Best Flaming Drinks: 8 Best Recipes for Flaming co*cktails (2024)

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By Rachel Tepper Paley

Published on 6/8/2017 at 12:02 PM

Best Flaming Drinks: 8 Best Recipes for Flaming co*cktails (1)

In the darkened depths of a moody bar, few things get one’s heart racing quite like a co*cktail set ablaze. It’s wonderfully theatrical—the way the flickering flame dances in silhouette against the blackness. But, in reality, we all just like setting things on fire. Whatever the motivation, bars across the country and beyond are packing their co*cktail menus with flaming quaffs that make googly-eyed patrons ooh, ahh and whip out their phones. Here are eight mesmerizing drinks that’ll tap into your inner pyromaniac.

The Lucka the Nana

Chickpeas in a co*cktail? The combo works in Lucka the Nana, a frothy drink from Union Fare in New York City. OK, technically the chickpeas in question are in the form of aquafaba, the viscous liquid that results from cooking legumes in water, which is an excellent vegan-friendly alternative to egg whites. In Lucka the Nana, it’s mixed with lemon juice, fragrant banana liqueur and whiskey. The whole shebang is finished off with a mist of overproof rum and Angostura bitters, magnificently set aflame in front of guests.

Ain’t nothing wrong with an old-fashioned Old Fashioned, but who’s to say it can’t be improved? At Plan Check Kitchen + Bar in Santa Monica, California, bartenders keep the spirit of the classic co*cktail alive with rye whiskey and Angostura bitters, but deviate with a burnt orange peel that delivers a hint of smokiness and a citrusy aroma. Plus, it looks real cool.

Cool Runnings

The intrigue factor runs high at LSXO, a petite restaurant-within-a-restaurant concept at Spanish-inflected Bluegold in Huntington Beach, California. Here, behind an unmarked door, you can find the Cool Runnings, a citrusy, spiced large-format concoction of vodka, Cognac, lime, pineapple and passionfruit. It’s served in a giant pineapple—because why not?—and ignited tableside.

Playing With Fire

The 1920s-themed speakeasy The Powder Room in Singapore isn’t one for subtlety when it comes to naming its co*cktails. Case in point, the Playing With Fire, which is exactly what it sounds like: A flaming coupe of Cognac flavored with spiced dates and warming spices like cinnamon, cloves and star anise.

Goblet of Fire

Also in Singapore—or should we say, Hogwarts?—the Goblet of Fire is, well, a rum-spiked goblet of fire. The recipe, dreamt up by the whimsical minds at Harry Potter-themed restaurant Platform 1094, is purportedly a secret, but we got the down low from a restaurant rep: The drink’s electric hue comes courtesy of blue curaçao, which is tempered with a squirt of lime.

Tiki Dreams

In Denver, Colorado, modern steakhouse Guard and Grace gets its tiki gameon with Tiki This, a summer-forward sipper amped up with cachaça, Pimms No. 1, spiced falernum and passion fruit-infused simple syrup. The best part, though? The flaming half lime perched atop the rad tiki glass.

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The Zombie

Speaking of tiki drinks, Three Dots and a Dash in Chicago is a master of that fruit-forward category. Among the flashiest of the house specialties is the Zombie, a boozy number zinged up by two types of rum—Jamaican and overproof—plus tart lime, grapefruit, pomegranate juices and a pinch of cinnamon. And, yeah, it’s served in a crystal skull and set on fire, just in case you weren’t already feeling the drama. Don’t plan on drinking this all by your lonesome; one of these babies will do the trick for three to four people.

Wandering Samurai

There’s nothing quite like a flaming large format co*cktail to work up an appetite for sashimi. At least that’s the guiding principle at Sakerum in Washington, D.C., which serves the Wandering Samurai, an icy rum-and-sake punch infused with yuzu, pineapple, blueberry and bitters. For garnish: a carefully positioned leaf piled with fresh slivers of sashimi. Also, two flaming shots of rum. Our advice: Eat before you drink, unless you want things to get messy.

Best Flaming Drinks: 8 Best Recipes for Flaming co*cktails (2024)


What is a famous flaming co*cktail? ›

The Blue Blazer (1850s–1890s)

This legendary early flaming co*cktail calls for a wine glass of whiskey mixed with boiling water and sweetened with a teaspoon of sugar. It's set aflame and poured between two mugs. The dramatic arc of the blue flame is lengthened with each pour.

What do you use for flaming co*cktails? ›

Grab your tools: An orange peel, cloves, rum, and a metal skewer. To make Miss River's flaming Espresso Martini, bartenders first slice an orange peel (using a Y-peeler) and insert cloves every one-inch. Then, the peel is soaked in Plantation O.F.T.D, an aged, overproof Jamaican rum.

How do you make a fire drink? ›

To make it, you simply add amaretto into a shot glass, top it with overproof rum, and light the liquid on fire. On the side, of course, is a half pint of beer. To consume it, carefully drop the shot into the beer to extinguish the flame, and drink up.

What was the first ever flaming co*cktail? ›

The Blue Blazer is the granddaddy of them all, a 150-year-old liquid pyrotechnics display that you have to see to believe. When Jerry Thomas published the first bartender's manual in 1862, the Blue Blazer was his signature drink: a simple hot toddy transformed through the magic of fire.

What is the New Orleans fire co*cktail? ›

Café Brulot Diabolique Recipe

Put the cinnamon, cloves, lemon peel, sugar and brandy in a fireproof bowl and heat on open flame. When the brandy is hot, but not boiling, bring the bowl to the table and ignite with match. Use a ladle to stir and pour the liquid around the bowl for 2 minutes.

How to make flaming margaritas? ›

Take your sugar cube and pour the 151 rum on it so it soaks through then carefully balance this on top of your lime round. Now the trickiest part — light the sugar cube on fire — we highly recommend a long match or long lighter so your hands aren't too close. And there you have it, a flaming margarita!

How do you add a flame to a co*cktail? ›

Light a match; hold the lit match several inches above the co*cktail. Hold the orange peel colored side down, about two inches above the lit match. (If you wind up with match soot on the peel, you held the peel too close to the flame.)

What is a flame co*cktail weapon? ›

A Molotov co*cktail (among several other names – see § Etymology) is a hand-thrown incendiary weapon consisting of a frangible container filled with flammable substances and equipped with a fuse (typically a glass bottle filled with flammable liquids sealed with a cloth wick).

What is the most flammable drinkable alcohol? ›

The most flammable liquor is the one with the highest percentage of alcohol. Everclear is 95% alcohol or 190 proof.

What alcohol is highly flammable? ›

Many alcohols are highly flammable (with flash points below 100 degrees F). Especially dangerous are methanol and ethyl alcohol, because of their wide flammability limits. Polyols are generally combustible.

Which liquid is highly flammable? ›

Flammable: A liquid with a flash point under 100°F is considered flammable. Examples: gasoline, acetone, toluene, diethyl ether, alcohols. Hazard: May produce ignitable vapors at normal ambient temperatures.

What is in a fire chief drink? ›

Light Rum, Special Dark Rum, Fruit Juices, a Splash of Grenadine and a Floater of 151 Rum served in a souvenir glass.

What is the famous drink fire Island? ›

It can vary, but at its core, the Rocket Fuel is a blended drink made from amaretto liqueur, coconut cream, pineapple juice, and high-proof dark rum, which is, of course, floated over the top. Think of a slightly nutty Piña Colada and you're close to what a Rocket Fuel tastes like.

What alcohol is flammable? ›

Any alcohol listed above 100 proof – 50 percent ABV – is straight up flammable and would therefore not hinder the ability of gunpowder to fire.

What alcohol is best for flaming desserts? ›

Cognac, rum, or other flavorful liquors that are about 40% alcohol (80 USA proof) are considered ideal for flambé. Wines and beers have too little alcohol and will not flambé. High-alcohol liquors, such as Bacardi 151 or Everclear, are highly flammable and considered too dangerous by professional cooks.

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