Hard Cider Ice Cream Shot

This Hard Cider Ice Cream Shot is one of those drinks that can substitute for a dessert. It’s like a miniature adult boozy milkshake for dessert!

If you like your shots on the sweeter side, check out these Salted Caramel Apple Shots with a thick caramel rim and flakes of sea salt! Or you can go for fruitier flavors in these Pineapple Upside Down Shots that you can also serve along with boozy, Upside Down Cakes!

hard cider ice cream shot on napkin

A Delicious, Boozy Dessert Shot

We love serving dessert cocktails instead of dessert. Sometimes we even serve them alongside dessert!

It really depends on the party, or the type of meal that you served. And sometimes we just like to give our friends the options of having a little sweet, boozy shot and/or something like an apple crisp or a fruit pie for dessert.

You can even make your dessert drinks to resemble the flavor of your favorite dessert like a Pumpkin Cheesecake Martini or this fan favorite, a Toasted Almond Cocktail that tastes just like that retro ice cream truck dessert we all loved – and still do.

What Ingredients Do I Need To Make This Hard Cider Ice Cream Shot?

These days we can find apple cider year round at the grocery store, but if you have a hard time finding it just use a high quality apple juice or better yet, and unfiltered apple juice.

Apple Cider: Like we mentioned above, apple cider is pretty available year round, but my next choice would be an unfiltered apple cider.

Vanilla Ice Cream: Good old fashioned vanilla ice cream! But you can totally have fun and play around with the ice cream here, try chocolate or praline or any flavor that you think might go well with the flavors in this shot recipe.

Whiskey: We used plain whiskey, but you can try an apple flavored or a caramel flavored whiskey too!

Hard Cider Ice Cream Shot is a cold cider drink with whiskey
 What Kind Of Desserts Can I Serve With This Dessert Shot?

If you’re looking for the combo dessert, then you can serve these Hard Cider Ice Cream Shots with an actual dessert recipe too!

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Hard Cider Ice Cream Shot

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

These boozy whiskey milkshakes are perfect for a dessert drink, brunch or just happy hour!



1/4 cup apple cider

3 ounces whiskey (can substitute apple flavored whiskey also)

1/2 cup vanilla ice cream

Crushed graham crackers for rimming (use water or corn syrup for rimming the glasses)


  1. Dip the rim of each shot glass in water, then in the graham cracker crumbs.
  2. Add the cider, whiskey and ice cream to a blender with a couple of ice cubes. Blend until smooth and then pour into the rimmed shot glasses.
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American


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