The Screaming Orgasm Cocktail is not exactly what one would call a classy drink. But if you like creamy, rich, sweet drinks that mask the alcohol they contain well, it's a fabulous choice.
There are many different versions of this drink. Some served shaken and on the rocks, others layered. And then, there's also a shot version.
For a long time, the International Bartenders Association, short IBA, had it on its official list but removed it in 2012. Nonetheless, the Screaming Orgasm is still a popular serve.
Ingredients of the Screaming Orgasm Cocktails
The list of ingredients for the Screaming Orgasm varies depending on who you ask. However, the overall composition is a fixture: Amaretto, Kahlùa, Vodka, and a creamy element in equal parts.
Our favorites for the creamy part are milk, half n half, and Irish cream.
Vodka is what makes this cocktail scream. Without Vodka, the drink is referred to simply as Orgasm.
The neutral spirit will help cut through all the richness and sweet components. Also, it makes the drink slightly boozier and a little less dessert-like.
With everything that is going on in the Screaming Orgasm cocktail, you don't have to be overly picky regarding the Vodka.
The standard choice for a Screaming Orgasm is Kahlùa. It is one of the sweeter coffee liqueurs and goes well with Amaretto and Irish Cream.
However, something a little less sweet like Tia Maria will also work. If you like to add actual caffeine to your drink, you would need something like Mr. Black Coffee liqueur.
Regular coffee liqueur also does contain caffeine but only in homeopathic doses.
Amaretto in the Screaming Orgasm Cocktail
Amaretto is an Italian liqueur flavored with apricot kernels, peach stones, and almonds. It has a sweet, sometimes slightly bitter, and almondy taste.
There are some cheap and low-quality products available, from which you should stay away. -For cocktails and in general.
Luckily, as for coffee liqueur, there's a standard go-to option for Amaretto: Disaronno. The flavor and quality are excellent, and it comes at a reasonable price.
If you're unsure what to do with it apart from mixing Screaming Orgasms, here's a list of the best Disaronno Cocktails.
Irish cream is a mix of cream and Irish Whiskey enhanced with flavors like vanilla, chocolate, and coffee.
The selection of Irish Cream products available is overwhelming. Yet, also here is a classic choice: Baileys.
Baileys is the original Irish cream, invented in the 1970s, and has the perfect balance of flavors. Yet, some more affordable options come relatively close.
So if you want to save a few bucks, check out the best budget alternatives to Baileys.
half-n-half and milk
Half n half, or single cream, balances the various alcoholic elements on the Screaming Orgasm Cocktail.
I recommend not to go with heavy cream, as it will make an already rich cocktail even richer.
Plus, milk is the second non-alcoholic component that adds a good amount of fat to the mix. Go with full cream/ whole milk because skim milk is too thin.
Why is it called Screaming Orgasm Cocktail?
Initially, the name had been Orgasm Cocktail, and it was made without Vodka. Hence, the addition of Vodka is what lead to the Screaming.
Some claim that Wilhelm Reich, a controversial Austrian psychoanalyst, a pupil of Sigmund Freud, and apparently a hobby mixologist invented the cocktail.
However, this is most certainly untrue. The website that seems to have started the story did it for fun, and others thought it a reputable source.
Anyway, it's unclear who invented the Orgasm cocktail. But it probably was during the 80s, when it was somewhat common to give cocktails sex-related names.
But regardless of the name, this drink is a delicious dessert cocktail. So get your shaker ready and mix some gorgeous Screaming Orgasm Cocktails.
- 1 Cocktail Shaker
- 1 Jigger
- 1 Hawthorne Strainer
- 1 hurricane glass
- 1.25 oz Vodka
- 1.25 oz Coffee liqueur - eg. Kalhùa
- 1.25 oz Amaretto - eg. Disaronno
- 1.25 oz Irish cream - eg. Baileys
- 1.25 oz half n half
- 1.25 oz whole milk
- Add all ingredients into your cocktail shaker with plenty of ice.
- Shake well for 15 - 20 seconds and strain the drink in a Hurricane glass filled with crushed ice.
- Garnish with grated chocolate