The History Of The Classical And Simply Irresistible B52

The B-52, one of the most popular shot drinks, was invented in the 70s by Peter Fich, a head bartender at the Banff Springs Hotel in Banff, Alberta. Fich named all of his new drinks after favourite bands, albums and songs, and he named the drink after the band of the same name.

 The History Of The Classical And Simply Irresistible B52

The band took the name from a beehive style of hairdo popular in the 1950s that resembled a skep type beehive.

One of Fich’s first customers for a B-52, owned restaurants in various cities in Alberta and liked the drink so much that he put it on the menu, leading to the perception that the B-52 originated at the Keg Steakhouse in Calgary, Alberta in 1977.

Kahlua, Baileys, and Grand Marnier are the stars of the B-52. These three liqueurs combine to create a delightful taste, with a little citrus to accent the coffee cream.

Get that party started with a few B52 shooters. It’s classical, truly irresistible and extremely easy to make.


  • ½ oz Kahlua Coffee Liqueur
  • ½ oz Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • ½ oz Grand Marnier


  1. Layer a shot glass with Kahlúa at the bottom, Baileys in the middle and Grand Marnier on the top and shoot away!