Turn up the heat on your cocktail crafting with our guide to lighting drinks on fire. There are several good ways to bring flame into your bartending. We'll begin with the whys, and then move on to the hows — including tips to do this safely. Oh, and for you ambitious fellas who stop reading before the safety tips: Use your head, we're setting things on fire here. Search YouTube for “Flaming Shot” if you don't believe us. If you're drunk, or the person you're making the drink for is drunk, you should keep the flames away. Call a cab, sir, and try again next time.
Burning alcohol will lower the liquid content of the drink, condensing the flavors to make the drink's taste richer and deeper. In the recipe for a Flaming Doctor Pepper discussed below, the burning caramelizes the taste of the amaretto, and gives the drink its signature flavor.