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Blue Blazer


Etching of Professor Jerry Thomas pouring a Blue Blazer Cocktail

Etching of Professor Jerry Thomas pouring a Blue Blazer Cocktail

First of all, I don't recommend this cocktail to the novice bartender or the person who has been drinking, at least if that person is the one making it. The Blue Blazer is definitely an advanced bartender's cocktail because it involves rolling flaming liquor from one mug to another. The story behind the drink is that Jerry Thomas created it in the 1800's and etchings of him making the drink are possibly the most famous images of "The Professor."

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail


  • 2 ounces Scotch
  • 1 1/2 ounces boiling water
  • Sugar for sweetening to taste
  • Lemon peel for garnish


  1. Pour the Scotch, water and sugar into a heat-resistant (silver-plated or pewter and tulip-shaped are recommended) mug with a handle.
  2. Light the mix on fire.
  3. While still ablaze, roll the mix into an identical mug and back again 4-5 times.
  4. Pour the mix into another heat resistant cup with a lemon peel, then put one of the mugs over top to extinguish the flames.

Tips from David Wondrich's Imbibe!:

  • Pour over a tray full of water.
  • You don't want the fire to go out while pouring.
  • Pour only 1/2 of the contents each time.
  • Mix it quick as the handles will get hot.
  • Turn the lights down for effect and to make it easier t see what you are doing.
  • Practice with water first.
  • Go outside the first few attempts at flaming.

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