Mini Beer Shot

By Timo Torner / Last updated on January 23, 2024

What looks like a miniature version of a cold and refreshing pint is actually a sweet shot based on Licor 43 and does not contain beer at all.
Mini Beer shot

Even though this tiny shot looks a lot like beer, the Mini Beer Shot are far from that. It's a fun, layered shot based on the popular Spanish liqueur Licor 43.

Often served in a tiny beer glass, the combination of cream and Licor 43 creates a delicious and nuanced shot, perfect for lovers of sweeter drinks.

What exactly is a Mini beer shot?

A Mini Beer Shot is a layered shot made with Licor 43 and heavy cream. This baby beer shot looks like the real deal but tastes completely different. It's sweet, rich, and full of vanilla flavor.

two mini beer shots

Ingredients of these Mini Beers

To make some terrific miniature beer shots, you only need two ingredients:

  • Licor 43 
  • Heavy cream

Licor 43 builds the base of the drink and brings in plenty of sweet vanilla flavors. It's often paired with coffee, milk, and cream. And especially in combination with dairy products, the strong vanilla taste shines.

Mini beer shot recipe

What is Licor 43?

Licor 43 is a vanilla-flavored liqueur from Spain. Invented by Diego Zamora in 1946, the recipe for the liqueur includes 43 different flavoring ingredients. Hence the name of the product.

The vanilla liqueur is part of many popular drinks recipes besides Mini Beer Shots. For example, in a Mexican Carajillo cocktail or Blanco 43.

Heavy cream alternatives

The standard recipe of a Mini Beer Shot contains heavy cream. But you can also use alternative products that will slightly alter the taste of the shot.

mini beer shots top view

For example, Baileys Irish cream does work or another Licor 43 product called Licor 43 Horchata. The latter is inspired by the traditional Valencian Horchata recipe.

By substituting heavy cream with one of these two cream liqueurs, the final shot will be more complex and boozy, although less vanilla forward.

More amazing Shot recipes

If you're looking for more shot recipes, here are some fun ones:

  • Green Tea Shot - An easy-to-drink shot based on Irish Whiskey.
  • B-52 - Probably the most popular layered shot with countless variations.
  • Cement Mixer - A fun prank shot made of Irish cream and tangy lime juice.
  • Baby Guinness - Another popular shot that resembles a glass of beer but is far from that.
Mini Beer shot

Mini Beer Shot

A layered shot, looking like a tiny Pale ale with a nice foam but made with Licor 43 and heavy cream.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: European
Keyword: heavy cream, licor 43
Servings: 1
Calories: 154kcal
Cost: $1.05


  • 1 Bar spoon


  • 1.5 oz Licor 43
  • 0.5 oz Heavy cream


  • Pour Chilled Licor 43 into a shot glass.
  • Then use the back of a bar spoon for gently layering heavy cream on top.


Serving: 2ozCalories: 154kcalCarbohydrates: 17.8gProtein: 0.48gFat: 5.76gSaturated Fat: 3.84gSodium: 4.16mgPotassium: 14.72mgSugar: 17.8gCalcium: 1.28mgIron: 0.1mg
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Mini Beer Shot FAQs

What is a little beer shot made of?

A Mini Beer Shot is made of Licor 43 and heavy cream. Alternatively, instead of heavy cream, you can also use Licor 43 Horchata or an Irish cream like Baileys.

How much is a mini beer shot?

Making a Mini Beer Shot at home will cost you only $1. In bars or pubs, prices vary heavily.

What kind of alcohol is Licor 43?

Licor 43 is a vanilla-flavored liqueur from Spain flavored with a total of 43 different ingredients.

What does a mini beer shot taste like?

Mini Beers taste sweet and creamy, comparable to a slightly boozy vanilla milkshake.

How much alcohol is in a Mini Beer Shot?

One Mini Beer Shot contains around 23.25% ABV. That is definitely less than Vodka or other spirits but significantly more than a beer (5% ABV) or sparkling wine(12% to 15% ABV).

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