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How to Make a Flaming Cinco de Mayo Shot

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Nothing says "celebrate good times" quite like flaming booze in a shot glass.


This year, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Saturday, which, for a vast number of 20-somethings across the country, means that tequila-fueled fun is inevitable. As you may well know, taking shot after shot of warm tequila chased with a lime gets old after a short period of time.

That's why some ingenious bartender invented the layered flaming shot - it's a blood-alcohol level boost and entertainment all in one small, fiery glass. Even sweeter - it looks like an Mexican flag!

First, gather your ingredients: grenadine, tequila, creme de menthe and a high-proof liquor, like Bacardi 151. You may want to use pour spouts - those fancy nozzles on liquor bottles in bars - to keep things from getting messy.

Carefully fill the shot glass less than one-third full of grenadine, then layer your tequila and creme de menthe on top of that and finish it off with the high-proof booze. Using a torch lighter (and a lot of safety - people!), ignite the tops of the shot glasses and take in the glory. Next - and this step is super important, guys - blow out the fire and take your shot.

 

Before you get these shots going, you'll probably want to feed your guests so they're not taking tequila shots on an empty stomach. Try making Mexican Party Wings or these cheesy Mexican Quesadillas. Flaky Nacho Pinwheels and spicy Chiles Rellenos Puffs are even more inventive, and just as delish.

 


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