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Three Cheese Macaroni Shooters

In search of the perfect appetizer that’ll pair perfectly with your favorite bourbon? Look no further than these fun Three Cheese Macaroni Shooters!

macaroni in shot glasses

This post has been sponsored by Brown-Forman Old Forester®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

As soon as September rolls around, I stop thinking about summer barbecues and start dreaming about fall and winter entertaining. If you’ve got your eye on hosting a soirée sometime soon, these Three Cheese Macaroni Shooters need to be on your hors d’oeuvre menu.

Most of you probably know that I’m a Kentucky girl, born and raised. Living in bourbon country means that National Bourbon Month in September is basically a major holiday around here. In our house, we always go for one of the Brown-Forman whiskeys—whether we’re celebrating or not. 

In fact, there’s a bourbon distillery a mere 1.6 miles from my house. I know you’re jealous… I would be, too. If you ever find yourself in Louisville, you have to find time to go. It’s seriously one of the best in the whole state (there are a lot). We are 100% a bourbon family, and we love doing tastings and pairings when we have company over. Whether you’re just starting to learn about bourbon or you’re a seasoned vet, you’ll appreciate the flavor it gives this macaroni!

Because Old Forester is a bourbon that’s so well-rounded and easy to drink, I decided to pair it with these fun Three Cheese Macaroni Shooters.

I find that the mild flavor and creaminess of the cheddar and Monterey jack balance well with the spicy, soft vanilla and light orange notes. Whenever I encounter someone who is looking to get into bourbon, I always recommend Old Forester because it’s got something for everyone!

P.S. If you’re heading to a party and are looking for the perfect host/hostess gift, I couldn’t recommend a bottle of Woodford Reserve®, Woodford Reserve® Double Oaked, or Old Forester® more! And, don’t forget to find a safe ride home if you’re attending a party or if you’re hosting – offer one to others via Uber or Lyft.

macaroni in shot glasses

Three Cheese Macaroni Shooters
Yield: 50 Shot Glasses

Three Cheese Macaroni Shooters

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
In search of the perfect appetizer that'll pair perfectly with your favorite bourbon? Look no further than these fun Three Cheese Macaroni Shooters!


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups water
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 pound uncooked elbow noodles
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 3 cups freshly-shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • 3 cups freshly shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup freshly-shredded Parmesan cheese

For rimming the shot glasses

  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp chipotle powder


  1. Melt butter in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add flour, and stir until combined. Cook for 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Then, pour in 1 cup of the water, and stir (or whisk) until the mixture is completely smooth and begins to thicken. Gradually pour in the remaining water and milk, stirring until evenly combined. Stir in the pasta, salt, garlic powder, and mustard until combined. Then, continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the mixture just reaches a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low to maintain the low simmer. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for about 9-10 minutes or until the pasta is al dente.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, prepare your shot glasses. Spread your honey in a circle about the diameter of your shot glass rim on one side of a small plate.
  3. On the other, do the same with the chipotle powder. To rim your glass, first, dip in the honey and then in the chipotle powder. Repeat with all of your shot glasses and set aside.
  4. Remove the pasta from the heat, and stir in the cheeses until melted. Taste and season with additional salt as needed. Carefully spoon into the prepared shot glasses. Serve immediately.

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