What is a Slippery Nipple?

Oh yeah, you gotta love those drinks that make you flush when you order them. Even better is getting your boy friend or any guy friend to do the order for you – that way, he’s the one blushing. Or maybe you’re ordering them to get your date turned on; after all, what guy wouldn’t want to hear his date ask the waitress for a slippery nipple?

But what is a slippery nipple? It’s a mixed drink that has just two ingredients, and they’re both liqueurs: one is Bailey’s or any kind of Irish cream, and the other is sambuca. A slippery nipple is definitely an acquired taste, as not everybody likes anise flavoring (found in the sambuca), which tastes like licorice. Paired with the Irish cream, it might either make you grimace in disgust, or lick your lips in satisfaction.

Why is it called a Slippery Nipple?

When the drink is prepared correctly, the two liqueurs are actually not supposed to mix. So first you would pour the Sambuca into a shot glass, and then gently pour in the Bailey’s, using the side of the glass or a spoon to make sure it slides right on top of the Sambuca. Use equal parts of both–usually an ounce of each.

Some people put a cherry in the bottom of the glass, to look more like a “nipple,” while others use a dash of grenadine smack dab in the middle of the Irish cream or on the bottom of the glass like the cherry. You can use your imagination (the raunchier, the better) to figure out the rest.

Are There Other Ways to Prepare a Slippery Nipple?

There is some disagreement among bartenders whether the recipe above is the original slippery nipple or not. You may get one with Sambuca, or you may get one made with Butterscotch Schnapps instead of Sambuca. Both will feature Irish Cream. Some people also insist that the liqueurs be layered, while others have no problem with muddying them together.

Just as with most mixed drinks, especially the ones whose names are sexual innuendos, there are many variations on the slippery nipple. Most are also pretty strong, ranging from 38% to 58% proof (19% to 29% alcohol).

Our favorite is the “dirty nipple,” which features equal parts of Kahlua or other coffee liqueur, then the Sambuca, and then the Irish Cream on top. Another slippery nipple recipe uses Kahlua, Butterscotch Schnapps, and Irish Cream; again, in that order from bottom to top.

What Other Drinks Are Like a Slippery Nipple?

Besides the different variations on a slippery nipple, there are a host of other drinks that name body parts, sexual acts, and other potentially erotic things. If you’re not into Butterscotch or Sambuca, but still want to order something fun and seductive, there are plenty of other shots and full-size drinks in any bartender’s repertoire.

Take the Sexy Wiggles, for example. This one is full size, with one ounce each of strawberry schnapps and rum. Pour them over 1/2 cup of ice and fill the rest of the glass with a lemon-lime soda like Sprite, or ginger ale. Stir and drink!

Wild Sex is a shot that contains a bunch of things: Malibu, peach schnapps, rum, grenadine, cranberry juice, orange juice, and pineapple juice. That’s a pretty fruity mix that probably shoots down the throat pretty easily. No doubt it’s the alcohol slowly creeping up on you that leads to the wild sex later on.

One of our favorite drink names is the Sloe Comfortable Screw Against the Wall – With a Kiss. This is a modification of the Sloe Comfortable Screw, and features a highball glass of Sloe gin, Southern Comfort, vodka, Amaretto, Galliano, and orange juice. There are oh-so-many other variations of this drink, all with Sloe gin (Sloe), Southern Comfort (Comfortable), Screw (vodka), and orange juice (Fuzzy). The way in which you order this can definitely be a turn-on, both for your date and for yourself.

If you’re a Sex on the Beach fan, try out a Sex on the Beach in Winter; a fun twist on an old fave. The winterized version is made with 1/2 teaspoon of coconut milk, 3 ounces each of cranberry and pineapple juice, and 3/4 ounce each of Peach Schnapps and vodka. Talk about a Polar Bear Plunge!

There are plenty of other drinks out there that take some guts to even mention and even more guts to actually drink. Depending on your drink preference, you may find a good many of these to be too sweet for your taste, but the point of most of the juices is to make the alcohol go down without the drinker noticing it’s there.

A slippery nipple is a get-drunk-fast-and-easily kind of drink. You should realize that, when you no longer get embarrassed having to order them, you’ve most likely had enough.