Irish Whiskey Cheesecake Shots are a no bake cheesecake recipe with whiskey and cherries

Irish Whiskey Cheesecake Shots

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 30 Shots

These festive and tasty dessert shots are going to be the hit of your St. Patrick’s Day party!


1 1/2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs (or whole graham crackers, crushed in a food processor or blender)

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup butter, melted

2 (8 oz.) packages of cream cheese, softened to room temperature

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1/3 cup white sugar

3 (16 oz.) jars of green maraschino cherries

4 ounces whiskey, divided

1 tablespoon cornstarch

Extra green maraschino cherries for garnish


Mix the graham crackers crumbs, brown sugar, melted butter together in a bowl, stirring until all the graham crackers are coated with the butter.

In another large bowl, add the cream cheese, lemon juice, cream, sugar and 2 ounces of the whiskey. Using a hand mixer, blend until the cream cheese filling is smooth.

To make the cherry topping, drain 2 jars of the cherries, separating the cherries from the juice. Add the juice from both jars of cherries and the remaining 2 ounces of whiskey to a saucepan over medium heat.

Remove the stems from about a cup of the cherries and add to the pan.

Once the juice comes to a boil, add a tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with a tablespoon of water, stirring until the juice thickens. The juice should be fairly thick, if it’s not like a cherry pie filling consistency, add a little more cornstarch and water, bring to a boil again and let thicken.

Let the cherry juice mixture cool completely before assembling the shots. You can transfer it to a bowl and place it in your refrigerator to help it cool down.

To assemble the shots, add 2 tablespoons of the graham cracker mixture into the bottom of each shot glass, pressing down to make a crust at the bottom.

Using a teaspoon, scoop out enough cream cheese mixture to fill each shot glass about 3/4 of the way full.

Add the cherry pie topping on top of the cheesecake mixture, then repeat with the remaining shot glasses.

Refrigerate until ready, then top each shot glass with a cherry before serving.

Recipe Notes

You can easily cut this recipe in half if you don’t need as many shots. We made these cheesecake shots in 4 ounce glasses, so if you have smaller ones you’ll end up with more shots.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

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