History and background
There are two theories about the origins of the B-52 shot's name. The first is that the cocktail was named after the iconic American rock band, the B-52s. The second is the less wholesome theory that this explosive shot was named after the Boeing B-52 bombers that have been used by the American army since the 1950s. Either way, the cocktail was invented in the 1970s. The B-52 has a gained a reputation for being a guilty pleasure ritual performed at the start of an evening. The cocktail requires a bit of dexterity, since the ingredients have to be poured layer by layer into a shot glass. The order? Bols Coffee – Bailey’s – Bols Triple Sec. The top layer of Bols Triple Sec is set on fire – an essential part of the B-52 ritual. It's a ritual that's practised all over the world.
Flavour B-52 cocktail
The B-52 shot is an explosive, strong shot that's packed with flavour. The shot starts with the flaming Bols Triple Sec on top followed by the sweet, creamy notes of Bailey's and the dark, earthy flavour of Bols Coffee. Three sweet ingredients, yet the shot has a strong and complex explosion of flavours that will please the more adventurous drinkers among us.
Three ingredients, three variationsVariation 1: Bols Coffee
Variation 2: Bailey's
The middle layer in this cocktail shot is Bailey's. It gives the B-52 its creaminess. If you want to add more acidity to the cocktail in addition to creaminess, use Bols Yoghurt. Be careful when layering this liqueur. Bols Yoghurt may start to seep into the other two ingredients, however, if you are careful when pouring the liqueurs, the problem will quickly rectify itself.
Variation 3: Vodka
The top layer of the B-52 cocktail shot is transparent and higher in alcohol than the other two layers. Bols Triple Sec contributes beautiful orange notes to the B-52 shot. If you want to use a different spirit as the top layer, use Bols Vodka. This gives the other two ingredients ample room to shine and will lie neatly on top.