National Absinthe Day is all about celebrating the delicious green liquor and raising a glass to its fascinating history. Over the years, absinthe cocktails have become a favorite of artists and writers, even gaining a reputation for inducing hallucinations. Though some of the legends may be more fiction than fact, these wildly tasty absinthe shots are proof of absinthe’s potent power.

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Absinthe Bull

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Absinthe Bull

If you’ve never tried absinthe before, this fiery shot is the perfect introduction. Pour an ounce of red bull into a shot glass, add an ounce of vodka, and top with a layer of absinthe before setting it on fire! View Recipe

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Dragon's Breath Shot

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Dragon's Breath Shot

You just need two ingredients for these simple absinthe shots – two parts raspberry liqueur with one part absinthe layered on top. For a real “dragon’s breath” experience, you can set this one on fire too, but it’ll warm you up on the way down either way. View Recipe

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Wolf Bite Shooter

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Wolf Bite Shooter

With melon liqueur, pineapple juice, and lemon-lime soda, this fruity shooter mixes excellently with absinthe’s herbal notes. View Recipe

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Anthrax Island Shot

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Anthrax Island Shot

And now for a bomb shot to really kick it up a notch! Balance a shot of absinthe and a shot of whiskey over a glass of lager, and boom – you’ve got yourself a tasty explosion of flavor. View Recipe

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Green Clouds Shooter

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Green Clouds Shooter

Speaking of explosions, you can create your own little explosion at home with this visually stunning shooter! Shake up tequila and Sambuca and pour into a shot glass, drop in blue Curaçao and Irish cream, and then layer absinthe on top for gorgeous green clouds! View Recipe

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Chuck Norris Roundhouse Kick to the Face Shot

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Chuck Norris Roundhouse Kick to the Face Shot

It doesn’t get much more extreme than a roundhouse kick from Chuck Norris himself! Pour Sambuca into a shot glass, layer Jägermeister over it, put a bit of absinthe on top, and drop in a bit of hot sauce to really turn up the heat! View Recipe

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Death Drop

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Death Drop

Last but not least, we have the deliciously deadly Death Drop. To make these death-defying absinthe shots, mix equal parts vodka, tequila, absinthe, and 151 proof rum with ice, then strain into a shot glass. Make sure you drink responsibly though, these seriously live up to their name. View Recipe

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