Sure, you can impress your friends by making a precisely balanced Martini or painstakingly shaking a Ramos Gin Fizz, but if you really want to show off, there’s only one thing to do: Start a fire. You may not want to prep multiple rounds of flaming cocktails in a single sitting, but a single flaming drink is a guaranteed showstopper. Many of them are also deceivingly simple to make—lighting highly flammable alcohol doesn’t exactly require the technical prowess of starting a fire with two sticks. So the next time you want to get some oohs and ahhs for your work behind the bar, try making one of these flaming drinks.
These Cocktails Are Literally on Fire
Not only is the Scorpion Bowl the quintessential flaming cocktail, but the tiki drink is big enough to share with your friends. A flaming shot of 151 sits in a lime hull at the center of the punch, so it isn’t really an ingredient in the cocktail per se, as it’s physically separated from the rest of the liquid. But don’t worry, the rest of the drink is plenty strong, even if nonflammable.
When you light rum and amaretto on fire and dunk them in beer, it produces something that tastes just like Dr. Pepper. We can’t explain why exactly, but it does. Just be careful with this one since it involves literally playing with fire.
Jagermeister is not a conventional tiki ingredient, but it features in this tall fireball, along with two kinds of dark rum, orgeat, orange juice, lime juice and the obligatory fuel for the fire, 151.
What has your spicy Margarita been missing? If you answered “actual fire,” then this is the drink for you. The drink itself is made with both jalapeño tequila and Sriracha, but the flaming jalapeño on top is the finishing touch that completes the show.
We may have originally created this drink for fans of Pokemon GO, but that doesn’t mean it’s a joke. Campari, rum and ginger are a potent combination, and the flaming topper of overproof rum adds a wow factor. Just remember to let it burn out before you start drinking.