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Monkey Brain Cocktail Recipe

Feb 27, 2018 | Post By Danny Mahoney
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Okay, no lies, the Monkey Brain shot is definitely one of those cocktails that will make most people go “Err…” It is by no means attractive, unless you find gory Halloween or horror themed foods and drinks visually aesthetic or interesting! Because this drink is named after its appearance, and yes, it really does look exactly like a monkey brain suspended in a glass, with blood eking out of it. Ick!

Image of Monkey Brain   Drink

But those who can get past its not so appetizing appearance will be pleasantly surprised, because it is in no way a bad tasting shot. In fact, the part of the drink that makes up the “brain” of the monkey is in fact simply Bailey’s Irish Cream, which is known for its thick and whipped-creamy texture and sweet flavours.

This creepy looking shot is not one of those drinks which you will see being ordered frequently around the town. Its unique appearance makes it more ideally used as a horror themed party drink or a Halloween party shots round, or even as part of a fun creepy Halloween game.

This fascinating shot should ideally be served in a glass larger than the normal shot glass, so that it can deliver that intriguingly realistic appearance of a bleeding floating monkey brain. Even though by appearance this drink looks complicated to mix and looks like it might involve some bartender-level expertise. However it is actually quite easy so you won’t have any trouble making a round of these. Just make sure you give a fair warning before serving this to someone who has never seen them before or heard of them, because these realistic looking brains are sure to give most one hell of a scary surprise!

Here is a recipe for this Halloween-ready shot.


  • 10 ml Irish Cream
  • 20 ml Vodka
  • 10 ml Lime or Lemon Juice
  • 3-4 Drops Grenadine Syrup


  1. In a 3 oz. (large) shot glass, add the Vodka followed by the lemon or lime juice
  2. Slowly introduce the Irish cream into the shot glass without pause so that it floats in the drink and remains separate, resembling the brains
  3. Next add the 3-4 drops of Grenadine drop by drop so they sink in individually like blood streaks


  • 3 oz. large shot glass



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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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