So far as I can tell, this content is long out of copyright, given that the original version of "Jerry Thomas' [sic] Bar-tenders Guide" ("Containing Receipts for Mixing All Kinds of ...") was printed in 1862. My copy is the new, paper-back reproduction (it's photographs of pages from the 1887 reprint) recently available (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/14... ). I considered just grabbing the image of page 51 from Amazon's "Look Inside" feature, but decided that transcription was probably a better plan in case someone wanted to preserve it more digitally.
That said, I do NOT recommend that you actually make this drink. For one thing, it's profoundly dangerous for the bartender and all those in close proximity. For another, it tastes pretty terrible, by all reports and in my estimation (you'll understand why in a few moments, I'm sure, although I admit I haven't actually tried it, the reason for which you will ALSO understand in short order).
Without further ado:
(Use two silver-plated mugs.)
Take 1 small tea-spoonful of powdered white sugar dissolved in 1 wine-glass of boiling water.
1 wine-glass of Scotch whiskey.
Put the whiskey and the boiling water in one mug, ignite the liquid with fire, and while blazing mix both ingredients by pouring them four or five times from one mug to the other. If well done this will have the appearance of a continued stream of liquid fire.
Serve in a small bar-glass with a piece of twisted lemon peel.
The novice in mixing this beverage should be careful not to scald himself. To become proficient in throwing the liquid from one mug to the other, it will be necessary to practise for some time with cold water.
Recipe: the Blue Blazer
- Reply by gr, Mar 25, 2009.
I understand, incidentally, that various modern bartenders, including the afore-referenced Danny Valdez of New Orleans, but also Misty, of Drink in Boston (also, the President of LUPEC Boston) have been presenting this drink in public recently. More power and my respect to them and to the poor bastards who actually end up drinking that drek.