Vegas Bomb Shot Recipe & Variations

The Vegas Bomb Shot is one of the more popular 'bomb shooters' out there. The Vegas Bomb or Vegas Shot recipe is a tasty combination of Candian whiskey, schnapps and an energy drink. It's absolute rocket-fuel for people who like to party.
Vegas Bomb Shot: The Begas Bomb


Serve the Vegas Bomb Shot in 1 shot & 1 rocks glass

  • 1/2oz (15ml) Crown Royal Canadian Whisky
  • 1/2oz (15ml) Butterscotch schnapps
  • 1/2 can energy drink (usually red bull)

Tools & Equipment:

How to Make

How to Make a Vegas Bomb Shot:

  1. Pour the butterscotch schnapps into the shot glass
  2. Pour (layering is optional) the Canadian whiskey on top
  3. Pour 1/2 a can of energy drink into the rocks glass
  4. Instruct the drinker to drop (bomb) the shot into the energy drink and chug!


The Vegas Bomb Shot is a classic especially when you’re in Las Vegas! The combination of alcohol & caffeine can really pick up your night and make it one to remember. As one of the better ‘bomb drinks’ out there, the Vegas shot is extremely popular with party-goers, college students, bachelor/bachelorette parties and anyone visiting Las Vegas.

Make sure you’re always careful mixing caffeine and alcohol as it can cause health issues if pushed too far. We don’t recommend having several Vegas Bombs in a single night. It’s the type of drink you can use to start out with or have one to jumpstart your night.

What is a Vegas Bomb?

The energy drink, sugar, and alcohol combo is enough to rev up anyone who shoots the Vegas bomb shot. It’s often described as one of the ‘best drinks ever’ and it’s even been mentioned in movies like ‘The Hangover’.

Personally, I believe that the Vegas shot’s popularity stems from its name (and where it’s from) rather than for its taste. There are other ‘bombs’ out there that taste just as good, if not better (like the skittle bomb), but they don’t get the same acclaim as the Vegas bomb shot.

Something about being in Las Vegas makes a person think drinking alcohol and caffeine together is the best option. Las Vegas nightlife is active up until the early morning. This means many people rely on caffeine to keep them going throughout the night. A big reason why this shot has become so popular.

Vegas Bomb Shot Recipe Origin

As with many cocktail recipes, no-one is sure how this drink came to be. But everyone’s best guess is that it originated in Las Vegas in the early 2000’s because that’s when it first started to make an appearance in Vegas’ club scene.

It’s worth emphasizing that this Vegas shot is ordered for its effect rather than to be sipped and savored. It’s a party-battery so recommend accordingly!

Vegas Bomb Shot Recipe Variations

There’s a couple of different variations to the above Vegas bomb shot recipe. Some recipes call for additional ingredients like coconut rum, cranberry juice or amaretto. Personally, I don’t think these are necessary additions, but it’s your call.

Others, change up the type of schnapps used (for instance, watermelon or peach – different schnapps will change its sweetness) and you can even experiment with the base spirit that’s used.

While there are many ways to make Vegas bomb shots, the most popular recipe is the one we listed above. However, if you’re looking for something a bit different, here are a few variations you can try. For instance, there’s a unique variation called the Johnny Vegas Bomb that calls for tequila instead of Canadian whisky.

Vegas Bomb Shot Variation 1 (added extra ingredients)


  • 1/3 shot Canadian whisky
  • 1/3 shot coconut rum
  • 1/3 shot peach schnapps
  • Dash of cranberry juice
  • 1/2 can of energy drink

Method: Add the whisky, rum, peach schnapps and cranberry juice to a shot glass. Drop (Bomb) it into a rock glass filled with 1/2 can of energy drink.

Johnny Vegas Bomb Shot


  • 1/shot watermelon schnapps
  • 1/2 tequila
  • 1/2 can energy drink (usually red bull)

Method: Add the schnapps & tequila to a shot glass. Bomb it into a rocks glass filled with 1/2 can of red bull.

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