How do you float Baileys on a shot?

Answered by Frank Schwing

To float Baileys on a shot, you can follow a few simple steps. It might require a bit of practice, but with some patience, you’ll be able to achieve a beautifully layered shot.

1. Choose the right glass: Select a shot glass that has a wide enough opening to accommodate the layers. A clear glass will allow you to see the layers more clearly.

2. Start with the heaviest ingredient: The key to layering a shot is to add the heaviest ingredient first. In this case, Baileys is lighter than most liquors, so we will need to add it last. Choose a heavier liquor as the base, such as Kahlua or a coffee liqueur, to form the bottom layer.

3. Tilt the glass: Hold the shot glass at a slight angle, tilting it to the side. This will help create a smooth layering effect.

4. Use a spoon: Take a regular bar spoon, and hold it upside down with the tip resting on the inner edge of the glass, just above the previous layer. This will act as a barrier and slow down the pouring process.

5. Pour slowly: Now, slowly pour the Baileys over the back of the spoon and onto the drink. The spoon will help disperse the liquid and prevent it from mixing with the previous layer. Pouring slowly is essential to ensure a neat and distinct layer.

6. Practice and adjust: Layering drinks can take some practice, so don’t be disheartened if your first few attempts don’t turn out perfectly. Adjust the angle of the glass, the speed of pouring, and the distance from which you pour to find what works best for you.

Remember, practice makes perfect, so keep experimenting and refining your technique. Layered shots can add a visual appeal to your drinks and impress your friends at parties or gatherings. Enjoy the process and have fun trying out different combinations of liquors to create unique layered shots.