Mind Eraser Recipe

Jump to Recipe ⬇️

Mind Eraser Nutrition Facts





Alcohol %:22

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 Mind Eraser is a cocktail that became popular in the 1980s. It's a layered shot that's meant to be drunk quickly, using a straw. The name comes from the fact that it's a strong drink that can quickly lead to a state of inebriation. It's a favorite among those who enjoy strong, potent cocktails.

How Mind Eraser Tastes?

The Mind Eraser has a strong, potent taste. The coffee liqueur adds a sweet, deep, and rich flavor, while the vodka gives it a sharp, clear kick. The soda water lightens the drink and adds a refreshing fizz.

Interesting facts about Mind Eraser

  • The Mind Eraser is often served in a rocks glass.
  • Despite its name, the Mind Eraser is not a 'shot' in the traditional sense. It's actually a short cocktail.
  • The drink is meant to be sipped, not shot back. The straw is there to help you drink it from the bottom up, experiencing the layers of flavor.


A few good options for Mind Eraser are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose

Coffee Liqueur

If coffee is the music of the morning, then coffee liqueur is the jazz of the evening. 1 oz of coffee liqueur adds a sweet, rich, and slightly bitter foundation. Think of it as the rhythm section in our boozy band. No coffee liqueur? You'll lose the mocha kick. A possible sub could be chocolate liqueur, but with a less complex flavor profile.

Emma Rose


The 1 oz of vodka is like the silent hero. It’s there, bolstering the drink with its strong, clean spirit, but not overpowering the flavors. Too much vodka, and it's a college party. Too little, and it's coffee hour at the retirement home. For a twist, consider a flavored vodka, but remember: with great flavor comes great responsibility to balance.

Mary Mitkina

Soda Water

The soda water is our effervescent finale, the 1 oz providing a refreshing spark to cut through the richness. Leave it out, and the drink is just a boozy coffee. Swap it for tonic, and you enter a bittersweet symphony orchestra.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Mind Eraser Drink

  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice.
  2. Pour in the coffee liqueur.
  3. Slowly pour in the vodka, trying to keep it from mixing with the liqueur.
  4. Top with soda water.
  5. Serve with a straw.

Pro Tips

  • Try to pour the vodka slowly and over the back of a spoon to keep the layers separate.
  • Don't stir the drink before serving. The layers should remain separate until drunk.

Perfect Pairings

Snacks and Sides

  • Savory Pastries: The richness of buttery pastries could complement the robust flavors of the coffee liqueur.
  • Dark Chocolate: The bitterness of dark chocolate may enhance the deep coffee notes in the Mind Eraser.
  • Salted Nuts: The salt can help balance the sweetness of the shot and cleanse the palate between sips.

After-Dinner Drinks

  • Espresso: For those looking to double down on the coffee experience.
  • Digestifs: Herbal or bitter digestifs could provide a nice contrast to the Mind Eraser's sweetness.

🍹 Discover the Top 50 All-Time Recipes! 🍹

Enter your email, and we'll send the exclusive list straight to your inbox.

We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriously

What you could change in Mind Eraser

You can substitute the coffee liqueur with another type of liqueur if you prefer. For example, you could use a chocolate liqueur for a sweeter, less coffee-flavored drink.

Explore all drinks starting with M here

And of course - twists🍹

Espresso Mind Eraser

Ingredients: Replace soda water with cold espresso. Recipe: Layer as before but substitute soda water with the same amount of cold espresso. This twist injects a robust coffee shot adding an extra caffeine punch to the drink, making it more of an eye-opener than a mind eraser.

Spiced Mind Eraser

Ingredients: Add a dash of cinnamon or a cinnamon stick. Recipe: Layer as before, but garnish with the cinnamon on top or stir with a cinnamon stick. The spice brings a warm complexity, transforming the shot into a seasonally festive libation.

Creamy Mind Eraser

Ingredients: Swap out soda water for half an ounce of heavy cream. Recipe: Carefully layer the coffee liqueur and vodka, then gently pour the cream to form a layer. This creates a luxurious, dessert-like shot that smoothens the edges and caters to the sweet tooth brigade.

Find the cocktail you'd love!

If you want to drink something else - you can use our AI-augmented search to find the best cocktail for you!
Completely free!

Frequently Asked Questions on Mind Eraser

What is the origin of the name 'Mind Eraser'?

The name 'Mind Eraser' comes from its potent strength that can quickly lead to a state of inebriation, giving the feeling of a 'mind erase'.

Is there a non-alcoholic substitute for vodka in the recipe?

There isn't a perfect non-alcoholic substitute for vodka as it has a unique flavor. However, you could use white grape juice or apple juice for some semblance of vodka's flavor.

Can Mind Eraser be made into a pitcher cocktail?

Yes, you can multiply the ingredients by the number of servings you wish to make. However, ensure to serve it immediately to retain the fizziness from the soda water and the layered effect.

Can I use regular water instead of soda water?

Yes, while soda water adds a fizziness to the cocktail, you can substitute it with regular water. This would, however, alter the taste and experience slightly.

Can the Mind Eraser be served in other glass types?

The Mind Eraser is usually served in a rocks glass to maintain the layered effect. However, any glass of similar size can be used if a rocks glass is not available.

More similar recipes to Mind Eraser!

Explore new cocktails you'd love!

Please rate this recipe