It’s that time of year again; Halloween is almost here. For various wanton reasons, I think Halloween in it’s current incarnation is one of the greatest holidays ever conceived. But the question that keeps hosts and hostesses up at night is “What thematic drink can I serve my guests?”
Luckily for you, dear readers, we have just the answer to that insomnious question. With just a few ingredients, you can create a creepy looking shot that resembles a floating brain. Our Brain Hemorrhage recipe is easy to make, tastes good, and will entertain your guests.
This drink is also known as a Brain Tumor or a Bleeding Brain. Although the Brain Hemorrhage is most popular during Halloween, this drink seems to remain popular year round. The Alien Brain Tumor is a variation of this drink that adds blue curacao to the mix. This shooter takes only a minute to make, so let’s get started!
- 1 oz peach schnapps
- ½ oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
- ½ oz grenadine
In a shooter glass, pour the peach schnapps. Pour the Irish cream on top of the peach schnapps. The result should be the Irish cream looking coagulated, while the schnapps provides the contrast. This drink is not meant to be mixed well; the Irish cream is meant to look like a pile of brains. Pour the grenadine through the top of the drink. The grenadine should settle at the bottom of the shot glass. The final visual result should resemble a mass of brains floating in some liquid, that has sprung a leak and is now leaking blood. Because the Irish cream is getting murky in the schnapps, this drink should now be chugged, not sipped.
This drink is all about presentation; you might not need as much Bailey’s as is listed here. One tablespoon might suffice. I have heard that the colder your liquor, the better the results will turn out. Your Irish cream should already be cold; that’s a given.
Not-So-Fun Facts on Brain Hemorrhages
Brain hemorrhages are actually a type of stroke. Inside the skull, there is really no place for the brain tissue to bleed. If pressure causes swelling on the brain, vessels inside the tissue may rupture. This is a life-threatening condition. Brain cells damaged by bleeding will not grow back.
The leading cause of brain hemorrhages is blunt trauma to the head, but can also be caused by high blood pressure or brain tumors. Factors such as smoking, hereditary tendencies, hemophilia, or blood vessel abnormalities can also cause internal brain bleeding.