Bomb Pop Shots

Bomb Pop Shots Recipe – the Adult Version

Depending on how old you are, you may or may not remember the original Bomb Pops – they were tri-colored popsicles in the shape of bombs (bomb popsicles -> bomb pops).  If you had the chance (or still have the chance) to try the original bomb pop, you should.
bomb pop shots
But since we’re all adults here and we know everything goes better with a little alcohol, lets get on with the “real” bomb pop shots recipe – the boozey one.   Other than the fact that you want the bomb pop shot to taste like the original bomb pop, you also want to make sure that the colors of the bomb pop shot are the correct color and are as clearly separated into the three colors – red, white and blue – as possible (we’ll get into how in a sec).

Bomb Pop Shots Recipe

To get the white of the bomb pop shot, you can use either Sprite and lemon vodka mixed together or you can substitute the sprite and vodka for a lemon cooler like Mikes Hard Lemonade or the original (red) Smirnoff Ice.

Note: don’t get confused with the image on the right.  The way we’ll be making our bomb pop shots, they will turn out to be opposite colors – with red on the bottom, followed by white in the middle and blue on top.

The following recipe makes 2oz shots.

Bomb Pop Shot Ingredients

  • 1/3oz Sprite
  • 1/3oz  lemon vodka
  • 2/3oz  blue curacao
  • 2/3oz grenadine


Bomb Pop Shots Recipe

Bomb Pop Shots Recipe Instructions

You’ll want to chill your vodka / sprite combo or your lemonade cooler before you begin.

Step 1:  Once it’s chilled, pour your “white” (vodka/sprite) into a 2 or 3oz shot glass.

Step 2: Now you have to layer the other ingredients into the glass and this takes a little skill.  (if you don’t know how to properly layer shots, take a look at this b52 shooter video tutorial.  Take a small spoon and place it, bottom side up, into your glass, just above / slightly touching the top of the vodka mixture.

Step 3: Now you want to VERY CAREFULLY pour the Blue Curacao over the top of the spoon so that it can run down the sides of the spoon and dribble onto the vodka where it should stay floating on top.  At this point, hopefully you’ll see the two distinct colors (if not keep practising).

Step 4: Now to add the grenadine.  Grenadine is rather thick and heavy so it will naturally float to the bottom of the glass.  Carefully pour the grenadine over the spoon and let it drip down the sides of the glass to the bottom.

Bomb Pop Shots Variations:  As we mentioned above, you can substitute some vodka cooler for the vodka / sprite combo – or you can try raspberry vodka with sweet and sour mix.

And as a bomb shot, drop an oz of blue curacao into a small rocks glass with smirnoff ice / grenadine.  If you’re looking for more recipes, check out our bomb shot infographic.

If you’ve done everything right to this point, you should have some lovely bomb pop shots to enjoy.  If you didn’t get the layering right, you’ll have something that still tastes like bomb pop shots  but more like when your brother made you eat the whole thing in one freezing go.

If you enjoy our bomb pop shots recipe, be sociable and share 😉

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