Easy Pudding Shots for a Party

Learn how to make a simple pudding shot for your next party.

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Who’s up for a round of shots? Nothing says party like going bottoms-up with a brisk boozy short drink. Of course, not all shots are created equal. The days of hard liquor shots that just get you dizzy are over. Shots are now as creative as the fanciest cocktails.

Talking about parties, the holiday season is upon us, and that means dinner parties, cocktail parties and any other types of parties. If you’re hosting a get-together at your place, a fun shot recipe might just be the best way of breaking the ice, loosening your guests a little and getting the party flowing.

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Here’s where today’s gorgeous Pudding Shots come in. If you’re a dessert kind of person, you’ll absolutely love these because they’re alcoholic drinks, yes, but also the most decadently creamy drinks you’ll have.

Easy Pudding Shot Ingredients

Start with a basic box of instant vanilla pudding and add milk. Any variety of dairy milk will work for this recipe. Pudding doesn’t mix well with soy or non-dairy milk.

Once we have the pudding base covered, let’s talk about the alcoholic ingredients. This is a shot, after all. A vanilla-scented white rum such as Bacardi or Captain Morgan White will work well; you don’t have to be picky.

There are different alternatives for the coffee liqueur, too, but you can choose with your eyes closed — all of these liqueurs will work like a charm. I use Kahlua in this recipe, a good staple to have on hand for lots of cocktails like Irish Coffee and more.

The addition of cream helps this recipe feel light and not too dense. You’ll need Cool Whip for the pudding and a can of whipped cream for garnish. Together, these will give our shots a fluffy, cloud like feel and the most heartwarming creaminess. I’m excited already!

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How to Customize Your Pudding Shots

This creamy shot is easily customizable, meaning it’s the base for many colorful and tasty drinks.

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By decorating your shot glasses beforehand with chocolate syrup and piping in your pudding cocktail, you’ll get a stunning effect. We can call these Sundae Pudding Shots. Piping is not necessary, you can spoon the mixture into cups or shot glasses, but it does keep your drink looking sharp and avoids a lot of mess.

Looks matter too. Creatively using food colorants, you can easily create Unicorn Pudding Shots, especially if you garnish them with edible glitter. The sky’s the limit!

How about a Banana or a Caramel Pecan Pudding Shot? There are literally no limits when it comes to customizing these sweet drinks. That’s what makes cocktails so much fun; they’re blank canvases for your craziest dreams.

When to Serve Pudding Shots?

These creamy shots are incredibly versatile. For starters, they’re drinkable desserts, so you can efficiently serve them after dinner; they’re crave-quenching digestives too.

Now, the shot’s celebratory nature makes them awesome crowd-pleasers and ideal for serving at a party. Top them with multi-colored sprinkles, and you’ve got yourself pudding birthday shots, and they’re also great for bachelorette parties and other memorable occasions. You could even add a candle to a shot!

I invite you to make these shots this New Year’s Eve. Let’s all welcome the new year with a vanilla pudding shot. Pick up some of these golden sprinkles or edible gold glitter, you can really take these short drinks to new sophistication levels. These’ll make your evening a night to remember.

Prep tip: The best part? You can make these shots ahead and store them in the freezer or fridge until you’re ready to serve them. That way, you can take care of your guests without having to worry about making the drinks in the middle of the party. Wait to add the whipped cream topping until you are ready to serve, this will fall in the fridge or freezer if done ahead of time.

Easy pudding shots for a party

Easy Vanilla Pudding Shots

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

A creamy and delicious dessert drink that's easy to make.


  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • ¼ cup white rum
  • ½ cup coffee-flavored liqueur (Kahlua)
  • 1 (8 ounce) container Cool Whip


    1. In a large bowl, beat pudding with milk for 2 minutes.

    pudding shots with milk

    2. Stir in both alcohols until combined.

    3. Fold in cool whip.

    Cool Whip in pudding shots Pudding shots mixing

    4. Spoon into cups or pipe into shot glasses.

    Piping pudding shots

    5. Freeze or refrigerate until ready to serve.

    6. Just before serving, top with whipped cream and sprinkles.


Since the alcohol in these shots won't freeze, keep them in the freezer. The stay thick and cold until ready to serve.

Before serving, remove from the freezer and top with whipped cream and sprinkles.

To make these portable, use containers with lids like these and spoon in pudding.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 45Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 95mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 0g

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These pudding shots are a great ace to have up your sleeve. They’re incredibly easy to make, and they’re delicious. Let your creativity flow and make these shots yours. Share them with friends and family and toast to a festive party.

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