Setting cocktails on fire are the quintessential party trick. Though the fire does enrich the flavor of the alcohol, burning off some of the liquid and allowing the nuances to shine through, flaming drinks are an excellent way to start a party or entertain guests. The uses of igniting your drink go far beyond just lighting yourself on fire and ending up on College Humour.
Following are seven cocktails you should set on fire.
To make a Bailey’s Comet just shake the Bailey‘s, butterscotch schnapps and Goldschlager with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into a cocktail glass. Put a shallow layer of 151-proof rum on top. Light the rum on fire, then immediately sprinkle a generous dash of cinnamon on top. The cinnamon will sparkle and flame. Don’t let it burn too long or the Bailey’s will curdle!
Goblet of Fire
This flaming drink which was inspired by Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Lemonade, blue curacao, and vodka all come together for a magical citrusy drink.
Directions: Combine the vodka, blue curacao and lemonade in a goblet and stir. Float the 151 rum on top, then set alight using a long match or lighter. Sprinkle cinnamon over the flames to generate sparks. Blow out the flames or let them die down, then drink.
Carefully layer this shot with Kahlua on the bottom, Bailey’s in the middle, and tequila on top. Light the tequila on fire and sprinkle with cinnamon. Down it. It’s just like warm pumpkin pie.
Pour the Sambuca and Kahlua into a cocktail glass and give the drinker a straw. Pour the Bailey’s and blue Curacao into two separate shot glasses on either side of the cocktail glass. Set the concoction ablaze in the cocktail glass and start to drink through the straw (this drink should be drunk in one suck). Once the glass is almost empty, pour the Bailey’s and blue Curacao into the cocktail glass and keep drinking till it’s all gone.
This one is as bizarre as some of the most out-there drinks. Layer in a shot glass in this order: grenadine, Crème de Menthe, Crème de Banana, rum. Light the rum and then suck it down with a straw.
Put three coffee beans in a shot glass and add the Sambuca. Light the Sambuca and let burn for 10 seconds or so. Cover the glass with your hand to extinguish, then inhale the air underneath your hand. Drink the shot.
Flaming Dr. Pepper
Fill the shot glass about ¾ full with amaretto and top it off with enough 151 proof rum to make it burn. Put the shot glass in a pint glass or beer mug and fill the glass with beer (right up to the level of the shot glass). Light the amaretto/151 and let it burn a while. Blow it out and slam it down.
There are many recipes that call for a shot or a drink to be lit on fire. This generally leads to a neat effect or a particular taste, and it’s really cool when it’s done right. Flaming drinks are very snazzy and have a great wow factor. It’s pretty much all common sense, so have fun with them, and just use that extra little bit of gray matter to make sure no one dies in a flaming inferno. Because nobody’s really a fan of that.