Brain Hemorrhage Recipe

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Alcohol %:15

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 Brain Hemorrhage is a shot cocktail that became popular in the 1980s. It's known for its distinctive appearance rather than its taste. The cocktail resembles a brain floating in a jar of formaldehyde, hence the name. It's a favorite during Halloween parties due to its ghoulish appearance.

How Brain Hemorrhage Tastes?

The Brain Hemorrhage has a sweet, creamy taste with a hint of sourness from the schnapps. The Bailey's Irish Cream gives it a smooth, velvety texture.

Interesting facts about Brain Hemorrhage

  • The Brain Hemorrhage is often used as a prank drink due to its unsettling appearance.
  • Despite its appearance, it's quite a sweet and enjoyable drink.
  • It's a layered shot, meaning the ingredients are not mixed but rather poured in layers.


Peach Schnapps

Peach Schnapps offers a sweet, fruity base for the Brain Hemorrhage shot. It's 1 oz because it’s the main liquid and flavor profile; too much and it might throw off the delicate balance and overpower the creamy notes. Without Peach Schnapps, you're missing out on the 'hemorrhage' altogether! A substitute could be apple schnapps for a different fruity note, but expect a less 'peachy' outcome.

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Bailey's Irish Cream

Bailey's is used for its creamy texture and rich flavor. At 0.5 oz, it's just enough to float on top and not mix with the schnapps right away. It also creates that freaky brain-like appearance when the grenadine is added. If you skip it, say goodbye to the 'brain' in your Brain Hemorrhage! If you're adventurous, try a different cream liqueur for a new twist on taste and texture.

Alex Green


Grenadine at 0.25 oz acts like the 'blood' in this gruesome delight. Its sweet, tart flavor adds a pop of taste and the signature red streak, symbolizing the 'hemorrhage.' Without the grenadine, the visual effect is lost, and the shot becomes less dramatic. Raspberry syrup could serve as a nifty alternative, still giving you that red visual zing but with a different shade of sweet.

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Recipe. How to make Brain Hemorrhage Drink

  1. Pour the Peach Schnapps into a shot glass.
  2. Slowly pour the Bailey's Irish Cream over the back of a spoon so it floats on top of the schnapps.
  3. Add a few drops of Grenadine into the center of the Irish Cream to create the 'brain' effect.

Pro Tips

  • Pour the Bailey's Irish Cream very slowly to ensure it floats on top of the schnapps.
  • Use a dropper for the Grenadine to create the 'brain' effect.
  • Chill the ingredients before making the cocktail to enhance the flavor.

Perfect Pairings

Appetizers & Snacks

  • Cheese Plates: Rich cheeses like Gouda or Brie balance the sweetness of the shot.
  • Salty Nuts: Salted almonds or cashews create a pleasing contrast.
  • Fruit Platters: Fresh fruit can refresh the palate between these sweet shots.


  • Chocolate: Dark chocolate complements the creamy Bailey's Irish Cream.
  • Cherry Pie: A slice of pie provides a nice match for the grenadine's cherry flavor.
  • Vanilla Ice Cream: A creamy backdrop for the drink's complex flavors.

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What you could change in Brain Hemorrhage

If you don't have Peach Schnapps, you can use any other fruit-flavored schnapps. If you don't have Bailey's Irish Cream, you can use any other cream liqueur.

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And of course - twists🍹

Alien Brain Hemorrhage

Add a splash of blue curaçao after the Bailey's for an extraterrestrial hue that'll have everyone thinking of little green men instead of gory scenes. The citrus notes from the curaçao will brighten up the shot and give it an outer space vibe.

Caramel Brain Hemorrhage

Swap the Peach Schnapps for butterscotch schnapps and let your 'brain' indulge in a childhood throwback flavor. Caramel tones serenading the creamy Bailey's will make for a dessert in a glass.

Nuclear Brain Hemorrhage

Stir a pinch of cinnamon or a dash of hot sauce into the Peach Schnapps before adding the Bailey's. This will give it a fiery kick that contrasts the sweet notes, resulting in a shot with a blast of flavor.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Brain Hemorrhage

Why is the cocktail named 'Brain Hemorrhage'?

The cocktail gets its name from its peculiar appearance, which resembles a brain floating in a jar of formaldehyde. When the ingredients are layered correctly, they create a unique 'brain-like' effect.

Is the Brain Hemorrhage cocktail suitable for all occasions?

While it can be served at any event, the Brain Hemorrhage cocktail is particularly popular during Halloween parties due to its ghoulish appearance.

Is Peach Schnapps alcohol?

Yes, Peach Schnapps is a type of liquor, flavored with peaches. It is a key ingredient in a Brain Hemorrhage cocktail.

What is the best way to serve the Brain Hemorrhage cocktail?

The cocktail is traditionally served in a shot glass, and it is best consumed as soon as it is prepared to maintain its unique layered composition.

How strong is a Brain Hemorrhage cocktail?

The Brain Hemorrhage cocktail has a relatively low alcohol volume of about 15%, making it a lighter choice for those looking for a lower alcohol content cocktail.

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