If you’re unsure what you’re supposed to do with that 151-proof rum bottle lying around, here’s a hint: Don’t drink it straight. The rum isn’t meant for insane shots filled to the brim with the nuclear fuel. It’s meant to be used in small doses, giving cocktails an extra potent hit or turning them into dazzling, flaming spectaculars. From blending it into tiki cocktails to setting that baby on fire, here are five ways to use 151-proof rum in cocktails.
5 Ways to Use 151 Rum in Cocktails
The most famous use of 151 rum is in a Scorpion Bowl; the vessel of the same name has a dedicated 151 cavity in the center for its signature, flaming display. A proper Scorpion Bowl has as much boozy strength in the moat of the bowl as it does in its overproof center: gin, dark rum, Cognac and white wine, along with pineapple and orange juice, orgeat, grenadine and bitters melded together. Garnish with orange slices, flowers and crazy straws, then set that 151 volcano ablaze.
One of the only spirits as intense as 151 rum is Jägermeister. Its strong herbal flavor can be divisive, but in this tropical cocktail from Dave Fernie and Mary Bartlett of L.A.’s Honeycut, it’s guaranteed to be crowd pleaser. Jäger gets mixed with dark rum, white rum, lime and orange juices, orgeat and passion fruit syrup over crushed ice. The frosty glass gets garnished with a hulled out lime-half, which is filled with 151 and ignited.
This Boilermaker couldn’t be easier—well, except for the lighting it on fire part. Fill a pint glass with beer, fill a shot glass three-quarters of the way with amaretto and float overproof rum on top of the shot, light the shot on fire, and drop it into the beer to extinguish. The end result magically ends up tasting like Dr. Pepper.
This cocktail may not be on fire, but don’t worry, the 151 is hiding within its innocent-looking, rosy depths. The overproof rum gets shaken with dark rum, coconut rum and Tia Maria coffee-rum liqueur; it’s a heck of a lot of rum. All of that booze is tempered by pineapple, grenadine, orange and lemon juice. Make no mistake, Mama packs a punch.
The signature drink of New York’s Fire Island, Rocket Fuel is essentially an incredibly boozy Piña Colada. The usual suspects of the classic cocktail are still present—coconut cream, pineapple juice, crushed ice—but you’ll also find amaretto in the mix. The real surprise is right in the straw though, which is coated in 151 rum for a mindblowing first sip.