Key Lime Pie Tequila Shots Are Better Than Actual Pie Because Tequila

by Karen Miner

As a food editor ā€” which I was in a former life ā€” you become aware of the absurd amount of food holidays that take place in a year. On any given day, there are approximately 977 different food or drinks to be celebrated. And as any food editor will tell you, those holidays largely get ignored. Because really, who needs a special day to celebrate pickled eggs? Isn't every day Pickled Egg Day?

But there are exceptions to every rule, and my exception to celebrating made-up food holidays are the days focused on wine, tequila, vodka, bourbon ā€” clearly I'm more partial to drink holidays. So when National Tequila Day rolls around, I'll jump on the drink food holiday bandwagon. Not that we need a designated day in which we collectively drink tequila, but hey, since Cinco de Mayo only comes around once a year, we may as well have one other day specifically for tequila.

You certainly don't need to wait for July 24 to come around to satisfy your cravings, but should you need an excuse, this Sunday happens to provide you with one.

Read more: A Maker's Mark Old Fashioned for Old-Fashioned Ladies

Iā€™m not going to give you a margarita recipe... I'm sure you've already got your go-to marg. But after you knock back a few of those bad boys, look here for dessert. Key lime pie tequila shots are infinitely better than actual key lime pie because there is no baking required. Plus, tequila. 

Key lime pie tequila shots

Makes 2


  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup, plus extra for garnish
  • 3 ounces whipped cream, plus extra for garnish
  • Graham cracker crumbs
  • Ice


  1. Put graham cracker crumbs on a small plate. On another small plate, pour a little simple syrup. Dip the rim of each shot glass into the simple syrup, then into the graham cracker crumbs. Reserve.
  2. In a shaker with ice, add tequila, lime juice, simple syrup, and whipped cream. Shake until whipped cream is incorporated, and strain into shot glasses. 
  3. Top with extra whipped cream and graham cracker crumbs.
  4. Drink immediately to prevent separation. (Do I really need to tell you to drink immediately?)

Note: 3 ounces of whipped cream is equivalent to two standard shot glasses full.