Bull Shot Cocktail Recipe

Teddy Francisco
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by Teddy Francisco

From way back, Brits drank warm beef juice to fight winter chills. Now, that old-time drink is making a comeback with the addition of vodka and ice cubes. We’re talking about no other drink but the bull shot cocktail. Let’s show you how we made this unconventional goodness with beef broth.

Bull Shot Cocktail Recipe

Bull Shot Cocktail Recipe Info and Ingredients

Bull Shot Cocktail

The bull shot cocktail is a popular drink that’s referred to as Bloody Mary’s cousin because they share similar ingredients. The only difference is how it swaps Mary’s tomato juice with consomme or beef broth.

Here’s the ingredients list for this recipe:

  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 4 ounces beef broth
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 dash Tabasco sauce
  • 1 grind fresh black pepper
  • A pinch of salt
  • Lemon wedge and celery stick (garnishing)

Mixing Instructions

  1. Add some ice cubes to a cocktail shaker, then pour vodka, beef broth, and lemon juice.
  2. Add Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, black pepper, and salt. Adjust the measurements depending on how much spice you can tolerate.
  3. Shake vigorously for 10 seconds or until chilled.
  4. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with a celery stick and a lemon wedge.

Bull Shot Cocktail Calories and Nutritional Facts

Calories152.23 kcal
Total fat0.39 g
Carbs3.63 g
Sugars1.29 g
Protein1.77 g
Sodium695.56 mg
Fiber1.07 g
Vitamin C13.72 mg
Folic acid21.01 mcg
Vitamin K11.89 mcg

Bull Shot Cocktail Alcohol Content

When made with 80-proof vodka, the bull shot cocktail recipe would contain an estimated 16% ABV. However, the focus of the bull shot is the savory flavor, not necessarily the alcohol. But you should remember to drink responsibly, as cocktails are best consumed in moderation.

When to Serve Bull Shot Cocktail

Serving Bull Shot Cocktail

The bull shot cocktail has a distinct flavor, and only those who have acquired its taste can enjoy it. As a result, it’s best served in specific gatherings alongside sweet cocktails to cater to the varying preferences of guests and the theme of the event.

That being said, here are suitable occasions to serve the bull shot cocktail:

  • Mixology Class: Now that the cocktail is regaining its popularity, new mixologists could find it interesting.
  • Drink Tasting Events: Under such circumstances, guests could be willing to try something different from the traditional fruity alcohol cocktail. And this meaty alcoholic drink is bound to take center stage.
  • Brunch, Winter, and Fall Events: The savory flavor of the bull shot complements a great meal and opens the floor for discussion among friends and even strangers. Also, the ingredients possess qualities that offer warmth during cooler seasons.

Expert Tips and Recipe Variations

The secret to making a glass of great-tasting bull shot is achieving a balance of flavors. You’ll have a mix of tangy, savory, and spicy flavors. So, it’s up to you to experiment and come up with a combination that suits your taste buds. However, you should consider using Campbell’s for a better beer taste.

Several variations of the bull shot recipe are available, including:

  • Heating the beef stock and adding Angostura bitters.
  • Stir in some herbs like mint, rosemary, and thyme.
  • Adding a bloody Mary mix.

Possible Ingredient Substitutions

You can switch most of the ingredients to match your preferences.

  • Use another broth, like vegetable broth or chicken broth.
  • Try fish sauce or soy sauce instead of Worcestershire sauce.
  • Omit the Tabasco sauce entirely, or use any mild hot sauce.
  • Replace vodka with gin or your choice spirit.
  • Lime juice or orange juice will still provide the citrusy element that lemon adds to the drink.
  • Reduce the sodium content by opting for a low-sodium broth.

Food Pairing Ideas for Bull Shot Cocktail

You can pair the cocktail with meaty meals like meatballs, beef sliders, beef skewers, beef tacos, and stuffed mushrooms.


The bull shot cocktail challenges you to embark on a culinary journey of unexpected combinations. You should accept the challenge and try our recipe today. Let us know how it went in the comment section below. Also, don’t forget to share our recipe card with your friends.

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