Amer A. Vargas Mixology Newsletter

The Modern Butlers’ Journal, April 2018, Let’s Talk about Mixology

Kobi Gutman

Let’s Talk about Mixology, Part 31

Flaming Lamborghini

by Amer A. Vargas

Put your seatbelt on and let’s drive into a different sort of mix in this month’s cocktail section: Experiencing the kick of a high-alcohol drink and the spectacular and beautiful looking presentation of the Flaming Lamborghini.

As the name suggests, it’s a flambé cocktail that comes with the eye-catching look of a vehicle than can accelerate from 0-to-60 mph/96 kmh in 3 seconds or less. This cocktail does exactly the same, and whoever enjoys it claims it keeps the motor running for quite a long time…so be careful!

This concoction requires following very specific instructions, both for preparation and drinking.

The ingredients, Sambuca, Kahlua, Blue Curacao, and Irish Cream, are served in the same amounts (normally 1oz/30ml, or 1.5oz/45ml for braver drinkers).

And this is how it is prepared: pour the Kahlua in a cocktail glass, then layer the Sambuca over it. Next you’ll need two separate shot glasses: pour the Irish Cream in one and the Blue Curacao in the other, placing them to either side of the cocktail glass. Place a straw (preferably a thick one or one made of bamboo) in the cocktail glass and the show is ready to start!

Ignite the Sambuca and let it burn for a few seconds: some barmen like to sprinkle a bit of cinnamon over the flame to add some extra aroma and a bit more show, as the powder will sparkle gently. Then the drinker starts drawing from the straw. When the glass is almost empty, the Irish Cream and the Blue Curacao are poured into the cocktail glass at the same time so as to put out the fire, whilst the drinker keeps drinking through the straw in a long draw.

The drinker is left feeling anything but indifferent, as the body goes from nil to full throttle in just a few seconds.

Buckle up and enjoy (responsibly, meaning don’t climb straight into your Lamborghini!).

Mr. Vargas is the Institute’s President—feel free to contact him via email, AmerVargas @

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