Last edited on November 29, 2023

The buttery nipple shot is a delicious, raunchy shot has wowed many with its creamy and sweet flavor. Closely related to the "Slippery Nipple," it's a drink that's as fun to order as it is to drink.

Layered Buttery Nipple shot with dark brown bottom layer, and irish cream liqueur top layer


  • 1 Ounce Butterscotch Schnapps
  • ½ Ounce Irish Cream Liqueur


  1. Pour the butterscotch schnapps into a shot glass.
  2. Carefully layer the Irish cream liqueur on top of the butterscotch schnapps.
  3. Enjoy!

Recipe Tips

  • Chill your ingredients: Since this shot isn't shaken, and isn't served with ice, it's best to chill your liqueurs (and even your glass) to make sure it goes down smoothly.

  • Layer your shot: Layering makes your shot look great, giving the trademark look of the buttery nipple. It's easy, just pour carefully over the back of a spoon, and let it run gently down on top of the schnapps.

  • Make it stronger: This shot has a relatively low alcohol content (compared to other shots). To up the booziness, try swapping out some of the butterscotch schnapps for vodka.

What's In A Buttery Nipple Shot?

The Buttery Nipple shot is a smooth blend of Irish Cream Liqueur and Butterscotch Schnapps.

  • Irish Cream Liqueur: Provides a velvety and creamy texture.

  • Butterscotch Schnapps: Brings in the sweet and buttery flavor.

While the specific flavors of a shot aren't usually the appeal, it's good to know how to make the very best buttery nipple with the finest ingredients around, especially if you want to serve it as a mixed drink on the rocks.

Best Irish Cream Liqueur For A Buttery Nipple

For a top-notch Buttery Nipple shot, a quality Irish Cream Liqueur is crucial. Baileys Original Irish Cream stands out due to its rich and authentic flavor profile. With hints of cocoa and vanilla, it perfectly complements the sweet notes of the Schnapps.

Best Butterscotch Schnapps For A Buttery Nipple

A good Butterscotch Schnapps, like DeKuyper, is essential. DeKuyper offers a genuine butterscotch taste that's neither too sweet nor too overpowering, ensuring that perfect buttery balance in the shot.


The exact origins of the Buttery Nipple shot remain a tad unknown. However, it gained prominence in the 1980s alongside a surge of sweet, creamy liqueur-based cocktails.

Some say it's a variation of the "Slippery Nipple," which usually involves Sambuca and Irish Cream.

Regardless, today, its popularity endures, cherished for its delicious taste and the fun vibes it brings to any gathering, while being good fun to order at a bar!


What Does A Buttery Nipple Taste Like?

The Buttery Nipple shot delivers a sumptuous mix of creamy, sweet, dessert-like flavors. The Irish Cream Liqueur contributes a creamy and slightly chocolatey taste, while the Butterscotch Schnapps adds a burst of sweetness with caramel undertones. The two together create a rich and velvety sensation, similar to a dessert in a glass.

Can I Use Another Liqueur Instead of Irish Cream?

Yes, you can experiment with different liqueurs. Some bartenders use coffee liqueur or almond milk liqueur as a variation. However, the classic Buttery Nipple shot's unique flavor primarily stems from the Irish Cream.

Is There A Non-Alcoholic Version?

Certainly! You can use butterscotch syrup and a dash of cream or non-dairy milk to mimic the flavors of the alcoholic version. Adjust to taste, and enjoy!