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B52 Drink

Updated on July 14, 2011

B52 Drink Background History

The B52 drink is a layered cocktail drink named after the American B-52 Bomber. It is not really known where the B52 recipe originated. The B52 drink started becoming popular in the late 1970s.

Today, there are many recipe variations of the popular B52 drink. Here is one version of the B52 recipe that is easy to make and still tastes delicious.

B52 Cocktail Layered Shooter

B52 Drink Recipe

If you like Bailey's Irish Cream, the B52 drink is the cocktail for you. If you've never tried Irish Cream, it is a blend of Irish whiskey and liqueur that is cream based. Other noted flavors in Bailey's Irish Cream are chocolate and caramel. There are other Irish Cream liqueurs available, but Bailey's Irish Cream is the most popular.

Kahlua is another ingredient in a B52 drink. Kahlua, which is one of my favorite cocktail drink ingredients, is a coffee flavored liqueur. There are other coffee liqueur brands, but use Kahlua liqueur if possible. Trust me.

Grand Marnier is a popular brand of orange flavored liqueur with cognac as a base. It is the third ingredient needed for a B52 drink recipe.

Traditionally, the B-52 drink is made as a layered cocktail shooter and served in a shot glass. It is normally served straight up, meaning with no ice. The B52 drink recipe ingredients will form individual layers when properly prepared in this way.

This particular version of the B-52 drink has ice added, as it is the way that I prefer it, and it is favored by many people this way. It is also much easier than making a layered B-52 shooter cocktail, as layered shooters require some bartending skill.

B52 Drink Recipe - How to Make a B52 Drink

Use equal parts Kahlua, Bailey's Irish Cream, and Grand Marnier, about one ounce each. Stir ingredients well with ice for at least 20 seconds. If you have a cocktail shaker, pour the B52 drink ingredients into it half-filled with ice cubes and shake well. Pour into a chilled, old-fashioned glass filled with ice cubes. Enjoy your B52 drink. Remember to drink responsibly.

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      geir arne bartender hansen 6 years ago

      DAMN!! frustrated!! i dont get the layers right!!! its just one mess all of it........