How to Make the Cherry Bomb Shot

How to Make the Cherry Bomb Shot
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This has to be one of the easiest cocktails to make. In fact, hardly any work goes into it at all! Just a shot of cherry vodka and one other very important ingredient, makes this the classic pre-party “cocktail” bomb shot.

Cherry bomb shot recipe

I can’t tell you who invented this combination of cherry vodka and grenadine syrup, but it really doesn’t matter. Since the production of Red Bull energy drink came into being, the Cherry Bomb Shot recipe has been one fan favorite!

What is a Bomb Shot

You may have heard of the most famous bomb shot of all, the Jäger Bomb shot! If you know how that works, you understand the bomb shot concept. If not, a bomb shot, aka a depth charge or drop shot, is when you drop the shot glass filled with spirit into highball or rocks glass filled with another liquor.

Then the two liquids become one shot and it is chugged!

bomb shot

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What is a Cherry Bomb Shot

There are loads of ways to make a Cherry Bomb Shot, but I am sticking to the purest recipe and the shortest total time to make. The ingredients couldn’t be simpler:

  • Cherry vodka
  • Red Bull or other energy drink
  • Grenadine syrup

Easy, easy easy.

  • Variations on the Cherry Bomb Shot🍸:
    • You can make your own cherry vodka by muddling fresh cherries or maraschino cherries in a cocktail shaker, add the vodka and ice cubes, then strain into the shot glass
    • If you like it sweeter, you can use a cherry liqueur, like Dr. McGillicuddy or just a dash of simple syrup
    • You can use some lime juice or lemon juice to cut through the sweetness.

What tools you need to make the Cherry Bomb shot

You’ll also need a jigger, a highball glasses or a rocks glasses, and shot glasses for this cocktail recipe.

Where to find more cocktail shot recipes

Here are a few of my favorites:

Where to find ingredients for the Cherry Bomb shot

If you are in the UK, I love Vestal Cherry Vodka or Absolut Bitter Cherry Vodka. For Grenadine, I always use Monin Grenadine, as for Red Bull – well you can get that anywhere, but here it is on Amazon.

If you are in the USA, you can get Effen Black Cherry Vodka and Jack Rudy Small Batch Grenadine at, and Red Bull is also on Amazon.

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Here is the recipe:

Cherry bomb shot recipe

Cherry Bomb Shot

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

The shot that might remind you of the cough syrup you had as a child. This one will get you going all night long!


  • 1 oz Cherry liqueur or vodka
  • 4 oz Redbull or an energy drink
  • Grenadine


  1. Fill the shot glass with cherry liqueur or vodka
  2. Fill another glass with Redbull
  3. Add a splash of grenadine to the Redbull
  4. Shoot by dropping the show glass into the glass filled with Redbull
  5. Shoot!

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