Pousse Café Cocktail

The Pousse café cocktail isn't 1 cocktail, it's more a group of cocktails. Essentially, they're layered cocktails and there are many different types. Here's one example.
Pousse Cafe Cocktail


Serve in a Pousse Café glass

  • 1/4 oz grenadine
  • 1/4 oz dark crème de cacao
  • 1/4 oz maraschino liqueur
  • 1/4 oz orange curaçao
  • 1/4 oz green crème de menthe
  • 1/4 oz parfait amour
  • 1/2 oz cognac

Tools & Equipment

How to Make

  1. Carefully layer each ingredient on top of each in the order given above. 


Here’s a group of cocktails that you may or may not be making very often… The pousse-café literally means push coffee in French. It doesn’t translate very well into English because basically, it’s a category of layered drinks. Although the recipe I’ve shown is the classic pousse café recipe, there are several variations.

The B-52 shot that you’ll see in shooter section is example of a pousse café.

Most of the time, pousse cafés look great but they don’t taste very nice. The recipe below is an example of a beautifully layered pousse café, that doesn’t taste… you get the point.


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