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AMF Recipe: Say Goodbye to Dull Drinks

The AMF is the milder name for a popular drink called the ‘Adios, Mother Fucker.’ This drink is popular at college bars or among individuals who love the shock value of the name as well as the sweet taste of this boozy drink. 

The AMF is often compared to a Long Island Iced Tea due to its ingredients, and this high alcoholic content drink does share some similarities with the Long Island Iced Tea.

In this article, we’ll be giving you details on what the AMF is and what it tastes like, the recipe for an AMF, and how to serve this strong, citrusy drink.

What Exactly Is AMF? An Overview

An AMF is a mixed drink consisting of several different types of alcohol and a couple of mixers. The primary ingredients of the AMF include rum, gin, vodka, tequila, sweet and sour mix, blue curacao, and a soda like Sprite or 7Up. The appearance of the drink is very similar to a Long Island Iced Tea, except the AMF is blue due to the use of blue curacao.

The Adios, Mother Fucker is perceived as more of a party drink, or a drink that college students and younger drinkers would enjoy. It’s popular at 21st birthday parties due to its strong alcoholic content, and individuals who are looking to turn heads by saying the full name out loud also enjoy serving this drink to friends or requesting it at bars.

What Does an AMF Taste Like?

An AMF is going to have a very booze-forward flavor due to all of the liquors that are utilized to create this drink. Blue curacao has a very strong citrusy flavor that combines with the sweet and sour mix to craft a sweet, citrusy, and tart cocktail with a strong note of booze. Overall, this drink is perceived as sweet, a little bit sour, and very alcohol-forward. Therefore, if you like sweet cocktails like a green tea shot, you'll love an amf cocktail.

The most common variation of the AMF is the Long Island Iced Tea which substitutes triple sec for blue curacao and cola for Sprite or 7Up. This creates a less citrusy drink and instead lets the sweet and sour flavor of this boozy drink shine through.

What Is the Alcohol Content of an AMF?

Often considered one of the strongest cocktails around, the Adios, Mother Fucker typically comes in at around 22 percent alcohol by volume. This is due to the many liquors that go into creating this drink, and the fact that there isn’t a large amount of mixer diluting this cocktail.

What Is the History of an AMF?

The exact history of the AMF isn’t quite known, though it’s suspected that this drink originated in North America sometime in the 1980s. It experienced a resurgence of popularity around ten years ago as newer generations discovered this citrusy drink and took to it for its bold name and strong alcoholic content.

Over the years, this drink has become more viewed as a party drink, or a drink you order while out partying and celebrating at bars, and it has a reputation as a very strong drink. Many people also view this drink as a citrusy twist on the Long Island Iced Tea.

How to Make an AMF

The following steps can be used to create your Adios, Mother Fucker. This is a fairly easy recipe, and the standard version is simple to recreate as long as you have all of the needed liquors on hand. You can make an AMF by combining the following ingredients:

  • 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Rum
  • 1/2 oz Tequila
  • 1/2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Blue curacao
  • 1 oz Sweet and sour mix
  • A splash of soda, like Sprite or 7Up

You can combine these ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake to combine, and then pour into a chilled glass filled with ice. Top off your AMF with a splash of soda and garnish it with a fruit of choice – traditional garnishes for this drink include a lemon wedge and a maraschino cherry.

If you would like a less sweet AMF, you can reduce the amount of sweet and sour mix you use to a 1/2 oz. Alternatively, use slightly more blue curacao for a bolder citrusy drink or increase the sweet and sour mix and splash of soda for a sweet drink.

How to Serve an AMF

Serving an AMF is pretty straightforward. All you will need is a highball glass, some ice, and your garnishes. This drink is typically served chilled, and you will shake the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice before pouring it into your glass filled with ice and serving. 

There is a lot of alcohol in this drink and it is best consumed as a cocktail, though you could greatly reduce the amount of each alcohol you are drinking to craft it into a chilled shot.

An AMF is a bold citrusy drink, and it will pair well with most food. You can expect this drink to be especially good with bar food and American staples, or you can pair it with whatever food you are serving up for dinner during a cocktail party. 

Keep in mind that the AMF is not a particularly fancy drink, and it likely won’t pair well with formal, fancy dinners and rich foods. However, you can always consume this drink after dinner as a boozy, citrusy liquid dessert.

When to Drink an AMF

The Adios, Mother Fucker is typically consumed as a party or bar drink, and you are likely to see it when out for a night with your friends or partner. 

Many individuals think of this drink as a college drink, especially when it comes to people who are turning 21 and want the most alcohol for their money. That’s not to say that you can’t enjoy this drink at any age, but that the booze-forward sweetness of this drink is typically thought of as a drink for individuals who want to get a buzz without too much trouble. 

You can drink an AMF at any time of the day and with any meal. We recommend staying away from pairing this strong citrusy drink with formal or fancy meals. The sweetness and alcohol-forward taste of the drink might not complement the flavors of very rich food.

What Are Some AMF Variations?

The most commonly known AMF variation is the Long Island Iced Tea, which uses many of the same ingredients as the Adios, Mother Fucker. The Long Island Iced Tea is slightly sweet, sour, and has less citrusy flavor, though it is still a very booze-forward and classic bar drink.

To create a Long Island Iced Tea, combine the following in a cocktail shaker with ice:

  • 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Rum
  • 1/2 oz Tequila
  • 1/2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Triple sec
  • 1 oz Sweet and sour mix

Once you have shaken to combine, pour your cocktail into a highball glass filled with ice. You can then top it with a splash of cola, something that gives this drink its distinctive color and taste. For a sweet drink, add a little more sweet and sour mix and a larger splash of cola. You can top your Long Island Iced Tea with a slice of lemon.

AMF: A Bold Cocktail With a Bold Name 

amf cocktail in tall glass with lemon garnish on bar

The Adios, Mother Fucker cocktail has a bold name that might shock some, especially if you order it from an unsuspecting bartender. However, this drink is fairly popular, and the chances are your local bar or restaurant has the ingredients to craft this cocktail for you. If you’re interested in mixology, you can even easily make this cocktail at home. 

When drinking the AMF, don’t forget to sip some water due to the drink’s high alcoholic content, and be sure to enjoy your night with this bold, citrusy, slightly sweet drink.

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