Alcohol shot on fire

List of flammable shots

What about flammable shots? You've all seen those but perhaps wondered how it works and foremost, how it changes the drink. Setting alcohol on fire might have many purposes. Note! It can also be very dangerous so always take needed precautions.

Setting alcohol on fire for recipes and drinks can have very different purposes. 1) It can either warm the food or drink, 2) It might lower the alcohol content of the recipe or 3) it's wanted because it adds a heavier, smokier, and slightly caramelized flavor to shot. But... Let's be honest here. Perhaps most importantly, setting alcohol on fire is most often just an experiment that intesifies the moment of enjoying the shot.

It's good to know that not all liqueurs are flammable. The more alcohol content (or proof, as some people may refer it to) a drink has, the bigger the flame. Generally, any liqueur with over than 40 per cent in alcohol volume, should flame up but it's not quaranteed to give a very big flame. 

Before we get to the list, we would like to remind you that setting shots on fire can be dangerous and you should take into account your surroundings, make needed precautions and be very careful once the shot is on fire. And, remember to put the flame out before drinking.

1. Vodka

Most of the vodkas are 40% in alcohol volume or over, which means they will burn with a clean, blue flame. For example, our own Koskenkorva vodka 60% will flame up nicely.

2. Rum

Rums, especially ones with alcohol per cent over 60 or so, will burn nicely even if you pour just a little bit on top of your drink.

3. Absinthe

Absinthe is an anise-flavoured spirit derived from botanicals, including the flowers and leaves of Artemisia absinthium ("grand wormwood"), together with green anise, sweet fennel, and other medicinal and culinary herbs. During the 19th century absinthe became a very popular drink in central Europe, although it was eventually banned. One the traditional ways of enjoying absinthe is a flamed sugar cube on top of the absinthe glass.

4. Tequila

Same applies here as with other drinks: higher alcohol % makes a bigger flame.

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