Flaming volcano

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Flaming Volcano
Flaming Volcano.jpg
Mixing the Flaming Volcano
Type Mixed drink
Primary alcohol by volume
Served Blended with ice (frozen style)
Standard garnish pineapple and/or orange quarter slices, maraschino cherries
Standard drinkware Special: volcano bowl
Commonly used ingredients
  • 1 US fluid ounce (30 ml) light rum
  • 1 US fluid ounce (30 ml) brandy
  • 1 US fluid ounce (30 ml) overproof rum (e.g., Bacardi 151)
  • 4 US fluid ounces (120 ml) orange juice
  • 2 US fluid ounces (60 ml) lemon juice, unsweetened
  • 2 US fluid ounces (60 ml) almond flavored syrup (orgeat syrup)
Preparation Combine all ingredients except the overproof rum with 2 scoops of crushed ice in a blender, blend briefly, then pour into the "volcano bowl". Pour some overproof rum into the central crater of the volcano bowl and light it. For garnish score pineapple or orange slices with a knife and insert onto rim of bowl; optionally add maraschino cherries to the main drink. Multiply recipe to adjust to the size of the container (e.g. x2 for a 32-US-fluid-ounce (950 ml) volcano bowl).
Notes This is a multi-user group drink that should be served with very long (15-20") colored straws!

The flaming volcano is a large tropical group cocktail made of rum, brandy, pineapple juice, orange juice, almond syrup, and sometimes other ingredients. It is usually a multi-user drink, served to a group in a special, ritual vessel known as a volcano bowl, which is a decorative ceramic bowl (typically of about 32 US fluid ounces (950 ml) capacity) designed with a rising central hub feature usually resembling a crude volcano cone. The cone includes a second, much smaller central pit or "crater" which is partially filled with rum or other flammable high-alcohol liquor. The "crater" liquor is then ignited, creating a mild volcanic ambiance with its central blue flame.

The flaming volcano is usually served to a group of two or more friends with a set of very long colored straws to create a festive atmosphere, to facilitate convenient sipping from a comfortable distance, to prevent regrettable head impacts, and for fire safety, as unintentional hair ignition could result if users bent too near the central flame while imbibing.[1]

History and popularity[edit]

The flaming volcano is said to have been started in Hawaii between the '50s and '60s. Others claim that it came from Chile during the times of Augusto Pinochet.[dubious ] It has since gained popularity in the US and throughout the world.

The band The B-52's formed after the members shared a Flaming Volcano at a Chinese Restaurant in Athens GA, in early November 1976. Due to a lack of funds, the band had decided to share a cocktail rather than order any food. This is mentioned in the book "The B-52's Universe" by Mats Sexton.

Preparation and variations[edit]

One version of the flaming volcano is prepared by blending the ingredients with ice as described in the box above. It is also served over ice. The base liquor is usually some form of rum, with brandy commonly added, but vodka and even gin appear in some recipes. A flavored rum such as Malibu Rum might be partially substituted, according to taste. Some versions also float Triple Sec on top.

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  1. ^ Fritz Hahn. "The Hottest Cocktail in Washington". washingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2008-05-19.