This fun and easy Brain Hemorrhage Shot Recipe is great for a Halloween Party! This fun shot looks creepy but tastes fantastic.
Brain Hemorrhage Shot
I love how creepy and fun this cocktail shot looks. It is the perfect party cocktail!
While this shot looks crazy, it tastes terrific. Your guests will love how fun this creepy drink looks and how it has great flavor.
I am so excited for Halloween this year! I have been working on a ton of themed holiday cocktails and shots.
We didn't get to celebrate Halloween the way we wanted in the past couple of years, but hopefully, this year, we can start to enjoy the holiday.
You don't have to be a professional bartender to make this epic shot!
It takes minutes to prepare! You can make a line of these shots for a party or individual enjoyment.
We find that clear shot glasses work best so you can see the creepy visual effect that happens when you pour the ingredients into the glass.
Are you ready to make a crazy, fun cocktail shot with a bit of freakiness?
Here is a quick overview of the simple ingredients needed to make an epic Brain Hemorrhage Shot! The printable recipe card at the bottom of the post includes specific measurements and step-by-step instructions.
- 2 ounce tall shot glasses - We love these 2 oz shot glasses especially for layered shots.
- Bar Spoon - Bar spoons help to create layers in the cocktail shot. They fit perfectly into the cocktail shot glass.
- OXO angled jiggers - these are our go-to measuring tools for cocktails. They work perfectly for pouring in layers for cocktails.
How to Make a Brain Hemorrhage Shot
I've included complete instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post, but here's a quick version.
Step 1 - Pour Peach liqueur into a shot glass.
Step 2 - Slowly gently pour in Irish Cream classic cream liqueur so it looks like a brain membrane is moving in the shot glass.
Step 3 - Drop a couple of drops of grenadine pomegranate cherry syrup on top of the shot glass and slowly add more until you get the look you want.
We use a teaspoon to slowly add a splash of Grenadine heavy syrup to the cocktail. A tiny amount of grenadine makes a big impact.
Drizzle over the back of a spoon or top to control how much red goes into the drink. 2-3 drops of grenadine will make an impact.
This Halloween Shot not only looks amazing it has great taste. A fun combination of smoothness and sweetness in a seriously creepy looking cocktail.
Preparation and Storage
Make Ahead: We recommend making this layered shot to order so you don’t miss out on the creepy visual of the “brain membrane”!
Storage: No storage is needed, as it’s best to make and enjoy this fun shot immediately after.
Substitutions: We use grenadine in this shot recipe, but you can use any other fruity red syrup, including pomegranate and cherry! Any Irish cream in your bar cabinet works, including our homemade Irish cream, if you want to go the DIY route.
You can switch the peach schnapps for banana liqueur to make a monkey brain hemorrhage shot for your next Halloween party.
Vegetarian Option: This recipe is vegetarian-friendly!
Vegan Option: Bailey’s Almande is a vegan-friendly Irish cream substitute made with almond oil instead of dairy.
Gluten-Free: The ingredients in the Brain Hemorrhage Shot, including Bailey’s Irish Cream, are gluten-free.
Alcohol-Free Option: Use a zero-proof Irish cream and peach schnapps to make a NA Brain Hemorrhage Shot. Here are some non-alcoholic peach schnapps substitutes to consider.
Larger Group/More Servings: Upsize the written recipe to scale to make Brain Hemorrhage Cocktails!
Sugar-Free: The written recipe contains 10 grams of sugar per serving. Use sugar-free alternatives where possible to reduce the sugar content.
Tips for the Best Brain Hemorrhage Shot
- We use a teaspoon to slowly add a splash of grenadine heavy syrup to the cocktail. A tiny amount of grenadine makes a noticeable impact.
- Need a refresher on layered shots? We have a guide to pouring layered shots here.
- This shot has also been called a brain damage shot
What to Serve with a Brain Hemorrhage Shot
The creepy yet mesmerizing Brain Hemorrhage Shot would be at home at any Halloween party or cocktail night! Here are some scary good menu planning suggestions.
Desserts: Marshmallow Ghosts, Ghost Strawberries, Witch Hat Cookies, Reese's Bats, Nutter Butter Ghosts, Spider Donuts, Halloween Bloody Bandages, Mummy Oreos, Candy Corn Bark, Mummy Rice Krispie Treats, Mummy Brownies, Candy Corn Cheesecake Mousse
When to Serve
- Halloween Party
- Halloween Cocktail Night
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Brain Hemorrhage Shot Recipe
- Pour peach schnapps in shot glass. Slowly pour in Irish Cream.
- Add a few dashes of Grenadine