Shot Pineapple Upside Down Cake (Only 3 Ingredients)

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shots are a harmonious blend of vanilla vodka, pineapple juice, and grenadine syrup. It’s a shot version of our Pineapple Martini.

Designed to taste just like the cake version, Pineapple upside down shot requires only 3 ingredients and is garnished with maraschino cherries (just like Fireball Jello Shots!)

More shot recipes: Pink Starburst Shooter, Lemon Drop Shot, Mexican Candy Shot, Jello Shots In A Syringe, and Green Tea Shot.

Ingredients to make a Pineapple upside down cake shot.

Pineapple Upside Down Shot

As mentioned, only a few simple ingredients are required to make this pineapple shot.

Vodka – The go-to flavor is vanilla vodka, but regular vodka, whipped cream vodka or even birthday cake-flavored vodka would work.

Pineapple Juice – Fresh or canned pineapple juice works well. Grab a filtered juice for a smoother texture.

Grenadine Syrup – Just a splash of grenadine will provide the flavor and color we’re going for.

Garnish – While not required, we love topping the pineapple cake shots with a maraschino cherry.

Layered Effect

To get the beautiful layered look when making this pineapple upside down shot recipe, it’s all about the order in which you pour the liquids into the shot glass.

This sweet treat in liquid form tastes the same without the layering, but we like how pretty it is when properly layered.

To layer, pour the vanilla vodka in first, followed by the pineapple juice. These Halloween Jello Shots show off how pretty layered drinks are!

Side by side photo showing a jigger pouring liquid into shot glasses.

Add a splash of grenadine on the top. It will sink to the bottom of the glass rather quickly to get the red layer. Top with a cherry!

To ensure the pretty layers, pour the grenadine on a small teaspoon and gently add to the shot glass.

Side by side photos showing small glasses filled with a tropical drink being topped with grenadine and cherries.

Best Vodka For Shots

Use what you have on hand to make pineapple shots, as long as it’s not a low shelf brand; those leave horrible aftertastes, and when you’re working with only 3 ingredients, you want to make sure your ingredients are legit!

Our favorite vodka brands, when making shot pineapple upside down cake: SKYY Vodka, Deep Eddy’s and Smirnoff.

Drink Tips

  • Chill the pineapple juice and vodka before making. If you don’t have time, throw in a cocktail shaker and shake away.
  • If you’re not a vodka fan, or are out of it, you can use white amaretto or white rum, albeit the flavor won’t be the same.
  • Tall shot glasses were made for this drink. They hold 2 oz. and beautifully showcase the layering.
  • If you prefer a pineapple upside down cake martini, just double the recipe and pour into a martini glass.
  • You can use Pineapple Agua Fresca in place of Pineapple Juice.

Tropical drink topped with cherries.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shot

Here’s how to mix up a big batch of this pineapple upside down cake shot recipe:

Add the vodka and pineapple juice, in equal parts, to a large pitcher. When ready to serve, stir and pour into individual shots glasses. Top with grenadine and maraschino cherries.

Alcohol Content (ABV)

A pineapple upside down cake shot has 2 oz of vodka total. Most vodkas are 80 proof, so 40% ABV.

4 shot glasses filled with yellow and red booze topped with cherries.

More Drink Recipes

Here are more vodka shots and cocktails to check out:

Pineapple Punch
Lemon Drop Martini

Pineapple upside down shots are perfect for birthday parties, wedding showers and girl’s night! Here’s how to make this pineapple upside down cake drink.

Pineapple Martini garnished with a mint leaf.

Pineapple Martini

Say "aloha" to this tropical flavored Pineapple Martini. Only 2 ingredients are required to make you feel like you're on a tropical island. It's the martini version of our Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shot
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
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Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 161kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $1.50


  • 2 oz vodka ((*Note 1))
  • 2 oz pineapple juice ((*Note 2))
  • Optional Garnish: pinapple wedge or maraschino cherry


  • Add the vanilla vodka to a shot glass.
    2 oz vodka
  • Add the pineapple juice.
    2 oz pineapple juice
  • Top with a splash of grenadine. To ensure the pretty layers, pour the grenadine on a small teaspoon and gently add to the shot glass.
  • Garnish with a maraschino cherry and shoot away.


Note 1 – The go-to flavor is regular vodka, but vanilla vodka, whipped cream vodka or even birthday cake-flavored vodka work well.
Note 2 – Fresh pineapple juice is best!
Nutritional calculations are just estimates and are not exact. 


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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