Slippery Nipple Shot Recipe

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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


Serve in a Shot glass

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

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’.

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 flavour 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.


There are many variations to the original slippery nipple shot. 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 #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 #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

This variation is often confused with the original slippery nipple recipe. It gets its name from the buttery taste imparted by the butterscotch schnapps. To make this shooter, use butterscotch schnapps instead of sambuca and layer in the same way you would the original reicpe.

Dirty Nipple


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

Method: Layer in the order given above.

Shitty Nipple

Use Grappa instead of Sambuca.

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