Undoubtedly the most spectacular member of the Toddy family, the Blue Blazer is a simple mixture of sugar, water and whiskey—all set on fire. The blazing stream of whiskey is transferred between two tankards in an arc of fire before being served in a tumbler. While a number of mid-19th century bartenders claimed credit for this invention, it is Jerry Thomas’s rendition in his 1862 How to Mix Drinks alongside an illustration of the proper technique that has persisted.
- 1 1/2 ounces Scotch
- 1 1/2 ounces boiling water
- 1 teaspoon sugar
Garnish: lemon peel
- Combine the Scotch and boiling water in a silver-plated mug or tankard.
- Ignite the liquid and, while blazing, mix both ingredients by pouring them four or five times from one mug to another.
- Sweeten with one teaspoon of sugar and garnish with a lemon peel.