June 15, 2022| By

Pink Starburst Shots

Prep Time: 5 mins
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This Pink Starburst Shot is a sweet, creamy, and fruity shot that tastes JUST like the strawberry starburst candy! You only need 4 ingredients and 5 minutes to make these sweet shots!

Need more drink ideas? Try these - White Gummy Bear Shot, Lemon drop shot, and Green Tea Shot too! 

pink starburst shot in a pink sugar rimmed glass garnished with starburst candy sitting on a wood tray.

One of my favorite things about summer is throwing parties and hosting get togethers. I love getting creative with appetizers and cocktails; and one of my new favorite sweet drinks are these are these starburst shooters. Everyone's favorite starburst flavor is the pink strawberry one - so why not make a full recipe dedicated to this delicious simple shaker recipe.

These starburst shots are sweet and fruity and creamy; they taste so much like the actual pink starburst it's uncanny! You're going to have to be careful because you're going to want so many!

If you're looking for something sweet to enjoy at a Bachelorette party, ladies night, happy hour, Valentine's Day, even Galentine's Day and birthdays - just make a batch of these!

ingredients needed to make pink strawberry starburst shots: watermelon schnapps, caramel vodka, sweet and sour mix, heavy cream , and pink starburst candies.

What's in a starburst shot

This pink starburst shot recipe is so easy to make with only a few simple ingredients! The main ingredients are:

  • Kissed Caramel Vodka: The kissed caramel flavor adds a creamy and rich flavor to this starburst shot recipe. if you can't find this, vanilla vodka works!
  • Watermelon Pucker Schnapps: though pink starbursts are strawberry flavored, this watermelon flavor does the trick! It also gives it a pretty vibrant pink color! If you want pink starburst shot without watermelon, you could also try using strawberry syrup instead as a fun way to dress it up.
  • Sweet and Sour Mix: for a little tangy flavor
  • Heavy Cream - this ingredient is the game changer! It adds that true pink starburst flavor with a nice rich creamy flavor to the starburst shot. You can't get that true starburst taste without it! 

Equipment

Of course you'll also need shot glasses or cocktail glasses depending on how you want to serve these. I'd like to note because these are so smooth and silky, they also double as an exceptionally good cocktail for a pink starburst drink or a shooter cocktail.

I recommend using a cocktail shaker with a strainer and a jigger but it isn't essential. If you don't have a cocktail shaker, simply add all of the ingredients to a large cup or pitcher and mix together. I also recommend adding this to a blender if you don't have a cocktail shaker - it makes it extra smooth! 

two glasses filled with starburst shots.

How to Make Starburst Shots

(optional first step) If you'd like to add a sugar to the rim of the glass, dip the glass in honey or corn syrup and then place in sugar. I used pink sanding sugar for a fun color!

You can also use vanilla frosting to dip the glass into to make this an extra sweet shot! 

a hand holding a cocktail glass with a pink sugar rim.

Make the shots by pouring vodka, watermelon pucker, sweet and sour mix, and a splash of cream into a cocktail shaker.

Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds, until creamy and frothy! Then pour mixture into a shot glass or cocktail glass and serve. Be sure to strain the ice! Total time needed to make these - 5 minutes. It's incredible.

Garnish Ideas!

  • Remove 3-4 pink starbursts from the wrapper and squeeze a little lime juice on top and dunk them in the pink sugar! It makes a nice tart sweet treat after throwing back the shot! Kinda reminds me of Tajin with fresh fruit.
  • I added a couple mint leaves for a pretty garnish!
  • You can also add strawberries on top or a few blackberries for a sweet and tart surprise.
  • Cool whip is an exceptionally good garnish for an extra kick of creaminess!

Make these shots into a Pink Starburst Cocktail

This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to make the perfect cocktail. To make a large batch of this starburst drink, see the steps in the recipe card below!

All you have to do is add all of the ingredients to a large pitcher and give it a good stir. Then add to the refrigerator and allow it to cool until you're ready to serve.

Pro Tip

Yes, this is a VERY easy recipe to make, however, there's a couple tips that will take these shots from great to grand!

  • If you are using a cocktail shaker, add ice cubes to the shaker cup and strain the starburst shots prior to serving. Do not serve with ice cubes because it will dilute the flavor as they melt.
  • If you do not have a cocktail shaker, just place everything in a large cup and stir until everything is mixed and smooth! You can also use a mason jar too! Just add the ingredients, cover with a lid and shake. These pink shots will turn out delicious either way!
  • If making ahead of time, omit the heavy cream. Add the heavy cream just before serving and be sure to mix thoroughly!
  • For an intense pink color, add a drop of red food coloring. It'll really pop!
pink starburst drink on a serving board with berries

FAQs

What liquors can I use instead of vodka?

You can use tequila, rums like Malibu or cahaca (a Brazilian rum that's delicious!). I don't recommend using gin or whiskey as the flavors would be too strong.

What can I substitute for heavy cream?

If you're looking for dairy free options or just don't have any heavy cream on hand, you can use cream of coconut or half and half instead. You can use the same amount as listed in the recipe card, just be sure to shake/blend well.

Can I make this drink non-alcoholic?

You can easily turn this shot into a mocktail by swapping watermelon schnapps for a watermelon or strawberry syrup, then swap out vodka for a non-alcoholic version of vodka like Strykk, and then add the heavy cream and sweet and sour mix as per usual. Same proportions apply!

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pink starburst drink on a serving board with berries

Pink Starburst Shots

Pink Starburst Shot is a sweet, creamy, and fruity shot that tastes JUST like the actual pink starburst candy! You only need 4 ingredients and 5 minutes to make these sweet pink treats!
Serving: 4 shots
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Calories: 266kcal

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Jigger
  • 4 Shot Glasses OR 2 cocktail glasses

Ingredients

  • 1.5 ounces Kissed Caramel Vodka or Vanilla Vodka
  • 2 ounces Watermelon Pucker Schnapps
  • 1.5 ounces Sweet and Sour Mix
  • ½ ounce Heavy Cream
  • 3 tbsps honey optional for adding sugar rim to the glass
  • 2 tbsps sanding sugar optional for adding sugar rim to the glass

To make a large batch, makes one pitcher:

  • 2 cup Kissed Caramel Vodka
  • 2 ½ cups Watermelon Pucker Schnapps
  • 2 cups Sweet and Sour Mix
  • ¼ cup Heavy Cream

Directions

  • Dip the rim of the glasses in honey and then dip in pink sugar to garnish. (optional)
  • Pour vodka, watermelon pucker schnapps, sweet and sour mix, heavy cream into a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds.
  • Pour into shot glasses or cocktail glasses and serve.
  • Optional: Remove 3-4 pink starbursts from the wrapper and squeeze a little lime juice on top and drink them in the pink sugar! It makes a nice tart sweet treat after throwing back the shot!

To make a large batch

  • When making a large batch, I recommend adding everything to a blender and blending for 30-40 seconds, until frothy and smooth. Due to the heavy cream, it can tend to separate so it's important to mix well before serving. Also, do not add ice until you are ready to serve.

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Notes

  • If you are using a cocktail shaker, add ice cubes to the shaker cup and strain the starburst shots prior to serving. Do not serve with ice cubes because it will dilute the flavor as they melt.
  • If you do not have a cocktail shaker, just place everything in a glass cup or container with a lid and shake until everything is mixed and smooth! These pink shots will turn out delicious either way!
  • If making ahead of time, omit the heavy cream. Add the heavy cream just before serving and be sure to mix thoroughly!

Nutrition

Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 23mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 0.03g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 104IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American

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  1. 5 stars
    These shots were out of this world. They were so smooth and not nearly as tart as other recipes I’ve made. 10/10

  2. 5 stars
    I made these and your seafood boil over the weekend. I had some friends over and we loved both recipes. I'm going to try your bahama mama drink next. Your recipes are always so good. Thank you so much for giving us delicious recipes always!

  3. 5 stars
    Friday night turn up with these shots is a bop!! I made this recipe so many times!! It legit tastes like pink starburst. 5 stars every time!!

  4. 5 stars
    My girlfriend’s 21st bday was yesterday and we made these shots and your lemon drop shots - she loved them. These were really good for a sweet girly drink.

  5. 5 stars
    I whipped these up last night, they came out great. However, you HAVE to use a cocktail shaker or a blender for this recipe. The cream won't mix into the alcohol if you don't have a shaker or a blender. That being said, the shots taste great! They're really sweet and do really taste JUST like pink starbursts. Love this recipe!!!