Payne in the Membrane

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Inspiration for this cocktail comes from Brain Hemorrhage or Aneurism shots. If you’re not familiar with them, they’re spooky looking drinks made with a combination of schnapps, Irish Cream liqueur and grenadine. The difference in the densities of each liquid creates a otherworldly cloud of Irish cream between the other two liquids…its super creepy looking which is great for Halloween but its absolutely disgusting to drink. I don’t know why anyone would voluntarily drink it. So instead I created this Payne in the Membrane shot that has the look of a brain hemorrhage, but this one actually tastes good.  I made it with delicious Von Payne Black Whiskey which is an aged blended whiskey infused with natural black currant. It’s slightly tart with sweet fruity notes that pairs well with chocolate. So I swapped the Irish cream for a chocolate cream liqueur and instead of the grenadine, I made a homemade vanilla simple syrup and this combination together with Von Payne Black makes for a decadently sweet and fruity libation with a satisfying chocolatey finish. The best part is how the chocolate cream swirls and twists to make a creepy brain layer, it’s the perfect dessert cocktail for your Halloween get together. Please enjoy responsibly!

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Payne in the Membrane

A deliciously spooky blend of Von Payne Whiskey, vanilla simple syrup, and swirls of chocolatey liqueur that forms an eerie brainy layer that's perfect for Halloween.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Halloween Food
Keyword: brain hemorrage, chocolate liqueur, cocktails, simple syrup, Von Payne Whiskey
Servings: 1


  • 1 Skull shaped shot glass


  • 1 oz. Von Payne Black Whiskey
  • ¾ oz. vanilla simple syrup (see recipe below)
  • ½ oz milk chocolate cream liqueur (I used Mozart Milk Chocolate Cream)

Vanilla Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla extract (or half of whole vanilla pod)


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