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Colleen Graham

A Round of Shots, Please

By June 4, 2008

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Shooters are notorious for their potency and there are a ton of them being made every day. Almost every bar has their signature shots, those that locals order often, and many other shooters are pretty universal. Living in a college town you can imagine the rounds I see going across the bar for 9 months out of the year. I've pretty much seen them all, from the nasty Liquid Cocaine and Cement Mixer to the subtle Peanut Butter and Jelly. Jager Bombs and Irish Car Bombs are always a hit, as is the Orgasm and the Blow Job; there is a shooter for everyone willing to partake, no matter if you're looking to tie one on quickly or go a little slower.
Blow Job Shooter
Blow Job © Colleen Graham

One thing to keep in mind if you're out with a group of friends and want to buy a round of shots for everyone is the cost. They may be short and gone in a split second, but we're not talking $1 or $2 a drink here. Bars would lose so much money if they dispensed liquor at those prices on a regular basis. Depending on where you're at, shooters can cost around $3-5 each and if you order a round for 10 people that is $30-50, not bad but it can be more than some people are expecting. To avoid an extra surprise, don't order rounds on a tab unless you have a credit card (which many bars now require to run a tab). I've seen parties get a little crazy and run up a $200-300 tab on shots alone (that's about 5 rounds for those 10 people). Let's just say they were at a point where they were oblivious to the total until the credit card statement came in.

Shots are fun, especially in a crowd, but it is easy to get carried away with them. In reality one or two is enough for anyone on a given night considering you're probably drinking something else as well. Keep in mind that summer is prime time for drunk drivers and you don't want to be one of those. Also, have your hangover cures ready just in case.


June 6, 2008 at 11:07 am
(1) jen says:

Hi Colleen-
This is off-topic to your post, but is there a Belmont Stakes cocktail that is equivalent to the Mint Julep of the Kentucky Derby?

June 7, 2008 at 1:13 pm
(2) cocktails says:

Check out < "http://cocktails.about.com/b/2008/06/07/the-belmont-breeze.htm">this post, The Belmont Breeze is the official drink.

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