Flatliner
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Flatliner
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The Flatliner is a distinctive cocktail that melds the anise-flavored sweetness of sambuca with the clean, neutral spirit of vodka. This concoction is intensified by the fiery kick of Tabasco ... more The Flatliner is a distinctive cocktail that melds the anise-flavored sweetness of sambuca with the clean, neutral spirit of vodka. This concoction is intensified by the fiery kick of Tabasco sauce, offering a spicy undertone that contrasts sharply with the other ingredients. Served in a cocktail glass, the Flatliner presents a unique layered appearance and delivers a bold, multi-dimensional tasting experience. Often featuring in the repertoire of daring drinkers, this cocktail is known for its potent flavor profile and is a conversation starter at any gathering.
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Sambuca
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39% | 1.17 units *

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Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Flatliner

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add the sambuca to a cocktail glass, then slowly pour the Tabasco sauce on top so it forms a layer
Then carefully float the vodka on top of them all and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Layer  ·  Float  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute Sambuca with another liquor in a Flatliner?

Yes, you can substitute Sambuca with another anise-flavored liquor, like Anisette or Ouzo, to maintain the cocktail's distinct licorice taste. However, this may slightly alter the drink's original flavor profile.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

How do I properly layer the ingredients in a Flatliner?

To layer a Flatliner, start by pouring Sambuca into your glass as the base. Then, using the back of a spoon or a pourer, gently pour the vodka over the Sambuca. Finally, add a dash of Tabasco sauce on top. The density of the liquids allows them to layer if poured slowly and carefully.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What’s the best way to serve a Flatliner?

A Flatliner is best served in a chilled cocktail glass. Consider chilling your glass in the freezer for about 15-20 minutes before preparing the cocktail to keep it cold. Serve immediately after layering the ingredients to appreciate the distinct layers before they mix.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of a Flatliner compare to that of other classic cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 39%, the Flatliner is considerably stronger than many classic cocktails such as the Margarita or the Mojito, which typically have alcohol contents ranging from 10% to 20%. This makes the Flatliner a potent choice best enjoyed in moderation.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

Why is Tabasco Sauce used in a Flatliner, and can it be considered a key ingredient?

Tabasco Sauce adds a unique spiciness that contrasts with the sweet and herbal flavors of Sambuca and vodka, creating a complex and memorable taste experience. It's considered a key ingredient because it provides the distinctive kick that sets the Flatliner apart from other cocktails.

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