Psycho Killer Cocktail Recipe & Ingredients

Are we thinking Patrick Bateman or Talking Heads? The Psycho Killer cocktail is a tangy blood-red cocktail that will leave you smashed to bits.

Are we thinking Patrick Bateman or Talking Heads? The Psycho Killer cocktail is a tangy blood-red cocktail that will leave you smashed to bits.

What is the Psycho Killer?

In this cocktail, Redbreast Irish Whiskey, which has notes of dry fruit, banana, and baking spices, is complemented by cacao and banana liqueur. Absinthe is the last touch to tie everything together and contrast the sweeter and fruited flavors.

Psycho killer cocktail
Psycho killer cocktail
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History of Psycho killer Cocktail

This drink was inspired by the Boulevardier cocktail with Redbreast 12 Irish Whiskey at the base instead of rye whisky. This drink won the world’s best cocktail menu from tales of the cocktail in 2015.

The name is still a mystery to us, but I think it has something to do with the rabbit character in the dead rabbit’s menus.

What Glass is a Psycho killer Served In?

The Psycho killer is typically served in a Nick and Nora glass. If you don’t own the right glassware for this cocktail, consider some of the options below.

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How to Make a Psycho Killer

Below are the ingredients and directions for a Psycho Killer cocktail. We hope you love this drink as much as we do.

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  • 2 ounces Redbreast 12 Year Irish Whiskey

  • .75 ounce Campari

  • .50 ounce Giffard white crème de cacao

  • .50 ounce Giffard crème de banane (banana liqueur)

  • 2 Dashes of absinthe


  • Stir all of the ingredients with ice in a mixing glass.
  • Using a Julep strainer, strain into a Nick and Nora glass.

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