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Devil's Breath Cocktail Recipe

Jan 11, 2018 | Post By Danny Mahoney
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The Devil’s Breath cocktail is a popular Vodka-based drink that is the same deep crimson as the shade most commonly attributed to Satan himself. It is a simple drink, typically mixed with three ingredients, although it is among those cocktails which are subjected to great variations depending on the bartender preparing it for you. However it is prepared, the drink itself is popularly known throughout the world for its classic name and classic crimson colour. In many places, the shot version of this drink is flamed before serving to make it even more true to its devilish and wild name.

Devil’s Breath is typically served in shot glasses, with each shot symbolically representing a liquid form of the breath of the devil. This cocktail is not to be confused with a brand of Brandy called The Devi’s Breath which comprises of chilli and gold flakes. The original shot simply comprises of Vodka, mixed with Limoncello and Campari Bitters. The Italian Bitter Aperitif Campari can be thanked for the drink’s characteristic dark red shade, as well as for the bitter aftertaste of fruits and herbs that it lends to the flavour of the cocktail.

The Campari bitters contrast with the summery, pick-me-up nature of the smooth and sweet Limoncello, which adds sour overtones to the shot. These two combine with the hard and strong nature of Vodka to end up with a deadly potent shot which should be taken with caution. Of course, what else would one expect from a drink called “Devil’s Breath’?

Here is a recipe for this strong and dark shot


  • 10 ml Vodka
  • 10 ml Limoncello
  • 5 ml Campari Bitters


  1. In an empty shot glass, layer the Limoncello, Campari Bitters, and Vodka in the same order
  2. Flame the Vodka (optional)
  3. Serve immediately


  • Shot glass
  • Long lighter to flame drink (optional)


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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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