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How To Create Layered Drinks And Fire Shots


Pouring The Best Layered Drinks Takes Knowing A Few Simple Tricks

Layered drinks is a fast growing art form in the cocktail circles. Who can create the most beautiful, clean, colorful and above all tasty drink is competition among bartenders across the country. I am about to show you the tricks and how you too can create the same high priced layered drinks at home. Amaze your friends when you bring out the best in show cocktail that look like a professional poured it.

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Learning To Pour A Layer - The trick to pouring a layer


There are several ways of doing this, but this is the easiest way. You must know the density of the liquor. This will determine which liquid is poured first. Once you figured out your densities and are ready to pour the layered shot you will need a spoon. Place the spoon into the shot glass and then pour your second layer onto the back of the spoon. Pour slowly. The liquid will break the surface, but not mix.

It takes a few tries to get it really down, but once you do it then it works really well and will impress everyone around you.

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Chocolate Liquor

These tasty treats make wonderful gifts for any occasion. Each one is different, colorful and there is something for every adult taste.

Liquor Density Chart From Alcohol Nation

  • Liquor Density Chart
    You must know the density of the liquor your pouring for the layers to sit properly

The Fire Cracker


If you want a layered look in a drink use the heaviest density first then medium and then light. For pouring the layers you have to use a spoon and let the liquor pour over the back so that it gently cascades over it. If you pour it slow enough the liquid only breaks the surface slightly of the liquid under it. The layers stay clean and crisp.

I had to practice a few times. I didn't get it perfect the first time, but by around my third try I got it perfect. My friends didn't seem to mind not wasting my mistakes.

This Forth of July recipe was fantastic. You barely taste the alcohol and it was very smooth. I am not a fan of a heavy alcohol taste so this was perfect.

Grenadine, Blue Curaçao and Baileys Irish Cream. Do not mix until served.

Another Red White and Blue that is really good is Grenadine, Blue Curacao and Lemonaid. Always pour the Grenadine first and then the Blue Curacoa because of their liquid density. The taste would be the same, but not the presentation.

The Volcano

1.5 oz. light rum

1 oz. Malibu coconut rum

2 oz. fresh or frozen strawberries

1 small banana

2 oz. unsweetened pineapple juice

2 oz. coconut cream


Blend the 2 rums and the strawberries in a blender to form a smooth paste. Pour this mixture into a large Cocktail glass.

Blend with crushed ice the banana, the coconut cream, and pineapple juice. This should be smooth.

Mixture the rum and strawberry into the glass slowly. The strawberry mixture will work it's way to the top with a lava flow effect.

Garnish with a pineapple wedge and cherry.

Hawaiian Tropic


1 Part Malibu Cocnut Rum,

3 Part Blue Curacao,

1 Part Pineapple Rum,

Pineapple Juice,

1 Part Coco Lopez mixed with the Pineapple Juice

1 Part Cranberry Juice

Served in shaved ice

A Nice Swizzle Stick Ads Whim To Any Layered Drink.

All mixed drinks need something to stir and the fancy swizzle stick is exactly what you need to add that special something to what your serving.

After Eight


Sorry about the photo. I took it before the liquid was given time to settle.

After Eight reminds me of an after dinner mint. It's pretty good. I add a drop of chocolate liquor to it also.

1/2 oz. Coffee Liqueur

1/2 oz. Crème de Menthe (White)

1/2 oz. Irish Cream

Pour in layers the coffee liqueur then the white crème de menthe liqueur and finally the Irish cream in a shot glass.

Candy Corn :

This isn't my favorite because I don't like Licor 43 so I usually substitute it for a Baily's Irish Cream. I know the color isn't perfect, but the taste is great.

1 part Licor 43

1 part Orange Curacao

1 part Cream

Mixing instructions:

Carefully layer on top of each other to resemble the halloween candy. First the Licor 43, then the orange curacao, then finally the cream.

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Irish Cacao - An Irish Crown


Irish Cacao

1/2 oz. Creme de Cacao

1/2 oz. Irish Cream


Layer it in a shot glass with the Irish Cream first then you can garnish with a cherry.


An Irish Crown


1/3 oz. Crown Royal

1/3 oz. Kahlua

1/3 oz. Irish Cream


Layer in starting with the Irish Cream then Kahlua and top with Crown Royal. I haven't tried this one with the Crown Royal, but the Kahlua and Irish Cream is really good.

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Grab a shot glass and add 1/2 oz of Coffee Liqueur for the bottom layer. Carefully float 1/2 oz of Irish Cream for the middle layer and then float 1/2 oz of 100 Proof Peppermint Schnapps for the top layer.

Enjoy responsibly with friends!

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Glasses and Mixers Are A Must For Any Stocked Bar

A Stocked bar not only includes the right alcohol, but the right mixers, glasses and chillers to go with the drink. You can mix drinks like they do at the top rated night clubs with the right equipment.

Icy Blue Whale - The Best Summer time Drink!


On a hot Summer day this is the perfect afternoon Adult Refreshment. Be careful it's a fruity drink and doesn't taste like alcohol. More than 2 and you can be considered over the legal limit to drive.

I start by making a batch of snow ice in my Ninja Blender. This is the best product I have found for crushing ice and making these types of drinks. It's been the only ice maker that has not burned out on me or developed dull blades. We live in the Desert so my family makes smoothies and ice drinks all the time and year found.

1 part blue curacao

1 part vodka

1 part orange juice

1 part pineapple

1 part sweet & sour mix

This is the typical recipe for a Blue Whale. I add a splash of grenadine or a drop of cranberry juice to it also for color effect.

I mix each ingredient with it's own batch of ice so the colors stay sharp in the glass. It takes a bit more effort, but the presentation is nicer. This is a frozen drink so I use a lot of snow ice. Once presented each person can stir the drink until mixed.

Cocktail Glasses

Sunrise Yin Yang


This is an icy drink, use snow prepared in an ice crusher or Ninja Blender.

Prepare two sides of the drink in separate mixers

Part 1

Pineapple Juice

1 part vodka

Part 2

Orange Juice

1 part Peach Schnapps


Using two table spoons at the same time spoon part one on one side and part 2 on the other. When the glass is full pull up to form a point on each side.

Spoon a tsp of each mixture on the opposite side to form the circle. Do not stir until presented.

A Black And Blue


Black and Blue


1 part Blue Curacao

1 part Blavod vodka

Mixing instructions:

Layer in order.

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Fire Shots - Safety First. Don't Do These While You Are Drunk


Fire shots are fun to do, but you have to keep safety in mind. First I will point out the obvious if you haven't figured it out. Blow out the fire before drinking the shot. The shot can be drunk from the glass, but for absolute safety a straw is recommended. This is because the alcohol can reignite if not completely extinguished. It may appear to be out.

If you are drinking a fire shot from the glass don't blow it out. Use a plate or cover to smother the flames before placing it to your face.

I also recommend serving it on a metal or glass serving tray just in case the shot spills.

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This Is How Not To Do Fire Shots

Guestbook Comments

Roberto Eldrum on August 27, 2014:

OKay, that video was hilllaaarious! :D

Gotta try the volcano sometime.

kathryn-barr-79 on April 04, 2014:

I learned to do this way back in the early 70`s when I went to bartending school in Washington D.C. We uses tall, very skinny glasses. We learned to layer using bols weights. I got 14 layers in a glass one time. A lot of work. So excited to see it evolve into something so interesting and diverse.

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on February 15, 2014:

wow, these look tempting! the Black and Blue looks YUM!!

Dancing Cowgirl Design from Texas on May 13, 2013:

Layered drinks look so cool. I like anything with Baileys.

JimHofman on May 02, 2013:

Boy am I thirsty now! Interesting lens...thanks for the recipes and tips.

eightieschild on March 22, 2013:

Oh, and I had to laugh at the statement about making sure to "blow out the fire before drinking the shot".

eightieschild on March 22, 2013:

Haven't really tried making any layered drinks since my student days (a long time ago now).

A few of these drinks look rather summery, and it's a balmy -1ºC here in the UK right now. I'm quite tempted by the After Eight though. :)

katiecolette on March 20, 2013:

I want to try the Icy Blue Whale - judging by the ingredients, definitely my kind of drink.

john9229 on February 26, 2013:

Nice Lens. I wish I can create myself layered drinks at home.

anonymous on February 26, 2013:

Very interesting lens. Drinking is a good topic for squididians.

Nancy Carol Brown Hardin from Las Vegas, NV on February 25, 2013:

I used to tend bar years ago, and you're right about how tricky it is to pour a layered drink. Good photos, excellent content. Thanks for sharing! Blessed!

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