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B-52 Classic Canadian Cocktail

Did you know that in 1977 at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (back in '77 it was under the Canadian Pacific hotels and resorts banner) bartender Peter Fich created the classic Canadian cocktail the B-52.


Apparently the bartender created an assortment of cocktails all named after his favourite bands, songs, or albums. In this case, the The B-52's, a newly formed band from Athens, Georgia, USA in 1976 inspired Fich to create this classic cocktail.

The B-52


3/4 oz of Grand Marnier

3/4 oz of Bailey's Irish Cream

3/4 oz of Kahlúa


Layer the spirits in a shot glass in the following sequence using the back of a spoon to help prevent the mixing of the layers. Kahlúa coffee flavoured liqueur, Baileys Irish Cream, topped with Grand Marnier. To flame the shot, place a tablespoon full of Grand Marnier, heat with a lighter under the spoon and then slowly move the flame to the warmed spirit, then drizzle on the top layer of the shot glass. Quickly sip the shot with a metal straw while flaming!


Please drink responsibly. Cheers from around the world.


Banff, Alberta, Canada has a rich heritage as one of the world’s most breathtaking mountain destinations. For centuries, Banff has inspired people with its spectacular natural beauty. There are places steeped in legendary tales of adventure, exploration, and myth.

The Town of Banff, formerly Siding 29, was created as a tourist town from its very inception and the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) was integral in shaping the development of the tourism infrastructure. Visitors from around the world used to arrive to the mountains via the CPR, who also established Banff’s most famous hotels, including the Banff Springs and Chateau Lake Louise. Times have changed and CPR no longer dominates the tourism operations in Banff, but their influence on the visitor experience in the park is a lasting legacy.


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