The Lemon Drop

About The Lemon Drop

The simple and classic Lemon Drop Shot. Note, this is not the IBA Official Lemon Drop Cocktail which is made with Triple Sec and Sour Mix as well. This simple one ingredient shot is light and crisp in flavor. We recommend using Lemon Vodka as the primary ingredient, or a perfectly acceptable variation is to use standard vodka and a few drops of lemon juice. Traditionally a sugar coated lemon is sucked afterwards to kill the harsh bite of vodka!

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Ingredients:

  • 1½ oz. Lemon Vodka

  • Lemon Wedge

  • Sugar (optional)

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.0 Stars

  • Served:      Straight

  • Strength:    Medium

  • Difficulty:    Simple

  • Flavor:        Citrus

Method:

Rub the inside of the shot glass with the lemon wedge. Pour in lemon vodka and shoot back.

Empire Tip: Rim the edge of the glass with granulated sugar to give the shot a lemonade-like feel!

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The Sex on the Beach

About The Sex on the Beach

The IBA Contemporary Classic, the Sex on the Beach. This cocktail has been going strong for decades as a summer classic and cult favorite. Despite the provocative name, this cocktail is surprisingly smooth and sweet as the juices combine to eliminate the sharp bite of vodka. Easily enjoyed during a hot summer day or a night out with friends, this versatile recipe is an essential to keep in your toolkit and should be able to be ordered anywhere you go. We’ve also thrown in a shot-version recipe just for fun!

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Ingredients:

For Cocktail Version:

  • 1½ oz. Vodka

  • ½ oz. Peach Schnapps

  • Equal parts Orange Juice & Cranberry Juice

For Shot Version:

  • 1 part Vodka

  • ½ part Peach Schnapps

  • Splash of Orange Juice

  • Splash of Cranberry Juice

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       5.0 Stars

  • Served:      On the Rocks

  • Strength:    Medium

  • Difficulty:    Simple

  • Flavor:        Sweet

Method:

Build all ingredients in highball glass with fresh ice. Pour vodka and schnapps first, then orange juice and then cranberry juice. Garnish with choice of orange slice or lemon with maraschino cherries.

For the shot version, shake ingredients lightly in shaker with ice and then strain into shot glass.

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The Fallen Froggie

About The Fallen Froggie

Meet the far eastern cousin of the Brain Hemorrhage shot, the Fallen Froggie. Also known as the Squished Frog, this visually……interesting shot is packed with flavor and isn’t too strong since the alcoholic ingredients are low proof. Arguably sweeter than the original recipe, and typically always more sweet than its other cousin the Alien Brain Hemorrhage, the Fallen Froggie is a an interesting way to start off a night or keep the party going. The flavor is a meld of sweet melon, pomegranate, peach, and Irish cream. Note the consistency is NOT smooth and the grenadine and cream combine to make the shot thick.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 part Peach Schnapps

  • Dash of Melon Liqueur

  • Float Irish Cream

  • Drop of Grenadine

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.0 Stars

  • Served:      Straight

  • Strength:    Medium

  • Difficulty:    Medium

  • Flavor:        Chunky Melon

Method:

Build shot as listed. First pour Schnapps and Melon Liqueur into glass and then float Irish Cream using the back of a bar spoon. Drop a single drop of Grenadine into the shot. This pulls the Irish Cream down, forming the cloud.

Empire Tip: Try our original recipe too! See which version you enjoy best!

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The Kamikaze

About The Kamikaze

This contemporary classic hails from the fabled 1970s Disco Days, and is an easy to make and effective party starter. There are numerous variations to this cocktail, however we think it best to present this classic recipe which grants a citrus flavor. The name of this drink translates to the word “Divine Wind.”

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Ingredients:

  • 2 parts Vodka

  • 1 part Triple Sec

  • 1 part Lime Juice

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.0 Stars

  • Served:      Neat

  • Strength:   Medium

  • Difficulty:  Medium

  • Flavor:       Sweet

Method:

Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass or shot glass.

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The Alien Brain Hemorrhage

About The Alien Brain Hemorrhage

A variant of the Brain Hemorrhage shot, the Alien Brain Hemorrhage adds a different spin onto the original recipe. This shot hails from the early to mid 2000s and has been gaining popularity over the last few years. Always a crowd pleaser and conversation starter, this shockingly low proof and high flavor shot is perfect to compliment a great night out with friends. Try the original recipe and variant recipes to see which one you like best!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 part Peach Schnapps

  • Dash of Blue Curacao

  • Float Irish Cream

  • Drop of Grenadine

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.0 Stars

  • Served:      Straight

  • Strength:    Medium

  • Difficulty:   Medium

  • Flavor:        Sweet

Method:

Build shot as listed. First pour Schnapps and Blue Curacao into glass and then float Irish Cream using the back of a bar spoon. Drop a single drop of Grenadine into the shot. This pulls the Irish Cream down, forming the cloud.

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The Dead Nazi

About The Dead Nazi

The only good Nazi may be a dead one, but this shot straight up sucks. Reserve this one for someone who owes you money or your horrible ex because this shot hurts. The mix of two incredibly strong and distinct spirits goes as well as you might think. It’s hard to say any of this is smooth, but the Jägermeister sort of dulls the taste of Rumpleminze. Great party shot if you’re into the whole blacking out and vomiting thing.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 part Jägermeister

  • Fill Rumpleminze

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       2 Stars

  • Served:       Straight

  • Strength:    Ridiculous

  • Difficulty:    Simple

  • Flavor:        Gross

Method:

Mix both spirits and strain into shot glass. Good Luck.

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The Brain Hemorrhage

About The Brain Hemorrhage

Say hello to the best conversation starter in the bar, the Brain Hemorrhage. This creepy cocktail is a fan favorite due to its sweet flavor, low proof ingredients, and its visually pleasing or unpleasing form. Thanks to ionization and density (science!) this cocktail is able to form the namesake cloud of Irish Cream. This shot is thicker in consistency due to the high density Grenadine and Irish Cream used, so use caution and be mentally prepared when throwing these back or it might make a comeback. A great way to start a night out and impress your friends, we highly recommend this recipe.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 part Peach Schnapps

  • Float Irish Cream

  • Drop of Grenadine

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.5 Stars

  • Served:      Straight

  • Strength:    Medium

  • Difficulty:    Medium

  • Flavor:        Sweet

Method:

Build shot as listed. First pour Schnapps into shot glass and then float Irish Cream using the back of a bar spoon. Drop a single drop of Grenadine into the shot. This pulls the Irish Cream down, forming the cloud.

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The Red Headed Slut

About The Red Headed Slut

The Red Headed Slut is a fan favorite hailing from the 1980s era of X-Rated Name Drinks. The taste of the Jägermeister is easily hidden by the sweet and fruity flavors of the Schnapps and cranberry juice. The drink is an easy crowed pleaser but too much Jäger mixed with the fruity additions will cause you to get sick fast.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 part Jägermeister

  • 1 part Peach Schnapps

  • 1 part Cranberry Juice

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.0 Stars

  • Served:      On the Rocks (cocktail)/Neat (shot)

  • Strength:  Medium

  • Difficulty: Simple

  • Flavor:       Sweet

Method:

Shot Version: Combine all ingredients in shaker filled with ice. Shake until well chilled and strain into shot glass.

Cocktail Version: Combine Jägermeister and schnapps in glass full of ice. Add cranberry juice to fill to top. Stir as necessary.

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The Buttery Nipple

About The Buttery Nipple

This shot is a relative of the 80’s famous Slippery Nipple shot made similarly with Sambuca. The Buttery Nipple is a sweet shot that goes down smooth. This is always a popular choice to start the night as it lacks a serious punch and can ease you into a strong night.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 part Butterscotch Schnapps/Liqueur

  • 1 part Irish Cream

Cocktail Profile

  • Rating:       4.0 Stars

  • Served:      Neat

  • Strength:   Medium

  • Difficulty:  Medium

  • Flavor:       Sweet

Method:

Pour the Butterscotch Schnapps/Liqueur into shot glass. Carefully layer Irish Cream on top of the Butterscotch.

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