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B-52 Shot

It might delight your tastebuds, but it's going to bomb your liver.

B-52 Shot
B-52 Shot

The B-52 is visually intriguing due to the nature of it being a layered shot. In fact, it was the first layered shot we ever had the pleasure of enjoying.

The history of the B-52 shot is called into question a bit by, with the media outlet stating that the B-52 might not have been named after the plane, but rather the band, The B-52s. You may recall them from the 1989 hit song, Love Shack. Either way, the name is a good one for this shot. Have enough of them and you will be bombed in no time.

As to recipe, we aren't really sure what significance the ingredients have outside of their ability to be layered. If it really was for the band, maybe it was one liquor for the three vocalists.

Shots That Are Similar


  1. Bar Spoon
  2. Shot Glass


Ingredient Amount
Bailey's Irish Cream 0.5oz
Grand Marnier 0.5oz
Kahlua Coffee Liqueur 0.5oz

Substitute Ingredients & Variations

  • You can substitute the Bailey’s Irish Cream for Carolan’s, Brady’s, Kavanaugh, or any other Irish Cream
  • You can substitute the Kahlua for any coffee liqueur


  1. Step One:

    Gather Ingredients

  2. Step Two: Pouring 1/2oz of Kahlua into a shot glass.

    Add the Kahlua

    Pour 1/2 oz of coffee liqueur into an empty shot glass. We prefer to use Kahlua.

  3. 3.

    Add the Bailey's

    Layer in the 1/2 oz of Irish Cream. We prefer Bailey's. Layering takes some practice to get the hang of. Using a bar spoon will make your life easier. That said, it can be done with utensils that you have in your kitchen.

  4. 4.

    Add the Grand Marnier

    Layer in the 1/2 oz of Grand Marnier to top off the B-52.

  5. Step Five: Serve the B-52 Shot

    Serve the Shot

    You're finished making the shot. Enjoy.


What type of glass do you pour a B-52 shot into?

A Standard Shot Glass.