While they can never replace a good 'ol full-sized bottle of your favorite scotch, cordial, or liqueur, mini alcohol bottles, also known colloquially as 'shooters', have earned their own niche in the adult beverage market. After all, what's not to like — they're easy to transport, stuff stockings with, and get just enough of a buzz through before that all-too-serious event, all while being light on the pocketbook. There's really only one shortfall: the 50 mL size of a mini liquor bottle is not enough. As much as we wish we could amplify that size, we have a better idea: try a handful of our favorite mini liquor bottles below and buy a full-sized bottle of the one you like most. Cheers to that!
There's perhaps no drink that speaks on behalf of American drinkers as loudly and proudly as Maker's Mark Bourbon. A true, handmade Kentucky classic, Maker's Mark's iconic look from its obtuse shape to dripped red wax its recognizable from miles afar, even in its mini liquor bottle version. When it comes to the bourbon within, Maker's Mark uses soft winter wheat in its mash bill, in place of rye, giving it a softer mouth feel that is more readily enjoyed by everyone at the table. Each barrel is rotated by hand and aged to taste. Talk about a labor of love involving north of 400 barrels a day! And, of course, each bottle, be it a magnum or mini, is hand-dipped in red wax at the distillery in Loretto, Kentucky. Pour these mini Maker's Mark bottles neat or use them as a mixer for a great old fashioned cocktail.
Who knew scotches this good were even available in these small format sizes...lucky us! Part of Macallan's Double Cask Range, this scotch seamlessly combines the classic Macallan Highland style with the subtle sweetness and spice of American oak casks. The result is a full-bodied single money with an ideal balance of summer fruit, honey, ginger, and cinnamon. Once you take a mini Macallan 12 bottle out of its own pint-sized box, you'll be taken away by it's copper color and a nose of smooth butterscotch, caramel, and candied orange. As one of America's top-selling, premium Single Malts, this 50 mL sized Macallan 12 Year Double Cask is a great way to test the waters of your palate before splurging on a bottle for your friends and family. Always serve neat or on the rocks!
Need a little extra something for that tough Monday morning? Baileys always has your back. And, with this single-serve type offering, you can simply add one to your cup of joe no matter where you are. The Original Irish Cream is a remarkably blend of Irish whiskey and Irish cream, all blended together with a touch of vanilla, chocolate, and cinnamon. If you're not feeling it in your coffee, feel free to pour over ice cream, or enjoy it independently for a delicious and much needed break. In recent years, the innovation at Baileys has continued rapidly: if you like to mix things up, check out their other offerings including Baileys Salted Caramel, Baileys Strawberries & Cream, and more.
America's most popular blended scotch, in an even better single-serve size, is here. In 2020, Johnnie Walker Black Label sold nearly double the number of cases than Ballantine, its closest competitor in the scotch vertical, fortifying its position as the best on the market. Sure, you can grab a bottle of Johnnie Black, but what's the point if it's going to be distributed to friends and family at get togethers anyway? The more convenient way is to offer these mini liquor bottles, where each individual can style their scotch they way they like. Neat? No problem. Mixed with a cocktail? You got it. No more measuring needed; just pour and enjoy.