THE B-52

Take a sip down memory lane with this oldie but goodie!

It’s a plane!  It’s a band!  It’s the B-52 Cocktail!

An explosive shot designed for the brave.

The B-52 shooter is a classic.  It seems to be one of the only shooters that came from the older generation that the younger generation still order.

The roots

Since its appearance in the 70s, debate still surrounds the true origin of this cocktail’s name. One story is that the drink was created in Malibu in the late 1960`s and was named after the famous fighter plane that was used in the Vietnam War. One theory was that the orange liqueur at the top of the shot was a metaphor for a downed plane that had burst into flames. Another theory was that the B-52 was invented in Alberta after the popular new wave band.

Nevertheless, this drink’s fame quickly soared to the top of the charts and remains one of the most popular shooter-style cocktails today.

The B-52 (also Bifi) cocktail, in the family of Pousse-Café cocktails, is a layered shot composed of a coffee liqueur, an Irish cream and a triple sec. When prepared properly, the ingredients separate into three distinctly visible layers (due to their relative densities).

Coffee-flavored Kahlua is a classic match for Bailey’s, and these two anchors are topped with the fruity orange essence of Grand Marnier.  There are some who prefer to sip this cocktail, but since it was designed to be a shooter, it is best enjoyed as a one-shot-wonder to best experience this delightful trio of flavors. 

The makin’s

1/3 shot Kahlua
1/3 shot Baileys
1/3 shot Grand Marnier

The drill

Pour the Kahlua into a shot glass
Place a spoon into the shot glass just above the Kahlua and pour the Baileys over the spoon slowly down the side of the glass
Pour the Grand Marnier over a spoon on top of the Baileys in the same manner

*If you want to make a Flaming B-52, leave a little room at the top, and add a thin layer of Bacardi and light it!


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