American Flag
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American Flag
Cocktail recipe

Rating

3.93 / 5
The American Flag cocktail is a patriotic red, white, and blue drink that features three distinct layers to represent the colors of the American flag. The bottom layer is made ... more The American Flag cocktail is a patriotic red, white, and blue drink that features three distinct layers to represent the colors of the American flag. The bottom layer is made with 10ml of Grenadine, a sweet and fruity syrup made from pomegranates, which adds a vibrant red color to the drink. The middle layer consists of 10ml of coffee liqueur, which adds a deep brown color and a rich, roasted coffee flavor. The top layer is made with 10ml of orange liqueur, which adds a bold orange color and a sweet, citrusy taste. When combined, these three ingredients create a visually stunning cocktail with a balanced flavor profile that is perfect for celebrating American pride.
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Coffee liqueur
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11.67% | 0.35 units *

Shot glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The American Flag is a visually striking shot that combines the sweet, fruity flavors of Grenadine and Blue Curaçao with a potent coffee liqueur middle layer. This cocktail is festive in appearance but complex in taste, offering a patriotic nod with every sip.

Method
How to make a American Flag

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour one part Bols blue curaçao into a shot glass
Layer one part crème de cacao white on top so that it floats
Then finally add one part grenadine on top and serve

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FAQ's

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

How do you layer the ingredients in the American Flag cocktail to maintain the distinct color separation?

To achieve the layered effect in an American Flag cocktail, you should carefully pour each ingredient over the back of a spoon or use a pourer with a slow, controlled flow. Start with grenadine as it's the heaviest, followed by the coffee liqueur, and finally top with Blue Curaçao. Pouring slowly and against the glass's side helps maintain distinct layers.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of the American Flag compare to other popular shots?

With an alcohol content of 11.67%, the American Flag is relatively mild compared to other popular shots which can range from 30% to 50% alcohol by volume (ABV). It's designed more for its visual appeal and flavor profile rather than strength.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve the American Flag cocktail to enhance its visual appeal?

The American Flag cocktail should be served in a clear shot glass to showcase its layered colors. Chill the glass beforehand to help keep the layers distinct and the drink cold. Serving it immediately after preparation ensures the layers don't mix and remain visually appealing.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What occasions are most suitable for serving the American Flag cocktail?

The American Flag cocktail is perfect for patriotic events and holidays such as the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or Veterans Day. Its visual representation of the American flag's colors makes it a festive choice for celebrations of American heritage and independence.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

Can I use different types of coffee liqueur in the American Flag, and how will it affect the drink?

Yes, you can use different types of coffee liqueur in the American Flag cocktail, but it might alter the flavor slightly depending on the brand's sweetness or coffee intensity. The layering should remain unaffected as long as the liqueur's density is similar to that specified in the original recipe.

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