BMW Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The BMW cocktail is a layered shot made from equal parts of Baileys Irish Cream, Malibu Rum, and Whiskey. The name BMW is an acronym of the first letters of these three ingredients. This cocktail is a favorite among those who enjoy a smooth, creamy taste with a strong kick. It's perfect for those who appreciate the art of layering in mixology.

How BMW Cocktail Tastes?

The BMW cocktail is a harmonious blend of sweet, creamy, and strong flavors. The sweetness of the Malibu rum, the creaminess of the Baileys, and the robustness of the whiskey create a well-rounded and satisfying taste.

Interesting facts about BMW Cocktail

  • The BMW cocktail is named after the first letters of its ingredients: Baileys, Malibu, and Whiskey.
  • It's a layered shot, showcasing the mixologist's skill in creating visually appealing drinks.
  • Despite its name, it has no connection to the German car manufacturer.


Baileys Irish Cream

With its rich, creamy texture and sweet, chocolaty flavor, Baileys is the bedrock of sweetness in the BMW Cocktail. Without the Baileys, you'd miss out on the smooth body and comforting familiarity that can only come from a good Irish cream. If we used more, it could overpower the other ingredients, less and you'd lose that signature creaminess. An alternative could be another brand of Irish Cream, or even Amarula for a fruitier note, but you'd forfeit the classic Baileys character.

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Malibu Rum

Malibu gives the drink a twist of summer with its coconut essence; it is the middle child with a mellow sweetness. Leaving it out would strip the drink of its tropical vibe, and if proportions were misjudged, the whiskey might become too overbearing. Swapping Malibu for another flavored rum or even a spiced rum could be interesting, adding warmth or a different flavor profile—think vanilla or banana for an exotic touch.

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Lastly, the whiskey gives the BMW Cocktail its robust backbone, contributing warmth and depth. Without it, you'd have a milky coconut drink lacking the complex bite that only whiskey can deliver. Too much whiskey and the drink could become harsh; too little and it's a bit like a pirate without a ship—lost at sea. If you're out of whiskey, bourbon could be a sweeter, smokier substitute, changing the cocktail's dynamic and giving it an American twist.

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Recipe. How to make BMW Cocktail Drink

  1. Chill a shot glass.
  2. Pour the Baileys into the glass.
  3. Using the back of a spoon, gently layer the Malibu rum on top of the Baileys.
  4. Repeat the process with the whiskey, creating a third layer.
  5. Serve immediately.

Pro Tips

  • The key to a perfect BMW cocktail is the layering. Take your time and pour each ingredient slowly to maintain the layers.
  • Chilling the glass beforehand can help the layers stay separate.

Perfect Pairings

Product combinations

  • Sweets: Thanks to its creamy and sweet texture, the BMW cocktail is ideal with desserts such as chocolate fondue, cheesecake or classic tiramisu. The richness of Baileys is complemented by the bitterness of dark chocolate, while Malibu rum adds a tropical twist. We can also recommend these <Link href="" rel="nofollow">Baileys liqueur sweets.</Link>

  • Savory Snacks: Surprisingly, these also pair well with savory snacks! Consider <Link href="" rel="nofollow">salted nuts</Link> or charcuterie with sharp cheeses to balance out the sweetness of the drink.

  • Coffee: If you want to enjoy a BMW cocktail beforehand, wash it down with freshly brewed coffee. Whiskey and Baileys pair naturally with bitter coffee notes.

Drink pairings

  • ** Strong beer **. If you want a stronger drink, pair it with a strong butter beer. The heaviness of the stout complements the texture of the cream liqueur, adding depth to the flavor profile.

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What you could change in BMW Cocktail

  • You can substitute the Baileys with any other Irish cream liqueur.
  • Coconut rum can be used in place of Malibu.
  • Any type of whiskey can be used, but a smoother one will create a better layer.

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Espresso BMW

  • Introduce a shot of espresso: This twist caters to coffee lovers. Add a shot of strong espresso before layering the Baileys. This will add a bitter complexity that cuts through the sweetness, giving you a drink with a perfect balance of bitter and sweet, much like the famous Irish Coffee.

Spiced BMW

  • Switch whiskey for spiced rum: Taking the BMW Cocktail on a Caribbean cruise, replacing whiskey with a bold spiced rum will introduce hints of cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg to the mix. This new player changes the game from a straightforward mix to a drink that dances on your palate with warm spices.

Chocolate BMW

  • Drizzle of Chocolate Syrup: Who doesn't love a bit more chocolate? Drizzle chocolate syrup inside the glass before adding the Baileys. Not only will you have a visually layered appearance, but each sip will bring an extra chocolatey delight, enhancing the dessert-like quality of the cocktail.

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Frequently Asked Questions on BMW Cocktail

What is the best occasion to serve a BMW cocktail?

The BMW cocktail is versatile and can be served at any gathering. It's especially great at cocktail parties or when toasting to a special occasion.

Can non-alcoholic substitutes be used to make a BMW cocktail?

Yes, there are non-alcoholic versions of cream liqueur, coconut rum, and whiskey which can be used to make a non-alcoholic BMW cocktail.

What is the right order to layer the drinks for a perfect BMW cocktail?

Baileys is poured first, then Malibu Rum is carefully layered on top, and Whiskey is added last for the perfect BMW cocktail.

Can I use a different glass to make a BMW cocktail?

A shot glass is recommended for making a BMW cocktail as its size and shape are perfect for layering the drinks. However, you can use any glass, but be aware that it may alter the overall taste and presentation.

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