If you’re looking for a very creepy drink to serve your guests this Halloween, then look no further, because a zombie brain shot is bound to be the ultimate drink challenge. Have a friend who says they love The Walking Dead? Or a buddy who claims that they live for Halloween each and every year? Then whip up one of these shots and watch their face when you serve it to them. You’ll know how much of a die-hard fan they really are.
Also known as a zombie brain hemorrhage shot, this drink not only looks like brains, but it has a unique taste that will leave you wondering… wait, what did I just drink? But, you see, that’s what’s so great about Halloween. There’s a fine line between creepy and fun, and this shot dances right along with it in the best possible way.
But no matter how this shot looks, I promise that this drink is 100% edible. And, surprisingly, the taste is…. kinda interesting. There are a lot of flavors going on here and trust me, you’ll experience them all as this shot makes its way down. Between the peach, mint, Irish cream, and the grenadine, you’ll have a culinary story to tell when it’s all said and done.
Notes & tips for this zombie brain shot:
- For this drink, I think it looks best when served in a tall shot glass. If you don’t already have a set, you can get one like what’s pictured above here: 4 piece tall shot glass set.
- When serving this shot (and especially if you plan on making a bunch of these drinks) I highly recommend putting the alcohol ingredients into squeeze bottles(as seen in the above video). The bottles will help give you a little more accuracy for creating extra creepy brains!
- The “secret” to this shot is the Baileys and how it reacts to other alcohol. Those familiar with an Irish car bomb probably know that Baileys will curdle if you don’t shoot the drink fast enough because the creamy Baileys will react to the acidic stout. In the case of this zombie brain shot, the same reaction is happening between Baileys and peach schnapps. The grenadine is a heavy syrup, and since it’s poured in last, it pulls the Baileys down and causes it to curdle, even more, giving it the look of brains. It’s all really interesting to watch!
- The creme de menthe in this recipe is only added for a festive color, so you could skip it or use a different color or flavor of a similar type of alcohol if you wanted.
- This shot is written like a standard drink recipe, meaning that instead of an exact measurement (ex: 1 cup) the recipe will read “1 part.” This can sometimes be a little confusing, but I’ve found the best way to think of it as this: Recipes that measure in parts usually mean it’s written so that you can adjust the size of the drink to whatever you want and the measurements they give you (1 part, 1/2 part, etc) are so you can keep the ratio of the ingredients correct. For example, let’s say you wanted to make one drink – this typically means you’re using 1 standard shot glass for measuring. So then when the recipe says “1 part” you would interpret that amount as “1 standard shot glass” full. If the recipe says “1/2 part” you’d fill the shot glass halfway so that it’s “1/2 standard shot glass.” OR, let’s say you wanted to make enough drinks for a few friends. When making the drink you could interpret “1 part” as “1 cup” (or “1/2 part” to “1/2 cup.”) This way the drink will taste the same no matter what size you make it.
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