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11 Ways to Get Your Layered Drink

Visually stunning layered cocktails
By NY Barfly

The best dishes are packed with layers of flavor and your cocktails shouldn’t be any different.

Since liquors come packed with various densities, you can craft that glass one level at a time. The results aren’t just tasty, they’re visually stunning.

Here are 11 beverages where you can layer it on.

1. Double Rainbow Shots

We’re not gonna lie, this jelly shot isn’t the easiest thing to make, but once you’ve artfully balanced those layers of color, it will be the talk of your party. Make a lot all at once to reduce your workload, and try to guess what color everyone’s tongue will be.


2. Blood Red Sangria Cocktail

The small pour of red wine that sits at the bottom of this crystal clear concoction is inspired by classic Spanish sangria and gives off a bloody good visual. Pour this one when watching your favorite vampire flick.


3. Banana Orange Sunrise

This ditty is a combo of banana, orange and cranberry and when you pour it correctly it looks like rising sun, which means it’s a perfect mimosa alternative at brunch. Pour 1.5 ounces of vodka into the blender for each beverage and you’re set to get your buzz on.


4. Sparkle Magic Jelly Shot

The magic of these jelly shots is in the coconut rum, which is mixed with a condensed milk to give the beverage a milky white hue.


5. The Holiday Grasshopper

Bookmark this one for your holiday get together during the winter months, as this take on the classic minty grasshopper leaps out of the humdrum with a layer of red food coloring to capture the holiday spirit.


6. After Five

TheBeerLadySpeaks has a sweet cocktail for a minty shooter that makes for a great after dinner treat. The aptly named, "After Five" is equal parts coffee liqueur, peppermint schnapps, and Irish cream. (Image used with permission - D. Sharon Pruitt, Pink Sherbet Photography)


7. The Stars and Stripes

The Slow Roasted Italian has a red, white and blue beverage that is a patriotic option for your summer shindigs. Starting from the bottom of the glass the red is plain old grenadine, the blue is blue curacao and the white is peach schnapps. (Image used with permission - Chad A Elick)


8. The Princeton

Taking its name from the Ivy Leagues this layered beverage is a mix of two high-class ingredients. Serious Eats will show you how to mix Old Tom Gin and port in just the right way. Just don’t be sipping this before any exam. (Image used with permission - Serious Eats)


9. The Tequila Sunrise

Blogger Jello Mold Mistress of Brooklyn knows what to do at an outdoor barbecue to keep the whole gang happy: fill a mold with tequila, orange juice and grenadine for a crowd-sized jelly shot. Cut it into cubes and give everyone bite, just be careful not to make the slices too big, cause will all that OJ, you can’t taste the booze. (Image used with permission - Jello Mold Mistress of Brooklyn)


10. The B52

This is the classic layered shot. The folks over at A Year of Cocktails have the recipe for the mix of Kahlua, Bailey’s, and Gran Marnier, which totally easy to make. Just ask any bartender at a classic Irish pub, he’ll surely know what to do. (Image used with permission - A Year of Cocktails)


11. Creamy Hazelnut and Rum

Cookistry goes heavy on the cream with this beverage, which puts the dairy on the top layer in a tasty mix of hazelnut liqueur and rum. Not for the dieters out there but oh, so good. (Image used with permission - Cookistry)


nybarfly knows his drinks and also where to get the best sauce in Manhattan. Check out his blog site, NYBarfly and his Tablespoon profile — be sure to continue to check Rock UR Party for more tips and suggestions for discovering new bevvies.