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The Blue Blazer a Classic Cocktail

The Blue Blazer

A little history of The Blue Blazer Jerry ‘The Professor’ Thomas Signature Cocktail

Blue Blazer is for, bewhiskered giants laden with gold lust, with three layers of pistols strapped around his middle. In an El Dorado gambling saloon prior to 1862. That’s exactly the type that walked in demanding.

“Barkeep, fix me up some hellfire that’ll shake me right down to my gizzard.”

Thomas took some whiskey and boiling water, set it on fire, and began pouring it back and forth between two mugs. A blue arc of flame illuminated the liquid. Dumped it all in the one cup added sugar and lemon and served the giant. Thus creating the Blue Blazer.

Jerry Thomas and the Blue Blazer

After that, Thomas would only serve it if it was below 10 degrees or unless the person ordering it was suffering from a cold.


  • 60ml Navy-strength rum
  • 60ml Blackstrap rum
  • 45ml Fresh grapefruit juice
  • 15ml Fresh lime juice
  • 30ml Orgeat syrup
  • 20ml cinnamon syrup
  • 90ml water
  • 30ml 151-proof rum


  • Fill 2 tempered-glass mugs with boiling water; set the mugs aside for 2 minutes.
  • Discard the water.
  • Add all ingredients except the 151-proof rum and stir
  • Next put the 151-proof rum and ignite
  • Remember to pass the cocktail back and forth across your body to create a theatrical fiery arc of blue flame.
  • Serve at room temperature

(Navy Rum — traditionally, a rum blend featuring rums from Guyana, Jamaica, Barbados, and Trinidad — given to sailors by the Royal British Navy as daily rations or “tots”.)

(Blackstrap – black rum, which may or may not distilled from blackstrap molasses or made dark or “black” via caramel coloring added after distillation, to mimic the look of a long-aged rum.)