When drunk properly, the Mind Eraser creates a head rush. It's similar to the one you get when you eat ice cream too fast, and that may have influenced this drink's name. It is a popular party shooter that poses the challenge of finishing it off in one drink, and it is not that easy!
The drink is a sort of lowball shooter. It is built over ice and served with a straw. The good news is that the combination of vodka and coffee liqueur (typically Kahlua) is rather tasty. If you don't feel like shooting the Mind Eraser, it does make a pretty good nightcap or happy hour drink.
If you are game, the trick is to drink all of it through the straw in one shot. This means you'll taste the vodka, then the coffee, then the soda. When this is done fast, it gives you a quick head rush before the alcohol sets in to do its job.
Gather the ingredients.
Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice.
Pour the vodka and coffee liqueur over the ice.
Fill with soda water.
Garnish with a lime wedge and serve with a straw.
Choose Your Soda
Deciding which vodka and coffee liqueur to use in the Mind Eraser is easy. Simply pour whatever you have in the bar at the moment. You have a few more options when it comes to the soda.
While this recipe simply says "soda water," this is a word that is open to interpretation. It typically refers to a sparkling or mineral water, though club soda is probably the most common for this drink. There is not much difference between the three, so use any you like or have in stock.
Some fans of the Mind Eraser prefer a lemon-lime soda like 7-Up or Sprite. Others enjoy ginger ale. Both of these will create a slightly sweeter drink.
Still another option you'll find in a few Mind Eraser recipes is tonic water. This is rather nice, especially if you prefer to sip the drink slowly because the dry tonic offsets the liquors. Consider this as a sort of coffee-flavored Vodka Tonic.
The moral of the Mind Eraser soda dilemma is: pour whatever clear soda you have at the moment. There's no right or wrong answer, and none of the options create a horrible drink.
How Strong is the Mind Eraser?
Let's assume that we pour 2 ounces of soda into our glass and use a 20-proof Kahlua for our coffee liqueur. In this instance, the Mind Eraser has an alcohol content of right around 15% ABV (30 proof). It is not the strongest shot you'll drink tonight, but the effect of drinking it so fast will make up for that.