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Here’s an easy way to layer a cocktail such as a Pousse Cafe.

Difficulty Level: Hard
Time Required: 5 minutes

Here’s How:

  1. Select a shot, cordial, or Pousse Cafe glass.
  2. Refer to the density chart for approximate weight of liqueurs.
  3. Pour your heaviest liquid first.
  4. Place a bar or teaspoon upside down into the glass against the edge.
  5. Slowly pour the next heaviest liqueur over the back of the spoon.
  6. Continue with each liqueur, ending with the lightest.
  7. If a liqueur does not float, discard or drink this attempt.
  8. Admire your finished work of art.


  • If glass is too narrow to place a spoon in, a maraschino cherry will work.
  • The trick is to pour very slowly.
  • If using a bar spoon, pour down the twisted part of the handle.
  • Not all brands have the same density, so you may have to use the trial and error method.
  • These may be prepared a bit in advance, so are perfect for after dinner drinks.

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