B-52 Shot

A B-52 shot
The B-52 shot is a layered shot composed of a coffee liqueur (Kahlúa), an Irish cream (Baileys), and a triple sec (Grand Marnier).
When prepared properly, the ingredients separate into three distinctly visible layers.
The B-52 shot's origin is not officially confirmed; but a popular claim is that it was created by a bartender named Peter Fich who worked at the Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta. Fich named all of his creations after his favourite music; so the B-52 shot was named after the band The B-52's rather than the iconic military plane of the same name.
Total Time: 5 minutes


  • Shot Glass


  • 25 ml Kahlúa coffee liqueur
  • 25 ml Baileys Irish cream Liqueur
  • 25 ml triple sec such as Grand Marnier


  • To a shot glass pour the coffee liqueur (like Kahlúa or Tia Maria)
  • Then gently pour in the Irish cream liqueur over a small spoon. The small spoon lessens the impact of the pouring so the layers are preserved.
  • Then top up the shot with a little triple-sec such as Grand Marnier, again over a small spoon.


Units: 3
There are special machines that can prepare a B-52 (or other multi-layered cocktails) in only a few seconds.

Please note that the units field is an estimation, and will vary depending on the type and quantity of alcohol used. Please drink responsibly and legally.