This Mini Beer Shot doesn’t have beer at all! Here’s how to make the popular little shot with Licor 43 liqueur and heavy cream.

Mini beer shot

It looks like beer, but we’ve got a secret. This Mini Beer Shot has nothing to do with a cold brew at all. Nope, this is a shot of a different nature: it pairs tasty vanilla Licor 43 liqueur and cream. The flavor? Sweet, nuanced, and delicious: essentially the exact opposite of beer. It’s a fun novelty: especially for people trying this tasty liqueur for the first time. One of our Instagram followers told us about this drink since she knew we were Licor 43 fans…and of course we had to try it!

What’s a mini beer shot?

A mini beer shot is a shot made with Licor 43, a Spanish vanilla liqueur, and heavy cream. The bright yellow liqueur simulates the beer, and the heavy cream looks like the frothy foam on top. Pour it into a tiny beer mug, and it looks exactly like a little beer!

What does a mini beer shot taste like? A mini beer shot tastes sweet and aromatic, with notes of vanilla, orange, and cinnamon and a creamy finish. It is very sweet, so serve it as a dessert drink for after dinner. The flavor is similar to a B52 shot, which layers Kahlua, Baileys, and Grand Marnier orange liqueur. If you don’t love sweet drinks, steer clear of this one.

Little beer shot

How to make a little beer shot

How to make a mini beer shot? It’s as simple as pouring two ingredients into a glass. Here are two small tips to consider during the process:

  • Stir the Licor 43 with ice in a mixing glass. We store our Licor 43 in our liquor cabinet with our other spirits, not in the refrigerator (it doesn’t require refrigeration). If you don’t already keep it chilled, stir it in a mixing glass with a litte ice first.
  • Pour the cream over the back of a spoon. This slows down the liquid so it can settle on the top of the Licor 43, forming a layer on top.

Where to find mini beer glasses

The most fun thing about a mini beer shot? Mini beer shot glasses! Now, you don’t have to buy them. In fact, we didn’t: we happened to have these small glasses that had a beer-like vibe. If you don’t have something that works, grab these mini beer shot glasses on Amazon.

Keep in mind: Licor 43 is very sweet, so you won’t want to drink more than 1 ½ ounces of the stuff. If you’re not someone who loves sweet drinks, this isn’t the shot for you. To be honest, we enjoy Licor 43 more mixed into cocktails than drinking it as a shot. But we can’t deny the novelty factor!

Mini beer shot

All about Licor 43

Is Licor 43 really worth buying? After making 300+ homemade cocktails, we think so. We first bought Licor 43 to make carajillo, a spiked coffee, and we’ve been using it ever since. Here’s what to know about this unique liqueur:

  • Licor 43 is a bright yellow, vanilla flavored Spanish liqueur, also known as Cuarenta Y Tres (which is “forty three” in Spanish). It was invented in 1946 by the Zamora family, apparently based on an ancient recipe. The name comes from the 43 herbs and botanicals used to make it.
  • What does Licor 43 taste like? Licor 43 tastes sweet and aromatic, strongly of vanilla with notes of orange peel, spices, and cocoa.
  • How much does Licor 43 cost? It’s mid-priced. A 375 ml bottle costs about $15 and a 750 ml bottle costs about $25.

More Licor 43 cocktails

Licor 43 is one of our favorite new finds, because it’s so versatile! One of our favorite cocktails is the Key Lime Martini…but that’s just getting started. Here are some of our favorites:

Licor 43

When to serve a mini beer shot

A mini beer shot is a good after dinner drink, but it works anytime. Serve it as a:

  • After dinner drink
  • Happy hour drink
  • Signature drink
  • Girls or guys night drink
  • Cocktail hour drink
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Mini beer shot

Mini Beer Shot

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


This Mini Beer Shot doesn’t have beer at all! Here’s how to make the popular little shot with Licor 43 liqueur and heavy cream.


  • 1 ½ ounces Licor 43
  • ½ ounce heavy cream


  1. Stir the Licor 43 in mixing glass with handful of ice (or chill it in advance). Strain it into a shot glass, small glass, or mini beer glasses.
  2. Pour the heavy cream over the back of a spoon to float it on top of the Licor 43. Serve immediately. 
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Mini beer shot, little beer shot, beer shot

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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