B52 Drink Recipe and other Variations

This is certainly a throw-back drink.  I asked my twenty something son about the B52 and he gave me that blank stare… once again, I am showing my age.  The B52 drink recipe is very easy to make and is actually quite tasty.  I serve this layered and then my guests can stir the ingredients together to make a smooth, sipping cocktail.

b52 drink recipe


This is a layered shot of equal parts of Kahlua, Bailey’s Irish Cream and Grand Marnier.  To make this, you need a shot glass and a spoon.  First pour the layer of Kahlua into the glass.  Then, very slowly, pour over the back of a spoon the Irish Cream.  Repeat with the Grand Marnier to make the third layer.


The name, B52, pays tribute to the US B52 long range bomber.  The bomber was used to drop incendiary bombs, which may also have inspired the Flaming B52.

One rumor is the B52 was invented by Peter Finch, head bartender at Baniff Springs Hotel in Baniff, Alberta.  He named drinks after his favorite bands, songs and albums.  This drink was obviously named after the B52 (of Love Shack and Rock Lobster fame).


Flaming B52 – Once the drink has been poured, place onto of the bar and light the top layer.  Drink with a flame resistant straw, or drink very quickly with a regular… your choice.

B52 with Bomb Bay Doors – a B52 with a fourth layer of Bombay Gin

B52 in the Desert – A B52 with tequila instead of the Irish Cream

B57 – A B52 with peppermint schnapps instead of the Irish Cream

B52 Coffee – In a coffee cup (or other heatproof mug) add 1/2 ounce of Kahlua, 1/2 ounce Bailey’s Irish Cream, 1/2 ounce Grand Marnier.  Top off the mug with coffee and whipped cream.

B51 – Use Frangelico instead of Grand Marnier


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