Tequila goes boom boom! This infamous cocktail, the Tequila Slammer Shot, is thought to have started its life as the preferred drink of members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, as it needed no ice and could be carried in a bike bag.


It’s come quite a way since then, becoming an iconic ‘badge-of-honour-drink’ for hardened imbibers. Its potent edges have set many the night and party on fire!


The drink gets its name from the way it is commonly drunk. You hold your hand over the top of the glass, and slam it onto a hard surface (normally a bar counter) to mix the ingredients.


Don’t worry though. We’re going to show you all the ingredients, tricks, and tips you need to know to make the coolest Tequila Slammer Shot, and the best way to drink it.


Before you know it, you’ll be downing it with the best of them, and becoming the life and soul of the party!


Ingredients for Tequila Slammer Shot

The Tequila Slammer Shot is an easy drink to make with only two ingredients needed. Find the quantities you need below:

  • 30ml of Olmeca Tequila
  • 30ml of ginger ale or lemon-lime soda


How to Make this Tequila Slammer Shot Recipe

The coolest thing about this Tequila Slammer is the way it’s consumed. If you want to look hardcore doing so, you just need to follow these simple steps:

  1. Mix the two ingredients together in a glass of your choice.
  2. Leave a little space at the top of the glass to allow room for the mixer to fizz and foam.
  3. Cover the top of the glass drink with your hand or a napkin.
  4. Bam! Slam it on the bar top.
  5. Hurry though! The gas bubbles from the mixer release as soon as you slam it, so it foams vigorously. Down your Tequila Slammer shot immediately before the fizz and fun escapes!

Need to see it in action? One of the first (and most entertaining) appearances of the Tequila Slammer shot is Elvis Presley enjoying one in the movie ‘Fun in Acapulco’.

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Tips to Make the Perfect Tequila Slammer

The Tequila Slammer shot is a potent drink so it should be approached with caution. Fortunately, we have all the tips you need to know to make the perfect shot.

  • Use an old-fashioned or rocks glass rather than a shot glass, as you need plenty of room for the mixer to fizz. Make sure that you don’t use too many ingredients that will overfill the glass.
  • You’ll need a strong glass with a thick bottom. You don’t want the glass shattering when you slam it down. Don’t be so forceful that you break the glass either. Seasoned Tequila Slammer shot drinkers slam it down on wooden surfaces (like a bar counter) rather than stone!
  • You don’t need to do this, but you can put a napkin at the top of the glass before you slam it, as that’ll keep your hand from getting sticky from the fizzing soda.


Tequila Slammer Recipe Variations

The recipe above is the original one for the Tequila Slammer, but you can also substitute other mixers to bring out different flavours, without losing the rebellious nature of this potent drink.


For example, you can opt for making a Slammer Royale, which is made with:

  • 30ml of Olmeca Tequila
  • 30ml of sparkling wine (or champagne) and lemonade


There’s even a Mexican variant known as the Tequila Boom-Boom, with a powerful red colour and a sweeter taste. Its ingredients are:

  • 30ml of Olmeca Tequila
  • 30ml of 7-Up (or Sprite) and grenadine syrup

The drinking action stays the same so, off you go, SLAM, and down it before bubbles disappear!


What Mixers Go Well with the Tequila Slammer Shot?

The Tequila Slammer shot is a versatile drink, so it goes well with many mixers. These include fruit-flavoured sodas, such as lemon-lime, grapefruit, orange, or tonic.


Club soda is a great option for a less sweet mix, especially when you add a squeeze of lime. And, of course, you can go even harder, and mix it with white wine or champagne.


Best Tequila for the Tequila Slammer Shot

Your best choice of tequila for this drink is Olmeca Silver. It’s the perfect way to finish or kick off the night with its fresh herbal and green pepper scent, with soft citrus notes at the end.


Hailing from Los Altos highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, it carries a naturally sweet freshness to make any cool moment even cooler.


So, are you looking for a drink that’ll add fuel and fire to your night? Grab a bottle of Olmeca Blanco, with your choice of mixer, then slam, fizz, and down it in one! You’ll be an overnight convert!

Enjoy More Tequila!!