5 Shots We’re Loving Right Now

You’re probably past the days of downing a half dozen shots before hitting the bar (let’s hope so). Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy, indeed savor a good shot on nights when a cocktail is too much work. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of our favorite shots for the man who wants to drink something, fast, but isn’t sure what it is yet.

Wild Turkey American Honey American Honey is some seriously righteous stuff. On those nights when you want a taste of whiskey but aren’t feeling the power, punch and burn of bourbon, this honey-infused liquor is perfect to pour, toast and down. Perhaps best of all, the ladies will love it too.

Tequila College might be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t relive your glory days in a more adult fashion. Tequila is tasty and hits you hard. And don’t give us that crap about training wheels, either: Salt and lime are part of the experience.

Vodka Vodka isn’t something you think about doing shots of much. But here’s the thing: it’s actually perfect for shots because it’s not supposed to taste or smell like anything. Bottoms up with some of this alcoholic water.

Rum The trick here is to get good rum, ideally something from a maker that values the complex flavor and spirit of a rum known as hogo. It’ll taste a bit like spiced alcoholic sugar... because that’s exactly what it is.

Grappa Grappa is a classy shot for classy guys, or at least guys trying to be classy. Here’s a pro tip for beginners: traditionalists still drink it with old-fashioned shot glasses. Those fancy flutes (see above) are for new jacks.