Caramel Apple Shot (With Crown): Simple Cocktail Recipe!

If you’re entertaining, especially during the fall, then you’re going to love this caramel apple shot, which requires just 2 ingredients! You can make it as simple or as fancy as you like, making it perfect for guests. From Halloween to football, they’re perfect for any fall occasion!

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Why You’ll Love This Recipe

I mean, honestly, what’s not to love? This two-ingredient shot takes about a minute to measure and go (and that’s if you choose to even measure; sometimes I just eyeball it).

Of course, if you want to make it a little fancier, you can layer the shot to show off the pretty green and golden hues that give it that traditional caramel apple charm.

Feel free to add a rim of caramel and a slice of apple for garnish. If you’re making a platter of these for a party, it definitely adds visual appeal.

caramel apple shot next to two apples with a slice on top

If you don’t like Crown (or can’t find it), no worries! There are a LOT of options you can substitute, and I’ll make sure to go over those below for you.

Or, to use up any leftovers, also make sure to check out my Crown Salted Caramel and Coke, Salted Caramel Whiskey Hot Chocolate, and Salted Caramel Whiskey Sour recipes!

What You’ll Need: Ingredients

ingredients to make caramel apple shots with crown
  • 1 ounce Crown salted caramel flavored whiskey
  • 1 ounce Dekuyper pucker sour apple schnapps
  • Optional garnishes, if desired

Ingredient Substitution Options

  • For the Caramel. In place of Crown salted caramel, you can substitute caramel vodka (such as Smirnoff), Bailey’s salted caramel Irish cream, butterscotch schnapps, or any other caramel-flavored liquor
  • Apple Liquor. Instead of the Dekuyper, use Crown apple flavored whiskey, apple cider, apple flavored vodka (such as Smirnoff green apple or New Amsterdam apple), or any other apple-flavored liquor you like
  • Garnishes. I’m garnishing with a little caramel sauce rim and a slice of green apple. You could also sprinkle some sea salt on the caramel, or dip it in green or gold sanding sugar for a festive twist!

Step By Step Instructions

  1. (Optional) To rim your shot glass, place some caramel syrup on a plate or other flat surface, and dip the top of the glass into it, spinning it around to form an even coating
place caramel syrup on a plate and rim your shot glass
  1. Pour the Crown salted caramel whiskey and sour apple schnapps into the shot glass, giving it a gentle stir with a straw or similar to combine. Alternatively, you can combine them in a shaker or mason jar first, then pour it in
pour crown salted caramel whiskey and sour apple schnapps in the shot glass
  1. Garnish with a slice of apple if desired, and serve!
overhead view of two caramel apple shots with crown next to caramel squares and fresh apples

Optional Layering Directions

  1. Pour the apple schnapps into your shot glass
  2. Measure out the Crown apple whiskey
  3. Slowly and gently pour the Crown over the back of a spoon and into the shot glass. This will form a layer instead of combining the two alcohols

Crown has a lighter specific density than schnapps, so it will layer on top nicely. If you swap in other alcohols and thus change the specific density, you may end up with a different order or final look!

More Shot Varieties to Serve at Parties

  • Caramel Apple Jello Shots
  • Pink Whitney Shot
  • Ghost Shot
  • RumChata Peppermint Bark Shots
  • Chocolate Covered Pretzel Shots
  • Grinch Jello Shots

Recipe FAQs

What Ingredients Do I Need to Make Caramel Apple Shots?

Caramel apple shots typically require a caramel liquor, and an apple liquor or cider.

Optional ingredients include garnishes, like apple slices or caramel sauce or candies.

Can I Make Non-Alcoholic Versions of Caramel Apple Shots?

Yes, you can prepare non-alcoholic mocktail caramel apple shot by substituting the alcoholic ingredients with caramel-flavored syrup and non-alcoholic apple cider.

Simply mix or shake and serve. You can use a shot glass as well, or a mocktail version could be served in a regular rocks or pint glass in a larger quantity.

Are There Variations to Enhance the Caramel Apple Shot Taste?

Absolutely! You can experiment with adding cinnamon, nutmeg, or other fall spices to intensify the flavor profile of your caramel apple shots.

This will give it more of a caramel apple pie flavor profile overall.

What Are the Best Occasions to Enjoy Caramel Apple Shots?

Caramel apple shots are perfect for fall gatherings, Halloween parties, or any festive event where you want to add a touch of seasonal flavors to your beverages.

You can also serve them for football games, and even around Thanksgiving when entertaining family and friends.

Recipe Pro Tips

  • Glassware: You can use a regular shot glass, or the taller, thinner shooters. I prefer the latter, especially when layered, as I think they show off the colors of the liquors better
layered caramel apple shot next to two apples

Storage and Serving Tips

  • If you want to make a large batch in advance, scale the recipe up for the quantity of shots needed. Combine in a shaker or mason jar, then pour into individual servings when ready. Since it’s just alcohol it keeps well, so make it up to a week ahead of time and store at room temperature

More Drinks For Caramel and Apple Fans

Final Thoughts

Just two ingredients and under a minute, and you’ve got a festive caramel apple shot to enjoy! Whether you make it with Crown or another liquor combination of your choosing, it’s going to be delicious.

Make it your own with some festive garnishes like caramel sauce and an apple slice (which someone is going to use as a chaser, I’m sure).

This cocktail is the perfect shooter for Halloween, Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, football parties, or any other fall gathering. Just, remember to enjoy it responsibly and not overdo it!

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Simple Caramel Apple Shot With Crown

With just 2 ingredients and under a minute to throw together, this caramel apple shot made with Crown is both simple and delicious! It’s perfect for fall entertaining of any sort!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Course Drinks
Cuisine American, Vegetarian
Servings 1
Calories 130 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 Ounce Crown salted caramel flavored whiskey
  • 1 Ounce Dekuyper pucker sour apple schnapps
  • Caramel syrup for rim (optional)

Instructions
 

  • (Optional) To rim your shot glass, place some caramel syrup on a plate or other flat surface, and dip the top of the glass into it, spinning it around to form an even coating
    Caramel syrup for rim
  • Pour the Crown salted caramel whiskey and sour apple schnapps into the shot glass, giving it a gentle stir with a straw or similar to combine. Alternatively, you can combine them in a shaker or mason jar first, then pour it in
    1 Ounce Crown salted caramel flavored whiskey, 1 Ounce Dekuyper pucker sour apple schnapps
  • Garnish with a slice of apple if desired, and serve!

Notes

  • To layer your shot (optional), pour the apple schnapps into your shot glass and measure out the Crown apple whiskey. Then, slowly and gently pour the Crown over the back of a spoon and into the shot glass. This will form a layer instead of combining the two alcohols. Note that if you swap other liquors in, the look will vary
  • Substitutions for the caramel liquor. In place of Crown salted caramel whiskey, you can substitute caramel vodka (such as Smirnoff), Bailey’s salted caramel Irish cream, butterscotch (buttershots) schnapps, or any other caramel-flavored liquor
  • Swaps for the apple liquor. Instead of the Dekuyper, use Crown apple flavored whiskey, apple cider, apple flavored vodka (such as Smirnoff green apple or New Amsterdam apple), or any other apple-flavored liquor you like
  • If you want to make a large batch in advance, scale the recipe up for the quantity of shots needed. Combine in a shaker or mason jar, then pour into individual servings when ready. Prepare up to a week in advance and store at room temperature
  • Exact nutritional values will vary based on brand and flavor of ingredients, any decorations or garnishes added, and quantity consumed, so please consider this a guideline only
 

Nutrition

Serving: 56gCalories: 130kcalCarbohydrates: 11gSugar: 10.9g
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