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If you’re looking for a show-stopping cocktail, then flaming cocktails will impress your eyes and taste buds alike. Whether the technique is applied purely for aesthetic purposes or to add a subtle warmth or caramelized flavours to a cocktail, the spectacle of a flamed drink is one that captures the attention of anyone within sight. Added bonus: They are highly alcoholic so are sure to fuel any party. 


An impressive, flaming take on a classic Tiki drink, the S.O.S. Mai Tai is a tropical rum cocktail that uses Jamaican rum and white rum mixed with lime juice and orange Curacao. You serve the Mai Tai in a high ball glass, topping the cocktail with a flaming lime shell.


45ml pot still Jamaican rum
15ml rhum agricole blanc
15ml orange Curaçao
22.5ml orgeat
22.5ml fresh lime juice

For the garnish:
Flaming lime shell

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and add a handful of ice. Shake vigorously and pour all contents into a glass and top with fresh pebbled ice. Garnish with a flaming lime shell.

To make the flaming lime shell, remove the flesh from the interior of a halved lime with a sharp knife, leaving the peel intact, to create a bowl or cup shape. Soak a sugar cube with rum, add it to the empty lime shell, place the shell in the drink, and top with another splash of rum. Just before serving, carefully ignite with a chef’s torch or long match (do not use a lighter). Sprinkling ground cinnamon over the flame will create impressive, if brief, sparks.


The Flaming Lamborghini is a dramatic and potent cocktail that’s famous for its blazing presentation. It is a layered shooter that’s set on fire and then consumed quickly with a straw. This drink is as much about the spectacle as it is about the flavors, making it a popular choice for celebratory occasions.


1 oz Kahlua
1 oz Sambuca
1 oz Blue Curacao
1 oz Bailey’s Irish Cream

Pour the Sambuca and Kahlua into a cocktail glass and give the drinker a straw. Pour the Bailey’s and blue Curacao into two separate shot glasses on either side of the cocktail glass. Set the concoction ablaze in the cocktail glass and start to drink through the straw (this drink should be drank in one suck). Once the glass is almost empty, pour the Bailey’s and blue Curacao into the cocktail glass and keep drinking till it’s all gone!


The flaming Dr. Pepper is one of the most popular flaming shots you can make and the namesake soda is surprisingly not needed. Instead, when the drink is lit on fire, magic happens and the combination of rum, amaretto, and beer mimics the taste of Dr. Pepper.


3/4 shot Amaretto
1/4 shot of 151 rum
1/2 glass of beer

Fill the shot glass about ¾ full with amaretto and top it off with enough rum to make it burn. Put the shot glass in a pint glass or beer mug and fill the glass with beer (right up to the level of the shot glass). Light the amaretto/151 and let it burn awhile. Blow it out and slam it. Tastes just like Dr. Pepper!

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