Monday, 2 December 2013

15 Awesome Layered Drinks You've Never Heard Of!

#1 Candy Corn Shooter (Image 15 of 15)
It's never a bad time for candy corn. Those things last forever. But, sometimes they get stale in that drawer with the old sunglasses and pennies, and you just went to the dentist, and they are definitely not on sale (50% off) at the drugstore. That's no excuse to not enjoy candy corn. The fact that candy corn contains zero alcohol is a perfectly legitimate excuse. Let's do something about that.

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Shooter


1/3 oz Galliano
1/3 orange curacao
1/3 oz cream

Pour the Galliano into a shot glass.
Float the orange curacao on top.
Float the cream on top.
#2 The Mudslide (Image 14 of 15)
If you like milkshakes, you'll LOVE this mudslide recipe. It's a sinfully rich mix of chocolate and coffee flavors. Coffee, chocolate, and cream; what more could you ask for? Well, some vodka couldn't hurt! Why not try this one out next timer you get a hankering for a creamy cocktail?

1 oz vodka
1 oz Kahlua® coffee liqueur
1 oz Bailey's® Irish cream
1 oz cream
chocolate sauce
whipped cream

Blend ingredients in a blender with ice. Line an old-fashioned glass with chocolate sauce and pour yourself a yummy treat! Top with whipped cream.
#3 The Anniversary (Image 13 of 15)
The Anniversary is definitely a looker. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it is a modified version of the classic Manhattan cocktail. Sounds good to us! This city slicker looks good in any glass. It's also fairly easy to shake up! Give it a shot (or two)!

Here's what you'll need:

1 ounce gin
1 ounce Armagnac
1 ounce sweet vermouth
2 dashes orange bitters
Directions: Stir with ice and strain into a chilled glass.
#4 Bubblegum Boy (Image 12 of 15)
Got bad breath? Just knock back a Bubblegum Boy shot! You'll be flying high and smelling great in no time. With just a few ingredients, you too can bubblegum your way to the top. You'll probably impress a few people along the way. It's easier than it looks!

banana liqueur - 1/3 oz
blue curacao - 1/3 oz
Baileys - 1/3 oz

Pour the banana liqueur into a shot glass.
Layer the blue curacao over the back of a spoon onto the surface of the banana liqueur.
Layer the Baileys over the back of a spoon onto the surface of the blue curacao.
#5 The Valentina (Image 11 of 15)
The Valentina comes courtesy of mixologist Esther Gonzalez. You could just drink a shot of vodka and swish around some maraschino cherry juice in your mouth. Maybe you should do that. It seems a bit easier than this concoction. But, if you're willing to go the extra mile to create a drink worth it's weight in molecules, roll up your sleeves and get to work on this delicious concoction.

1 oz. Cherry vodka
2.5 oz. Tres Leches Liqueur
1 oz. Cherry Morello Puree (blend with simple sugar half & half)
1 oz. Valrhona white chocolate (melted)*
2 oz. Valrhona dark chocolate (melted)*
Pineapple juice
Red sugar crystal - glass rim
Mint leaves for garnish

In a shallow bowl or plate, place the pineapple and rim the martini glass. Place the red sugar crystals in a plate and very slowly coat the rim of the martini glass. Give a second or two for the sugar to adhere to the glass rim.

Slowly pour the white chocolate sauce around the middle of the glass. Creating a belt like look. Slowly pour the dark chocolate sauce right on top of the white chocolate sauce, do not mix together. Slowly pour the dark chocolate sauce under the red sugar crystals on the rim of the glass. It might be easier to turn the glass sideways. Place the glass back in the freezer to keep cold and have the chocolate sauce set.

In a shaker mix the Tres Leches and Cherry Vodka with ice. Shake once. Take the glass out and pour the Morello Cherry Puree up to the rim of the white chocolate. Using a spoon, pour the mixture of Tres Leches and Cherry Vodka slowly to keep the puree. Separate. Garnish with Mint leaves.
#6 Birthday Cupcake Jello Shots! (Image 10 of 15)
Birthdays are great! Cupcakes are even better! But, you know what those cute little sweet treats are missing? That's right. Booze! This recipe (courtesy of Erica Sweet Tooth) is great for sprucing up any cupcake worthy event. Just make sure to keep them away from the kids. Or, at the very least, YouTube the results. Little Timmy's drunk! Oops!

Birthday Cake Jello Shots

2/3 cup cream soda
2/3 cup cranberry juice cocktail
1 tbsp heavy cream
2 envelopes plain gelatin*
2/3 cup cake-flavored vodka
Few drops food coloring, if desired
Whipped cream - fresh or store-bought
Sprinkles )or Jimmies) for garnish

Lightly spray the mold with non-stick spray and wipe excess off with a paper towel. Don't over spray it or the residue will affect the taste of the jello.
Pour the soda, juice, and cream into a medium saucepan and sprinkle the gelatin on top. Allow the gelatin to soak for 2-3 minutes, then begin to heat on low, stirring constantly until gelatin is fully dissolved (about 5 minutes).
Remove saucepan from heat and add vodka and food coloring.
Pour into molds and chill for several hours, or until set.
Remove from mold, top with whipped cream
#7 The 747 (Image 9 of 15)
Talk about a pick me up! This mix of coffee, hazelnut, and Irish Cream flavors sounds like the perfect cup of coffee for the evening. Next time you're out, order yourself one of these. Or, even better, learn to create the pretty little shot yourself. And if it doesn't layer as perfectly as it does here, it's still going to taste like coffee heaven. Yum!

1/2 oz. Coffee Liqueur
1/2 oz. Hazelnut Liqueur
1/2 oz. Irish Cream

Pour in layers the coffee liqueur then the hazelnut liqueur and finally the Irish cream in a shot glass.
#8 The Jellyfish (Image 8 of 15)
The Jellyfish looks like a stinger of a shot! Fear not, dear reader. The Jellyfish goes down like, well, jelly! But without the fish. That's good news! And it's quite a looker! The blend of electric red and white is something to be admired. Slam one down!

1/2 oz. Crème de Cacao (White)
1/2 oz. Amaretto
1/2 oz. Irish Cream
3 Drops of Grenadine

Pour in layers the white Crème de Cacao then the amaretto and finally the Irish cream in a shot glass. Add 3 drops of grenadine in the center of the shot.
#9 The Wicked Witch (Image 7 of 15)
Oooh scary! Are you sure you want to try this cocktail? Yeah, you are! It not only looks cool. It's got Jäger. Who doesn't appreciate a good shot of Jäger? Well, some of us. But maybe The Wicked Witch will help put those nasty memories to rest.

3/4 oz. Jägermeister®
3/4 oz. Hiram Walker® Pumpkin Spice
3/4 oz. Melon Liqueur
Garnish: Chocolate Sprinkles

Dip the rim into water and then into a plate of chocolate sprinkles (optional). Then, pour in layers the Jägermeister then the pumpkin spice liqueur and finally the melon liqueur.
#10 The American Flag (Image 6 of 15)
USA! TAKE A DRINK! USA! USA! OK, that's enough of that. Hey, you'd want to cheer too if you were enjoying a delicious American Flag shot. We're pretty sure it's illegal to drink and actual American Flag. Maybe the ones made in China are OK. Either way, this one is bound to taste a whole lot better. Save your jail bond money and pour and give yourself a patriotic treat.

1/2 oz. Grenadine
1/2 oz. Crème de Cacao (White)
1/2 oz. Blue Curacao

In layers, pour the grenadine then the crème de cacao and finally the blue curacao into a cordial glass.
#11 The Buttery Nip Slip (Image 5 of 15)
Mmmm, Mmmm! Melts like butter on a hot summer's, well, you know. It's a sweet treat that does the trick more than you'd probably think. Although the concept is probably enough to make most people's hearts race; at least a little.

1 oz. Butterscotch Schnapps
1/2 oz. Irish Cream

Pour the butterscotch into a shot glass then pour the Irish cream on top using the back of a spoon.
#12 Lava Flow (Image 4 of 15)
No time for a vacation? Slurp up a lava flow drink (or 3) and you just might forget that you're not in Hawaii. It's a gorgeous and fun looking cocktail. The lava flow gives us the urge to skip about, even if it's directly into a volcano. Perfect for a hot summer day.

1 ounce coconut syrup
2 ounces pineapple juice
1 1/2 ounces rum
Splash vanilla ice milk (or ice cream)
1/2 cup ice
1 1/2 ounces strawberry puree

Blend all ingredients except strawberry puree. Pour into a cocktail glass and garnish with strawberry puree.
#13 Morphing Martini (Image 3 of 15)
This drink is not for the faint of heart, or faint of leg, or even the faint of arm. It doesn't even look safe to drink. But, your friends will be shocked when you whip up the Morphing Martini. After the chunk of dry ice (can't pick that up at the liquor store) is immediately beings to bubble. Then the cocktail morphs into a deep purple color as it cools. It's definitely a show stopper!


1 leaf red cabbage, chopped or shredded
Water (enough to cover the cabbage)
2 ounces gin or vodka
1/2 splash vermouth
Pinch baking soda
1 small chunk dry ice (about dime size)

Cover the cabbage with water and microwave it on high until boiling (four to six minutes). It should turn a deep purple color.
Pour about a tablespoon of the cabbage water into the bottom of a martini glass and add a pinch of baking soda. (The glass should be large enough to hold all the fluid and leave about an inch of air at the top.)
Add gin or vodka and a bit of vermouth (about 1/6 of an ounce). The mixture should now be light blue in color.
When you're ready to serve, drop the dry ice into the drink.
#14 Cinnamon Flavored Dead Frog (Image 2 of 15)
It looks pretty gross, doesn't it? But as may guess, it tastes pretty awesome. And it definitely goes down smoother than a real dead frog. Trust us, we tried. A lot. We're not sure why we thought it might work. That aside, this is a fun shot recipe to have up your sleeve. It also makes a great Halloween drink!

Creme de menthe 1 Ounce
Creme de cacao 1 Ounce
Milk 1 Ounce
After shock 1 Dash
Dark rum 1 Dash
Ice cubes 10 Medium

1. In a shaker, add green Creme de Menthe, clear Creme de Cacao, milk, aftershoc, dark rum and ice cubes and shake well.
2. Strain into a glass.

3. Serve chilled.
#15 Alien Brain Hemorrhage (Image 1 of 15)
If you think the idea of severe brain injury sounds like a good way to start the weekend, then you'll love the Alien Brain Hemorrhage! It's even worse than a regular, old, human brain hemorrhage, because it's from space! And we know, because of science.

1 oz. Peach Schnapps
1/2 oz. Irish Cream
2 Drops of Grenadine

Pour the peach schnapps into a shot glass. Layer the Irish cream on top. Finally, add the drops of grenadine to the center of the drink, until it passes through the cream. Voila!

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