The Original Adios Motherfucker Cocktail Recipe

History

I know the name of this is Vintage American Cocktails and that this is not a vintage cocktail, but who cares. The truth is it’s actually a pretty good cocktail, and contrary to popular belief it’s not that boozy. This cocktail has a reputation, similar to the Cosmopolitan, for being a trashy club drink young people like to order so they can say they got an Adios Motherfucker. Unfortunately, because of this connection it’s suffered the same fate as the Cosmopolitan; A good cocktail that normal people are afraid to order to avoid looking trashy. Granted it’s name is Adios MotherFucker so it was destined to end up with that image. another name for it is the AMF, but saying Motherfucker is a lot more fun.

Most recipe calls for sweet and sour but sweet and sour mix is just a poor imitation of orange liqueur and lemon juice. I can’t believe I am saying this but sweet and sour is not that bad but using real orange liqueur, simple syrup, and lemon juice is much much better.

ADIOS MOTHERFUCKER Vs Long Island Ice Tea

It’s similar to the Long Island Ice Tea in that it has almost every different kinds of spirits in it. Unlike the long island they are in small quantities and if you’re going by ABV and structure its actually more similar to a John Collins than the Long Island Ice Tea.

Cointreau Vs Blue Curacao

Cointreau and Curacao or blue curaçao are actually all the same liqueur. The only difference is Cointreau is a brand name and Blue curaçao is a general term for orange liqueur with blue food dye added. They are all orange liqueurs and the difference between them and other orange liqueurs like triple sec all comes down to brand names and marketing gimmicks. Bols was actually the first to manufacture orange liqueur using the bitter oranges from the island of Curacao the owned in the Caribbean. As orange liqueur grew in popularity in Europe other manufactures entered the scene. Cointreau marketed theirs as being made from a triple distilled dry beet sugar spirit base which provided a more bright clean orange taste. They called it Cointreau triple sec. They owned the name to Cointreau but not triple sec, and soon many cheap orange liqueurs flooded the market as a “triple sec” liqueur. Some branded them selves as a “Curacao” liqueur and others began adding bright colored food dyes to make them stand out from the others. Cointreau eventually dropped the headline triple sec from its marketing since the term was now associated with cheaper products but the term endures. That is a brief history how the market became flooded with triple secs, curacaos, colored curacaos, Cointreaus, etc, that are ultimately the same ingredient but cause so much confusion for so many people. For a more in-depth history of Orange liqueur please download my app and navigate to the orange liqueur ingredient description. links at the bottom of this page

Taste

The Adios Motherfucker is actually a great cocktail. It’s taste is similar to a Collins style cocktail and the bright blue color is so fun. Even though it has all the same spirits as the Long Island Ice Tea it taste nothing like a Long Island. The Adios has almost a boozy sparkling lemonade taste. The sweetness and soda water help cut the drink to a more manageable alcohol level and make it (I think) a refreshing cocktail that will still give you a slight buzz.

The Most Important ingredient

There is not really any ingredient in the Adios that effects the flavor in any meaningful way. There are so many different ingredients and in such small amounts that they all get lost in the mix. The only advice I have for this cocktail is not to buy Blue orange liqueur but use one drop of blue food dye instead. Unless you plan on making tons of these in a short period of time your best bet is to just by a normal clear orange liqueur like Cointreau and add blue dye. Because if you buy blue orange liqueur you will be trapped into only being able to use it for this and maybe a couple other cocktails. I have a bottle of blue curacao that I bought maybe 4 or 5 years ago and its still half full.

Adios Motherfucker Cocktail
Adios Motherfucker Cocktail

Adios Motherfucker ingredients:

  • 15 mls (1/2 oz) Vodka
  • 15 mls (1/2 oz) White Rum
  • 15 mls (1/2 oz) Silver Tequila
  • 15 mls (1/2 oz) Dry Gin
  • 15 mls (1/2 oz) (Blue) Orange Liqueur
  • 30 mls (1 oz) Simple Syrup
  • 30 mls (1 oz) Lemon Juice
  • 120 mls (4 oz) Soda Water

Combine all ingredients except for the soda water in a shaker with ice. Add 1 drop of blue food dye and Vigorously shake till the shaker is ice cold and frosted. Pour into the serving glass. Lastly add the soda water.

ABV = 11%


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