Bartending Guide: Specific Gravity Chart

B-52 specific gravity expample The specific gravity chart is used to aid in the creation of layered shots which are basically made by floating liquors (usually liqueurs), syrups or creams on top of one another. These ingredients have different densities or weight per volume, so you start with the heaviest and finish with the lightest. It works better or is easier to layer,  if you choose liqueurs with more than 0.05 to 0. 10 value difference from each other. NOTE: The density varies from brand to brand, the table is a general guide.

Name Specific Gravity Colour
Southern Comfort 0.97 Pale orange
Tuaca 0.98 Amber
Water 1.00 Clear
Jagermeister 1.01 Dark brown/green
Green Chartreuse 1.01 Green
Grand-Marnier 1.03 Pale orange
Brandy 1.04 Amber
Cointreau 1.04 Clear
Cinnamon Schnapps 1.04 Clear
Cherry Liqueur 1.04 Red
Peach Liqueur 1.04 Dark amber
Kummel 1.04 Clear
Irish Mist 1.04 Light amber
Peppermint Schnapps 1.04 Clear
Bailey’s 1.05 Creamy light brown
Midori 1.05 Light green
Rock and Rye 1.05 Amber
Apricot Brandy 1.06 Amber
Blackberry Brandy 1.06 Dark purple
Campari 1.06 Bright red
Cherry Brandy 1.06 Dark red
Fruit Brandies 1.06 Various
Peach Brandy 1.06 Bright amber
Yellow Chartreuse 1.06 Yellow
Hpnotiq 1.07 Bright light blue
Benedictine D.O.M 1.07 Pale amber
Amaretto Di Saronno 1.08 Dark amber
Drambuie 1.08 Golden amber
Frangelico 1.08 Pale amber
Orange Curacao 1.08 Orange
Apricot Liqueur 1.09 Bright amber
Tia Maria 1.09 Brown
Sambuca 1.09 Clear
Blackberry Liqueur 1.10 Dark purple
Blue Curacao 1.10 Blue
Maraschino Liqueur 1.10 Clear
Banana Liqueur 1.12 Yellow
Galliano 1.12 Golden yellow
Crème de Menthe –green 1.12 Green
Crème de Menthe – white 1.12 Clear
Strawberry Liqueur 1.12 Bright red
Chambord 1.13 Dark red
Parfait Amour 1.13 Violet
Coffee Liqueur 1.14 Brown
Crème de Cacao – dark 1.14 Brown
Crème de Cacao – white 1.14 Clear
Kahlua 1.16 Dark brown
Crème de Almond 1.16 Amber
Crème de Noyaux 1.16 Bright red
Anisette 1.17 Clear
Crème de cassis 1.18 Dark purple
Grenadine 1.18 Bright red