The B-52 is an eye-catching shooter, composed of Kahlua Coffee liqueur, Baileys Irish cream, and Grand Marnier. The drink is believed to have been created during the 1970s by a bartender and fan of the band The B-52s.


  • 1/3 Coffee liqueur (Kahlua)

  • 1/3 Baileys Irish Cream

  • 1/3 Grand Marnier

B-52 layered cocktail shooter in a shot glass
B-52 layered cocktail shooter in a shot glass

The B-52



Pour the coffee liqueur into a shot glass. Slowly layer the Baileys on top of the coffee liqueur with a bar spoon. Slowly pour the Grand Marnier on top of the Baileys with a bar spoon.

The B-52 Shooter

For this non-flaming B-52 shooter, I prefer the shot glasses to be chilled, along with the Kahlua and Baileys cream! For the flaming version, top it with a barspoon of Over-Proof Rum. Light with a match, blow out after 30 seconds. Why would you do this? I don't know!


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Remember, there is no single right way to make a cocktail. Feel free to experiment and adjust my recipes to your own taste and liking. The key is to have fun while doing it. Cheers!

Scott Gardner, shaking a mean cocktail, and looking good!
Scott Gardner, shaking a mean cocktail, and looking good!

Hi, I'm Scott Gardner, your mindful mixologist. While I am not a professional bartender, I have made well over two hundred different and unique cocktails, and invented over fifteen original drinks, including my famous European Vacation, Muzetta's Waltz, and The Cherry Bella, all of which can be found in my book, Lock it, Flip it, Kick it & Shake!

Besides shaking, stirring, and sipping, I also enjoy golfing, reading, and writing. My wife and I both love animals and we have recently gotten into birding, which is a fun and rewarding hobby. And our favorite birds... The Philadelphia Eagles, of course! Go Birds!

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