Best Ever B-52 Cocktail: Ingredients and Recipe


Cocktail Type


Great for

Dinner Party



B-52 Cocktail

Introducing the B-52 drink, a distinctive triple-layered shot of three liqueurs—coffee, Irish cream, and orange. A Canadian bartender, Peter Fich, came up with this mix inspired by one of his favourite bands, the B-52’s. Cindy Wilson, the lead singer, wore a beehive hairstyle, which Fich thought mimicked the nose shape of the B-52 bomber plane. While the B-52 is traditionally served in a shot glass, we’re serving ours after dinner in a wine glass with slightly more generous portions!



Don’t fret the layers, the secret is all in the pour, it’s not that tricky and all you need is a spoon.


For a Flaming B-52 — add a shot of high proof rum  on top and flambé away.


On balmy days, make a Frozen B52, just a blend of the original ingredients with crushed ice. 



1 Person

1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

coffee liqueur
1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

Irish cream liqueur
1 Oz

30 Ml

1 Parts

Grand Marnier



Pour the coffee liqueur into a wine glass


With the back of a spoon lowered into your glass, gently pour the Irish cream over the spoon to float on the liqueur below


Repeat this method with the Grand Marnier. Serve and enjoy!

The best B-52 cocktail recipe

Just like a B-52 shot, the B-52 cocktail ingredients include equal quantities of the three liqueurs, resulting in a coffee-cream drink with a sweet orange kick. Don’t fret about how to achieve the funky layers; it’s not that tricky and all you need is a spoon. Once you’ve made it once, you’ll be a pro! See our tips in the recipe below. 

How to layer B-25 cocktail ingredients like a pro

The secret is all in the pour. Pouring B-52 cocktail ingredients slowly over the back of a spoon breaks the flow of the liqueur, slowing it down so it doesn’t disturb the layer below. The difference in density of the liqueurs also helps the layers stay separate and float on top of one another, so it’s important to layer from heaviest to lightest. Nifty science, right? Enjoy it layered or mix it all up together, we won’t judge.

Different B-52 cocktail variations

If you enjoy the simplicity of 3 ingredient cocktails, then these variations are worth a try. They’re still made with easy equal pours of three liqueurs, with the heaviest on the bottom and the lightest on top.

  • B-51: a hazelnut liqueur replaces the orange liqueur
  • B-53: an anise seed liqueur replaces the orange liqueur
  • B-54: a tequila replaces the orange liqueur
  • Flaming B-52: an additional shot of rum (50% ABV plus) is added on top, which you can flambé
  • Frozen B52: a blend of the original ingredients with crushed ice


Traditionally, a B-52 drink is served as a party shot, allowing all mix of flavours to burst on your palate as you knock it back. For a mellower vibe, create a slow-sipping cocktail with the same ingredients in more generous pours.

A B-52 drink is a delicious blend of coffee cream with a sweet orange kick. The overarching flavour is caramel, which stems from the whiskey base of the Irish liqueur, along with its rich creaminess. The richness is bumped up with the coffee and orange liqueurs.

The average combination of all these B-52 cocktail ingredients is roughly 26% ABV. Irish cream is a low alcohol liqueur, at around 13 to 17% while coffee liqueurs are a little higher at 20%. The orange liqueur tips the scale at 30-40% ABV. Two of these cocktails will equal one shot of tequila.

A B-52 cocktail consists of an equal mix of only 3 liqueurs, resulting in a thick and creamy shot. First is the shot of coffee liqueur, then a slowly poured Irish cream liqueur and finished with orange liqueur on top.

Traditionally a B-52 drink is a shot, letting you savor all mix of flavours as you knock it back. Although if do prefer a slow sipper, pour a longer cocktail and enjoy.