DIY-On-The-Fly: Drinks on Fire


photos by Steve Neuharth and Michelle Leon

Making flaming drinks at home is super groovy. But before we start lets get a few things straight:

1. Don't light drinks on fire when you are already drunk
2. Don't set anything other than your drink on fire
3. Wait for your drink to cool before drinking it
4. Don't light drinks near open liquor bottles
5. Don't add additional alcohol to an already flaming drink
6. Don't act a fool
7. Do wear pants

OK, lets go. drum roll please--DIY-On-The-Fly presents: Drinks on Fire!!!

Any liquor that is 150 proof and above can be lighted. I use 151 proof rum.  The majority of flaming drink recipes are shots, however any drink can be served flambe as directed below. Here's one simple recipe:

Flaming B-52

1 oz. coffee liquor
1 oz. Irish cream
1 oz. Grand Mariner

In the order listed above, pour each liquor slowly over the back of a spoon into your glass. The spoon tip will be touching the previous layer of alcohol when pouring the next layer.


Next, put a capful of 151 on top of the drink and light it with a
match. Turning the lights down low will increase the magic. Notice how
everyone says "oooohhhh" like at the 4th of July fireworks display.

You can also flame your liquor in a teaspoon--heat it slowly by holding
over a candle. Once it gets warm, but not hot, light it with a match,
then carefully pour the flaming alcohol into your mixed drink.

Next , a lovely variation on a classic martini:

Caramelized Blood Orange Martini

2oz. good quality vodka
1/4 tsp. sherry
3 slices of blood orange peel (about 2 in. each)
1 blood orange peel twist (if blood oranges are not in season, use navel orange

Swirl sherry in a chilled martini glass. Take one of your orange peel slices
and quickly light it with a match, squeezing the orange oil into the

flaming orange peel

Do this several times to get enough oil (I know this sounds like a hassle, but it's worth the effort). Next, mix vodka with ice in a martini shaker and pour into glass. Garnish with a orange peel twist.

Have fun, be safe, and bottoms up!

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