Tapeworm Recipe

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Alcohol %:40%

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 Tapeworm cocktail is a unique and somewhat controversial drink due to its unusual ingredient - mayonnaise. It was first created as a joke by a bartender who wanted to surprise his regulars with something different. The cocktail quickly gained popularity among adventurous drinkers who enjoy trying out-of-the-ordinary concoctions. It's definitely not for everyone, but those with a taste for the unusual might find it intriguing.

How Tapeworm Tastes?

The Tapeworm cocktail has a creamy, tangy taste with a hint of sweetness from the tequila. The mayonnaise adds a rich, velvety texture that is surprisingly pleasant. It's a strong cocktail with a distinct flavor profile.

Interesting facts about Tapeworm

  • The Tapeworm cocktail was originally created as a joke.
  • Despite its unusual ingredient, it has gained a cult following among adventurous drinkers.
  • The cocktail is named 'Tapeworm' because the mayonnaise gives it a creamy, worm-like appearance.



The fiery spirit of Mexico, Tequila brings the kick to this shot. At 1.5 oz, it's enough to warm the belly without setting your mouth aflame. Less might make the mayo win the taste tug-of-war, more, and you might as well be sipping straight from the bottle (yee-haw!). Without it, you lose the essence of the shot - bravery in a glass. If tequila's not your jam, try mezcal for a smokier twist, altering the daring dance of flavors.

Alex Green


The quirky twist, Mayonnaise, might make you raise an eyebrow. It offers a creamy texture and slight tang that's sure to challenge your taste buds. The 1 tbsp seems just enough to dare you but not enough to make it a condiment cocktail. Omitting mayo would save you from the peculiar combination, but where's the fun in that? Swapping it out? Opt for ranch to maintain the creaminess with a herbaceous note.

Emma Rose

Lemon Juice

The zesty referee, Lemon Juice, brings balance by cutting through the heaviness of the mayo and elevating the tequila. Half an ounce provides a tart backdrop without puckering your lips into next week. Skip it, and you miss out on a fresh twist, leaving a creamy shot that might feel too dense. If lemons aren't handy, try lime juice for a more traditional tequila pairing, it'll sharpen the edge without losing the intended effect.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Tapeworm Drink

  1. Pour the tequila into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add the mayonnaise and lemon juice.
  3. Shake well until the ingredients are fully combined.
  4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  5. Serve immediately.

Pro Tips

  • Use a high-quality mayonnaise for the best flavor.
  • Make sure to shake the cocktail well to fully incorporate the mayonnaise.
  • Serve the cocktail in a chilled glass to enhance its flavors.

Perfect Pairings

Foods to Accompany the Tapeworm Shot

While the Tapeworm shot is an unconventional libation, it's best served as a novelty or dare, rather than a complement to fine cuisine. However, if you're in a humorous and adventurous setting and want to pair it with something edible, consider:

  • Crunchy Snacks: Potato chips or pretzels can help absorb the shot and cleanse the palate.
  • Mexican Dishes: Since the base is tequila, one might humorously venture to accompany it with traditional Mexican bites like tacos or tamales - for those daring souls who want a full experience.

Remember, the Tapeworm shot is more about the experience than gastronomic harmony.

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What you could change in Tapeworm

If you're not a fan of mayonnaise, you can substitute it with a creamy liqueur like Bailey's Irish Cream. This will give the cocktail a similar texture without the tanginess of the mayonnaise.

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And of course - twists🍹

The Spicy Tapeworm

Add a dash of hot sauce to the mix for thrill-seekers wanting to turn up the heat. This fiery addition will overshadow the mayo and tequila, creating a shot that's not only a test of taste but also of fortitude.

The Creamy Critter

Switch out tequila for a smooth vodka, and add a sprinkle of black pepper. This will pivot the shot towards a more palatable, yet still adventurous, territory, with a silky texture and a peppery kick.

The Verde Worm

Incorporate a spoonful of green salsa in place of mayonnaise. This will give the shot a herby and spicy undertone while maintaining a bold character. It's still a 'worm', but now with a Mexican garden twist.

In case you forgot basics how to make Tapeworm

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

Learn everything on how to shake

Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Tapeworm

What is the origin of the name 'Tapeworm'?

The cocktail is named 'Tapeworm' because of the creamy, worm-like appearance it gets from the mayonnaise.

Is there a recommended type of tequila to use in this cocktail?

It's recommended to use a silver or blanco tequila since it doesn't overpower the other flavors in the cocktail.

Can I add any garnish to this cocktail?

You can add a lemon wheel or twist as a garnish to complement the acidity of the drink.

Is this cocktail good for a party?

Yes! This cocktail is a great conversation starter due to its unusual ingredient - mayonnaise!

What kind of taste should I expect from this cocktail?

Expect a balance of tangy and sweet flavors with a creamy texture from the mayonnaise.

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