Wic's Wicked Flaming Mai Tai

Mai TaiNot for the faint of heart.

  • 3 oz of Bacardi 151 proof rum
  • juice from one fresh lime
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 oz Trader Vic’s Rock Candy Syrup
  • 1 oz Trader Vics Orgeat Syrup
  • 1 maraschino cherry
  • 1/2 oz cherry syrup (from the cherry jar)
  • 1 open flame (a candle will do)

Before you even start, prepare. Pour enough rum into a coffee mug or a short whiskey glass to soak a maraschino cherry in (and drop a cherry in there, ya silly goose – letting it soak while you do everything else). Mix the Grand Marnier, Rock Candy syrup, Orgeat syrup and lime juice in a separate glass.
Now for the show (this CAN get you laid – it’s been tested).
Pour the rum into a glass (I prefer a High Ball glass). Take the cherry that you’ve been soaking in 151 rum. If you’re cool and thought ahead, you have an open flame somewhere near (preferably a candle). Light the cherry with the open flame and drop into your glass. The rum in the glass will ignite.
Pour the mixture of Grand Marnier, Rock Candy syrup, Orgeat syrup and lime juice slowly into the glass. If you do it properly, the flame will float on top as the glass fills (if it doesn’t extinguish by the time you run out of mixture, just blow it out – don’t let it burn too long or the heat may crack your glass).
Pour in your cherry juice (do not mix – it should sink and rest on the bottom of the glass, making a nice redish layer on the bottom). Fill the glass with crushed ice. Add a sprig of fresh mint if you must. Enjoy.
That’s it. You’re off to the races. But be careful. These pack a wallop, and are much, much stronger than they taste.

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