The Cement Mixer Shot: Don't Delay, Slam This One!

Cement mixer shot

The Spruce

  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
163 Calories
0g Fat
27g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 163
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 1g
Calcium 23mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Ah, the cement mixer. It is both one of the most popular shot drinks and, quite honestly, one of the most disgusting. Why it remains popular is one of those great mysteries of the bar world. The reason may have a lot to do with the reaction of those who drink it and the laugh their friends get out of watching it all go down.

The drink itself does not taste bad because citrus and cream are not a poor combination. The real problem is the texture because it is a lot like drinking concrete (were you to try that, of course). If you have a tendency to gag on weird food textures, it may be best to avoid this one. It can be a hard drink to get down and there are tastier shooters, such as the Irish slammer available.

For the rest of you who want to try the cement mixer, enjoy!


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Pour the Irish cream into a large shot glass.

  3. Slowly float the lime juice on top (or just pour it on, it really doesn't matter).

  4. When you're ready to drink, take the shot and hold it in your mouth.

  5. Shake your head very fast and swallow. You just turned your mouth into a (you guessed it) cement mixer!

What's Going On in the Cement Mixer?

An interesting chemical reaction takes place when you make the cement mixer. As the shot sits, the fat of the Irish cream and the acid of the lime juice slowly combine. Within seconds, a thick, lumpy slurry is created and it will get thicker over time, especially when it's agitated.

If you need a visual, go ahead and stir it with a straw and watch the "magic" happen. The texture is best compared to cottage cheese or (more appropriately) uncured cement.

Timing is important when drinking a cement mixer; you don't want to wait too long or the mix will become too thick. Also, the more lime juice you use, the chunkier it will become.

For these reasons, it's best to categorize this as a "gag" shot and you can interpret that any way you like.

Mix It in Your Mouth

Rather than mixing the two ingredients in a shot glass, some drinkers prefer to mix everything up in their mouths.

  1. Pour the Irish cream and lime juice into separate shot glasses.

  2. Begin with the Irish cream and pour both shots into your mouth (don't swallow yet).

  3. Shake your head really fast to mix everything up, then swallow.


  • If you have a weak stomach or may have had too much to drink already, this may not be the best time to drink a cement mixer. It has been known to trigger a session of vomiting.
  • You might want to have a glass of water available just in case you wait a little too long and the mix becomes too cement-like. A good rinse should help you recover.
  • If you have a fresh lime around, simply squeeze the juice from half the fruit into the shot glass. If you have a bottled lime juice or Rose's Lime Cordial in the refrigerator, this is the perfect drink to use it in.
  • In reality, quality is not an issue when it comes to the cement mixer. The primary goal is to keep the shot down.

How Strong Is a Cement Mixer?

The cement mixer is not a strong shot. Essentially, you're just diluting Irish cream with lime juice, so pouring a 40-proof liqueur will result in a 30-proof (15 percent ABV) shot.

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