Pousse Cafe and some modern derivatives

In this post I describe real cock tail – amazing multicolor drink – Pousse Cafe. The Pousse Cafe cocktail is so old creation. This drink was invented in the Europe (France), probably. But we can found suggestions that this cocktail was invented in New Orlean, USA. The first print recipe with illustration I was found in the great How to Mix Drinks, or the Bon-Vivant’s Companion by Jerry Thomas in 1862. Layered cocktail with name Pousse l’Amour consist of brandy, two liqueurs and egg yolk. The real fancy drink! The Gary Regan in yours The Joy of Mixology specify that Pousse Cafe are drinks made by floating one ingredient on top of another, or several others, to create a multilayered effect.

Pousse Cafe -	Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain (Слоистый коктейль - Каждый охотник желает знать, где сидит фазан)

Actually this drink has awesome look. It is real rainbow in your glass. But the taste of this cocktail may be frustrating. This drink as a rule consist of sweet liqueur without any diluent. I hope it may be great digestive in some case. Now the Pousse Cafe cocktail has many modern reincarnation in so popular layered shooters.

The greatest modern Pousse Cafe is B-52 cocktail. This cocktail was created at Alice’s Restaurant in Malibu, USA, in 1972 or at the Keg Steakhouse in Calgary, Canada in 1977. This child of Cold War consist of Kahlua, Baileys Irish Cream and Grand Marnier (the mnemonic: The B52 bomber Kills Bad Guys). Now I propose to explore some another popular modern shooters, several from them are variations of B-52.

The five layered shoters (Пять слоистых коктейлей)


10 ml Kahlua
10 ml Galliano
10 ml Hennessy VS Cognac
Layer in the order given in a pousse-cafe glass (or in the liqueur glass, or shooter, or sherry glass).

For preparation this beautiful cocktail you should have steady hand, bar spoon and acceptable 1 or 2 ounce Pousse Cafe glass or something similar like sherry glass, shooter or liqueur glass. Pour first ingredient into glass then you insert the spoon into glass as far as it will go, with the back side of the bowl facing up. Pour next layer slowly and carafully. Repeat if required.

Bumble Bee

10 ml Kahlua
10 ml sambuca
10 ml Irish cream liqueur
Layer in the order given in an appropriate glass.

Slippery Nipple

5 ml grenadine
15 ml sambuca
10 ml Irish Cream liqueur
Layer in the order given in an appropriate glass.

Monkey Lunch aka Banana Sandwich

10 ml Kahlua
10 ml creme de banane
10 ml Irish Cream liqueur
Layer in the order given in an appropriate glass.

French Kiss

10 ml amaretto liqueur
10 ml Frangelico
10 ml Irish Cream Liqueur
Layer in the order given in an appropriate glass.

All of this cocktails are working. My choice is K.G.B. and French Kiss. And the Slippery Nipple has best look in this company.

And in the conclusion we explore two real infante terrible of the cocktail world, two ugly concoctions in the cyberpunk style – the Brain Haemorrhage and Hiroshima shooters.

Two shooters - the Brain Haemorrhage and the Hiroshima (Два коктейля-шутера - Опухоль Мозга и Хиросима)

Brain Haemorrhage

10 ml grenadine
30 ml peach schnapps
20 ml Irish Cream liqueur
Layer in the order given in tall shooter glass. Then drop few grenadine on top.

The taste of this potion is very, may be extremely sweet and it has absolutely ugly appearance.

Hiroshima Shooter

20 ml sambuca
20 ml Irish Cream liqueur
20 ml absinthe (XENTA Absenta)
Layer in the order given in tall shooter glass. Then drop few grenadine on top. Flame the absinthe and serve with dramatic laughter.

It is one of the most disgusting libations that I ever taste. It is awful drink.

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Taste of some russian names

Idea of this post is exploring of some cocktails named with female russian names. I found five cocktails of this kind. Taste of some female russian names. Some of this cocktails are pure and famous classiс – Ninotchka Cocktail. The Anouchka Cocktail is a signature drink of Salvatore Calabrese. This post I devoted all my female friends :)

First cocktail is famous Ninotchka Cocktail which named in honour of Gretta Garbo in “Ninotchka” movie (1939).

The Ninotchka Cocktail garnished with lime wheel (Коктейль Ниночка)

Ninotchka (Nintchka, Ninitchka)

45 ml vodka
15 ml light creme de cacao
15 ml fresh lemon juice
Shake. Cocktail glass.

The taste of Ninotchka Cocktail is very interesting and unusual. The combination of smooth sour taste of lemon and sweet choсolate taste of creme de cacao is great!

Recipe of Katinka Cocktail I found in The Classic Bar & Cocktail Book by J. Goodall. This is simple and interesting cocktail.

The Katinka Cocktail (Коктейль Катенька)


50 ml vodka
40 ml apricot brandy
15 ml fresh lime juice
Shake. Cocktail glass. Garnish with fresh mint.

Sweet, no so strong cocktail with bright apricot taste and little sourness. Admirable!

My favorite CocktailDB list another and very intriguing recipe of Katinka Cocktail: gin, cordial Medoc, green Chartreuse and Angostura bitters. Sounds great! Worth to try.

Recipe of Natasha Cocktail was founded in The Bible of bartender by F. Evsevsky.

The Natasha Cocktail (Коктейль Наташа)


30 ml vodka
15 ml Cointreau
15 ml creme de banane
15 ml strawberry liqueur
Shake. Cocktail glass.

The Natasha Cocktail has very sweet candy taste. It is amazing temptation.

Anouchka Cocktail was invented by Salvatore Calabrese. It is one of his signature cocktail. It is simple and delicious combination of vodka and sweet blackberry liqueur.

The Anouchka Cocktail (Коктейль Аннушка)


70 ml vodka
10 ml creme de mur (blackberry liqueur)
Stir. Chilled cocktail glass.

This cocktail has strong and sweet berry taste. Admirable!

Recipe of Svetlana Cocktail was found on my favorite Cocktail DB.

The Svetlana Cocktail (Коктейль Светлана)


45 ml 100 proof vodka
15 ml sweet vermouth
8 ml kirsch
8 ml orange juice
Shake. Cocktail glass. Garnish with orange peel.

This strong and elegant cocktail has comlex taste of vermouth and fruit with amazing bitter note in the aftertaste.

Two my favorite shooters

I am very happy now. My blog work again! Thanks to my brother (and admin of this blog) for this.

Let me celebrate this event with two my favorite shooters:


Electric Banana

1 part banana liqueur
1 part silver tequila
Build (layer) ingredients (chilled) in a shooter.

Brave Bull

1 part coffee liqueur (Kahlua)
1 part silver tequila
Build (layer) ingredients (chilled) in a shooter.

Let`s go!