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Nothing Says ‘Party Mode’ Like a Slippery Nipple

Nothing says “let’s get the party started” like ordering shots. Okay, except maybe ordering shots with provocative names.

You know you’re in party mode when you’re ordering a drink called the Slippery Nipple. With just three ingredients delicately layered in a shot glass, this 80s classic is as fun to order as it is to drink. Perhaps a comeback is in order?

What Is a Slippery Nipple Drink?

A Slippery Nipple is a layered shot with that combines sweet grenadine, anise-flavored Sambuca and creamy Baileys Irish cream liqueur.

Sambuca is a usually colorless Italian liqueur that is typically served neat. While its flavor profile is anise-forward, Sambuca is also made with numerous other herbs and essential oils. Grenadine, meanwhile, is a sweet syrup made from pomegranates. The sticky syrup, used to add color and give cocktails a tropical feel, also became popular during the 80s. Finally, Baileys Irish Cream is an Irish cream liqueur flavored with cream, cocoa and Irish whiskey.

Where Did the Term Slippery Nipple Come From?

Like other cheekily-named shots and cocktails, the Slippery Nipple drink rose to prominence during the 1980s. As for who created the unique creamy shot? Well, no one knows exactly. Some sources point to a bartender named Lucas Lando Klausen. As for the reasoning behind the name? The most accepted answer is that many of the drinks from the 80s were given raucous or provocative names for the sake of stirring controversy.

How to Make a Slippery Nipple Drink


¼ ounce grenadine, optional
¾ ounce Sambuca
¾ ounce Irish cream liqueur (Baileys preferred)


If using the optional grenadine, pour it into the bottom of the shot glass. Carefully pour the sambuca into the shot glass over the back of a spoon. Lastly, layer the Irish cream on top of the sambuca carefully, pouring it over the spoon.


What Is the Difference Between a Slippery Nipple and Buttery Nipple?

Though both drinks contain Irish cream liqueur, the Slippery Nipple contains grenadine and Sambuca, while the Buttery Nipple has butterscotch schnapps.

What Goes with Sambuca?

If you have leftover sambuca from this recipe, you can easily drink it neat or with espresso. For more ideas, check out our guide to using anise spirits.