Wściekły Pies Cocktail Recipe

Teddy Francisco
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by Teddy Francisco

Not every cocktail has to be in a highball or martini glass. Wściekły Pies is a good example of shots being equally attractive, tasty, and fun, regardless of the occasion.

This cocktail is also known as a Mad Dog shot, and it’s easy to make and budget-friendly because it has only three ingredients. What makes it unique is Tabasco, a hot sauce mostly used for cooking. It balances the cocktail’s sweetness.

Wściekły Pies Cocktail Recipe

So we give you this simple Wściekły Pies cocktail recipe to add to your collection and bring onto the table whenever you want a fast and easy drink to warm you up.

What You Need for Wściekły Pies Cocktail

Wściekły Pies

For one serving of Mad Dog shot, you’ll need:

  • ½ shot of concentrated raspberry syrup (about 25 ml)
  • ½ shot of vodka (80-proof)
  • A few drops of Tabasco sauce (to taste)

How to Make

If you want to enjoy or serve Wściekły Pies cocktail, follow these steps to make it:

  1. Chill the ingredients before mixing them.
  2. Add raspberry syrup to the shot.
  3. Pour vodka over it using a bar spoon turned upside down to give your shot visually appealing layers.
  4. Add a drizzle of Tabasco. Two to three drops will add some spiciness without overwhelming your cocktail, but you can add more if you like your shot Wściekły Pies hot.
  5. Drink it in a single gulp.


Using flavored vodka instead of its plain version is always a good way to add more flavors to your cocktail. In the case of Polish Mad Dog, you can try raspberry vodka. For stronger shots, you can go with vodka with a higher ABV.

Recipe Variations

Polish Mad Dog is a sweet drink with a hint of spiciness that prevents the raspberry syrup from overwhelming the concoction. But some people aren’t fans of Tabasco, and if you’re among them, you can omit this ingredient. Doing so will make your Mad Dog lose its heat, turning it into a Polish Flag cocktail.

If you stick to the original recipe for Mad Dogs, you can try a different layering method. For instance, you can pour raspberry syrup into the shot, then tilt it to the side, and add vodka slowly to create layers.

Nutritional Facts (per 1 shot)

Wściekły Pies Cocktail

The standard shot size is about 1.5 oz or 44 ml liquor, so these are nutritional facts for that amount of Mad Dog.

  • Calories: 150
  • Carbohydrates: 21g
  • Sugar: 21g
  • Protein: 0g
  • Fiber: 0.1g
  • Fat: 0g
  • Saturated fat: 0g

This nutritional information is an estimate, as the numbers can vary depending on portion size and vodka and raspberry syrup brands.

Alcohol Content

ABV in Mad Dog drinks will depend on the ratio of the ingredients. As 80-proof vodka takes up more than half of this single-shot recipe, it could be said that this cocktail has about 14% alcoholic content.

Food Pairing Ideas

As the Polish Mad Dog shot is a spicy drink, it goes pretty well with hot and spicy food. You can pair it with all kinds of curries, but it’s always better to serve this cocktail as an appetizer. Its mix of sweetness and spiciness will awaken your taste buds.

Wrap Up

Wściekły Pies or Mad Dog is “Mexico meets Poland.” A vodka burn blended with sweet raspberries and spicy tabasco will awaken all your senses. And it’s super easy to make when you have unexpected guests, who certainly don’t expect this “hot welcome.”

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