The Jellyfish Shot

The Perfect Drink for a Scuba Diver

Do you have an aspiring marine biologist in the family? Is your best friend and ocean fanatic? Are you a scuba diver? If so do I have the perfect drink for you…

I had first caught wind of the illustrious jellyfish shot during my employment at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. It was a hot commodity drink among the Aquarists and Animal Husbandry Director who had first opened the aquarium. Seeing pictures and hearing stories the shot stayed on my radar, but it wasn’t until Christmas of 2016 that I actually assembled all the ingredients and followed through to make one.

Single Jelly Fish Shot
Shot with the Drop of Grenadine
How to Make a Jellyfish Shot:


  • Creme de cacao Liqueur
  • Amaretto Liqueur
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • Grenadine Syrup

Kitchen Material:

  • Clear Shot Glass
  • Spoon
  • Turkey Baster (optional)

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: As many as you want!


In a clear shot glass combine ½ creme de cacao liqueur and ½ amaretto liqueur. Assisted by a spoon, floate enough Bailey’s on the surface to cover the shot. Add a few drops of grenadine using a turkey baster or small spoon. The grenadine will sink to the bottom through the Bailey’s giving the appearance of a small jellyfish descending through the glass.

The Science behind the Shot

The jellyfish shot is made possible the the variation in densities of the 4 liquides used to make the drink. Density describes how compact or concentrated a material or substance is. In the jellyfish shot, Bailey’s Irish Cream is less dense that the Amaretto and Creme de Cacao allowing it to be floated on the surface of the shot. Likewise the grenadine is the most dense of the 4 liquids and as such immediately sinks to the bottom of the shot creating the jellyfish like appearance.

Row of Shots with Liquor Bottles

On top of looking super cool, I was pleasantly surprised to taste how delicious the shot was when I made my first batch over the Christmas holidays. Joey, my husband, who is not a big fan of milky liqueurs like Irish Cream even tried one. Whether you’re out camping or hanging out indoors during the dead of winter, jellyfish shots are sure to get the celebrations started!


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