B-52's are usually served in a shooter or sherry glass. The name refers to the US B-52 Stratofortress long-range bomber. This bomber was used in the Vietnam War for the release of fire bombs, which likely inspired today's flaming variant of the cocktail. First, a coffee liqueur, such as Tia Maria or Kahlúa, is poured into the glass. Next, Bailey's Irish Cream is poured very slowly over the back of a cold bar spoon; taking care to avoid disturbing the lower layer as the second liquor is poured on top. Just as carefully, Grand Marnier is poured atop the Irish Cream using the bar spoon. This method of the preparation is called "building," as opposed to blending or shaking, thus, B-52s are "built." For a Flaming B-52,who is extremely popular in Europe, substitute a dark over proof rum with 60-80% alcohol by volume for the Grand Marnier. The higher alcohol content is required to support combustion. Filling the glass to the top reduces the amount of glass exposed to the flames, making the glass less likely to break, but the drink easier to spill. It is best to leave the flaming B-52 on the bar top and drink it through a straw. Once lit the drink should be finished quickly to avoid overheating the glass and burning the straw.So enjoy, but be careful, because this version could hit you like a bomb!
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