A fascinating drink, a fiery cocktail that will activate the passion for fire within you and your soul!
Many different liquors and their combinations can be used in making a flaming drink. Theoretically, any beverage containing 40% alcohol or more will ignite, but at least 50% alcohol is required for a stable flame to form. Absinthe, Amaretto, Cognac, Everclear, Gin, Sambuca are some of the suitable choices.
In most cocktails, setting the drink on fire is primarily for fun. Flames are mostly for a visual effect. But flames in combination with some ingredients can change the taste of the drink. It enhances some flavors or adds a caramelized taste.
Due to its high water content, beer is used in Flame cocktails to both extinguish the flames and add flavor. For example, a shot glass filled with flaming liquors is dropped into a large beer glass and consumed immediately.
When it comes to “Spanish Coffee,” the flames serve a purpose. The fantasy fire game involves adding a high alcohol content of rum to a candy-rimmed glass and setting it on fire after a few seconds. After the swirling blue flames heat the glass and caramelize the sugar, it is quenched with some coffee liqueur. This method adds an unusual texture and taste to the drink.
Hot coffee, some freshly whipped cream and a pinch of nutmeg are added to the alcoholic mixture. It’s definitely a heady mix.
(Most bartenders are trained to work with fire, but safety is critical if you plan to try the technique at home. We strongly recommend that you follow some strict safety rules when mixing fire and alcohol.)