A B52 Shot is a silky smooth, creamy, and rich layered shot. The perfect party drink, this gorgeous cocktail is super easy to make with only 3 ingredients! The B52 drink goes down smoothly and will bring life to any party!!
What do you get when you combine chocolate, coffee, and orange flavors? The most delicious shooter you’ve ever tried!
You don’t need to be a master bartender to make a mind-blowing drink, and this layered cocktail proves it.
This cocktail is just SO gorgeous, it will make you thirsty with just one look — and the B-52 drink is a snap to make!
All you need are the ingredients, the right glasses, a bit of technique, and bam! This decadent, rich Irish Cream and Kahlua shot will have everyone satisfied.
I’m also obsessed with pairing drinks with great desserts. Personally, I think that a B 52 shot goes really well with something sweet, like a cookie.
I recommend toffee caramel and Italian wedding cookies.
Do you enjoy simple cocktails that are extra sweet? If so, make a mocha express!
B-52 Cocktail Ingredients
- Coffee Liqueur – Kahlua is the tried and true ingredient for a B52 shot.
This liqueur is smooth and sweet, but it’s rich enough that the flavor is never lost among others.
Amaretto is pretty popular as well, but any coffee liqueur with crème de cacao will work in a B52 drink.
- Irish Cream – Irish cream is, well, creamy. It also has a vanilla flavor, which makes it nice and smooth.
When choosing a brand, you can’t go wrong with Baileys! Another popular cocktail to make with Irish cream is a Kahlua mudslide.
- Orange Liqueur – This liqueur has a very warm, somewhat spicy, and delicious mix of bitter and sweet flavors.
I use Grand Mariner in this recipe, but triple sec is also often used.
Tips for Flawless Layered Shots
- Keep the ingredients refrigerated. This drink is most delicious when chilled, so definitely don’t use room-temperature B-52 cocktail ingredients when whipping this one together.
- Use the right type of glassware. This cocktail is shooter-sized because there are three layers.
Use tall shot glasses to accommodate (and show off!) all 3 layers of your B 52 shot!
How to create gorgeous layers
To make a layered cocktail, carefully tip the glass and pour each liqueur down the side. This way you won’t disrupt each layer, giving you a gorgeous presentation!
You can also place a spoon upside down in the glass and pour the ingredients over the back of the spoon. It’s a neat trick to make you look like a master bartender.
B-52 Drink Recipe FAQ
The short answer: we don’t know!
The long answer: there are two possibilities. Some believe the B-52 drink is named after the band, the B-52s. Others believe it’s for the B-52 bomber.
Most people believe the former, as it was named by its creator, bartender Peter Fich, in the 70s.
Grand Marnier has a 40% alcohol content, Kahlua has a 20% alcohol content, and Bailey’s has only a 17% alcohol content.
It’s not super strong, but the sweetness and smoothness of a B52 shot can be deceptive. This is to say: be careful, and drink responsibly!
It’s all about the layers! You first pour in the Kahlua, followed by the Bailey’s, and top it off with the Grand Marnier.
Then, you drink them all at once. There’s nothing tricky to it — right down the hatch!
B 52 Shot Variations
There are a ton of different versions of this cocktail!
- B52 with Bombay Doors – Build this classic shooter with Bombay gin
- B52 in the Desert – Use gold tequila in place of the Irish Cream
- B52 with a Full Payload – Add a 4th layer of Frangelico and top it all off with a flaming layer of Bacardi 151
If you really want to experiment, break out your liqueurs and mixers and create something truly unique with your B-52 cocktail ingredients!
- B51 – Made with Frangelico hazelnut liqueur rather than orange
- B53 – Replaces Irish cream with some sugary Sambuca
- B54 – Made with Amaretto almond liqueur
- B55 – Swaps absinthe for the orange liqueur
- B57 – Uses peppermint schnapps in place of Irish cream — perfect for the holidays!
With love, from our simple kitchen to yours.
Other Easy Cocktail Recipes
Layered B52 Shot + Video
- 1 part Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
- 1 part Bailey's Irish Cream
- 1 part Grand Marnier Orange Liqueur
- One at a time, pour equal parts Kahlua, Baileys and Grand Marnier into a shooter glass. Start with the Kahlua, then Baileys Irish Cream, then Grand Marnier.
- To get a perfect layered shot, tip the glass and pour the cocktail down the side.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published October 2012., updated and republished May 2023
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