The Best Alcohol for Shots in 2021
Drinking shots can be great fun. If consumed in moderation and deployed with common sense (I know, this can be very difficult once you get rolling), alcohol shots can make a good evening great, turn a cold night warm, or make a movie more interesting. While you can go old school, downing a whiskey shot with a beer chaser, there are a million different variations of alcohol you can put into a shot recipe to make it tasty and exciting.
Just don’t use red wine in shots ok? It’s weird. Drink wine from a “goon bag” off a clothesline instead, as the Australians do. Check out this bunch of different drinks you can use for making shots and add something different to your drinks menu playlist.
Tequila and Mezcal
When I hear the words alcohol shots I go straight towards tequila (narrowly ahead of a smooth vodka). Whether it’s Silver/Blanco, Reposado, or Gold, there’s a type out there to warm your bones, and get you feeling loose.
Take some table salt and nestle around a spoonful in the webbing between thumb and forefinger (non-drinking hand), while holding a lemon wedge (can be subbed for lime) in the same hand.
Smash a shot of straight tequila (or it’s wilder cousin Mezcal), lick the salt off your hand, and then suck the lemon. It’s pretty simple!
1. Patron Silver
My personal choice when the topic of hard liquor shots gets raised. I always make a beeline for Patron Silver when traveling through duty-free on the way home from the airport.
Patron tequila is a no-nonsense top quality drop. When downed as a tequila shot it’s almost second to none. It’s at an excellent price point for a premium tequila your home bar can rely on when entertaining.
2. Espolon Blanco Tequila
Espolon Blanco tequila honors Mexico’s art and history, and the story of Espolon – the spur of a rooster – is great for starting conversations.
With the lead in 750 ml bottle priced at under $30 and crafted in Jalisco from 100% Blue Agave plant, it’s a good tequila at a bargain price. A simple tequila like this one is useful to pour more liberally than a more expensive Blanco tequila with a similar clean agave taste.
3. Dos Hombres Espadin Mezcal
This quality Mezcal is owned by odd couple acting friends Brian Cranston and Aaron Paul (the legendary pair of meth cooking RV enthusiasts in Breaking Bad).
Dos Hombres is a smooth blend of the finest Espadin agave, hand-selected from the hillsides in Oaxaca. This is a reasonably priced mezcal with a premium quality flavor and is a great starting point for the tequila shot taker looking to change things up.
Smooth vodka means different things to different types of vodka drinkers. For some, the smoothest flavor is determined by neutrality – the lack of overt taste and ethanol afterburn when you drink it neat or in a mixed drink.
There are others who like drinking cheap vodka and don’t mind some fire and heat but want something enjoyable, yet won’t keep them out of action the next day. And others still who enjoy filling up a massive piece of fruit with booze or crafting a potent jello shot or two to keep the party humming.
Stolichnaya’s Elit Vodka is an ultra-lavish vodka that screams luxury – from the elegant bottle design to the velvety mouthfeel and touch of sweetness on the palate.
The perfect vodka to drink straight from the freezer or in a premium Vodka Martini, you’ll be hard-pressed to experience a smoother (and more dangerous) drinking experience.
5. Purity Vodka
Purity Vodka uses the method of gently warming the ingredients until the vapor is collected and then refining the spirit meticulously until only the heart of the distillate is left to make it clear, clean, and with little aftertaste.
This unique approach to distillation makes Purity a hit for smooth vodka shots looking for easy heat without an ethanol afterburn, whether served in a shot glass or deployed in more exotic cocktailing.
6. Ketel One Botanical Cucumber and Mint
Dutch distillery Ketel One offers real ingredients and natural flavors with its range of botanical flavored vodka, which includes plain vodka, orange, grapefruit and rose, and peach and orange varieties. All of them are great for individualizing vodka shots.
This great flavored vodka expression utilizes sliced cucumber and mint botanicals blended and distilled through a copper pot still, then infused with the natural essence of fresh, crisp, and fragrant herbs.
While Schnapps is an essential ingredient in a variety of cocktails or enjoyed as a simple sipping digestif, it’s also a popular choice for those wanting to knock down a shot of something sweet with a lower alcohol content than actual hard liquor(Schnapps is usually around 46 proof or 23% ABV).
7. De Kuyper Butterscotch Schnapps
Again, I’d rather pour this gorgeously delicious Schnapps over some premium vanilla ice cream or drop an ounce or two into a cocktail shaker with Bailey’s Irish Cream and ice, but as far as Schnapps shot choices go, this is the one to enjoy.
De Kuyper Butterscotch Schnapps is so velvety smooth and easy on the palate, taking a shot of this alcoholic beverage is as simple as drinking from a water bottle. Throw a bit of whipped cream on top of your alcohol shots to liven up a party for guests, or enjoy a custom shot recipe as an adult dessert in a more relaxed setting.
8. Hiram Walker Peach Schnapps
It’s pretty simple. Peach Schnapps is so sweet and peachy you should be able to toss a shot glass of it down quickly, and with minimal personal damage or ethanol heat.
Hiram Walker’s peach Schnapps is viscous and sugary. Personally, I prefer this in a Fuzzy Navel or balancing out a hefty vodka mixed drink, but it’s useful for a range of situations.
Liqueurs aren’t the first type of alcoholic drink that comes to mind when one thinks of shots. But if you can dream up all sorts of taste sensations to splash into a shot glass, freeze into a jello shot, or ruin an icy glass of Bailey’s Irish Cream, then this group of expressions will put the colors in your highball.
As a 40+ dude with kids, I’m happy thoughts of Jagermeister are now confined to distant memories of dive bars, hostels, and public displays of (unflattering) nudity. Jager is a young person’s game. It’s one of the most popular shots to drop in a beer or mix with an energy drink.
Classed as a digestif, Jagermeister is made by combining 56 herbs and botanicals into an interesting spirit that seems designed to send young people mad.
10. Cointreau Triple Sec
The quintessential orange liqueur opens with strong orange zest and a complex floral aroma. Triple Sec is sweet on the palate with a powerful orange flavor that adds depth and citrusy notes to cocktails or makes an exceptionally smooth and enjoyable party shot.
11. Amaretto Liqueur
Amaretto means “a little bitter” in Italian. It’s a traditionally sweet liqueur that may be made from apricot kernels, bitter almonds, peach stones, or almonds, all of which provide the almond-like flavor of the liqueur.
Luxardo’s Amaretto is a premium take. The sweetness is toned down, making it a perfect ingredient for a serious cocktail but also a surprisingly enjoyable shot option.
12. Du Nord Cafe Freida Coffee Liqueur
Locally roasted coffee is combined with spicy chicory then sweetened to provide a balanced taste and smooth texture. Chocolate, coffee, spice, and fruit flavors mingle on the tongue to create a drinking experience above and beyond your ordinary cup of coffee.
Du Nord Cafe Freida Coffee Liqueur is an interesting counter-shot offering elements of your morning brew with the distinct warmth of a quality alcoholic beverage.
13. Tempus Fugit Creme De Menthe Blanche
Crème de menthe is a sweet, mint-flavored alcoholic beverage. It’s available commercially in a colorless version and a green version, and can often be classed in the same bundle as schnapps (it has an ABV in the mid-20s too).
Tempus Fugit Spirits Crème de Menthe is fully distilled from botanicals and is unique in its genre because it uses more than just mint in its flavor base. This one is colorless and has more complex flavors than some of its brighter counterparts.
Pirates and landlubbers alike enjoy shots of rum. They’re great for the bracing cold, galvanizing you when you need to get things moving, or for sweetening up a hot cup of coffee.
Sweet, spicy, and hot on the tongue, rum creates excitement and elements of flair and fun to social gatherings of all types.
14. J Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum
Our favorite white rum, Iconic Jamaican rum brand J Wray and Nephew is an overproof rum carrying extra wallop (at 63% ABV) and designed with your party in mind.
It’s responsible for 90% of domestic Jamaican rum sales and is the pre-eminent “strong” overproof white rum sold worldwide. It’s great for a shot, but know your limits or your evening won’t last long.
15. Rhum Barbancourt Reserve Speciale
The star of our 15 rums to try in 2020 list, Rhum Barbancourt Reserve Speciale (5 Star) is a product of Haiti aged 8 years to perfection in 100% French Limousin oak barrel.
Barbancourt is produced from pure sugar cane juice and double distilled in a manner similar to Cognac. Aficionados often rate it superior to AOC Rhum Agricole (from the Isle of Martinique) but at a much more affordable price.
This powerful, fine dark rum includes notes of fruit, vanilla, and pepper. It is perfect as a shot first, then chased more slowly with a highball of cola and fresh lime juice or cranberry juice rum punch.
The Best 14 Leather Jackets for Men in 2021
With the winter months (hopefully) dwindling down, it’s time to start planning ahead to a time where we can wear thinner jackets and fewer layers. While it may be tempting to quickly shed your parka and grab for whatever piece of outerwear is nearby, don’t reach for last year’s wardrobe item just yet. Isn’t it time you try something new, like, say, a leather jacket?
Though it may seem all leather jackets are similar, there are actually many different designs and styles that work for different body types and tastes. In this article, we will take a look at the hottest leather jacket trends that have hit the market this season.
1. Aaron Brown Leather Bomber
The Aaron Brown Leather Jacket from The Jacket Maker is an excellent choice for any guy looking for that traditional bomber look. This awesome jacket features a slim cut and ribbed cuffs and waist. It’s made with incredibly tough, yet soft, goatskin leather, making it a great choice for guys that aren’t used to wearing leather jackets.
One of the best things about the Aaron is that it shirks the classic pouch pockets on the lower half of the jacket, opting for two buttoned patch pockets on the chest instead. This design gives it a more streamlined look than most bombers, without taking away from any of the authenticity.
2. Saint Laurent Leather Biker Jacket
There is a reason why leather jackets and bikers are usually associated with one another. Historically, many motorcycle riders have seen a leather jacket as a stylish way to protect themselves, not only from the elements but also from the possibility of a crash. While this may seem hard to believe – it’s not like leather comes with a large amount of padding, after all – leather has actually been shown to offer more protection than your average vinyl jacket or equivalent.
Maybe you’re not hopping on a motorcycle anytime soon, but you can still treat yourself to this biker-inspired Saint Laurent leather jacket. With a price tag surpassing $5,000, it’s certainly our premium pick on this list, but if you’re looking for the leather jacket of a lifetime, you have it right here. This pick is sure to come with the “for life” quality Saint Laurent is particularly known for.
3. Reiss Keith Leather Cafe Racer Jacket
Reiss is a British fashion retailer that’s been around since the 1970s. For the first 30 years of its brand history, it focused solely on men’s fashion before eventually expanding to carry items for women as well. However, the fact high-quality items for men are at the heart of this brand is very apparent through their simple wardrobe staples such as the Keith leather cafe racer jacket.
This Reiss jacket comes at a considerably lower price point than its counterparts, which makes it a pick that packs a lot of value. It’s made from super-soft leather and features a full lining. It’s the perfect choice for anybody who prefers a slim-fit jacket.
4. Lavendard Brown Leather Bike Jacket
The Jacket Maker has something for everyone, including guys that are a bit intimidated by purchasing their first leather jacket. Not only is the Lavendard incredibly affordable, but it also has a really approachable look despite its biker moniker. With open hem cuffs and a tailored fit, it looks great with badass-inspired outfits as well as everyday wear.
The Lavendard is made of real cowhide, which means it will take on a great patina over time. But it might be a bit stiff when you first get it. The more you wear it, the faster it’ll form to your body, break-in, and soften up. The fact that it goes with so many outfits will help speed up that process.
5. Ksubi Capital Leather Jacket
The Capital Leather Jacket from Ksubi comes in 100% authentic leather and is designed to have a biker fit. It’s heavy-duty with a protective interior quilted lining. It also features retro details such as antique zippers.
Kusbi is an Australian fashion label that’s existed since the 1990s. While the brand was originally focused on high-end denim, they’ve expanded their offerings over time to include other textiles such as leather. Items from Ksubi’s collections have been shown at such high-profile events as New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week, and the company operates a flagship store in New York’s SOHO neighborhood.
6. Acne Studios Off-Centred Zipper Biker Jacket
Swedish fashion powerhouse Acne Studios is well-known for their basic wardrobe pieces, so it makes sense that they would have the classic leather jacket look on lock. We love the way this off-centered jacket packs a punch of personality with its multiple buckles and zippers, but we love even more the way that it does not compromise softness or comfort at the expense of appearance.
This jacket comes with a high-end price tag, but it has the high-end materials to match. It is made of 100% genuine lambskin and comes with an interior lining of 100% viscose. Its unique off-center zip takes its inspiration from street style.
7. Airin G-1 Black and White Leather Jacket
There’s only one way to improve upon a traditional bomber: Add shearling fabric. The Jacket Maker’s Airin G-1 Bomber will have ready to strap into the cockpit, ready to fly over Europe on a midnight air-raid. It has a thick polyester-lined collar as well as ribbed cuffs and waist for a nice, snug fit that keeps the wind at bay.
The Airin is made with real sheepskin, so it’s soft but super durable, making it a great choice for almost any type of casual wear. The dual front pouch pockets are great for a phone and a pair of gloves, so if you’re wearing it on a motorcycle, you’ll have the storage you need.
8. Saturdays NYC Leather Harrington Jacket
If you’re unfamiliar with the brand Saturdays NYC, prepare to fall in love. As a laidback lifestyle brand, Saturdays NYC infuses its love for all things surfer culture in all of its fashion offerings. While primarily known for their loungewear, such as sweats and pullover sweaters, they also happen to make one of the best leather jackets on the market right now.
The leather Harrington jacket features a smooth design and has deep pockets for your convenience. It is made of 100% lambskin leather and features a lining made of polyester. Staying true to its brand’s carefree nature, this jacket features a more relaxed fit than many classic leather jackets.
9. Berluti Piped Venezia Leather Jacket
Unlike the other options we’ve included so far, Berluti is known less for being a fashion brand and more for being a leather maker. Since its inception in the late 19th century, the Paris-based manufacturer has been producing fine leather clothing items and accessories, from belts to bags to jackets.
Berluti’s piped Venezia leather jacket is the apex of luxury leather fashion. Made from a distinctive brown shade, this jacket line has been around since the 1980s – and it’s a style that certainly stands the test of time.
This jacket is made from 100% authentic patinated calfskin leather and features shoulder patches and a buttoned collar. For optimal breathability, the jacket even features ventilation eyelets.
10. Dean Black Leather Biker Jacket
Let’s be honest.. A traditional racing-style biker jacket is about as cool as it gets. With the high band-style collar and heavy-duty zippers on the front of The Jacket Maker’s Dean Leather Biker Jacket, you’re sure to get that badass look.
The Dean is made with 100% real cowhide leather, so it might be a little stiff at first, but it will break in and patina like none other. The Dean features three zippered pockets on the front as well as zippered cuffs, providing that authentic racing jacket-look without killing your bank account.
11. Kingsman Burnished Leather Jacket
Kingsman is a line of high-quality clothing pieces that exists as a collaboration between Mr. Matthew Vaughn, director of the film The King’s Man, and international online fashion retailer MR PORTER. The line features items that are inspired by classic military style and timeless sensibilities.
The burnished leather jacket from the Kingsman line is unique for its length as well as its appearance. It draws direct inspiration from an aviator jacket worn on-screen in The King’s Man, a period piece that takes place in the 1940s. The jacket is made out of sturdy cow leather and buttons made of buffalo horns. It also features two linings – one made of cotton, and one made of viscose.
12. AllSaints Milo Leather Biker Jacket
AllSaints is a British fashion brand from the United Kingdom. Since its founding in the 1990s, it has grown to an international presence that consists of more than 200 retail stores across Europe, North America, and Asia. The brand is mostly focused on fashion for women and men, though it also sells footwear and other accessories. It has primarily seen its popularity grow thanks to its popularity among a celebrity clientele.
AllSaints makes a number of leather jackets, but the Milo biker jacket is definitely one to write home about. This is a jacket that brings out the very best of two very different worlds – including a soft composition and sharp edges – since it is made of tender lamb leather and decorated to the nines with perfectly-placed zippers and buckles. It also has a distinctive slim fit.
13. Golden Bear Sherpa Jacket
San Francisco brand Golden Bear may have its roots in ship workers in the San Francisco Bay since the 1920s, but it’s evolved today to combine both utilitarianism and high-end style. Although not as recognized outside of its native northern California, to know the stylish jackets of Golden Bear is to love them.
The sherpa jacket, in particular, is exquisite. Like any Golden Bear clothing piece, it’s designed to be worn for life, and fortunately, it comes with a style that will be sure to stay in fashion for decades to come, with brown distressed leather and a notable shearling collar that can be detached.
14. Tom Ford Zip-up Leather Jacket
Tom Ford is well-known for their high-end scents and formal clothing, but they have a strong foot in the casual jacket sphere as well. Not that this zip-up leather jacket is something you would wear to a casual house party. Its sleek edges and formal design make it more than suitable for a fancy professional event or night out on the town.
True to its brand’s roots, no attention to detail was spared in the creation of this particular wardrobe piece. Its straightforward design features 100% authentic leather and a cotton and polyamide lining. It is truly meant to last for life. Made in Italy, this jacket has shallow pockets in the front and a zipper down the center.
Leather Jacket FAQs
While there are many different unique leather jacket configurations out there, there are four classic syles you should be most aware of. In no particular order, they are the leather bomber jacket (also called aviator jacket), the leather racer jacket (sometimes called moto), the trenchcoat, and the fencer. While bomber jackets and racer jackets tend to be more relaxed, the trenchcoat and the fencer are more dramatic.
If you care for your leather jacket correctly you should have a wardrobe piece that’ll last you a lifetime. Most leather jackets cannot be washed at home and must only be handled professionally. The first step to taking proper care of your jacket is to adhere to this rule.
You should also keep your leather jacket dry as often as possible and keep it away from extreme heat or cold air. If you are not going to be wearing your leather jacket for a period of time, such as during a warm season, then you’ll want to be sure that you are hanging it up correctly – this means out of direct sunlight and in a properly-ventilated area.
Determining how much to pay for a leather jacket is a very personal matter. For an authentic leather jacket, you will probably be paying, at a baseline, $500. However, this price can easily skyrocket from here, depending on the jacket’s materials and manufacturing process.
Some leather jackets can cost as much as $10,000! There is no right or wrong number – it’s instead about the brands you like and the style that you envision for yourself.