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A layered (or "stacked") drink is a kind of cocktail in which the slightly different densities of various liqueurs are used to create an array of colored layers. Anywhere from three to seven layers are customary. Layered drinks must be prepared such that the specific gravity of the liquid ingredients increases from top to bottom. Liqueurs with the most dissolved sugar and the least alcohol are densest and are put at the bottom. These include fruit juices and cream liqueurs. Those with the least water and the most alcohol, such as rum with 75% alcohol by volume, are floated on top.

These drinks are made primarily as a delight for the eye rather than for their taste. They are sipped, sometimes through a silver straw, one liqueur at a time. The drink must be made and handled carefully to avoid mixing. However some layered drinks, called shooters are generally drunk quickly.

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Preparation

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.

Examples of layered drinks

See also

References

Tyler, S. and Herbst, R. The Ultimate A-to-Z Bar Guide. New York: Broadway Books, 1998.



A layered (or "stacked") drink is a kind of cocktail in which the slightly different densities of various liqueurs are used to create an array of colored layers. Anywhere from three to seven layers are customary. Layered drinks must be prepared such that the specific gravity of the liquid ingredients increases from top to bottom. Liqueurs with the most dissolved sugar and the least alcohol are densest and are put at the bottom. These include fruit juices and cream liqueurs. Those with the least water and the most alcohol, such as rum with 75% alcohol by volume, are floated on top.

These drinks are made primarily for visual enjoyments rather than for their taste. They are sipped, sometimes through a silver straw, one liqueur at a time. The drink must be made and handled carefully to avoid mixing; however, some layered drinks, such as shooters, are generally drunk quickly.

Contents

Preparation

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.

Examples of layered drinks

Non-alcoholic

Latte macchiatos may be prepared as layered drinks.

See also

References

Tyler, S. and Herbst, R. The Ultimate A-to-Z Bar Guide. New York: Broadway Books, 1998.

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