Layered Astro Pop Shot

Published June 15, 2022
Astro Pop Shot on table


  • ½ ounce grenadine
  • ½ ounce midori
  • ½ ounce banana liqueur


  1. In a shot glass, add grenadine.
  2. Create a second layer by slowly pouring Midori down the back of a bar spoon.
  3. Create the top layer by slowly pouring banana liqueur down the back of a bar spoon.

Astro Pop Shot Variations and Substitutions

Consider a few of these ideas if you want a different flavor combination or to add a little more kick.

  • Swap your grenadine for a cherry liqueur or mix in a half-ounce of vodka or rum with your grenadine before adding to a shot glass.
  • Instead of banana liqueur, opt for pineapple rum, vodka, or even tequila. You can even make your own tropical pineapple-infused liquor at home.
  • For a less boozy top layer, use passion fruit syrup or puree. Or, keep it boozy with a passion fruit-infused liqueur.


Just because the astro pop shot doesn't call for a garnish doesn't mean you have to accept that.

  • Include a citrus garnish to offset the sweet flavors. Consider a lemon, lime, or orange wedge, wheel, or slice.
  • Pierce a cherry with a cocktail skewer to rest atop the shot glass, removing it before taking the shot.
  • Add a colorful sugar rim using green, red, and yellow sugars to mimic the layers of the shot. Mix the colors together in a saucer. After rubbing the rim of the glass with a lemon wedge, dip the rim in the sugars.
  • Add a sprinkle of edible glitter.

Enjoying the Astro Pop Shot

Nothing beats the nostalgia of childhood candy, and the astro pop is no exception. Starting in the 1960s, the astro pops were an out-of-this-world popular treat with their signature layered cherry, passionfruit, and pineapple flavors. There's no mystery why this sugary treat was so popular. Helped along by the space race, these lollipops had no choice but to find their own moment of glory.

As for the astro pop shot origin, there's not as much of a clear answer. However, it's easy to draw the conclusion that the sweet and colorful taste of the sucker made for an alluring and fun cocktail or shot. And sometimes, that's the best start.

Shoot for the Stars

Relive the glory of the space race, but this time as an adult with a boozy, nostalgic astro pop shot. Scour the internet for that sweet treat and enjoy the two side by side. Isn't it time you shoot for the moon?

Looking for more nostalgia in your drinks? Try the bomb pop cocktail. You'll feel like a kid again. Want more layered goodness? Try a colorful Bob Marley drink.

Layered Astro Pop Shot