As the weather gets cooler, so do the drink garnishes. Whether used for pure dramatic flair or to add a whisper of smoky flavor, fire has gone hand-in-hand with booze for nearly two centuries.
In the darkened depths of a moody bar, few things get one’s heart racing quite like a cocktail set ablaze. It’s wonderfully theatrical—the way the flickering flame dances in silhouette against the blackness. But, in reality, we all just like setting things on fire. Whatever the motivation, bars across the country and beyond are packing their cocktail menus with flaming quaffs that make googly-eyed patrons ooh, ahh and whip out their phones. Here are eight mesmerizing drinks that’ll tap into your inner pyromaniac.
This season, head to a bar near you to try one of these 11 new flaming cocktails, which range from tropical refreshers at classic Tiki joints to spirit-forward sippers at new-school gastropubs.