The buttery nipple has fast risen to become a favorite party shot, and it is not for naught. To start with, it has a delightful taste that will have you coming for more as the party goes on. It is also quite light on the alcohol which is a good thing owing to its sweet taste. 

As such, you can take buttery nipples one after the other without worry that you could end up ruining your night. That is not to say that it can’t get you drunk if you take too many at once.

Trust me on this; I have my fair share of experience with this fantastic drink. One of the qualities that stand out about this drink is the aftertaste which features notes of creamy butterscotch, thus making the drink ideal for all kinds of parties. If you are all about a sweet alcoholic drink, then this one will surely blow your mind.

Another thing you will love about it is how easy it is to mix. You only require a few ingredients, and within a few stages, your drink is ready. Once you have tasted it, you will be itching to share it with friends as I am doing now.

Given the popularity of the buttery nipple cocktail, it is quite typical to find two people making the same drink with different recipes, yet they go by the same name. This variation is quite common when it comes to shots, and it enables people to choose what they feel most comfortable drinking.

As such, I have included two buttery nipple recipes in this guide. The first one is the most popular one across the world, and if you ask someone to mix you a buttery nipple, the chances are high that they will make you this one. The second one is a variation of the first. Although both recipes make use of the same ingredients, the second one uses equal amounts of the liqueurs in play.

I have sampled and made drinks for my friends using both recipes. Though most people prefer the first one, I have quite many people asking me for the second recipe. As such, you should try both out and see what works best for you. When it comes to shots, your imagination is your only limitation. There are also other variations on the market that go by different names, yet their foundation is that of butterscotch schnapps. You will find them below.

What is in a Buttery Nipple?

The recipe provided gives a yield of one shot, that is to say, one serving. Here are the nutritional guidelines as per one serving. On downing this drink, you should know that you are taking in 140 calories, 11 grams of protein, 2 grams of fat and 18 grams of carbohydrates. It is essential that you note that this data comes from an ingredient database and is thus an estimate. These calories are nothing that you can’t lose with a quick jog the next day.

How to Make it

Making this drink takes up only three minutes. The preparation time is an average of three minutes with zero cook time, and you should be having one shot in no time. That is why it is popular in parties as you can mix up many drinks continuously and your guests will hardly complain that you are taking too long in the mixing.

Buttery nipple ingredients

For such a fantastic drink, you will get surprised as to how few the components required are. You need:

  • One ounce of butterscotch schnapps
  • Half an ounce of Irish Cream Liqueur


Start off by gathering the ingredients you need, a process that should be simple owing to the simplicity of the components. You require taking a shot glass and chilling it for some time in the freezer. As such, you can do this before starting the preparations as it will save you time. Take the butterscotch schnapps and pour it into the chilled shot glass.

This next step requires precision for the shot to be perfect. Using the back of a bar spoon; float the Irish cream at the top of the schnapps. Voila! Your drink is ready, and you can now entertain your guests with your fantastic mixing skills. The floating takes a bit of time to get it right, but once you do, nothing will hold you back from awing anyone who tastes your shots.


Here are some ways in which you can perfect the making of this drink over time. Sometimes, people opt to mix liqueurs in a different order than that given in the recipe. Though creativity is encouraged when it comes to making shots, it can also lead to an unexpected outcome. As such, the best way to go when it comes to a buttery nipple is to follow the order given.

You see, each liqueur has a given gravity and this, in turn, determines whether it floats on top of the other, mixes with it or sinks to the bottom. The general rule in mixing is that the heavy drink should be at the bottom and in this case, the Irish cream should sit at the bottom of the glass.

Buttery Nipple Shot Buttershots

There are many types of butterscotch schnapps on the market, and you can try out quite a number of them with amazing results. There are buttery nipple recipes that skip the floating, and they go straight into shaking the liqueurs with ice and straining the mix into a shot glass.

This option is the second buttery nipple recipe.

This recipe is also excellent, and it works great for parties in the warm weather. It also works excellent for dessert drinks. If you choose this option, be sure to double the recipe and then serve it on the rocks. It goes down well with sweet desserts such as cheesecake, and you will enjoy every sip of it.

The peach nipple

There is another variation of the buttery nipple on the market, and it is slowly gaining traction. Where in a traditional buttery nipple the focus is on the butterscotch, this recipe calls for the use of peach schnapps. As such, there is no buttery taste to it, and it works great for anyone who is not into that aftertaste.

There is this belief that the drink came up at a party where the hosts ran out of butterscotch, and they decided to craft a shot on the same premise. The result was great, and people recognize it as a fantastic shooter.

In making this recipe, you should start by chilling a shot glass in the freezer for about thirty minutes. Next, add an ounce of peach schnapps to the glass before floating Irish cream on the top using a bar spoon. Just like with the buttery nipple, you can choose to shake it with ice and strain it. The results are just as good, and it is a great dessert drink too.

Golden nipple

There is the golden nipple which is another fun variation of the buttery nipple. In this one, you add cinnamon schnapps to the mix. There are many cinnamon schnapps on the market, and they go well with butterscotch, and you will have lots of fun trying out the different tastes.

The result is like that of an oatmeal cookie shooter.

As long as you hold the jager, the two flavors will blend, and the result will be mind-blowing. The chances are high that the two schnapps will mix, depending on the cinnamon schnapps that you use. However, mixing is okay as you can still float an Irish Cream Layer at the top with ease. You can also shake and strain this if you wish.

The alien nipple

If you wish to add some flavor and color to your buttery nipple, here is an easy way to do it. You will need:

  • Half an ounce of butterscotch schnapps
  • ¼ ounce of Irish Cream
  • ¼ ounce of melon liqueur

Start off by mixing the melon liqueur and the butterscotch schnapps before floating some Irish cream at the top. The resultant drink has a green hue to it, and it features some tropical flavors which add a twist to the conventional buttery nipple.

The vodka nipple

This drink is an excellent choice for anyone wishing to add more alcohol to the mix. It will retain its sweet taste and will add more fun to the party. Here is what you need:

  • ½ ounce of vodka
  • ½ ounce of Irish Cream Liqueur
  • ½ ounce of butterscotch schnapps
  • ½ ounce of coffee flavored liqueur

Unlike the layered process, making this drink follows a different technique but the results are just as tasty. Start by filling a shaker with ice before pouring in the ingredients. Shake them up real nice before straining them into shot glasses. The result will not be layered, but the taste will be out of this world.

The branded nipple recipe

If you are in the mood for something different, then try this out. You will need:

  • 1 part of butterscotch schnapps
  • 1 part Irish Cream
  • 1 part cinnamon schnapps
  • One dash rum

With this recipe, you start by floating one ingredient over the other in the order listed above. Once you finish, set the drink on fire and shoot it down your throat. You will not forget this shot for a very long time to come!

The butterball nipple shot

Here is another variation that will leave you feeling all kinds of happy. You will require:

  • ½ shot butterscotch schnapps
  • ½ shot almond liqueur

Start by chilling a shot glass before adding the almond liqueur. Layer the butterscotch schnapps at the top and down the drink. Ensure that you do not mix the ingredients. If you wish to add some taste to the mix, you can have some whipped cream at the top.

The butterballs recipe

In this recipe, you will require a chilled double shot glass for the ultimate effect. In addition to this, you should have:

  • 1 ½ shot of butterscotch schnapps
  • ½ shot of coffee liqueur

Start with pouring in the butterscotch schnapps before layering it with the coffee liqueur. Caffeine lovers will fall head over heels in love with this drink.

The butterbee recipe

This chilled drink is a great way to keep cool on those hot summer days. What’s more, it has a lovely taste that lingers on long after you down it. You will need:

  • ½ shot of butterscotch schnapps
  • ½ shot of Irish Cream

Start by chilling a shot glass for at least thirty minutes before pouring in the butterscotch schnapps. Add the Irish cream down the inside such that it lies on the butterscotch.

The butternut lifesaver recipe

  • ¾ ounces of Irish cream
  • ¾ ounces of butterscotch schnapps
  • ¾ ounces of rum
  • ¾ ounces of pineapple juice

Start by mixing all the ingredients before chilling them over ice. Strain the mix into shot glasses and enjoy.

The neutron bomb recipe

As the name suggests, this drink is mind-blowing and is perfect for summer parties. You require:

  • 1/3 ounce of butterscotch schnapps
  • 1/3 ounce of Irish Cream
  • 1/3 ounce of coffee liqueur

You will start off with pouring the butterscotch in a chilled glass before floating the Irish cream at the top. Let the coffee liqueur settle at the bottom of the shot glass before downing this drink.

You will notice that most of these drinks call for a chilled glass during preparation. The importance of this is to bring out the flavors. If you were to try making the buttery nipple in a glass at room temperature and in one that is below room temperature, you would notice a difference in tastes as the latter would be more pleasant.

Drinks with buttershots are a great way to start and end a party. Thanks to the many variations as to the same, you need not limit yourself to one option. You can make these butterscotch shots with Baileys Irish cream to get beautiful results. Playing about with these recipes is fun and will turn out great as long as you pay attention to their gravities. Enjoy!


Peter's path through the culinary world has taken a number of unexpected turns. After starting out as a waiter at the age of 16, he was inspired to go to culinary school and learn the tricks of the trade. As he delved deeper, however, his career took a sudden turn when a family friend needed someone to help manage his business. Peter now scratches his culinary itch on the internet by blogging, sharing recipes, and socializing with food enthusiasts worldwide.

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