Slippery Nipple Shot

The slippery nipple is a humorously named shot that actually tastes quite good and calls for the underused drink ingredient, Sambuca Liqueur. Created in the 1980s, it has several variations that are detailed below.
Slippery Nipple Shot Recipe and slippery nipple recipe


Serve your slippery nipple shot in a standard shot glass

  • 1/2 shot Sambuca
  • 1/2 shot Bailey’s Irish Cream

Tools & Equipment

How to Make

  1. Pour the Sambuca in the shot glass.
  2. Layer the Bailey’s on top by gently pouring it over a bar spoon above the Sambuca.


The slippery nipple shot was created by bartender Lucas Lando Klausen in the 1980s when a renewed interest in cocktails & mixed drinks came about. This was a period when many ‘shocking’ or ‘humorously’ named (depending on your perspective) cocktails hit the scene, like ‘The Sex on the Beach‘ and the ‘Screaming Orgasm’.

Why is it called a slippery nipple?

There is no evidence or proof of why this drink became known as the slippery nipple. In order to find this out we’d need to ask the bartender who created the slippery nipple drink, but we don’t have his contact information, so if you know Lucas Lando Klausen then you’re in luck.

Slippery Nipple Drink

It’s a sweet shot that calls for the underused liqueur, Sambuca which is an anise, liquorice flavoured liqueur originating from Italy. For those unfamiliar with Sambuca, it’s quite unique. The Irish cream, in this case, does a great of job of masking that unfamiliar flavor whilst still giving the drinker a nice introduction into the anise world.

That said, it’s typically not ordered for its taste, although it is a great tasting shot.

Slippery Nipple Recipe Variations

There are many variations to the original slippery nipple shot, not limited to a full blown slippery nipple recipe cocktail. Some of the most popular are detailed below but feel free to experiment with your own concoctions. For instance, try using black sambuca instead. Alternatively, replace 1/3 shot of sambuca for another liqueur like peppermint schnapps.

Slippery Nipple Shot Recipe #2

This variation calls for the addition 1 drop of grenadine in the centre of the shot after the sambuca and Irish cream have been poured. This creates a cool effect similar to what’s seen in a brain hemorrhage/damage shot.

The drop of grenadine should also form a ‘nipple’ at the bottom of the glass that can be ‘licked’ once the shot has been consumed.

Slippery Nipple Shot Recipe #3

This recipe calls for an additional layer of vodka on top. Use 1/2 shot of Sambuca, 1/4 shot of Irish cream and 1/4 shot of vodka. Layer in that order.

Buttery Nipple Recipe

The buttery nipple drink is often confused with the original slippery nipple recipe. It gets its name from the buttery taste imparted by the butterscotch schnapps. To make a buttery nipple drink, use butterscotch schnapps instead of Sambuca and layer in the same way you would the original recipe.

Slippery nipple vs Buttery nipple

The difference between a Slippery Nipple drink and a buttery nipple is that you use butterscotch schnapps instead of Sambuca in a buttery nipple, hence the word “buttery” in the name.

Dirty Nipple Recipe 


  • 1/3 shot Kahlua
  • 1/3 shot Butterscotch Schnapps
  • 1/3 shot Irish Cream

Method: Layer in the order given above.

Shitty Nipple Recipe

Use Grappa instead of Sambuca.

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