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    Layering Shots and Cocktails

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    Charlotte J
    Wed Sep 06, 2006 10:05 pm
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    Once you know how to pour shaken cocktails, most shots become quite easy - you simply shake the alcohol and strain into a shot glass. Layering alcohols on top of one another, however, is much more difficult.

    Building layered drinks requires a steady hand, patience, and a peaceful environment where you won't be bumped and the table won't vibrate. The recommended equipment for layering drinks is a bar-spoon and a pousse cafe mug or pony glass, but you can also layer drinks in a shot glass or any other narrow glassware. Additionally, you are best off if you also have a serving pitcher in addition to your glassware.

    When layering a drink, be sure to always pour in order from heaviest to lightest. We list several alcohols in order of weight here.

    Layering a drink is easiest if you measure each successive liquor into a measuring glass, and then use the measuring glass to pour the liquor along your bar spoon and into the serving glass. The bar spoons twisted handle will allow you to slow the progress of the alcohol from the measuring glass to the serving glass and minimize the amount that your two ingredients will mix. The goal is to pour the successive ingredients so gently that they don't break the surface tension maintained by the previous ingredient, which should mean that the two liquids won't mix at all. There are two ways to use a bar spoon, and we explain both here.

    Method one: The bowl of the spoon under your finger

    Take your bar spoon and flip it both horizontally and vertically from the way that you would normally hold a spoon so that the bowl of the spoon is in your hand opposing your index finger. Nestle the twisted portion of the spoon over the pouring lip of your measuring glass, and place the end of the spoon against the inside of the pousse café glass. Holding the concave spoon portion of the bar-spoon will make it harder to use it to eat your Cheerios, but should give you more control over the speed of the pour and the orientation of the bar spoon. If the alcohol is not already pouring along the length of the spoon, slowly increase the angle of the spoon and measuring glass until the alcohol begins to trickle down the length of the spoon into the drink.

    If this is done slowly enough, your second layer of alcohol should have trickled onto the top of the first and should float lightly on top. If the drink you're making has more layers, continue to use the measuring glass and slowly pour the drink. As you gain experience, you will be able to speed up the process a bit, but you'll never be able to build layered drinks quickly.

    Method two: The bowl of the spoon in the serving glass

    The other way to use your bar spoon is to push the flat back of the bowl against the inside of the serving glass, but to otherwise use the spoon in the same way, slowly pouring the liquid down the handle and now onto the bowl. The idea is that the alcohol will slide and spread out on the back of the spoon and, more spread out, will not strike the lower layer of alcohol as quickly. Although this method proves more difficult as you have less control over the spoon, it also offers a faster way to pour these challenging drinks.
    Charlotte J
    Wed Sep 06, 2006 10:05 pm
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    Specific Gravity

    Want to mix a layered drink? Below you can find the gravities of several popular alcohols listed from heaviest to lightest. The greater the difference in gravities, the easier it is to keep two alcohols from mixing.

    Both heavy and light cream will float on any of these ingredients.

    Name..............................32Gravity
    Grenadine...............................1.18
    Creme de Cassis.....................1.18
    Anisette.................................. 1.175
    Creme de Almond................. 1.16
    Crème de Noyaux..................1.165
    Kahlua......................................1.15
    Coffee liqueur......................... 1.14
    Creme de Banana...................1.14
    Creme de Cacao......................1.14
    White Crème de Cacao..........1.14
    Coffee Liquor..........................1.13
    Parfrait d'Amour....................1.13
    Cherry liqueur........................1.12
    Green Crème de Menthe......1.12
    Strawberry liqueur................1.12
    White Crème de Menthe.......1.12
    Blue Curacao...........................1.11
    Galliano....................................1.11
    Amaretto.................................1.1
    Blackberry Liquor..................1.1
    Blue Curacao...........................1.1
    Apricot Liquor........................1.09
    Tia Maria.................................1.09
    Triple sec.................................1.09
    Amaretto Disaronno...............1.09
    Amaretto di Saranno..............1.08
    Drambuie.................................1.08
    Frangelico................................1.08
    Orange Curacao......................1.08
    Strawberry Liqueur/Fraise..1.08-1.12
    Benedictine D.O.M.................1.07
    Campari...................................1.06
    Apricot brandy........................1.06
    Blackberry brandy.................1.06
    Cherry brandy........................1.06
    Peach brandy..........................1.06
    Yellow Chartreuse..................1.06
    Creme de Marnier..................1.05
    Midori Melon Liquor..............1.05
    Rock and Rye..........................1.05
    Benedictine..............................1.04
    Brandy.....................................1.04
    Cherry Liquor.........................1.04
    Cointreau.................................1.04
    Kummel...................................1.04
    Peach liqueur..........................1.04
    Peppermint schnapps............1.04
    Sloe gin.....................................1.04
    Green Chartreuse...................1.01
    Water........................................1.
    Tuaca...................................... 0.98
    Southern Comfort................. 0.987


    Last edited by Charlotte J on Thu Sep 07, 2006 1:46 am, edited 6 times in total
    Charlotte J
    Wed Sep 06, 2006 10:06 pm
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    Watch Phillip Duff Layer a B-52 in the video link below
    Layering a Drink Video


    Yet another technique video
    The Perfect B52

    Charlotte J
    Thu Sep 07, 2006 12:30 am
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    Here are some recipes for layered drinks

    Sex With an Alligator, #185222

    Star Spangled Banner, #185221

    Gallstone Shooter, #183801

    Springbok, #185229

    Butterscotch Delight, #185228

    Slippery Nipple, #185191

    Indulgence, #184201

    Peppermint Cream, #184200


    If I find more I'll post then at a later time.


    Last edited by Charlotte J on Fri Sep 08, 2006 10:44 am, edited 1 time in total
    NcMysteryShopper
    Thu Sep 07, 2006 11:00 am
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    Here are a couple layered shots I have made from Zaar

    Peppermint Cream by none other then CharlotteJ


    B55 by me! NcMysteryShopper
    NcMysteryShopper
    Fri Sep 08, 2006 12:11 pm
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    First off was a totally yummo! Springbok by Charlotte J



    Then..... had to try her new Butterscotch Delight yummy.gif



    Indulgence


    .... i created a new layer shot - called Banana Split... and I must say it was good!!! I will post the recipe today icon_smile.gif

    katie in the UP
    Fri Sep 08, 2006 11:56 pm
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    NcMysteryShopper
    Sat Sep 09, 2006 10:18 am
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    Charlotte J
    Sat Sep 09, 2006 2:39 pm
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    I just got back from town and the liquor store OUCH

    Bought 131 dollars worth this stuff better be good.

    I got
    Dekyper Buttershots schnapps
    Romana Sambvca
    Midori Melon Liqueur
    Apricot Brandy
    Cherry Brandy
    Black Duck Cranberry Liqueur
    Chambord Liqueur
    NcMysteryShopper
    Mon Sep 11, 2006 2:31 pm
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    Charlotte J wrote:
    I just got back from town and the liquor store OUCH

    Bought 131 dollars worth this stuff better be good.

    I got
    Dekyper Buttershots schnapps
    Romana Sambvca
    Midori Melon Liqueur
    Apricot Brandy
    Cherry Brandy
    Black Duck Cranberry Liqueur
    Chambord Liqueur


    Oh yeah! You did good! I have everything except the Apricot Brandy ..... I bet that would be good with Amarula!
    Rita~
    Mon Sep 11, 2006 3:50 pm
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    Charlotte J wrote:
    I just got back from town and the liquor store OUCH

    Bought 131 dollars worth this stuff better be good.

    I got
    Dekyper Buttershots schnapps
    Romana Sambvca
    Midori Melon Liqueur
    Apricot Brandy
    Cherry Brandy
    Black Duck Cranberry Liqueur
    Chambord Liqueur
    Oh the cranberry sound just yummy!!!!
    Great forum!!! very informative icon_exclaim.gif
    katie in the UP
    Mon Sep 11, 2006 4:29 pm
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    ncmysteryshopper wrote:
    Charlotte J wrote:
    I just got back from town and the liquor store OUCH

    Bought 131 dollars worth this stuff better be good.

    I got
    Dekyper Buttershots schnapps
    Romana Sambvca
    Midori Melon Liqueur
    Apricot Brandy
    Cherry Brandy
    Black Duck Cranberry Liqueur
    Chambord Liqueur


    Oh yeah! You did good! I have everything except the Apricot Brandy ..... I bet that would be good with Amarula!


    Bring your Amarula...I have Apricot Brandy!!! icon_wink.gif
    NcMysteryShopper
    Sun Oct 29, 2006 5:57 pm
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    Not the greatest photos.... we were a bit tipsy....
    CharlotteJ's
    Gallstone Shooter



    Katie in the UP's wonderful Strawberry Blonde (Adult Beverage)
    Ingy
    Wed Nov 01, 2006 6:57 pm
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    oops -- nevermind
    AmandaInOz
    Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:37 am
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    I have one layered shot:
    Fruta Del Bosque
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