Before we discuss this, let’s review how not to make flaming drinks.
How to make flaming drinks:
Basically you add a bit of Everclear (75.5% and 95% alcohol) or Barcadi 151 (75.5% alcohol) to the top of the drink, and light it up.
It takes at least 50% alcohol to produce a steady flame. In theory, any drink with 40% or more alcohol will ignite.
Many different liquors can be used as ingredients in a flaming drink. Commonly used liquors:
- Gin – burns but is not a pretty as high proof alcohols
- Grand Marnier – has pleasant odor when burning
- Overproof rum (e.g. Barcadi 151)
- Sambucca – produces nice blue flame and has an aniseed odor
- Scotch Whiskey
- Vodka – produces big, blue flames
Safety Note: Combining fire with alcohol can be dangerous. Proper precautions must be taken to ensure the safety of both the bartender and the people consuming the drink. The fire should always be lit away from the area in which the drinkers are located to ensure their safety. The drink should not be consumed while the flames are still burning. The drinkware may become quite hot to hold or to sip from, and that could result in burns. Additionally, there is always a risk of spills or catching other items on fire, especially if the patrons are already intoxicated. Servers must carry lit shots or drinks carefully when delivering to tables. In addition, only an experienced bartender should light the given shot before serving or handing off to a server. Untrained bartenders should refrain from handling fire.