The Tootsie Roll shot is an easy drink recipe that looks and tastes just like the popular candy. This tasty cocktail has the right blend of creamy chocolate, caramel flavor, and a bit of orange. It will surprise you that this shot recipe does taste and smell just like a Tootsie Roll candy.
You only need two ingredients for this chocolatey taffy-like cocktail. It is a sweet treat you will want to enjoy more than just at Halloween. That is the time of year I am craving Tootsie Rolls, when those cute little midgees, Tootsie pops, and flavored candies are in every kid's trick-or-treat bags. For another festive and beautiful Halloween cocktail recipe, you will want to check out my delicious CANDY CORN MARTINI!
Fun Facts about the Tootsie Roll
Have you ever wondered how Tootsie Roll got its iconic name? Well, I have so I looked it up and found out it is named after the inventor's daughter and her nickname was Tootsie. To learn more, check out The History of the Tootsie Roll.
I also learned while watching a recent episode of Eating History, that the Tootsie Roll played a role in a past war. Yes, you read that right. Apparently, the candy was dropped by the pallet load during the Korean War. The term "Tootsie Roll" was the code word for ammunition. When an urgent call came in from the marines, the radio operator didn't have the decoder cheat sheet and mistakenly took it as a real request for candy. It not only provided nutrition but there are stories that the candy was chewed or warmed and then used to plug up bullet holes in gas tanks or other equipment.
How to Make Tootsie Roll Shots
I learned this recipe from my brother years ago when he was a bartender. It is so easy to remember since you just need orange juice and Kahlua. Kahlua is a coffee-flavored liqueur with rum. It has just the right amount of sweetness, cocoa flavor, and alcohol to mimic the taste of a Tootsie Roll.
Kahlua may not be an everyday liqueur so it may have been in your cabinet for quite some time. If you ever wondered if Kahlua expires or can go bad, you may not be the only one. We like many cocktails with Kahlua so it doesn't stay long on our shelf. However, be rest assured, it has a long shelf life. Kahlua can last for up to 4 years and even longer. If it is older than 4 years, it is still fine but may have less of a coffee flavor to the liqueur.
Ingredients for the Tootsie Roll Drink
You only need 2 ingredients to make this easy shot recipe. All you need is orange juice and Kahlua to make a Tootsie Roll cocktail. Kahlua is 20% ABV (alcohol by volume) so this little shot packs a tasty punch.
- Orange Juice - no pulp is best.
- Kahlua - coffee liquer.
In each shot glass fill them ⅓ - ½ way with orange juice. If you like a more orange flavor this recipe can be done with a 1:1 ratio for the shot glass.
- 1 Part Orange Juice
- 1 Part Kahlua
Add the Juice & Alcohol
If you want more chocolate flavor and a stronger cocktail, fill up only ⅓ of the way with orange juice and the remaining ⅔ with Kahlua. Each shooter will taste like a traditional Tootsie Roll candy.
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Tootsie Roll Shots
- Shot Glasses - 1.5oz size
- Orange Juice no pulp
- To each shot glass, fill ⅓ of the way with orange juice.
- Next pour in the Kahlua until the shot glass is full.
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Beth Shields says
This is a riot. Could be really fun for a party. And who knew that those two items would taste like a tootsie roll! Thanks for sharing.
Helen at the Lazy Gastronome says
Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party! Have a great week.
Miz Helen says
Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday,503. Sure hope to see you again soon!
I have never heard of Tootsie Rolls, but they sound ridiculously sweet!
These sound like a fun party drink!
Annie Mason says
The ingredients shocked me so I intend to try this. That's the only reason for the four-star rating. I will try to remember to come back and rate it one more star when I drink this Tootsie Roll shot . Thanks for sharing.
Tarun D says
can't wait to try this. quick question will any brand of rum work or does it have to be what you have used?
You will need a rum that is coffee flavored so if you have another brand, you could use that. Simply another rum or a dark rum with no coffee would not work.
Mosaics Lab says
Tootsie roll shots!!! Never heard of this, looks sooooo delicious...
Ana Smith says
I need to find Kahlua and make this drink. I never heard of this before now, but I can almost taste it from looking at the vivid photos. Thanks for sharing this.
You are welcome and I hope you find the Kahlua so you can enjoy this fun beverage recipe.
Would never have thought of mixing these ingredients together in a tootsie roll shot but I'm all for sweet drinks!! Makes me wonder if they have orange in the actual candy.
I have made these twice since Halloween and I am afraid I cannot stop. It is so easy and yummy. I love tootsie rolls and this drink sounds crazy but it DOES taste like a tootsie roll. Close your eyes and drink and you swear it is a liquid tootsie roll. Bottoms up!
My friend says these are trouble and she is right. We made 4 different kinds of shots for a bachelorette party and this was our favorite. We even called up for room service to get more orange juice to make more.
Just like a Tootsie Roll! ! !
Does anyone have insight if a batch can be made a day ahead of time?
I have not tried that before but I would think it can be. It will need some stirring as the juice will likely separate a bit. Maybe try mixing up just two drinks and seeing how it holds up overnight. Let me know how it goes.