Abortion Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:17

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Abortion Cocktail is a shooter cocktail, known more for its visual appeal than its taste. It's a layered drink that, when poured correctly, resembles an abstract form of a fetus, hence the controversial name. It's a conversation starter and is often ordered for its shock value. It's not for the faint-hearted, both in terms of its visual representation and its strong taste.

How Abortion Cocktail Tastes?

The Abortion Cocktail has a strong, sweet, and creamy taste. The combination of Bailey's Irish Cream and Grenadine gives it a unique flavor profile that is both rich and fruity.

Interesting facts about Abortion Cocktail

  • The Abortion Cocktail is a layered shooter and is known for its visual representation rather than its taste.
  • Despite its controversial name, it's a popular choice in parties for its shock value.
  • The cocktail doesn't contain any ice, it's served neat.


  • Bailey's irish cream: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Grenadine: 0.5 oz(15ml)

Bailey's Irish Cream

Bailey’s Irish Cream is the star of the show, offering a rich and creamy base that's hard to resist. With flavors of cocoa and Irish whiskey, it adds a luxurious texture to the shot. Opting for 1 oz is the Goldilocks zone—not too little to miss its velvety charm, and not too much to overpower. If you skip the Bailey's, you might as well kiss the 'Irish' goodbye and end up with just a sweet, red splash. If you fancy a switch, try another cream liqueur like Amarula for an exotic twist—just expect less of an Irish hug and more of an African adventure in your mouth.

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Grenadine brings a pop of color and a sweet, tangy taste to the party. Its role is to add a little sugary spectacle at the base of the glass, creating a syrupy anchor for the Bailey's to float on. Halving it to 0.5 oz ensures the cocktail remains a shot and not a sugar rush central. If the Grenadine goes AWOL, the visual pizzazz fizzles out, and the balance tips too creamy. Craving a different kind of sweet? Swap in Chambord for a berry-flavored voyage, but prepare for a less dense, more floating layer and a color that's more purple-haze than seductive red.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Abortion Cocktail Drink

  1. Pour the Bailey's Irish Cream into a shot glass.
  2. Carefully layer the Grenadine on top, it should sink to the bottom and create a visual effect.
  3. Serve neat, without any ice.

Pro Tips

  • Pour the Grenadine slowly to maintain the layered effect.
  • Use a spoon to help layer the Grenadine if needed.

Perfect Pairings

Sweet Desserts

When you're sipping on a cocktail as indulgent as the Abortion Cocktail, which combines creamy Bailey's and sweet Grenadine, pairing it with dessert is a no-brainer. Think of chocolate lava cake or cheesecake—the creamy elements of both desserts will harmonize with the Bailey's, while their sweet crusts and fillings will accentuate the sugary kick from the Grenadine.

Coffee or Espresso

Pairing a shot like this with a strong cup of coffee or a short, sharp espresso shot can create a delightful contrast. The bitterness of the coffee can cut through the sweetness and creaminess of the cocktail, offering a balanced tasting experience.

Fruit Platter

A fresh fruit platter can be a refreshing counterpart to the dense and sweet nature of this cocktail. The acidity in fruits like oranges or strawberries can provide a palate-cleansing effect between sips.

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What you could change in Abortion Cocktail

  • Bailey's Irish Cream can be substituted with any other Irish Cream.
  • Grenadine can be substituted with any red syrup, but it will alter the taste.

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Irish Raspberry Kiss

  • 1 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 0.5 oz Raspberry Liqueur (like Chambord)

Replace the Grenadine with a raspberry liqueur to give the cocktail a fruity berry spin. Pour the Bailey’s first followed by the raspberry liqueur. The result is a decadent cream overlaid with a tart berry sharpness, offering a smooth yet vibrant taste experience.

Caramel Macchiato Shot

  • 1 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • 0.5 oz Caramel Syrup

Swap out the Grenadine for caramel syrup for a coffee-shop inspired treat. Follow the same layering method. The caramel will infuse the drink with a buttery sweetness, creating a shot that tastes like your favorite caramel latte in boozy form.

Tropical Sunset

  • 1 oz Coconut Cream Liqueur
  • 0.5 oz Pomegranate Syrup

Use a coconut cream liqueur instead of Bailey’s and pomegranate syrup in place of Grenadine. The drink transforms into a tropical delight, a unique fusion of creamy coconut and tart pomegranate—like a sunset on an exotic beach in a glass.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Abortion Cocktail

Is the Abortion Cocktail served chilled or at room temperature?

The Abortion Cocktail is typically served 'neat', which means it's not chilled or diluted with ice. It is served at room temperature.

Why is it called the 'Abortion Cocktail'?

The cocktail is named so because of its visual representation that, when poured correctly, resembles an abstract form of a fetus. It is more often ordered for its shock value.

Can I make this cocktail alcohol-free?

The key ingredient of the Abortion Cocktail is Bailey's Irish Cream which contains alcohol. Therefore, it cannot be made alcohol-free.

Can I use any other cream instead of Bailey's Irish Cream?

Yes, you can use any other Irish cream as a substitute for Bailey's but it may slightly alter the taste.

Is this cocktail considered a dessert cocktail?

No, due to its strong and unique flavor profile, it is not typically considered a dessert cocktail.

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