The shot has so many different connotative and nostalgic meanings for every person. For me, it’s not only a way to enjoy a spirit on its own, but it is a celebratory drink as well. Birthdays, graduations, weddings--all of these can be toasted with a healthy-sized shot of whatever you like. Above all else, a shot is just a fun way to have a drink. After a tray of shots is presented, the party can really start!

Whether you are trying to get a drink down quickly or attempting to channel your inner fraternity brother, selecting a shot is a much more casual drink order than a traditional cocktail. A cocktail takes time and, if done well, creativity. A traditional shot is simple, one note, classic.

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