The name refers to the US B-52 Stratofortress long-range bomber. This bomber was used in the Vietnam War for the release of incendiary bombs, which likely inspired today's flaming variant of the cocktail.

The origin of the B-52 is uncertain. One school of thought is that the B-52 was invented at the Keg Steakhouse in Calgary, Alberta in 1977



- 20ml (1oz) Cointreau
- 20ml (1oz) Irish cream liqueur
- 20ml (1oz) coffee liqueur

Pour in order over a bar spoon to make layers in a shooter : Coffee liqueur, Irish cream liqueur and Cointreau.