G.O.P. Up in Flames

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Author Notes: Piqued your interest, or maybe your ire? The G.O.P does not refer to the Republican Party, but the Ginger Orange Pomegranate flavors of the drink. When the “up in flames” contest was announced, I knew I wanted to make a flaming pousse-café. I looked through my liquor selection, and determined I wanted to combine Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur with PAMA pomegranate liqueur. I needed a bridge (both in color and flavor) and since I had some fresh oranges I added orange juice to the mix. The flavor combo worked well, but was a bit sweet and not boozy enough. The color combo was nice, but the PAMA ended up in the middle instead of on top – I wanted more of an ombre effect with clear on bottom, orange in middle, and red on top. Vodka to the rescue on both counts. By mixing PAMA and vodka I was able to layer it on top of the orange juice and improve the balance of flavor. A small layer of hundred proof vodka on top gave me the flames I wanted. Bottoms up! - hardlikearmourhardlikearmour

Food52 Review: Once you get the layering technique down (a baster works perfectly), you’ll be hooked on the gorgeous flavors and stunning colors. Then comes the inevitable fever, for which there’s only one prescription: more G.O.P. Up in Flames. And then, by the time you’ve assembled your third round, you’re a pro at it and your friends are showering you with love. - TiggyBeeTiggyBee

Makes 1 2.25 oz shot

  • 1/2 ounce ginger liqueur
  • 3/4 ounces fresh orange juice, strained to remove pulp
  • 1/2 ounce pomegranate liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce vodka (80 or 100 proof based on preference)
  • additional 100 proof vodka (or other high proof clear liquor)
  1. Pour ginger liqueur into 2.5 oz tall & skinny shot-type glass.
  2. Rest spoon inside glass with convex surface up, and tip resting on inner side of glass. Very carefully and slowly pour orange juice onto spoon so that it runs down inner side of glass in a gentle stream. The slower this happens the better the separation of layers.
  3. Mix pomegranate liqueur and vodka together, and pour into glass carefully using the same process as the orange juice.
  4. Pour a thin layer of the high proof vodka onto the surface of the pomegranate layer. Dim the lights, and light your shot. I'm not brave enough to drink it on fire, so I recommend blowing out the flame before drinking it! You can either drink it like a shot, or stir and sip.
  5. (Cooks note: I got my best separation of layers using a 30 ml syringe to drizzle the liquids down the inside of the glass, and recommend using this method for crisp layers. You can typically find them at feed stores or medical supply stores)

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about 2 years ago Susan Jordan

Beautiful! and So Yummy.

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about 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thank you!

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almost 3 years ago spacemonkey

Made this as part of a boozy brunch. Mini versions make cool shots.

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almost 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Great idea! Thanks for giving them a try!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks for the lovely review, TiggyBee! So glad you had fun making them.

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about 3 years ago TiggyBee

ha! I'm telling you...cowbell! thanks for the creation!! : )

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about 3 years ago BMurphy724

Hmm...Amazing colors,Ginger....I do love the flavor of ginger.....Need to try this one with a dinner pairing!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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The ginger liqueur is incredible. We were at a friend's dinner party, and a group of 8 of us polished of a bottle in one night.!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

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Who drove home?

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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It's only 28% alcohol, so each person had about 2 T of pure alcohol over the course of several hours.

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about 3 years ago boulangere

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Just a joke!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

No worries! I just don't want anyone to think I'm advocating drinking and driving!

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about 3 years ago TiggyBee

loving this!!!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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me too! the comments have been great.

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about 3 years ago TiggyBee

I swear, if you look closely, there's a bit of a mitt shaped thingy on the bottom of the glass and some sort of a newt-ish looking deal, smack dab in the middle and floating on the top near the flame is a wicked comb-over. I'm off to hunt for the pomegranate liqueur today.

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about 3 years ago fiveandspice

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TiggyBee, that is beyond hilarious! :)

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

TiggyBee, you are so creatively perceptive! I just got some PAMA so I can make this when special friends visit next month for a special toast.

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about 3 years ago drbabs

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TiggyBee, you rock, too!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Oh, TiggyBee, you are a riot!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

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You need to send this whole thing to Jon Stewart!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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That would be a hoot!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

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For a change, I'm actually not kidding!

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about 3 years ago betteirene

Oh, the flavors! Beautiful, just beautiful--and it looks good, too. I used to think that there was no drink more beautiful than a sweaty glass of iced sweet tea with a lemon pinwheel on it.

I hope it's easier to swallow than some of the stuff the other GOP tries to ram down our throats. Did I really say that? You betcha! : D

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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You crack me up!

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about 3 years ago boulangere

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I am howling! This is too great!

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about 3 years ago drbabs

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Oh, betteirene, in case I haven't said this often enough, you ROCK!!

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about 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Major WOW factor!!! Really spectacular! You are so creative. And I love the name...

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Thanks, ChezSuzanne! I thank the martini party we had last summer, which helped provide my liquor stock!

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about 3 years ago Table9

Love the title! Brilliant. Recipe sounds amazing too. I was also developing a flaming cocktail recipe, but yours is just too divine...back to the drawing board.

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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There's always room for more flaming cocktails, and you always have great recipes! Bring it on.

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about 3 years ago Lizthechef

As I lifelong political liberal, I wish you had picked another name for your incredible recipe. On the other hand, I have spent 24 hours trying for a suggestion - no go. This is a spectacular recipe! Big thumbs up!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Sorry, Liz! I really couldn't help myself.

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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I've got it! I'm gonna nickname this awesome drink Sex On Fire, and sip it while listening to Kings of Leon. Reminds me of Sex On The Beach a little. The, um, cocktail? ;)

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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That's a much more PC name than mine! Though it makes me wonder about your sex life a little bit, mrslarkin ;)

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about 3 years ago Lusty Dish

It;s Great I love the title...

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks! I couldn't resist after the idea hit me.

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about 3 years ago dymnyno

Beautiful!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks! All compliments should go to my brother!

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about 3 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

It looks lovely - a big well done to your brother. Was he making up for years of being the 'not-best brother in the world'....like mine would? Anyhow, really superb!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Lucky for me, my brother has been pretty decent, so he doesn't have to make up for anything!

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about 3 years ago CarolinaEpicurean

I love it! I am nominating it for official drink of the DNC! Thanks for the laugh!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Maybe I should try to market it ;)

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about 3 years ago Midge

This is fantastic, hla! And the name is brilliant.

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, Midge!

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about 3 years ago indieculinary

Gorgeous cocktail! I'll find an excuse to try this as soon as possible.

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks! If you get a chance to try it, let me know how you like it.

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about 3 years ago ellenl

This is just amazing!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, ellenl!

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

This is amazing!! I loved the idea, and now that I can see it, I love it even more. Cheers, hardlikearmour!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Bottoms up, gingerroot!

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about 3 years ago ALittleZaftig

This is fantastic! Well done. Especially love the name.

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thank you!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Wow!!!!!! Absolutely brilliant. I have to ask - did you chug it like a shot, or stylishly sip it? Or both? ;)

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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I chugged, my brother stirred and sipped. It goes down really easily!