Created on July 23, 2023

The B-52 shot is a stunning and delicious layered drink that's sure to elevate any night out. Its name pays homage to the B-52 Stratofortress bomber, and just like its namesake, this cocktail packs a punch. With layers of coffee liqueur, Irish cream, and orange liqueur, it's a delightful balance of flavors and textures.

Layered B-52 shot with dark coffee liqueur, irish cream liqueur, and orange liqueur, on a wooden board


  • ½ Ounce Coffee Liqueur (Kahlúa)
  • ½ Ounce Irish Cream Liqueur (Baileys)
  • ½ Ounce Orange Liqueur (Grand Marnier)


  1. Pour your Coffee Liqueur into a shot glass.
  2. Carefully layer the Irish Cream Liqueur on top of the Coffee Liqueur, by pouring it slowly over the back of a bar spoon, held against the inside of the glass
  3. Carefully layer the Orange Liqueur on top of the Irish Cream Liqueur, using the same technique.
  4. Enjoy!

Tips For Making A B-52 Shot

  • For the best layers, make sure to pour the liqueurs slowly and gently over the back of the spoon to achieve a clean separation. It doesn't have to be a bar spoon, a regular one works just fine.

  • To make a B-52 on the rocks, layer the liqueurs directly in a rocks glass filled with ice, and double the quantities.

  • Adjust the proportions of the ingredients to suit your taste preferences. Just keep the layering technique in mind for the perfect presentation. For example, if you wanted a stronger

  • Drink this in one big swig, so you get all of the flavors together, all at once.

What Does A B-52 Shot Taste Like?

The B-52 cocktail offers a delightful combination of flavors in three layers. The coffee liqueur brings a rich, bittersweet coffee taste, while the Irish cream liqueur adds a creamy and smooth texture with hints of chocolate and vanilla. Finally, the orange liqueur provides a sweet and tangy citrus finish.

B-52 Shot Ingredients

The B-52 cocktail is composed of three key liqueurs, each contributing its unique flavor:

  • Coffee Liqueur: Brings a bold coffee taste with a hint of sweetness. Kahlúa is a popular choice, known for its smooth, robust coffee flavor.

  • Irish Cream Liqueur: Provides a smooth and creamy texture with notes of Irish whiskey, chocolate, and vanilla. Baileys is a classic brand that works perfectly in this cocktail.

  • Orange Liqueur: Adds a sweet and tangy orange flavor. Grand Marnier, a premium orange liqueur with a subtle cognac note, is recommended for a sophisticated twist, and higher alcohol content.

History Of The B-52 Shot

No one quite knows the origin of the B-52 shot, but it is believed to have emerged in the 1970s. Its name is inspired by the B-52 Stratofortress bomber, a prominent aircraft used by the United States Air Force during that era. The drink's layered presentation is reminiscent of the bomber's distinctive tail section.

As for its popularity, the B-52 has remained a beloved classic in the cocktail world, admired for its appealing aesthetics and delicious flavor combination. Today, it continues to be a favored choice in bars and among cocktail enthusiasts for its impressive presentation and delightful taste.