How to Make a Sweet Tart Shot {or Martini}

Before you call a Sweet Tart Shot a “girly” drink or cocktail, hear me out. (Also, nothing wrong with anything girly. “Girls run the world,” don’t there?) But seriously. Yes, this shot is sweet. But it also has a great balance of sour to it. So you don’t feel like you’re drinking your child’s juice box.


What is not to like about a Sweet Tart Shot? Not much. This is one cocktail that has a bunch of my favorites liquors: vodka, amaretto, and blue Curaçao.

If you like daiquiri drinks, a sweet tart shot should definitely become one of your go to drinks. I personally love this flavor of drinks.

Shall we get shaking? (Just a little cocktail mixer humor for you 😉

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What is a Sweet Tart Shot?

You might think sweet tarts are included in the list of ingredients for this recipe, but they’re not. The only reason this cocktail is called a sweet tart shot is because you can make it in all the different colors sweet tarts are available.

Sweet Tarts serve as inspiration for this tasty drink – kids love them (Sweet Tarts not the drink!) because of their vibrant colors and adults love them for the same reason.

This recipe is simple to follow and only requires a few ingredients that you likely already have on hand. So, next time you’re looking for a fun and festive drink to make, give this sweet tart shot a try!


How strong is a Sweet Tart Cocktail?

Great question. The answer to this is moderately strong. I wouldn’t say a Sweet Tart Shot is going to give you goosebumps. But it is hard alcohol.

If you’re worried about getting too tipsy too fast (or tipsy at all) off of shots, here’s some helpful guidelines to think about:

  • Consider every shot you have is a single drink (just because it’s small doesn’t mean it’s not might) 
  • According to Tipsy Bartender, a Sweet Tart Martini is moderate in strength. 

Here’s a great article that breaks down how to measure the alcohol content of a cocktail

Overall, and I am not a doctor or a bartender, I would say a Sweet Tart Shot is moderately strong. I found this helpful graphic from BlackTailNYC that might help you visualize the alcohol strength of a Sweet Tart Shot. Take a look below.

Image credit: BlackTailNYC

At the end of the day, please drink responsibly.

How many calories does a Sweet Tart Shot have?

This is also a great question. According to research I’ve done on the internet (remember, I am not a nutritionist), Sweet Tart Shots have between 125 calories and 170 calories. 

Here is a pretty cool website that helps you calculate calories in your alcohol and what it compares to in food.

How long does it take to make a Sweet Tart Shot?

No time at all! Ok, maybe a little time… It only takes around 3-5 minutes to make one. I’ll be honest, I didn’t time myself. But they’re super easy to stir up!

Where to find ingredients for Sweet Tart Shot

Most of the alcoholic ingredients (also the Blue Curacao) for a Sweet Tart Shot you can find at your local liquor store. The simple syrup and Blue Curacao you can also find on Amazon. I’ve added links to the ingredients below to help out. 

If you aren’t one of those people that has shot glasses and a cocktail shaker hanging out in your cupboards, that’s ok. I did a little window shopping for you and picked out a few I think are absolutely adorable.

Shot glasses

When you want a super cute shot glass, try out these cactus shot glasses.

When you’re having lots of guests or a party outside, how about these Red Solo Cup shot glasses

I fell in love with these fancy faux crystal shot glasses. Don’t you feel like you should be on Downton Abbey? 

I’m obsessed with these multi-colored frosted shot glasses! I want every color. 

Cocktail shakers

I love this clear cocktail shaker because of its pretty silver top and that it provides recipes right on the side. 

If you’re looking to feel super fancy (or professional) try this cocktail shaker bartender kit. Who wouldn’t want these beautiful bar tools displayed on their counter top?

If you just want a cocktail shaker that is simple and classy, try this cocktail shaker and jigger.

Sweet Tart Shot Recipe

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 5 minutes

Ingredients for Sweet Tart Shot

  • A Shot glass or a martini glass
  • 1 oz. of Vodka
  • 1oz. of Amaretto
  • 1oz. of Blue Curaçao 
  • ½ oz. of Simple Syrup
  • ½ oz. of lime juice or lemon juice (fresh lime juice if possible)

Instructions for Sweet Tart Shot

  1. Gather all your ingredients or this cocktail
  2. Add ice to the cocktail shaker 
  3. Pour over the vodka, Amaretto, Blue Curaçao, simple syrup, and lime juice
  4. Shake (Just like at the bar!)
  5. Using a cocktail strainer, pour the mixture (not the ice) into your shot glasses
  6. Garnish with a lime, lemon or orange wheel 
  7. Serve chilled

Pro tip:

Put your shot glasses or martini glasses into the freezer for 10 minutes for them to get super cold. You can also let them sit with ice water in them for a few minutes.

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You might think sweet tarts are included in the list of ingredients for this recipe, but they're not. The only reason this cocktail is called a sweet tart shot is that you can make it in all the different colors sweet tarts are available. However, this is a tasty drink so give it a try.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Cocktails
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cocktail, Sweet Tart Shot
Servings: 1
Calories: 305kcal


  • 1 Shot glass (or a martini glass)


  • 1 ounce Vodka
  • 1 ounce Amaretto
  • 1 ounce Blue Curaçao 
  • 1 ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 ounce of lime juice or lemon juice (Please use fresh lime juice if possible)


  • Gather all your ingredients or this cocktail
  • Add ice to the cocktail shaker
  • Pour the vodka, Amaretto, Blue Curaçao, simple syrup, and lime juice over the ice in the shaker.
  • Shake (Just like at the bar!)
  • Using a cocktail strainer, pour the mixture (not the ice) into your shot glasses
  • Garnish with a lime, lemon or orange wheel 
  • Serve chilled


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.03g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 43mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

Substitutions and VARIATIONS of Sweet Tart Shots

Just like cooking, people have lots of versions of cocktail recipes. Here are a few substitutions you can play around with to find your favorite version of this drink.

Replace the lime juice with:

  • Sour mix
  • Cranberry juice
  • Pomelo juice 
  • Any other juice that has a hint of tartness or sour flavors

Replace the Blue Curacao with:

  • Strawberry Curaçao (it will also switch up the color!)
  • Your favorite Curaçao mix 

Mix up the vodka:

  • swap your citrus vodka for blue raspberry vodka or green apple vodka

Sweet Tart Shot FAQs

What is a sweet tart shot made of?

A Sweet Tart shot, mimicking the flavors of the popular Sweet Tart candy, is typically made with the following ingredients:

  • 1 part Citrus Vodka
  • 1 part Raspberry Liqueur (like Chambord raspberry liqueur)
  • 1 part Sour Mix

This cocktail is often shaken with ice and then strained into a shot glass. Proportions can vary based on personal taste, and some recipes may include additional flavors or elements.

How many calories are in a sweet tart?

The caloric content of a Sweet Tart shot can vary depending on the specific brands of alcohol and mixers you use, as well as the proportions. However, as a general reference, a Sweet Tart shot can contain approximately 100-130 calories.

Remember that enjoying alcoholic beverages should be done responsibly, and it’s always good to be aware of the caloric and sugar content when considering overall dietary habits.

Are sweet tarts and Smarties the same?

While Sweet Tarts and Smarties may seem similar due to their sweet and tangy flavors and chalky texture, they are not the same candy. Sweet Tarts, made by the Willy Wonka Candy Factory, are known for their more pronounced sweet and sour flavor profile, and come in several fruity flavors.

On the other hand, Smarties, produced by Smarties Candy Company, have a milder flavor and are often sold in a distinctive roll wrapped in clear plastic. The two candies also differ in shape and color variety.

More shot and cocktail recipes

Looking for more shot recipes or cocktail recipes? Here are a few of my favorites. 

Candy Corn Jello Shots

Harry Potter Drinks

Apple Cider Margarita

Coconut White Russian

I hope you enjoyed this recipe. Have questions? Leave them in the comments below. Until next time: stay salty, and sweet 😉


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