2 cl of Grand Marnier
2 cl of whiskey cream liqueur
2 cl of coffee liqueur
B-52 is one of the most spectacular cocktails, a fall in love at the first sight drink, thanks to its flamboyant aspect made of three colored layers that can hypnotize your senses.
But B-52 is not only a rainbow for your eyes but your palate, too: a cocktail to be sipped at any time of the day. However, it is undeniable that it’s the perfect after-dinner drink and the best friend of many chocolate desserts like cake, tart, and cookies.
Sometimes, the last layer is set on fire to make it more pyrotechnic, but pay attention to your eyebrows.
B-52 has only three ingredients, present in identical doses, 2 cl of everyone: coffee liqueur, Irish cream, and Grand Marnier. The result is a small, concentrated supernova, soft and enveloping that sparkles on your tongue, stirring sweet and creamy flavors with the bitter notes of orange and coffee in the background, making the cocktail zippy and very precise at an aromatic level.
The B-52 drink has an obscure origin, many claim its paternity, but the only fact is the name: a tribute to the famous American bomber that during the Vietnam War ignited the skies with copious napalm waterfalls. It makes its first appearance in the ’70s.
Last note on the B52’s preparation, do not lose heart. Take your time and do practice: to build a cocktail into the glass is an art, and Rome wasn’t built in a day either.
B-52 cocktail ingredients
- 2 cl coffee liqueur
- 2 cl Irish cream, Baileys
- 2 cl Grand Marnier
How to prepare the perfect B-52 cocktail
The B-52 drink is prepared into sherry glasses, the one you use for chupitos. To make it easy, don’t use too wide glasses.
First layer: put the coffee liqueur, and it’s the easy part.
Then, with the help of a teaspoon, leaning on the glass, a few millimeters above the coffee liqueur, with the back facing up, pour the whiskey cream.
And then repeat the process with the Grand Marnier layer.
And here’s how to make one of the most important, famous, and charismatic cocktails that have influenced the pop culture of the 21st century.
Take a spoon, start practicing, and change the layers to find your combo!