Flaming Jäger

Dave Arnold, Existing Conditions | New York

“Jagermeister is nice burned,” says Dave Arnold. “A lot of bitter liqueurs are nice when they are burned.” For this drink, he applies a flame to caramelize the sugar in the liqueur as well as to heat it, yielding a warming, gently spiced drink.


Serving: 1

  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 ounces Jägermeister
  • 1/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 ounces water

Garnish: orange twist

  1. Heat sugar in a saucepan, until caramelized.
  2. Add Jägermeister, lemon juice and salt to pan.
  3. Use a long-handled match or kitchen torch to apply flame to the contents of the pan; it should catch fire.
  4. Add water, dousing the fire. Add more water if needed to extinguish the flame.
  5. Scrape the insides of the pan and briefly stir to combine.
  6. Pour into mug and garnish with orange twist.