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The B 52

B-52 Layered Shot

Every drink tells a story in cocktail land! Let’s explore a B-52’s intriguing layers. This cocktail is a sensory experience. I’ve mixed many drinks as a bartender, but the B-52 is special. Unique flavors and visually appealing layers make it popular among guests wanting something special. Explore why the B-52 should be on your must-try list.

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Tasting Notes

A harmonious blend of coffee liqueur’s deep, rich tones and Irish cream’s silky, creamy texture creates the B-52 cocktail. Last but not least, a dash of orange liqueur brings a tangy brightness for a well-rounded and enjoyable flavor. With its enticing scent and fascinating appearance of its several layers, this beverage is a visual and gustatory delight.

Equipment and Glassware

For the ideal B-52, all you need is a spoon to delicately layer the ingredients and a measuring jigger to make sure you get the measurements right. A B-52 is best served in a narrow, petite glass, such a shot glass or cordial glass, that highlights its lovely layers.


  • 1/3 Oz. Coffee liqueur
  • 1/3 Oz. Irish cream liqueur
  • 1/3 Oz. Grand Marnier liqueur


  1. Gather your ingredients and a shot glass
  2. Pour the coffee liqueur into the bottom of the glass
  3. Gently layer the Irish cream liqueur on top
  4. Finally, top it off with another layer of Grand Marnier

Pro Tips

  • Pour each layer gently to maintain a distinct separation.
  • Use a pourer or a steady hand to control the flow of liqueurs.
  • Chill the liqueurs beforehand for a smoother layering process.

When to Serve

From elegant dinner parties to quiet evenings in, the B-52 is always a good choice. As a dessert drink, it is perfect for a decadent end to a meal.

See also  Irish Mudslide

Which Liquor Brands to Choose

For the best B-52, select high-quality brands. Kahlúa or Tia Maria for the coffee liqueur, Bailey’s Irish Cream for the creamy layer, and Grand Marnier or Cointreau for the top orange layer. If you want to take your cocktail to the next level, try one of these brands

Similar Cocktails 

  • Irish Coffee is A warming blend of coffee and Irish whiskey.
  • Mudslide is A creamy, coffee-flavored cocktail with a vodka base.
  • White Russian: A classic cocktail containing vodka, coffee liqueur, and cream.
  • Espresso Martini: A sophisticated mix of vodka, coffee liqueur, and fresh espresso.
  • Irish Flag Shot: A visually striking layered shooter cocktail that represents the colors of the Irish flag.


Legend has it that bartender Peter Fich, moved by the music of the band The B-52s, concocted the B-52 cocktail in the ’70s. Its layered beauty and rich flavors propelled it to popularity, and it came to represent the era’s flare for presentation and originality in the cocktail scene.

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B-52 Layered Shot

The B 52

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 1 vote
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: The B 52
Servings: 1
Author: Paul Kushner
Learn about the B-52 shot, a multi-layered drink including smooth Irish cream, rich coffee, and a touch of orange liqueur. ideal for any situation.


  • Gather your ingredients and a shot glass
  • Pour the coffee liqueur into the bottom of the glass
  • Gently layer the Irish cream liqueur on top
  • Finally, top it off with another layer of Grand Marnier
  • Serve immediately and enjoy
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The B 52
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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