The B-52 is a popular shot cocktail that is instantly recognisable by its striking appearance. This is achieved by carefully layering three ingredients in the shot glass.

Upon tasting, the drink has an orange coffee taste with a smooth, creamy texture.

To take it one step further, some establishments will set the top layer of the drink alight, creating a show-stopping ‘Flaming B-52’. In order to ensure the shot glass is full to the brim, it is important to be careful when pouring the ingredients. This is important as the flame may cause the shot glass to shatter if too much of it is exposed. Thus, for the full taste and presentation of the B-52, it is essential to fill the shot glass to the very top.

What you need to make the B-52

For the drink
For the garnish
  • Stirrer

How to make

  1. Start by pouring the coffee liqueur into a shot glass.
  2. Using a spoon to cover the coffee liqueur, carefully layer the Irish cream on top.
  3. Repeat the previous step, but this time layering the cognac above the Irish cream
  4. Serve with a stirrer.