Layer It Up
Practice your cocktail layering skills on this retro shot with a distinct presentation and a smooth, creamy taste.
The B-52 cocktail could be named after the 80s rock band known for their songs “Rock Lobster” and “The Love Shack” or it could be named after the long-range bomber used by the Americans during Vietnam War. I have no idea where the name came from, but the layered shot sure is tasty and pretty to look at.
The classic B-52 is served neat in a shot glass, while the variation known as Flaming B-52 typically is served with a top layer of rum, which is then ignited with a flame. Some versions replace Grand Marnier with triple sec, Amaretto or even absinthe. My version offers a unique twist.
The shot is already pleasing to the eye with its colorful layers, but to make it extra special I like to include the sense of smell by sprinkling cinnamon over the top. I love the smell of cinnamon, orange and coffee together; it really reminds me of the holidays.
Take the time to layer each ingredient into the shot glass and offers cheers to your loved ones. If you get the notion you might want to sing in honor of the B-52s: “The Love Shack is a little old place where, we can get together … Love Shack, baby.”