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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Sambuca Coffee Frappe

Sambuca is sweet and strong anise and elderberry-based liqueur from Italy. It is one of my favorite liqueur for drink straight, but cocktails with sambuca is so rare. This simple cocktails is very delicious and refreshing afterdinner drink.


Sambuca Coffee Frappe

40 ml sambuca
20 ml coffee liqueur (Kahlua)
Stir both ingredient with ice. Build in cocktail glass with crushed ice. Garnish with a three roasted coffee beans.


Flaming Sambuca

Sambuca is one of my favorite liqueur. First – I like sweet anise flavor and taste of it. Second I like very much to ignite sambuca on saturday night and go to the club. I use in practice my own method of flaming sambuca which is so similar to traditional con mosca.

Flaming Sambuca. Step 1. Equipment.

Prepare some equipment, which you can see on foto. You need so big and thick-walled snifter, old-fashioned or rocks glass, jigger, bar-spoon, napkin, straw, matches.

Зажигаем самбуку. Шаг 1. Flaming sambuca. Step 1.

Flaming Sambuca. Step 2.

Put 3/4 – 1 oz (20 – 30 ml) of sambuca in the snifter and add 1 dash of coffee liqueur in old-fashioned glass (I use Kahlua). If you want to drink flaming sambuca in traditional con mosca way, omit the coffee liqueur and put three coffee beans (which symbolise health, wealth and good luck) into a snifter. Use good sambuca for good results.

Зажигаем самбуку. Шаг 2. Flaming sambuca. Step 2.

Flaming Sambuca. Step 3. Flame the night.

Rotate snifter some times and set on the fire. Continue to rotate snifter. Please operate VERY carefully.

Зажигаем самбуку. Шаг 3. Flaming sambuca. Step 3.

Flaming Sambuca. Step 4. Fire show.

Pour the flame in old-fashioned glass.

Традиционный способ употрбления самбуки con mosca. Traditional way to drink sambuca - con mosca

I think it is beautiful.

Зажигаем самбуку. Шаг 4. Flaming sambuca. Step 4.

Flaming Sambuca. Step 5. Blow out.

Extinguish a fire in this way:

Зажигаем самбуку. Шаг 5. Flaming sambuca. Step 5.

Flaming Sambuca. Step 5. Drinking of flamed sambuca.

Place snifter over napkin with a straw in pictured way:

The glass with hot sambuca liqueur. Бокал с горячей самбукой.

Drink a hot sambuca (warning! very, very hot sambuca may cause of burn! sip responsibly) and inhalate from a snifter. Enjoy!