As a bartender, I have seen my fair share of drinks being made and served. From classic cocktails to modern twists, there is a drink for everyone.
However, there is something about a layered cocktail that always catches my eye. Maybe it’s the way the colors blend together or the anticipation of the first sip, but whatever it is, I am always excited to make one.
Layered cocktails are a work of art. They are not only visually stunning but also require a certain level of skill to make. The key to a great layered cocktail is the ingredients.
Each layer must have a different density and specific gravity, which allows it to stay separate from the other layers. This creates a beautiful gradient effect that is sure to impress anyone.
One thing I love about layered cocktails is the endless possibilities. You can create a layered cocktail with almost any combination of ingredients. From fruity and sweet to bold and boozy, there is no limit to what you can create.
Plus, layered cocktails are perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re sipping on a refreshing drink by the pool or enjoying a nightcap with friends, a layered cocktail is always a showstopper.
In this blog post, I will be sharing some of the best layered cocktail recipes that I have come across in my years as a bartender. These recipes are not only delicious but also easy to make at home.
So, whether you’re a seasoned mixologist or a beginner, you can impress your guests with these stunning drinks. So, grab your shaker and let’s get started!
1. Cinnamon Candy Apple Cocktail
The Cinnamon Candy Apple Cocktail is a layered cocktail that is perfect for the cold weather season. This cocktail is made with Jose Cuervo’s Cinge, a naturally-flavored cinnamon tequila, and Sour Apple Pucker. The interplay between the cinnamon and apple flavors is well-balanced, offering just enough bright apple and cinnamon to nudge towards putting on a sweater and stoking the fire.
The layered effect of this cocktail is visually stunning and adds to the overall experience. If you’re looking for a cocktail that is both visually appealing and delicious, the Cinnamon Candy Apple Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
2. Red White and Blue Layered Cocktail
The Red White and Blue Layered Cocktail is a stunning and patriotic drink that is perfect for summer parties, especially on the Fourth of July. The cocktail consists of three layers – a dense red layer made with grenadine, a white layer made with vodka and lemonade, and a blue layer made with blue curacao.
The key to creating this beautiful drink is understanding the density of each layer and pouring them carefully to create a crisp division of colors. The layers last just long enough to show off your mixology skills before blending together to create a delicious and refreshing drink. If you’re looking to impress your guests with a visually stunning and tasty cocktail, the Red White and Blue Layered Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
3. New York Sour
The New York Sour is a unique twist on a classic Whiskey Sour cocktail. It has a float of red wine on top, which adds a beautiful visual element and brings a new depth of flavor to the drink.
The layering technique used to create this cocktail adds an impressive touch to any gathering or event. The added bonus of a subtle fruity note from the red wine makes this cocktail a must-try for whiskey lovers and cocktail enthusiasts alike.
4. B52 Shot
The B52 Shot is a layered cocktail that combines three liqueurs – Grand Marnier, Kahlua, and Baileys, to create a taste that is often described as a caramel candy with a hint of orange. It’s a lightweight cocktail that can be enjoyed as a shot or poured into a bigger glass for a longer drink.
The layers settle in a specific order, and the drink is best savored slowly to enjoy the sweet flavors. With its delicious flavor and beautiful layered appearance, the B52 Shot is a must-try for anyone looking for a unique and tasty cocktail experience.
5. Avengers Infinity Stone Layered Cocktail
The Avengers Infinity Stone Layered Cocktail is a must-try for any Marvel fan. This visually stunning cocktail features six different colors, each representing one of the Infinity Stones from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The cocktail is made using a layering tool and requires some practice to perfect, but the end result is worth it.
The layers consist of different liquors, juices, and vodkas, creating a complex and flavorful drink. This cocktail is perfect for any Marvel-themed party or movie night and is sure to impress your guests. Don’t miss out on this unique and exciting cocktail experience.
6. Mermaid Cocktail
The Mermaid Cocktail is a layered drink that is perfect for anyone who loves fruity drinks and vodka. This tropical cocktail is a blend of coconut and vanilla syrup, lemonade, and vodka, with each layer having a different color.
The aqua-colored lemonade layer and purple vodka layer make this cocktail visually stunning and perfect for any party or get-together. The sweet flavors of coconut, vanilla, pineapple, and tart lemon make it a must-try for anyone who loves tropical flavors. The Mermaid Cocktail is a fun and visually appealing drink that is sure to impress your guests.
7. Citrus Swirl Cocktail
The Citrus Swirl Cocktail is a unique and refreshing drink inspired by Disney’s famous frozen treat. It combines the flavors of orange and vanilla in a deliciously boozy way.
While attempts were made to create a layered cocktail that would resemble the swirl of the original treat, the final product is a perfectly blended drink that is both tasty and visually appealing. If you’re a fan of the citrus swirl ice cream, this cocktail is definitely worth a try.
8. Dark and Stormy Cocktail
The Dark and Stormy Cocktail is a classic drink originating from Bermuda. It combines Goslings Black Seal Rum and fizzy ginger beer, but what sets it apart is the addition of a spiced syrup full of vanilla, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and lime.
The layers of this cocktail are easy to create, and the end result is a stunning three-layered drink that is perfect for impressing guests at a party. The Dark and Stormy Cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking for a refreshing and flavorful layered cocktail.
9. Buttery Nipple Shot
The Buttery Nipple Shot is a classic layered cocktail that is sure to impress your guests. This sweet and rich shot is made with butterscotch schnapps and Irish cream, with a rum floater on top. It’s perfect for any occasion, but especially for the holidays or New Year’s Eve.
The name may make you giggle, but the taste will make you smile. This deceptively simple shot offers smooth sipping, even for those who don’t typically enjoy shots. It’s a must-try for anyone looking for a fun and delicious drink to serve at their next party.
10. Tiatip Layered Cocktail
The Tiatip Layered Cocktail is a simple and elegant drink made with Tia Maria and Baileys. The layers of black liqueur and cream make it visually impressive. Chilling both ingredients before pouring brings out more flavor.
It tastes like sweetened coffee and cream with a hint of Irish whiskey. It’s perfect for those who enjoy a B-52, but with a little less sweetness. It’s a great addition to any party and can be made ahead of time.
11. Bob Marley Layered
The Bob Marley Layered Cocktail is a stunning drink that is inspired by the legendary Reggae musician, Bob Marley. The cocktail features the colours of the Rastafarian flag and is infused with pineapple and coconut flavours. The layers in the cocktail are distinct, and each layer has its unique taste, but when mixed, they create a harmonious blend that is perfect for hot weather.
This cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking for a refreshing and delicious drink that is sure to impress. So, if you’re looking for a unique and flavourful cocktail that will transport you to the Caribbean, give the Bob Marley Layered Cocktail a try.
12. Jelly Donut Shot
The Jelly Donut Shot is a delicious and visually stunning layered cocktail that is perfect for brunch, Easter, or any time you want a tasty cocktail shot. The creamy RumChata and raspberry liqueur Chambord blend together perfectly to create a sweet and fruity flavor that is reminiscent of a jelly donut.
The shot glass is rimmed with sugar, adding an extra touch of sweetness to the drink. This cocktail is a must-try for anyone who loves layered shots or is looking for a fun and unique drink to serve at their next gathering.
13. Blackberry Coconut Splash
The Blackberry Coconut Splash is a refreshing and light layered cocktail that is perfect for celebrating the arrival of fall. Made with fresh blackberry syrup, vodka, and coconut sparkling water, this cocktail is a great addition to any drink rotation.
The layering effect adds a touch of sparkle and the garnish of blackberries adds a pop of color. If you prefer a sugar-free version, simply muddle fresh blackberries in the bottom of your glass instead of using the syrup. Overall, the Blackberry Coconut Splash is a delicious and easy-to-make cocktail that is sure to impress your guests.
14. Rainbow Layered Cocktail
The Rainbow Layered Cocktail is a stunning and colorful drink that is sure to impress at any party or event. Made with Empress 1908 Gin, pineapple and orange juice, grenadine, and club soda, this cocktail is a beautiful rainbow of colors that is as delicious as it is impressive.
The unique purple color of Empress 1908 Gin adds an extra level of visual appeal to this already eye-catching drink. While it may look complicated to make, it is actually quite simple and requires only a steady hand and a cocktail spoon. If you’re looking for a show-stopping cocktail that is sure to wow your guests, the Rainbow Layered Cocktail is definitely worth trying.
15. Blueberry Gin Cocktail
The Blueberry Gin Cocktail is a perfect drink for summer entertaining. This layered cocktail is a beautiful combination of red, white, and blue, making it a great choice for patriotic occasions such as Memorial Day, 4th of July, or Labor Day.
The cocktail is made with blueberry syrup, gin, and other ingredients, and is topped off with a layer of soda water. The lemon sugared rim adds an extra touch of sweetness to the drink. If you’re looking for a fun and fancy drink to impress your guests, the Blueberry Gin Cocktail is definitely worth trying.
16. IRA Whiskey Shooter
The IRA Whiskey Shooter is a creamy and delicious layered cocktail that is perfect for those who love their drinks sweet and smooth. Made with Kahlua, Bailey’s, and Jameson Irish whiskey, this shooter is easy to make and is sure to impress your guests. While it may take a little practice to get the layers just right, the end result is worth it.
The best part about this shooter is that it has no burn on the way down, making it a perfect dessert drink. And if you’re feeling adventurous, you can even blend it with a strong cup of coffee for a heavenly Irish coffee. So if you’re looking for a quick and easy cocktail that is sure to impress, give the IRA Whiskey Shooter a try.
17. Vodka Cherry Limeade Cocktail
The Vodka Cherry Limeade Cocktail is a delightful layered cocktail that combines the flavors of fresh lime, cherries, and vodka. It is the perfect balance of sour and sweet, making it an ideal drink for a warm summer day.
The layered effect of the cocktail is visually stunning and adds to the overall drinking experience. With its unique combination of flavors and beautiful presentation, the Vodka Cherry Limeade Cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking for a refreshing and delicious cocktail.
18. TGI Friday’s B52 Shot
The TGI Friday’s B52 Shot is a visually stunning and delicious layered cocktail. It has three distinct layers of alcohol, creating a beautiful gradient effect in the glass.
The creamy caramel taste with a hint of citrus keeps the drink from being overly sweet, making it a perfect balance of flavors. If you want to impress your friends with your bartending skills, layering the alcohol in the shot is a fun and easy technique to learn.
19. Empress Gin Cocktail
The Empress Gin Cocktail is a mesmerizing and refreshing layered cocktail that is perfect for any summer party. With just four simple ingredients, this cocktail is easy to make and looks absolutely stunning with its vibrant blue and purple layers. The tart and sweet taste of this cocktail is sure to please any palate, making it a crowd-pleaser at any gathering.
The ombre layered look is a favorite bartender trick and is sure to impress your guests. This cocktail is perfect for those who love gin and fruity cocktails. If you’re looking for a unique and visually stunning cocktail to serve at your next summer party, the Empress Gin Cocktail is definitely worth trying.
20. Bob Marley Drink
The Bob Marley Drink is a layered, rum-based cocktail with bright tropical flavors that will transport you to a sunny island. The colors of the drink – red, yellow, and green – pay homage to the Rastafari flag, and the fruity concoction is a popular drink at resorts.
This cocktail is perfect for those who want to enjoy a taste of the tropics without leaving their home. With its vibrant colors and tropical flavors, it’s a crowd-pleaser that’s surprisingly easy to make. If you’re looking for a fun and fruity drink that’s sure to impress, the Bob Marley Drink is a must-try.
21. The Frostbite Margarita
The Frostbite Margarita is a wintery and frozen adult holiday drink made with Rancho La Gloria Ready To Drink Margarita Wine Cocktail and blue curaçao. It’s refreshing, sweet, and tart, and perfect for holiday entertaining.
The cocktail is layered, and the key to making these layers is to swirl them together for that blizzardy look. The Frostbite Margarita is a must-try cocktail for anyone who loves a good margarita and wants to add a wintery twist to it.
22. Gin and Sin Layered Cocktail
The Gin and Sin Layered Cocktail is a classic drink that combines the tartness of citrus with the sweetness of grenadine. This cocktail is made with London dry gin, which has a smooth dry taste with notes of juniper. The addition of grenadine creates a beautiful layered effect that is sure to impress your guests.
The tart flavor on top and the sweetness on the bottom make for a delicious and refreshing drink. Serve it in a rocks glass filled with ice and add a lemon twist on top to create a beautiful presentation. If you’re looking for a unique and flavorful cocktail, the Gin and Sin Layered Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
23. Spring + Tonic Cocktail
The Spring + Tonic Cocktail is a refreshing and visually stunning cocktail that is perfect for springtime. Made with Empress 1908 Gin, cucumber juice, and basil-infused simple syrup, this cocktail is slightly sweeter than a traditional gin and tonic but still perfectly balanced. The addition of the beautiful indigo gin creates a layered effect that turns into an ethereal pink once stirred.
The cucumber juice adds a fresh and crisp element, while the basil-infused simple syrup adds a subtle herbaceous note. This cocktail is perfect for those who want to try something new and exciting, and it’s sure to impress your guests with its unique flavors and beautiful presentation.
The Daiquiri is a classic rum cocktail that is perfect for any occasion, especially during the summer months. Made with white rum and lime juice, this refreshing cocktail is easy to make and always a crowd-pleaser. Unlike a Margarita, which is made with tequila and triple sec, the Daiquiri is a simple yet delicious drink that is perfect for those who prefer a less sweet cocktail.
Whether you’re hosting a cocktail party or just looking for a refreshing drink to enjoy on a hot day, the Daiquiri is a must-try. So why not mix up a batch of these classic cocktails and enjoy the refreshing taste of summer?
25. Hawaiian Mimosa
The Hawaiian Mimosa is a refreshing and fruity cocktail that is perfect for summer sipping. Made with just four ingredients – prosecco, coconut rum, pineapple juice, and grenadine – this cocktail is a tropical twist on the classic mimosa.
The combination of coconut and pineapple flavors is sweet and delicious, while the prosecco adds a light and bubbly touch. This cocktail is perfect for a brunch with friends or a poolside party. If you’re looking for a fun and flirty cocktail that’s easy to make and sure to impress, the Hawaiian Mimosa is a must-try.
26. Irish Flag
The Irish Flag is a layered shooter cocktail that mimics the colors of the Irish flag. It features green creme de menthe, Baileys Irish cream, and Grand Marnier. The layers can be tasted separately if sipped slowly, with the orange of the Grand Marnier followed by the caramel notes of the Irish cream and finally the minty creme de menthe.
It’s a lightweight drink that’s perfect for parties and can be served alongside shots of Irish whiskey for an extra kick. Overall, the Irish Flag is a gorgeous and delicious drink that is sure to impress your guests.
27. Malibu Bay Breeze
The Malibu Bay Breeze is a layered cocktail that will transport you straight to a tropical island. It’s a refreshing blend of coconut rum, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice, garnished with lime, pineapple, and a maraschino cherry. This colorful and boozy beach drink is perfect for anyone who loves fruity and vibrant cocktails.
What’s great about this cocktail is that it’s easy to make and perfect for beginner bartenders. However, even experienced bartenders won’t want to skip over this delicious drink. The combination of cranberry and pineapple mixed with coconut is simply irresistible. So, whether you’re on a tropical island or just want to recreate the vacation vibes at home, the Malibu Bay Breeze is a must-try cocktail.
28. Pineapple Passionfruit Tom Collins
The Pineapple Passionfruit Tom Collins is a layered cocktail that is perfect for summertime. This cocktail is a beautiful blend of passionfruit nectar, pineapple juice, lemon juice, and simple syrup, which is shaken and strained into a collins glass filled with fresh crushed ice. The cocktail is then layered with butterfly pea flower gin, which gives it a gorgeous blueish-purple color that changes to a pinkish hue when mixed with citrus.
The addition of club soda adds a refreshing fizz to the drink, making it perfect for a hot summer day. The Pineapple Passionfruit Tom Collins is not only visually stunning but also delicious and refreshing, making it a must-try cocktail for anyone looking for a fun and unique drink to enjoy this summer.
29. Fade to Pink Cocktail
The “Fade to Pink” cocktail is a refreshing and visually stunning drink that combines the tangy flavors of gin, rum, lemon juice, and Aperol, with the sweetness of butterfly pea flower-infused Empress Gin.
The layers of two types of gin floating on top of the base create a beautiful gradient of colors, making it a showstopper at any event. It’s perfect for sipping on a warm day or at a summer party.
30. Juniper Royale Champagne Cocktail
The Juniper Royale Champagne Cocktail is a sophisticated and elegant drink that is perfect for any special occasion. This layered cocktail combines the flavors of cranberry, orange, and gin with the bubbly goodness of champagne. The addition of juniper gives it a unique and distinct taste that sets it apart from other champagne cocktails.
The garnishes of fresh cranberries, an orange twist, or a sprig of juniper add a touch of elegance to this already beautiful drink. Whether you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party or just want to treat yourself to a delicious cocktail, the Juniper Royale Champagne Cocktail is a must-try.