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The B-52

Friday, August 9th, 2013

The drink, not the bomber or the 80’s rock band.

B-52 celebrity chefI’m not usually big on sweet drinks unless it’s Ice wine or a Trockenbeerenauslese. Say that 3 times fast. From time to time I also like a Port after dinner. There was a time in the 70’s when I had a collection of liqueurs and would have tastings. When you have a lot of liqueurs you start to experiment and preparing layered drinks is only natural.

Had not thought about making a layered drink in 30 years but my sister-in-law Susan was trying to make a flaming layered drink. Her dilemma got me thinking and looking and although B-52s were not around in my cordial days it sure sounded better than ANY drink that has Creme de menthe in it. I’d rather eat Brussels sprouts. If a drink called for a Creme de menthe I would use green Chartreuse, a French liqueur made by the Monks at the Grande Chartreuse monastery since 1737. Now that’s something with a great taste.

Looking at my finished B-52 I was thinking, why not put the Baileys on the bottom? The contrast would be better for showing 3 distinct layers. I would think the Baileys would have a higher density than the Kahlua and would stay on the bottom. I’ll experiment with this later.

Has anyone made a B-52? It’s easier to make than you might think.  What other layered drinks have you made? And Creme de menthe, really?

Layer liqueurs in this order
1/2 oz Kahlua
1/2 oz Baileys Irish Cream
1/2 oz Grand Marnier
I’ll post a video of this next week when I’m back in town. I could make another one tonight but don’t think I should drink another one tonight.

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