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Brain Cocktails: Curdled Concoctions for Your Halloween Party

Updated on January 10, 2015

Curdled brain cocktails for Halloween

No Halloween party is complete without a selection of brain cocktails. Brains are like candy to the undead and often the key ingredient for many an experiment gone awry.

Now you can be Dr. Frankenstein and create spine-chilling cocktails in your laboratory. Learn how to make a Monkey Brain Cocktail, a Brain Haemorrhage Cocktail Shooter and an Alien Brain Haemorrhage. For kids there is a Spider Brain Halloween cocktail.

Mad scientists and zombies unite, we're serving brains tonight!

Image: Brain Haemmorhage Cocktail by Grant Mitchell, used under Creative Commons.

Brain Cocktail - Brain Haemorrhage
Brain Cocktail - Brain Haemorrhage

Curdled Brain Cocktails are a Spooky Halloween Delight

When creamy liqueurs curdle, they look like brains floating in formaldehyde

Milk and cream have a protein called 'casein' which causes them to clump together when they come in contact with acidic liquids such as alcohol or citrus juices. When used in an alcoholic beverage, this clumping can create a 'brain' like pattern which is ideal for Halloween cocktails.

So, if creamy liqueurs such as Baileys are already alcoholic, why don't they curdle in the bottle?

When creamy liqueurs are manufactured, a vegetable oil-based ingredient is used to help create an emulsion - a homogeneous mixture of several liquids that normally would separate. This way the cream doesn't curdle. But, when these liqueurs are added to more alcohol, the limits of the emulsifier are reached and the mixture curdles.

Image: © Tara Wojtaszek, 2012. Brain Haemorrhage Cocktail Shooter

Cool Shot Glasses for Your Halloween Party

Moyishi Modern 3D Crystal Skull Pirate Shot Glass Drink Cocktail Beer Cup, Set Of 4
Moyishi Modern 3D Crystal Skull Pirate Shot Glass Drink Cocktail Beer Cup, Set Of 4

Skull shot glasses would be perfect for your brain hemorrhage cocktails.


Monkey Brain Cocktail - Delicious yet stomach-churning

Brain Cocktails - Monkey Brain
Brain Cocktails - Monkey Brain

A curdled 'brain' floats on a lake of blood. Vodka and grenadine form the bloody lake and the brain is created when Baileys Irish Cream liqueur is poured into the shot glass.

Image: Monkey Brain Cocktail by Irkizar, public domain.

Monkey Brain Cocktail
Monkey Brain Cocktail
  • Prep time: 1 min
  • Ready in: 1 min
  • Yields: Makes one cocktail


  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1 oz Grenadine


  1. Add the vodka and grenadine to a tumbler or large shot glass. Carefully pour in the Baileys to form the brain. Cheers!
  2. Image: Monkey Brain Cocktail used from the Public Domain (by Irkizar)
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Brain Haemorrhage Halloween Cocktail - Also called a Bloody Brain or Bleeding Brain

Brain Cocktails - Brain Haemorrhage
Brain Cocktails - Brain Haemorrhage

There are many different ways to make this drink. The original recipe for a Brain Haemmorhage includes Peach Schnapps, Baileys Irish Cream and Grenadine. But, you can switch it up a little and use Strawberry Schnapps and Amarula Cream liqueur. Another method uses 1/4 oz Gin, 1/4 oz Baileys Irish Cream and 1/2 oz Grenadine layered in a shot glass.

Image: Brain Haemmorhage Cocktail by Grant Mitchell, used under Creative Commons.

Brain Haemorrhage Cocktail
Brain Haemorrhage Cocktail

Recipe Card: Brain Haemorrhage Cocktail - Classic Halloween Brain Cocktail

This is the 'classic' brain haemorrhage recipe but you can also use Strawberry Schnapps and Amarula Liqueur.

  • Prep time: 1 min
  • Ready in: 1 min
  • Yields: Makes one shot


  • 1 oz Peach Schnapps
  • 1 tsp Baileys Irish Cream
  • 2 drops Grenadine


  1. Pour the Schnapps into a shot glass. Carefully add the Baileys (be careful not to mix). Once your 'brain' has formed, add the Grenadine drops on top. Bottoms up!

An Alternative Brain Cocktail

If a curdled cocktail isn't up your alley, you can still serve brains at your Halloween party. Add ice cube 'brains' to the cocktail of your choice and serve to your zombie guests.

Fun Freeze Brain Shaped Ice Cube Tray Makes 4 Cubes
Fun Freeze Brain Shaped Ice Cube Tray Makes 4 Cubes

This dishwasher-safe durable tray is made of silicone and can make four brains at once. Make brain-cubes with water or experiment with fruit juices for fun colored brains.


Video: Alien Brain Haemorrhage

A variation on the Brain Haemorrhage cocktail recipe includes using Blue Curacao to transform your brain haemorrhage into an 'Alien Brain Haemorrhage'.

Grenadine Teisseire French Syrup Grenadine concentrate, 60 cl
Grenadine Teisseire French Syrup Grenadine concentrate, 60 cl

Create the 'blood' look in your brain cocktail with grenadine.


Video: Spider Brain Kid's Cocktail - Non-alcoholic Halloween Brain Cocktail

This non-alcoholic brain cocktail is specially designed for kids.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5

Total Time: 10

Serves: 1

Recipe Card: Spider Brain Non-Alcoholic Cocktail - A Halloween cocktail for kids

  • 270 ml (9.5 fl oz) Cranberry Juice
  • 4 tbsp Chocolate Syrup
  • 4 tbsp Coconut Cream
  • Ice Cubes
  • Black licorice straw


  1. Line the glass with chocolate sauce so it looks like a spider web. Add some ice cubes and the cranberry juice. Spoon in the coconut cream creating the 'brains'. Garnish with a licorice straw.
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Halloween Brain Cocktails Guestbook & Comments - What will you serve this Halloween?

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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great and ghoulish drinking ideas for Halloween.

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      Birthday Wishes 4 years ago from Here

      I served some normal cocktails, but next year (or maybe earlier) I will try them out. Great lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Ha ha... Hope the Halloween Spirits had their spirits full! :)

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      Camden1 4 years ago

      Just popping back in to pin this and save it to Facebook so that I can find it again next Halloween!

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      SilmarwenLinwelin 5 years ago

      They look great! I think I'll make myself one of those!

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice one. I didn't like the look of it, but once I read the recipe for it, yes I would like a drink of that. Thanks for sharing great idea. Blessed.

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      blancaverome 5 years ago

      What a fun idea! I love the alien brain one.

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      Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      @Camden1: Lol : )

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      Tara Wojtaszek 5 years ago

      @SusanDeppner: I have texture issues but didn't find it too bad. The taste makes up for it : )

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      Camden1 5 years ago

      These are so amazing...just think what a good science experiment this would be for me to show the kids. I love when I can drink in the name of education!

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I won't be serving these - I'm a big squeamish - but what great, original recipes! If you like that sort of thing.