But first: this is Tequila Gone a Rye, a cocktail at Hey 19 Public House in Torrance, California, that was created by owner and agave surgeon general Demi Stevens.
It’s a beguiling combo of añejo tequila, rich vermouth, pomegranate syrup (you can find this stuff online) and a float of spicy white rye that you ignite with the nearest source of fire.
Flames and alcohol. What could possibly go wrong?
Let’s find out.
Tequila Gone a Rye
1 1/2 oz El Tesoro Añejo Tequila
3/4 oz Carpano Antica
3/4 oz Monin Pomegranate Syrup
1 float Trybox New Make Rye
Muddle two lemon wheels in a shaker. Add ice, tequila, vermouth and pomegranate syrup and stir gently. Rim the outside of a small snifter with raw sugar. Strain liquid ingredients into glass, then drop in muddled lemons. Float rye on top using the back of a barspoon. Then light cocktail on fire and let burn until the sugar crystallizes on the rim.