Coffee-flavored cocktails are on the rise as coffee habits become more complex and diverse, but if you need to get that coffee bean flavored fix in your nightly adventures, give the mind eraser drink a try. This delicious coffee liqueur and vodka cocktail is so enticing that it's difficult to resist once you've had a taste.
The original mind eraser cocktail layers just three simple ingredients - Kahlúa, vodka, and club soda - for an energizing effect. While the layered drink won't exactly erase your mind, it definitely has a bite that you'll remember.
- In a rocks glass filled with ice, pour in the Kahlúa.
- Using the back of a cocktail spoon, layer the vodka on top by pouring it over the spoon's rounded surface.
- Repeat the same process with the club soda and serve.
Mind Eraser Shot
If you're don't have the time to enjoy a full-sized mind eraser cocktail, you can reduce the amounts of your ingredients to create a killer layered shot. Mixing together a half of an ounce of each ingredient will give you just enough for a single shot of the tasty concoction.
- ½ ounce Kahlúa
- ½ ounce vodka
- ½ ounce club soda
- In a chilled shot glass, pour in the Kahlúa.
- Using a cocktail spoon, layer the vodka on top of the Kahlúa, trying to keep them separated.
- Repeat the process with the club soda and serve.
Fiery Mind Eraser
A close cousin of the mind eraser, this cocktail has a greater bite and stronger aftertaste. Specifically, swap out the club soda from the original recipe with cinnamon schnapps, and you have yourself a fiery mind eraser.
- 1 ounce cinnamon schnapps
- 1 ounce Kahlúa
- 1 ounce vodka
- In a rocks glass filled with ice, pour in the cinnamon schnapps.
- Using the back of a cocktail spoon, layer the Kahlua on top by pouring it over the spoon's rounded surface.
- Repeat the same process with the vodka.
Layered Cocktails Require Patience
Sometimes a drink is just a drink; you mix it, maybe pour it into a special glass and drink it up. The mind eraser is one of those interesting cocktails that requires a little more finesse when you're putting it together. When you're layering cocktails, you want to be steady as you pour the ingredients on top of each other in order to make sure that they settle without mixing. However, the mind eraser doesn't just get its name from its good looks; it's a sneaky cocktail that goes down so nicely, you'll probably have two or three before the effect starts to hit you.
How to Properly Enjoy a Mind Eraser
While you absolutely have the liberty to mix this cocktail's ingredients together once you've finished making it, to properly enjoy it, you want to drink it with a straw. This way, you don't mix the layers and get to taste each transition between the three ingredients. Downing a cocktail like this with any sort of speed typically leads to you needing a quick refill, meaning it's potency can quickly creep up on you. Don't let the mind eraser cloud your judgment too much, and make sure not to have too many of these at once.
Mind Erasers Are Mind Numbingly Good
Perfect for parties because of its visual presentation and alcoholic strength, the mind eraser cocktail is one that might take a little bit of practice but is well worth the effort. Whether you want a single cocktail or need a batch of shots for a friend's birthday, with a few simple steps, you'll be making mind erasers like you were born to do so.