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10 Vodka Shots That Are Much Better Than the Ones You Had in College

You don't have to be a master mixologist to pour the perfect party drinks. These creative vodka shots are just what your guests will want to kick off the celebration.

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Cantaloupe Smoothie ShootersCourtesy We are not Martha

Cantaloupe Smoothie Shooters

It has smoothie in the name, so it’s healthy—right? Regardless, these shooters from We are not Martha are definitely delicious, blended with vodka, Greek yogurt, cantaloupe and lime juice. If you’re craving a nonalcoholic smoothie, try one of these fruity concoctions.

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Pumpkin Pie ShotsTaste of Home

Pumpkin Pie Shots

Fall means one thing: pumpkin spice. Get your fix with these seasonal shots, made with canned pumpkin and butterscotch schnapps liqueur. If that’s not enough, pair them with one of these mouthwatering pumpkin spice treats.

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Strawberry Lemonade Jell-O ShotsCourtesy Crayons & Cravings

Strawberry Lemonade Jell-O Shots

These aren’t the Jell-O shots of your college days. Crayons & Cravings makes them with fresh fruit and (hopefully!) better vodka, and they’re also poured into lemon wedges instead of plastic cups for a grownup twist on the party staple. Get more vodka mixed drink ideas here.

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Cotton Candy Ice Cream ShotsCourtesy Sugar & Cloth

Cotton Candy Ice Cream Shots

If you’re obsessed with all things ice cream, these are the shots for you. And as if the vanilla vodka/cotton candy ice cream/coconut milk combo wasn’t rich enough, Sugar & Cloth also serves them with a fluffy cotton candy garnish. Here are 9 more boozy ice cream drinks to drool over.

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Champagne Jell-O ShotsCourtesy Feast + West

Champagne Jell-O Shots

Why settle for regular shots when you could have sparkly champagne shots? Perfect for a New Year’s Eve party (just like these NYE menu ideas), these lemony sips from Feast + West are topped with glitter sprinkles for an extra glam touch.

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Strawberry Shortcake ShotsCourtesy Tipsy Chicken

Strawberry Shortcake Shooters

Have your cake and drink it, too! Tipsy Chickens designed these gorgeous strawberry shortcake shots. A spoonful of strawberry puree at the bottom of each glass adds a uniquely sweet twist, especially when you pour a healthy helping of cake vodka on top.

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Birthday Cake Pudding ShotsCourtesy Wine and Glue

Birthday Cake Pudding Shots

Put the happy in “happy birthday” with these festive pudding shots, created by Wine & Glue. You can use boxed cake mix as your base, then add vodka, instant pudding and milk. Don’t forget the sprinkles!

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Blueberry Lemonade Slammer ShotCourtesy Take Two Tapas

Blueberry Lemonade Slammer Shot

Lemonade + fresh blueberries + vodka = the summer sip of your dreams. While you can make your own lemonade, the recipe from Take Two Tapas recommends simply buying it. We tested some of the most popular store-bought lemonades and these were our favorites.

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Spiced Apple Cider Jelly ShotsTaste of Home

Spiced Apple Cider Jelly Shots

Yes, you can have your apple cider in shot form and yes, it’s every bit as amazing as it sounds. (There’s ginger vodka and cinnamon sugar involved!) If you have any leftover cider, use it to make one of these delicious recipes starring your favorite fall fruit.

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Green Tea ShotCourtesy Pickled Plum

Green Tea Shots

Despite the name, there’s actually no green tea involved in the making of this shot. And while the original recipe calls for whiskey, mixologist Caroline Caron-Phelps from Pickled Plum says you can easily sub in vodka, adding it to the peach schnapps, sour mix and Sprite for a refreshing sip.

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Amanda Tarlton
As both a freelance lifestyle writer and editor for a national teen magazine, Amanda spends most of her time creating #content. In those (rare) moments when she's not at her desk typing furiously, she's likely teaching a hot yoga class, reading the latest chick-lit or baking a batch of her famous scones.

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