What Is A Slippery Nipple and How to Make It Quickly?

A slippery nipple, also known as a licorice shot, is a delicious drink. It’s made up of sambuca and Irish cream liqueurs. And it’s a layered shot so it looks fun and appetizing. The most common Irish cream liqueur that goes into a slippery nipple is Baileys.

It’s the perfect cocktail for drinkers who aren’t so picky with their cocktail tastes. And who are looking for something light and fun and lip-smacking delicious.

Since this is a schnapps containing beverage, there are other similar types of cocktails too. Such as the Fuzzy Navel, Teeny Weeny Woo Woo. I’m not making these names up. They’re actual drinks that are fun. A popular choice among young drinkers.

How to Make A Slippery Nipple?

The Slippery Nipple was quite a famous treat and was invented in the 1980s. It has had a history of multiple names. Slippery Nipple being the one that stuck for the longest. So if you’re interested in making this layered concoction, here’s how to go about it.


  • 1/2 oz of sambuca liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Irish cream liqueur – preferably Baileys
  • 1 grenadine drop


Now, this is where the Slippery Nipple takes a turn for the best. If you get the method of making a Slippery Nipple right, it’s totally worth reading what follows next carefully.

  1. Combine all the ingredients.
  2. Add sambuca in a shot glass.
  3. Take a spoon and place it over the shot glass. The backside of the spoon should be facing up. Pour the Irish cream liqueur over the back of the spoon and let it fall into the shot glass. This keeps the Irish cream from dissolving with the sambuca. So it’s floating on top.
  4. Add a single drop of grenadine in the middle. And serve.

Is A Slippery Nipple A Strong Drink?

Sambuca is not a light or weak liqueur. According to studies, it’s higher than vodka, gin, and tequila. So having a shot of a slippery nipple is a strong enough drink when mixed with other drinks. And since it is not a diluted shot, it’s even stronger.

You can try the Slippery Nipple in a variety of flavors. Depending upon the ingredient you use. For example, some versions of this drink use Dry gin, vodka, butterscotch schnapps, peppermint schnapps, etc.


Before you go, there is something you should know about the Slippery Nipple shot. First off, it’s not popularly referred to as a “Slippery Nipple” drink. Because of its offensive language, it has been changed to Licorice Ball in most respectable bars and restaurants.

Many drink names have been pegged as rude and inconsiderate. And that is why the names of many drinks have been changed. In many bars, instead of a drop of grenadine, bartenders use cherry. So another common name for this drink is cherry drop.

A good alternative for sambuca is schnapps. You can use the same quantity of schnapps as sambuca to make a Slippery Nipple. Equal parts anisette and schnapps should do the trick. It’ll be just as buttery and golden and delicious!

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