A 3-ingredient cocktail, the Brain Hemorrhage Shot is a creepy looking concoction that is surprisingly sweet and creamy sweet tooth to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Inappropriately named yet delicious, this is a crazy shot for a fun night out. So don’t read this at work or near your kids! And don’t get mad at us because we didn’t come up with the names of the recipes in this series.
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They’re the imprint of generations of bartenders honing the craft of coming up with stupid names so that they can giggle at your expense when you read the crusty blackboard and say, “What goes inside of a Brain Hemorrhage Shot?!? You know what, we’ll have 3, please!”.
The Brain Hemorrhage Shot is a layer of peach schnapps and Baileys with a dash of grenadine.
It’s perfect for a Halloween drink or any terror-themed parties.
Why is it Called Brain Hemorrhage Shot?
This shot is also often referred to as the “Brain Damage Shot”, ”Brain Tumor Shot” or “Zombie Brain Shot”.
And if you add a dash of Blue Curaçao, it’s also known as the “Alien Brain Hemorrhage Shot.”
The shot is made with a base of peach schnapps and a layer of Baileys that quickly curdles and forms the “floating brain”.
Then, a dash of grenadine gives its blood drip look like a brain hemorrhaging.
What Does the Brain Hemorrhage Shot Taste Like?
As creepy as it looks, this shot is surprisingly delicious.
Thanks to the peach schnapps, it is very sweet and fruity.
It gets its creaminess and extra sweetness from the Baileys Irish Cream.
There’s also a slight hint of tartness due to the grenadine.
What Ingredients Do You Need to Make a Brain Hemorrhage Shot?
Peach schnapps — For the fruity and sweet base for the “brain” to float atop.
Baileys Irish Cream — To form the “brain”. It’s also one of our favorite liqueurs that’s also used to make an Espresso Martini, tiramisu cake, and the infamous Blow Job Shot.
Grenadine — A sweet and tart red syrup made of pomegranates and sugar.
It’s used in many different cocktails to add sweetness and color.
Useful Equipment to Make This Shot
Jigger — To measure the ingredients.
Shot glass — Preferably a tall shot glass.
Optional: Bar spoon or squeeze bottle — We highly recommend using either one to get that perfect layered look since you will not be using a cocktail shaker.
How to Make a Brain Hemorrhage Shot and Get the Perfect Floating Brain Look
1 — Wet the shot glass and chill it in the freezer for at least 15 minutes beforehand.
2 — For the base layer, pour in the peach schnapps into the shot glass.
3 — Gently pour the Baileys on top of the peach schnapps over the back of the spoon that is slightly angled or use a squeeze bottle.
You’ll want to add it in as slowly as possibly,
Then, let the layers settle. (It takes only a couple of seconds)
4 — Add a dash of grenadine in the center to create the perfect dripping blood effect.
Recipe Notes and Tips
Make sure your liquids are chilled before:
The ingredients are not mixed and chilled in a cocktail shaker with ice.
And since there’s nothing worse than room temperature drinks, to ensure that your shot is served cold, store the liquor bottles in the freezer 1 hour prior to making the shots.
Alcohol will not freeze.
Chill the grenadine in the fridge.
Also, wetting and storing the shot glasses 15 minutes beforehand in the freezer will ensure that liquids stay cold.
How to pour the grenadine:
The dash of grenadine should be poured a bit faster in the middle of Bailey’s “brain” to create the perfect drop of blood.
If you don’t care how the shot looks:
If you don’t care about looks and want a very chilled shot, mix all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with some ice.
This will allow the flavors to evenly mix.
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Brain Hemorrhage Shot Recipe
- Shot glass
- Bar spoon or squeeze bottle
- 1 1/2 oz peach schnapps
- 1/2 oz Baileys Irish Cream Liqueur or any Irish cream liqueur
- 1 dash grenadine
- Wet the shot glass and chill it in the freezer for at least 15 minutes beforehand.
- For the base layer, pour in the peach schnapps into the shot glass.
- Slowly pour the Baileys over the peach schnapps over the back of the spoon that is slightly angled or use a squeeze bottle. Let the layers settle.
- Add a dash of grenadine in the center to create the perfect dripping blood effect.
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