Blue Blazer Madness

Speaking on Manhattan Cocktail Bars in general, and The Pegu Club in particular (see previous post), Sonya at Standard & Pours has a neat post up on a Blue Blazer contest at said Pegu Club.
The Blue Blazer is a class of cocktail that entails a lot of high-proof liquor, warmed thoroughly, and poured back and forth between mugs or other containers. The big deal? Oh yeah, you light the drink on fire, then do the pouring. I have always wanted to try this. Ever since the first time I saw a recipe. I no longer do. Oh, I want to see it done. I really, really want to see it. But I think I’ll pass on burning down my Basement Bar by trying it myself.
Sonya has videos of the four contestants, as well as an entertaining rundown, so be sure to read her. But I am going to steal one of the vids for this post. I would sugget that if you want to try a Blue Blazer yourself, you not emulate Johnny Iuzzini and Dave Arnold!


  • 4 oz. Cask Strength Scotch
  • 3 oz. Hot Water
  • 2 raw sugar cubes
  • Lemon Zest.
  • 2 large metal tankards or mugs
  • Your Local Fire Department (or at least cover the counter below you with wet towels)

Dissolve sugar in hot water. Add lemon zest and Scotch. Swirl in mug while someone dims the lights. Light the air above the liquid in the mug with a long handled match. Pour back and forth between mugs. If you survive your first attempt, next time make the pours higher and higher.

There are lots of variations, both in style and ingredients.

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