Blue Blazer (Optimized)

  • Base Spirit Scotch
  • Preparation The Rest
  • Flavor Boozy
  • Served Other Oddities

The Blue Blazer was Jerry Thomas’ signature drink. It was also one of the earliest examples of flair bartending. Today, many historians have described the drink as a “jacked up hot toddy.”

Thomas himself wrote the following about the drink, “The ‘Blue Blazer’ does not have a very euphonious or classic name, but it tastes better to the palate than it sounds to the ear. A beholder gazing for the first time upon an experienced artist, compounding this beverage, would naturally come to the conclusion that it was a nectar for Pluto rather than Bacchus. The novice in mixing this drink should be careful not to scald himself. To become proficient in throwing  the liquid from one glass to the other, it will be necessary to practice for some time with cold water.”

NOTE: The last two  sentences are no joke. There is serious potential to wind up in the ER here. Practice before setting anything aflame.

Print Recipe
Blue Blazer (Optimized)
  1. Heat Water.
  2. Prepare two silver plated mugs. Express lemon peel around the rim and reserve.
  3. Pour scotch, syrup, and then water into one mug.
  4. Using a barbecue lighter or long, wooden match to light one mug aflame.
  5. Carefully pour the flaming fluid from one mug to the other. Start low, a few inches above the receiving mug. Slowly increase the distance as comfort grows. (Look ma! You're throwing cocktails now!)
  6. Repeat the process about five times.
  7. If the flame is not extinguished when done, place the bottom of one mug atop the flaming mug, cutting off the oxygen to the fire.
  8. Place a peel in the finished drink.
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