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A pousse-café is a style of layered drink prepared by gently adding each ingredient from densest to least dense in order to create colored stripes when the drink is viewed from the side. 
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Some bartender guides list a drink containing, 
from bottom to top, grenadine, yellow chartreuse and 
green chartreuse as the original pousse-café. The drink 
is made primarily as a delight for the eye rather than for 
its taste. It is sipped, sometimes through a silver straw, 
one liqueur at a time. The drink must be created and 
handled carefully, as the layers created will mix together 
into a brown sludge if handled roughly.

The name literally means "it pushes the coffee" in French. 
Colloquially, the term is equivalent to a "chaser" for coffee.
A digestif, an alcoholic cordial sometimes consumed 
after a meal to aid digestion, is called a "pousse-café" or 
coffee-chaser. In France, there is no tradition for the type 
of elaborate recipe that follows.

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A more elaborate recipe is:

 •  1/2 ounce Grenadine
 •  1/2 ounce Yellow Chartreuse
 •  1/2 ounce Crème de Cassis
 •  1/2 ounce White Crème de cacao
 •  1/2 ounce Green Chartreuse
 •  1/2 ounce Brandy

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References
 • DrinkStreet Pousse Cafe recipe
 • Bad Idea Theater - Pousse-café
 • Art of the Drink - Sunset Pousse-café video
Tyler, S. and Herbst, R. The Ultimate A-to-Z Bar Guide. New York: Broadway Books, 1998.
Eric Felten (September 16, 2006). "Neither Shaken Nor Stirred". Wall Street Journal. p. 9. 

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The B-52 is another layered cocktail
The B-52 (also B52 or Bifi) is a layered cocktail shooter 
composed of a coffee liqueur (Kahlúa), an Irish Cream 
(Baileys Irish Cream), and an orange cognac (Grand Marnier). 
When prepared properly, the ingredients separate into three 
distinctly visible layers. The layering is due to the relative 
densities of the ingredients.

B-52 Recipe
 • 1/2 oz. Kahlua 
 • 1/2 oz. Bailey's Irish Cream 
 • 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier 

Research Also:
 • Mixed drink shooters and drink shots
 • List of cocktails 
 • Flaming Beverage
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Resources:  This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses some material from Wikipedia/article pousse /  and other related pages. 
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 • The layers "must" be poured very gently to avoid mixing. They can be poured over the back of a spoon or down a glass rod.
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