Fire is captivating, so having a drink that’s flaming is sure to add excitement to the party. A flaming Dr. Pepper is perhaps one of the most popular ways to make a flaming shot, and it is surprisingly not necessary to use the named soda. In contrast, when the drink is lit on fire, a magical combination of rum, amaretto, and beer produces a taste similar to Dr. Pepper. It’s amazing how the effect is, but you need to be cautious when playing with fire when drinking. If you spill the flaming beverage or catch your hair or clothing on fire, not only will the party end sooner than you would like, but you could also suffer serious injuries or property damage. In spite of the fact that you can make your own flaming Dr. Pepper at home, it is sometimes best to get it at the bar and let the professionals handle it. You can order the shot as a dropped shot (aka a bomb) or have it built inside a beer glass. Some people don’t blow out the flame before dropping the shot when it is served as a shot, but this isn’t the best idea. There is always the risk that the larger glass will break and spill burning alcohol all over the table or bar. Carefully drop the glass or shot glass into either way in order to minimize the impact and to prevent yourself from being burned.
The rum is one of the most important ingredients in this shot. Rum with an average proof of 80-proof is not likely to light on fire, and if it does, it will not have the same effect. In order to get a good flame, it is best to use a rum that is higher in proof, as it contains more flammable alcohol. That is why 151-proof rums should be used. It’s available from brands like Cruzan and Goslings and can be found in almost any liquor store. Yes, the liquor has a proof of 151 or higher and will ignite, but the point of the shot is to replicate the taste of Dr. Pepper, and rum is the only way to achieve that.
Regardless of the type of flaming drink you choose, there are precautions to take. The flame can cause someone to catch their hair on fire, as well as slam their shirt sleeve onto the ground. Also, you do not want any flaming liquor to spill on your bar. The flame must be extinguished before the drink can be consumed. This is probably the smartest thing to do since burning alcohol runs down your chin and starts fires in your clothes. At the very least, it will singe a few nose hairs. When making this drink, do not consume it when you are already intoxicated, or serve it to someone who is. Take your time as you are eating this if you’re making it at home and enjoy it at the start of the night. Before playing with fire, tie back your hair and get control of loose clothing. Do not reach over the flame, and keep all flammables out of the way when it is time to put it out. Ensure you have a fire extinguisher handy if you are having an indoor fire. The only thing that can ruin a party faster than a fire out of control is a fire out of control.