Tequila Shot Doughnut Holes That Will Make You Drunk

The following recipe is for those humans who enjoy carbs and alcohol. The genius behind food blog Oh Bite It created Tequila Shot Doughnut Holes for those of us who love Tequila and doughnuts!

The author prefaces the recipe with a warning: “These party-filled puffed poppers pack a totally tipsy POW!”

The recipe developer of these deep-fried boozy balls claims that the alcohol in tequila does not burn off when fried, so you should, theoretically, get drunk off this dessert.

Each Tequila drenched doughnut hole is double glazed in a sweet & zesty lime juice cascade, before being sprinkled with a light dusting of salt, just to drive home that authentic Tequila shot experience.

The following recipe makes 24 Tequila Shot Doughnut Holes and will certainly get that party started!


  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • Oil for frying
  • 1 tsp. Kosher/Sea Salt for sprinkling

The Glaze:

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice PLUS the zest of those limes


Make the glaze:

  1. Sift the confectioners’ sugar into a medium bowl. Slowly stir in 3 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lime juice, and the zest of the lemons until the mixture is smooth.
  2. If the glaze isn’t thin enough, stir in 1 additional tablespoon of juice.
  3. Cover the glaze with plastic wrap and set it aside while you make the doughnut holes.

Make the doughnut holes

  1. Add the canola oil (about 2-3″) to a large, heavy-bottomed pot.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the tequila, cooled melted butter, egg, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in the mixture, mixing until a soft dough forms.
  3. Once the oil has reached 350ºF, drop about 1 tablespoon scoops of dough into the oil, with damp hands, you can successfully roll them into nice balls!  Be careful not to overcrowd the pan.
  4. Fry the doughnut holes, flipping them in the oil, for about 2 minutes or until they’re golden brown.
  5. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the doughnut holes to a rack-lined baking sheet to cool.
  6. One by one, coat the doughnut holes in the glaze and transfer them to the rack to allow the excess glaze to drip off.
  7. Let them set and glaze them again.
  8. While they’re wet with double glaze..sprinkle them lightly with salt.  This keeps them authentically “Tequila Shot” and makes them TO DIE FOR!