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How the Cement Mixer Shot Got its Name

Cement Mixer Shot

When it comes to drinking different types of cocktails, the options are virtually endless. The truth of the matter is that if you can imagine it, there's probably a drink out there that's already been invented to match whatever it is you're thinking about. In case there isn’t, there is certainly nothing stopping you from experimenting with different cocktails on your own. If you're interested in trying some of the more obscure cocktails that are out there, then you might want to try one called a cement mixer. At this point, you're probably wondering a couple of different things. First and foremost, you might be wondering what a cement mixer even is. You might also be wondering exactly what such a cocktail involves. Maybe you're even wondering how it got its name. Rest assured, this is an interesting story in and of itself. If you really want to know more, all you have to do is keep reading. By the time you're finished, you'll have answers to all of these questions.

What Is a Cement Mixer, Anyway?

If you're like most people, you're probably wondering what this drink even is. It is one part Irish cream liqueur and one part lime juice, poured into a shot glass. Typically, the shot glass involves three-fourth ounces of each of these ingredients, but as long as you keep them in equal measure, you can adjust the amount as needed. Here's the caveat. Most people put the ingredients in a shot glass but not everyone does. Some people actually allow the drink to mix in their mouth by drinking the Irish cream and then while still holding it in their mouth, drinking the lime juice. For good measure, they tend to swish it around a few times. If the idea of gargling with Irish cream and lime juice doesn't appeal to you, you might want to either pour the ingredients in a shot glass or just avoid this cocktail altogether. If you're still interested in giving it a try, you can use virtually any type of Irish cream. Bailey's works especially well. It is worth noting, however, that this particular drink has frequently been referred to as one of the most disgusting drinks out there so consider yourself forewarned. What makes it so disgusting? Keep reading and you'll find out.

Not the Most Appealing Cocktail in the World

Now that you know what the drink is, it's time to figure out why it's so disgusting that most people will not only stare at you, but actually get up and move away from you if you order it at a bar. Think about the ingredients for a moment. It's dairy and lime juice. In case you don't know what these two ingredients actually do when combined, try mixing some milk with lime juice in a small cup and see what happens. The result is not pretty. In fact, you will soon learn from your little science experiment that the acid in citrus has a tendency to curdle dairy, any dairy. That's right, the concoction that you just ordered at the bar is going to curdle like sour milk and you're about to drink it. Keep this in mind as well. It doesn't matter if it's sitting in the glass or if you decide to mix it in the most disgusting manner possible, in your mouth, it's still going to curdle. Aside from being utterly disgusting, it's important to know this because you came here expecting to find out why the drink was named as it was. This is going to be important later, so remember the fact that it curdles. It's also worth noting that the longer you let it sit there (as you undoubtedly will see when you order one) the more it curdles. In fact, the only thing that might grow faster is your regret that you ever ordered this drink in the first place. The situation only gets worse as time goes on so you either have to drink it quickly in order to save face or do the smart thing and not order it in the first place. Of course, you could always simply walk away from it and order something else, but where's the challenge in that? if you've already gone far enough to order it, then you're more or less committed to following through. If you're still determined to order one and experience all of this mess for yourself, then go for it. However, don't act like you don't know what to expect. If you're ready to learn how the drink actually got its name, then read on.

Why Is This Drink Called a Cement Mixer?

If you haven't figured it out already, the drink got its name because it curdles. Like cement. If you want a visual representation, it has been known to coat the teeth of people who drink it, encasing them in exactly the same way that cement encases anything and everything that it touches. Aside from the disgusting texture and the need to brush your teeth for about an hour, there is another reason to avoid this drink at all costs. It's typically named as one of the top drinks for making people throw up. It’s not necessarily because it tastes bad, but who on Earth wants to drink something that's chunky to begin with? Unless participating in such activity actually excites you, then it's best to avoid this drink. If you're bound and determined to go ahead and drink it anyway, then there's probably no one that's going to be able to convince you otherwise, no matter how hard they try. That said, you'll probably be regretting your decision as soon as the bartender hands you the drink, let alone before it ever touches your lips. Chances are, everyone else at the bar is going to regret your decision as well because you probably won't be able to keep it down and you probably won't be able to make it out of the bar before it all comes back up. The thing is, it doesn't really look that much different the second time around than it did while it was still in the glass.

Lily Wordsmith

Written by Lily Wordsmith

Lily Wordsmith is a freelance writer who has had a love affair with the written word for decades. You can find her writing blog posts and articles while sitting under a tree at the local park watching her kids play, or typing away on her tablet in line at the DMV. In addition to her freelance career, she is pursuing ebook writing with an ever-growing repertoire of witty ebooks to her name. Her diversity is boundless, and she has written about everything from astrobotany to zookeepers. Her real passions are her family, baking desserts and all things luxe.

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