Cement Mixer Shot Recipe

By Timo Torner / Last updated on May 7, 2023

The Cement Mixer shot is simultaneously one of the most popular and horrendous party shooters. The polarizing drink is made with lime and Irish cream.
Cement Mixer Shot

The Cement Mixer is a shot made of equal parts Irish cream and fresh lime juice. Layered in a shot glass, it looks almost appealing; -And it also doesn’t taste that bad. So why all the fuzz about this party shooter recipe?

If you’re googling phrases like „most disgusting shots“ or „prank shots“ the recipe for a Cement Mixer will, without a doubt, show up. The reason for this is its texture. When fresh lime juice and Irish cream combine, the cream curdles, which can quickly turn into quite the experience.

Quick Facts Cement Mixer Shot

  • Method: built in glass
  • Flavor profile: sweet, sour
  • How to serve it: neat as a shot
  • Glassware: shot glass, 1.5oz
  • Alcohol content: ~ 8% ABV, 3 grams per serving

The most important thing when making this shot is to carefully layer the lime juice on top of the Irish cream. The components should not mix in the glass to keep the cream from curdling prematurely 😉

Cement Mixer Shot

Cement Mixer Shot Recipe

A mixture of Irish cream and lime juice that changes consistency while drinking.
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Irish
Keyword: irish cream, lime
Servings: 1
Calories: 80kcal
Cost: $1.30


  • 1 Bar spoon


  • 0.75 oz Irish cream
  • 0.75 oz Lime juice


  • Pour Irish cream into a shot glass.
    0.75 oz Irish cream
  • Then carefully layer the lime juice on top.
    0.75 oz Lime juice
  • Instruct the drinks to mix the ingredients in their mouth.


Serving: 1.5ozCalories: 80kcalCarbohydrates: 8.75gProtein: 0.85gFat: 2.075gSodium: 0.5mgPotassium: 27.75mgSugar: 7.03gVitamin C: 7.5mgCalcium: 3.5mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Why is it called a Cement Mixer?

Now to the funny bit. The shot got its name for a reason. As mentioned, the acidic, fresh lime juice causes the cream liqueur to curdle almost instantly once they mix. 

What happens next is that the liqueur’s viscosity increases so fast that it immediately starts sticking to your teeth. -Like cement. 

Ingredients for the shot

You only need two very easy to get components for the Cement Mixer, so this part is very straightforward:

  • Irish cream: we like to go with the original Baileys, but if you like to try alternatives, here are some budget Irish cream brands worth trying.
  • Lime juice: use fresh lime juice. This shot is not really about the taste, so technically, you don't need to worry about using fresh ingredients too much. However, the acid in fresh limes is required to curdle the cream nicely.

How to layer the Cement Mixer perfectly?

The best way to layer your Cement Mixer shooter is to pour the Irish cream first, and the lime goes on top. The other way around would not work because of the higher density of the cream.

To ensure the lime juice does not mix with the cream liqueur, you can use a bar spoon and hold that very closely over the shot glass. Then slowly and gently pour the lime juice over the back of your spoon on top of the Irish cream. That should create two beautiful layers.

If it does not work out the first time, try once more and consider holding the spoon closer to the cream. A shot glass with a wide opening might work better for this. Alternatively, you can serve the two ingredients in two separate glasses.

How does this shot taste?

The taste of Irish cream combined with lime juice tastes better than expected, to be honest. Before we tried it for the first time, we thought the sweet, creamy, vanilla-chocolate flavor of Baileys would taste awful with the tangy fresh lime. 

Turns out, taste truly isn't the problem with this shot, and the two components go surprisingly well together - for a party shot.

How to drink it

The answer to the question depends on if we talk about how you will drink it or how your unsuspecting guests will drink it.

  • When serving the shot as a prank, instruct the drinker(s) to hold, swirl, and perhaps even chew it in their mouth before swallowing. You can also tell them to keep the drink in their mouth while shaking their head. That has the same effect.
  • If you don’t want the mix to curdle, simply swallow the content immediately. Since the taste is not the problem, you can make the experience more enjoyable for you that way. 

And then watch your friends struggle with the chunky and chewy consistency of the Cement Mixer. Sounds vile? Maybe. But it is also a lot of fun.

Why drink a Cement Mixer?

This shot is for fun. To prank your friends or as a joke at a party to create a moment to remember.

The great thing is: you can join in, so no one gets suspicious. When the shots are layered nicely, and you know what’s coming, you can avoid the chunky, chewy, and mushy texture by simply swallowing the whole drink at once.

Other fun party shots

Not quite as much of a prank but guaranteed crowd-pleasers are these party shots:

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