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A Drink Called “Tequila Gone a Rye.” Get It?

Liquor and Fire. Let’s See How This Plays Out.

By Hadley Tomicki ·
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Today, we’re playing with fire.

Yay.

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.

Hadley Tomicki lives in Los Angeles. He is probably going nowhere on the 10 Freeway this very second.

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