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A cement mixer
is a shot drink. It often consists of:
- 1 part Bailey's Irish Cream
Baileys Irish Cream is an Irish whiskey and cream based liqueur, made by Gilbeys of Ireland. The trademark is currently owned by Diageo. It has a declared alcohol content of 17% alcohol by volume...
(Other types of alcholic Irish cream
Irish cream is a cream liqueur based on Irish whiskey, cream, and other ingredients such as coffee, which can be served on its own or used in mixed drinks or as part of a shot or a whole shot. Irish cream is very popular in the United Kingdom and the United States. Irish cream typically has between...
may be substituted.)
- 1 part Lime juice
Lime is a term referring to a number of different citrus fruits, both species and hybrids, which are typically round, green to yellow in color, 3–6 cm in diameter, and containing sour and acidic pulp. Limes are a good source of vitamin C. Limes are often used to accent the flavors of foods and...
The lemon is both a small evergreen tree native to Asia, and the tree's ellipsoidal yellow fruit. The fruit is used for culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world – primarily for its juice, though the pulp and rind are also used, mainly in cooking and baking...
may be substituted)
The drink is traditionally ingested by taking the shot of Bailey's, holding it in the mouth, then sipping the lime juice and swirling the two around the mouth and/or shaking the head. The drink may also be combined as a layered shot, as the lime juice is less dense than most brands of "Irish Cream". The acidic lime juice causes the cream-based Bailey's to curd
Curds are a dairy product obtained by curdling milk with rennet or an edible acidic substance such as lemon juice or vinegar, and then draining off the liquid portion. The increased acidity causes the milk proteins to tangle into solid masses, or curds. The remaining liquid, which contains only...
le. The curdled Bailey's does not taste sour, but it does rapidly gain viscosity and stick to your teeth, reminiscent of cement. For a sweeter taste, two shot glasses, one of lemonade and one of Bailey's, are used. The shot of lemonade is taken and held in the mouth and is followed by the Bailey's shot--the mixture is then mixed by shaking the head and is then swallowed.
In the The Supersizers Eat...The Eighties
episode, the presenters (Giles Coren and Sue Perkins) graphically demonstrate the effect of drinking the Cement mixer cocktail.