Start to Finish: 5 minutes
Difficulty Level: Beginner
The Liquid Cocaine shot has spawned so many variations that the true origin of the recipe is open to debate, though two instructions remain constant: The shot is to be served ice-cold and to contain at least three different liquors. Adapted from The Bartender’s Best Friend: A Complete Guide to Cocktails, Martinis, and Mixed Drinks, by Mardee Haidin Regan, this version calls for four different liquors plus pineapple juice to create a fruity and satisfyingly sweet shot whose flavor will have you hooked.
- 1/2 ounce Southern Comfort
- 1/2 ounce peach Schnapps
- 1/2 ounce rum
- 1/2 ounce amaretto liqueur
- 1/2 ounce pineapple juice (or more, to taste)
- Splash of cranberry juice or grenadine (optional)
Pour all the ingredients in a shaker half filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds, or until a thin film of frost forms on the outside of the shaker. Strain into two shot glasses.
You can use pretty much any type of rum you like. Dark rum lends a decadent, caramel sweetness whereas light rums emphasize the fruity notes. You can also incorporate the use of flavored rums, such as coconut, to add a tropical twist. Avoid spiced rums.
Cranberry juice and grenadine will turn the shot a pleasing shade of pink, but don’t have much effect on the resulting flavor. Feel free to leave these out if you don’t have either on hand.
If you’d prefer not to water down your shot by chilling it with ice, let it chill in the freezer until you’re ready to drink it.
The beauty of the Liquid Cocaine shot is that it lends itself well to customization and substitutions. If you don’t have peach Schnapps, you can leave it out or substitute it with Grand Marnier. If you don’t have rum, you can use vodka, tequila or even gin instead. In lieu of pineapple juice, try using orange juice, mango juice or even lime juice.
References and ResourcesThe Bartender's Best Friend: A Complete Guide to Cocktails, Martinis, and Mixed Drinks; Mardee Haidin Regan
Field Guide to Cocktails: How to Identify and Prepare Virtually Every Mixed Drink at the Bar; Rob Chirico