjoy it, it is a brilliant choice. 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.

Green-Tea-Shot, Jameson Green Tea

Recipe Green Tea Shot

A fun, easy-to-make party shot made of Whiskey and Peach Schnapps.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: Jameson, Peach Schnapps, Shot, whiskey
Servings: 1
Calories: 86kcal
Cost: $1.20


  • 1 Cocktail Shaker
  • 1 Jigger
  • 1 Hawthorne Strainer
  • 1 Shot Glass


  • 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!


Serving: 1.6ozCalories: 86kcalCarbohydrates: 7.45gProtein: 0.06gSodium: 51.9mgPotassium: 14.6mgSugar: 7.45gVitamin C: 1.35mgCalcium: 1.2mgIron: 0.06mg
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You can also turn the Green Tea Shot into a cocktail if you like the overall flavor but dislike the idea of drinking shooters. Just stretch the shot recipe with some extra lemonade. It will dilute the alcohol taste and make it easier and more enjoyable to sip.

Are Green Tea Shots good for you?

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.

Do green tea shots get you drunk?

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.

Why is it called a Green Tea Shot?

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.

How much does a Green Tea Shot cost?

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.

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