Cocktails/ Drink

Gin Shots With Lime

January 22, 2020 (Last Updated: March 8, 2020)

Last Updated on March 8, 2020 by Slow The Cook Down

Gin shots with lime are quick and easy to make with just three ingredients. These shaken shots are smooth to drink and made with fresh lime juice for a refreshing drink. This simple shooter recipe is perfect if you are entertaining a crowd and is low carb to boot!

A gin shot in front of a gold cocktail shaker

Even though I’m never on to turn a drink down, when it comes to shots I’m not super keen, so on my birthday when I was given a free shot I was a little hesitant. The shot was so smooth that I had to give it a try when I got home. So after several tasting tests (and a fair bit of drunkenness!) I’m super excited to share this shot that even shot haters will love! 

Ig you love shots, check out my Chocolate Orange Shots and my other cocktail recipes if you are looking for a longer drink.

Ingredients To Make Gin Shots

  • Gin: You can use your favorite gin in this recipe. I have tried them with brands on both ends of the budget scale, a more expensive gin will likely give you a much smoother shot, but they work just as well with a cheaper gin too.
  • Lime juice: Fresh lime juice is the only way to go with these shots, don’t be tempted to use bottled juice.
  • Sugar: A little sugar helps to cut through the acidity of the lime and helps to balance the drink out.

How To Make Gin Shots With Lime

The shooters are super easy to make! Simply add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker along with some ice and shake vigorously for a good couple of minutes until the ingredients are well combined before pouring into shot glasses.

All of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker

The Best Gin Shot Recipe!

These shots are a great recipe to get a party started, or keep the party going! They are super zingy and refreshing thanks to that lime juice and even though they contain 2 ounces of gin, they don’t have that gag inducing alcohol taste to them. Simple to make and easy to drink, what else do you need from a shooter?

What’s the best gin to use in shots?

I’ve tried these shots with cheaper and more expensive gins, and honestly, both work well. Let’s be honest, these shooters aren’t meant to be slowly drunk over the course of an hour! Cheaper gins will have a harsher taste to them and can be slightly more bitter, but the lime juice cuts through them well and the sugar balances them out so they are still perfectly quaffable. A more expensive gin will tend to be smoother to drink and will have more herbal notes in it. 

A shot with a slice of lime next to a lime wedge and cocktail shaker

Quick and easy shots to serve a crowd

These shots are super simple to make and serve to a crowd at a party. The ingredients are easily doubled and tripled. They come together in a matter of minutes and because you need to shake them it adds an extra flare! Make this drinks when you want to serve them, if you make them ahead of time the ice will dilute the drink too much and the lime will lose it’s freshness.

How to make these shots with out a cocktail shaker

If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, plan to get one – I wouldn’t be without mine! You can make these shots without one though. Simply add everything into a mason jar, seal tightly and shake and pour. Shaking the cocktails means that everything is really well incorporated so you get the smoothest tasting shot.

Top Tips For Making Gin Shots With Lime

  • You can use your favorite gin for these shooters. If you use a more expensive gin, you may want to use just a squeeze of lime juice rather then half a lime so that you really enjoy those botanicals.
  • One of the secrets to a really smooth gin shot is to get it icy cold. Shake the ingredients with a good helping of ice, and shake for a good couple of minutes so everything is well combined and cold. The ice will help to dilute the gin slightly to and remove and harshness.
  • Use fresh lime juice. No excuses!

A gin shot with lime garnish ready to serve

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A gin shot with a slice of lime

Gin Shots With Lime

Gin shots with lime are quick and easy to make with just three ingredients. These shaken shots are smooth to drink and made with fresh lime juice for a refreshing drink.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: cocktail, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 2 shots
Calories: 141kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces gin (120ml / 2 shots)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • juice of half a lime
  • Ice

Instructions

  • Add a good amount of ice to your shaker, then add in the other ingredients.
  • Shake for one to two minutes until the ingredients are combined and the gin is icy cold.
  • Pour into shot glasses and garnish with a slice of lime.

Notes

  • You can use your favorite gin for these shooters. If you use a more expensive gin, you may want to use just a squeeze of lime juice rather then half a lime so that you really enjoy those botanicals.
  • One of the secrets to a really smooth gin shot is to get it icy cold. Shake the ingredients with a good helping of ice, and shake for a good couple of minutes so everything is well combined and cold. The ice will help to dilute the gin slightly to and remove and harshness.
  • Use fresh lime juice. No excuses!

Nutrition

Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 2mg
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1 Comment

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    Jane Saunders
    March 19, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    5 stars
    I tried these after trying your chocolate orange shots and well, let’s just say, these are a shot I can handle too. Like you, I normally steer well clear, but one of these hit the spot nicely – a pleasant surprise!

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