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Boozy Marinated Shrimp Cocktail

Updated On: Feb 19, 2024

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Boozy Marinated Shrimp Cocktail. If you want an impressive appetizer for an elegant cocktail party, this recipe for a liqueur marinated shrimp cocktail is perfect to wow your guests. If you also just want a shrimp cocktail recipe that’s delicious you could totally make this for Super Bowl or whatever! Large shrimp get marinated in honey liqueur , jalapeño, and lime and are served with a boozy cocktail sauce that’s kicked up with sriracha. You can leave out the alcohol for the kids and non-drinkers.

Boozy shrimp cocktail

This recipe is so simple to make and you can make it fancy or casual just by changing what you serve it in. Marinate the large shrimp tales for about 10-15 minutes before grilling them. The honey cocktail sauce can be made several days ahead to save you time before serving.


Just a few simple ingredients are needed for this shrimp cocktail recipe.

  • Large Shrimp – deveined, shelled, with tails still on for easy grabbing.
  • Barenjager Honey Liqueur – optional but totally recommend
  • Olive oil – for grilling the shrimp
  • Lime – freshly squeezed
  • Jalapeno – to add some kick, but could be optional
  • Cilantro – fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Ketchup – the base of the cocktail sauce
  • Mayonnaise – to add a touch of creaminess to the cocktail sauce
  • Horseradish – cocktail sauce without horseradish is just ketchup – don’t omit this
  • Worcestershire sauce – adds some umami
  • Sriracha – optional since you’re using jalapeno and horseradish but adds some sweet heat
  • Sugar – just a touch to tame the flame

Full recipe card for printing is below.

boozy grilled shrimp with a honey cocktail sauce

How to make shrimp cocktail

  1. Add shrimp, liqueur, olive oil, lime, and jalapeno to a bowl and toss to coat. Allow 10-15 minutes to marinate.
  2. In a medium bowl add the ketchup, mayo, liqueur, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, sriracha, and sugar and stir to combine. Divide between 8 small serving glasses or dishes (or serve in a bowl with shrimp around).
  3. Grill the shrimp for about 1 minute per side, or until cooked through and pink, no more than 3 minutes. Chill before serving. Arrange 2 shrimp on each of the 8 serving glasses and serve chilled or room temperature. Garnish with a sprig of cilantro.
Boozy shrimp cocktail

Boozy Marinated Shrimp Cocktail

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 Servings


Shrimp Marinade

  • 3 tablespoons Barenjager Honey Liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
  • ½ jalapeno minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 16 large shrimp tails on, deveined
  • cilantro for garnish

Honey Cocktail Sauce

  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Barenjager Honey Liqueur
  • ¼ teaspoon Sriracha Sauce
  • ½ teaspoon sugar


  • Mix all of the marinade ingredients in a medium bowl and add the shrimp, toss to coat and set aside for 10-15 minutes.
  • In a small bowl, mix the cocktail sauce ingredients to blend. Divide between 8 small serving glasses or dishes (or serve in a bowl with shrimp around).
  • Preheat a grill pan over high heat, coat with cooking spray and add the shrimp, shaking off the marinade. Sear for about 1 minute and flip them over. Heat until just cooked through, 3 minutes. Remove and allow to cool before serving. Arrange 2 shrimp on each of the 8 serving glasses and serve chilled or room temperature. Garnish with a sprig of cilantro.


Calories: 78kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 6gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 330mgPotassium: 76mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 126IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 24mgIron: 0.2mg
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Heather is a recipe developer and content creator living in Vancouver, Washington. She started Farmgirl Gourmet in 2006, almost 20 years ago, as a way to share recipes with friends and family. Heather is also the co-founder of Spiceology , a unique spice company, which she started in 2013. She shares family friendly recipes for easy everyday meals with a gourmet twist.


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