About this shot:
The B-50s series was certainly one of the classics drinks every bartender must know about and be able to serve. The name B-52 itself originates from the Boeing B-52, an American B-52 Stratofortress long-range, subsonic, jet-powered strategic bomber. The layered shooter, consisting of coffee liquor, cream, and Grand Marnier liquor as its classic basic form, was rumoured to be created back in the 1970s. Some say it was Peter Fich, a head bartender at the Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta, who created it. Some other versions say Adam Honigman, a bartender at New York City’s Maxwell’s Plum, created the drink instead.
Either way, the drink was proven a favourite and withstood the test of time. Today, the shooter is still widely popular at bars. And here’s the good news: you can easily recreate this at home and throw some fun parties with friends! It tastes great, easy to make, and fun for drinking games.
- 1/2 oz Kahlua coffee liquor
- 1/2 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
- 1/2 oz Grand Marnier orange liquor
- 3 drops Dark Overproof Rum
For more precision, use a pourer to pour each layer of ingredient into shot glasses. Start with Kahlua coffee liquor as the bottom layer. Then, slowly pour Bailey’s Irish Cream over the back of a cold stirrer or a cold spoon to create the second layer of the shot. Repeat and recreate the top layer with Grand Marnier orange liquor. Use the back of a cold stirrer or a cold spoon again to avoid disturbing the lower layers. Make sure the layers fill up the shot glasses completely. Sprinkle the Dark Overproof Rum atop. Once ready, perform the trick in front of your guests – light up the shots!
Flames should turn blue and burn out in 0.5 – 1 minute. Extinguish the flame. Allow the shots cool down a bit before letting the guests drink them. For extra precaution, serve the drink with fireproof straws.
Bar accessories required:
- Flame MUST be put out before drinking.
- Be sure to serve shots with heat-proof shot glasses, just like Trendy Bartender’s.
- Fill shot glasses completely to avoid flaming the glassware directly.