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Apocalypse Now Shooter Recipe

Oct 18, 2017 | Post By Danny Mahoney
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This shooter looks as innocent as a shot of Bailey’s Irish Cream, but what’s lurking within those glass walls is a shot that is NOT for a weak and unseasoned drinker. Within the Irish Cream Liqueur, lurks tequila and dry vermouth - an unusual and challenging flavour combination that will blow the brains out of your unassuming friends! Named for the movie Apocalypse now because they both have brutal content – please drink these responsibly or you really will think you are living in the end days!

The 1979 epic war film Apocalypse now was written, produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, with big name stars like Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen and Dennis Hopper. It is well known for the problems they faced while on set and filming such as Marlon Brando being unprepared for the role, Martin Sheen having a breakdown and heart attack an very expensive pieces of set being destroyed by weather.

Despite the unfortunate mishaps the movie still grossed $150 million in the box office and is still a cult classic today.

Here is hoping your cocktail party doesn’t end in disaster but that everyone enjoys the Apocalypse surprise that you present them with. Here’s how to make the shooter:



  1. In a cocktail shaker full of ice add the dry vermouth and tequila.
  2. Shake well for 10 seconds.
  3. Strain into a tall shot glass.
  4. Float the Irish cream liqueur on top of the mixture.


  • Cocktail shaker
  • Strainer
  • Tall shot glasses


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Danny is a Melburnian liquor enthusiast and ex bartender turned web developer. Although an avid whiskey drinker he likes to practice the arts of cocktail making and mixing drinks. Danny believes there are always new concoctions just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.


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