Backdraft
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Backdraft
Cocktail recipe

Rating

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Backdraft is a bold and fiery cocktail that pays homage to the famous 1991 film of the same name. The intense combination of Green Chartreuse, a French herbal liqueur known ... more Backdraft is a bold and fiery cocktail that pays homage to the famous 1991 film of the same name. The intense combination of Green Chartreuse, a French herbal liqueur known for its complex and herbal flavors, and Sambuca, an Italian anise-flavored liqueur, creates a potent and explosive flavor profile. The addition of a pinch of cinnamon adds a warming and spicy note, perfect for replicating the burning sensation of a backdraft. This cocktail is not for the faint of heart, but for those who enjoy a strong and flavorful drink with a hint of danger. So light it up and take a sip of Backdraft, but be prepared for a wild and turbulent ride.
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Base ingredient
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Green Chartreuse
Alcohol content
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50.75% | 3.05 units *

Highball glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Backdraft

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour half a shot of green Chartreuse into a shot glass placed on a saucer and carefully layer half a shot of black sambuca on top
Pour a shot of green Chartreuse into a highball glass separately and ignite it
Pour the flaming alcohol over the shot sitting in the saucer below - igniting the shot
Throw cinnamon powder into the flames and then hold the empty highball glass above the flaming shot while upturned, in order to catch the vapour from burning shot
After burning for approximately 5-10 seconds, trap the vapour in the highball glass along with ice cubes and shake, whilst blowing out flames
Then consume the shot from the shot glass, inhale the captured vapours with a straw from the highball glass and suck the remaining liquid from the saucer

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

·  Layer  ·  Highball  ·  Shake  · 

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FAQ's

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of Backdraft compare to other cocktails?

The Backdraft has a notably high alcohol content at 50.75%, making it stronger than many other cocktails. Typical cocktails usually range between 15% to 30% alcohol by volume (ABV), placing the Backdraft on the higher end of the spectrum due to its potent mix of Green Chartreuse and Sambuca.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Why is the Backdraft not shaken or stirred?

The Backdraft is neither shaken nor stirred in order to preserve the distinct layers and potent flavors of the Green Chartreuse and Sambuca. Shaking or stirring could dilute the strength and blend the sharp contrasts between the ingredients, altering the intended experience of the cocktail.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What makes Green Chartreuse a unique ingredient in the Backdraft?

Green Chartreuse is unique for its herbal complexity and high alcohol content, around 55%. Made from a mixture of 130 herbs and plants, its recipe is a closely guarded secret known by few. Its inclusion in the Backdraft contributes a distinct earthy and pungent flavor profile that's hard to replicate with any other liqueur.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the ideal way to serve a Backdraft?

The ideal way to serve a Backdraft is in a highball glass, allowing the drinker to appreciate the layers and color of the cocktail. It's typically served cold but not diluted with ice, to maintain its strong flavor and potency. This serving method enhances the drinking experience by highlighting the visual and aromatic qualities of the ingredients.

GARNISHING_TIPS

How can I garnish a Backdraft to enhance its presentation?

Considering the strong flavors and high alcohol content of the Backdraft, a garnish that complements its intensity without overwhelming is ideal. A small pinch of cinnamon on top or a cinnamon stick can add an aromatic appeal and a visual contrast, enhancing the overall sensory experience of enjoying the cocktail.

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