Hot Toddy - Blue Blazer Style

The Blue Blazer was invented by Jerry Thomas while he worked at the El Dorado in San Francisco. It might not be the earliest known heated alcoholic beverage but it’s preparation is very unique. This version is essentially a Hot Toddy done Blue Blazer style. After a few practice rounds, (BE CAREFUL!) this is a great drink to bring behind the bar or to impress your friends at home. Don’t forget to make your Old Fashioned Simple Syrup first.

3 oz boiling water

1 part over proof rum

1 part Maker’s 46

1 part quality cognac

3 - 4 dashes Angostura Bitters

1 part Old Fashioned SImple Syrup

1/4 tsp. cinnamon


add boiling water to one of two large metal or ceramic mugs

add remaining ingredients to the second mug and ignite with fire

slowly begin rolling the alcoholic ingredients and the water back and forth from mug to mug

as you roll the drink, position your mugs and farther and farther apart vertically to increase the length of the flame

once thoroughly mixed, add cinnamon and quickly cap one mug with the other to snuff the flame

serve in a goblet or snifter with a slice of lemon


blair frodelius 7 Dec 2010
4:22 am

A bit of advice to those who want to try this at home: do it over the sink the first few times.  The last thing you need is burning alcohol going all over the counter or floor. 

Great flourish with the cinnamon, Jamie!


Blair Frodelius

Robert Hess 14 Dec 2010
11:01 am

And I’ll point out that it can be important to choose the right mugs to do this with. A simple metal mug will end up getting really hot handles. Jamie is using a special insulated mug here that works really well for this task. You can find them here:


Oscar J Malek 4 Jan 2011
12:28 pm

Love this, I’m used to flaming blazers with a butane torch but this is a really solid technique!

John Hoffman 5 Jan 2011
9:04 pm

While you are pouring do you look for a particular consistency as one might when stirring? I’m not sure when you know you’ve flamed “enough.”

Alberto_ 13 Dec 2011
2:35 am

I need little advice! I can’t get the flame going well it doesn’t even start to be honest!
What would you guys suggest?

Fabrii 30 Jan 2014
3:31 pm

Hi Jamie i just finish to do thist drink but the flame don’t go well, in the second roll it’s over

Jamie Boudreau 30 Jan 2014
4:25 pm

Use high proof spirits.
Heat everything up before lighting on fire.

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