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G.O.P. Up in Flames

March 20, 2011
1 Ratings
  • Makes 1 2.25 oz shot
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! - hardlikearmour —hardlikearmour

Test Kitchen Notes

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. - TiggyBee —TiggyBee

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 ounce ginger liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce 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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  • Susan Jordan
    Susan Jordan
  • hardlikearmour
  • TiggyBee
  • boulangere
  • betteirene
I am an amateur baker and cake decorator. I enjoy cooking, as well as eating and feeding others. I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with my husband and our menagerie. I enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, mushroom hunting, tide pooling, beach combing, and snowboarding.

77 Reviews

Susan J. March 18, 2012
Beautiful! and So Yummy.
hardlikearmour March 19, 2012
Thank you!
spacemonkey June 6, 2011
Made this as part of a boozy brunch. Mini versions make cool shots.
hardlikearmour June 6, 2011
Great idea! Thanks for giving them a try!
hardlikearmour April 7, 2011
Thanks for the lovely review, TiggyBee! So glad you had fun making them.
TiggyBee April 12, 2011
ha! I'm telling you...cowbell! thanks for the creation!! : )
BMurphy724 March 25, 2011
Hmm...Amazing colors,Ginger....I do love the flavor of ginger.....Need to try this one with a dinner pairing!
hardlikearmour April 7, 2011
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.!
boulangere April 7, 2011
Who drove home?
hardlikearmour April 7, 2011
It's only 28% alcohol, so each person had about 2 T of pure alcohol over the course of several hours.
boulangere April 7, 2011
Just a joke!
hardlikearmour April 7, 2011
No worries! I just don't want anyone to think I'm advocating drinking and driving!
TiggyBee March 24, 2011
loving this!!!
hardlikearmour March 24, 2011
me too! the comments have been great.
TiggyBee March 26, 2011
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.
fiveandspice March 26, 2011
TiggyBee, that is beyond hilarious! :)
Sagegreen March 26, 2011
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.
drbabs March 26, 2011
TiggyBee, you rock, too!
hardlikearmour March 26, 2011
Oh, TiggyBee, you are a riot!
boulangere March 24, 2011
You need to send this whole thing to Jon Stewart!
hardlikearmour March 24, 2011
That would be a hoot!
boulangere March 24, 2011
For a change, I'm actually not kidding!
betteirene March 23, 2011
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
hardlikearmour March 23, 2011
You crack me up!
boulangere March 23, 2011
I am howling! This is too great!
drbabs March 26, 2011
Oh, betteirene, in case I haven't said this often enough, you ROCK!!
TheWimpyVegetarian March 22, 2011
Major WOW factor!!! Really spectacular! You are so creative. And I love the name...
hardlikearmour March 22, 2011
Thanks, ChezSuzanne! I thank the martini party we had last summer, which helped provide my liquor stock!
Table9 March 21, 2011
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.
hardlikearmour March 22, 2011
There's always room for more flaming cocktails, and you always have great recipes! Bring it on.
Lizthechef March 21, 2011
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!
hardlikearmour March 21, 2011
Sorry, Liz! I really couldn't help myself.
mrslarkin March 22, 2011
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? ;)
hardlikearmour March 23, 2011
That's a much more PC name than mine! Though it makes me wonder about your sex life a little bit, mrslarkin ;)
Lusty D. March 21, 2011
It;s Great I love the title...
hardlikearmour March 21, 2011
Thanks! I couldn't resist after the idea hit me.
dymnyno March 21, 2011
hardlikearmour March 21, 2011
Thanks! All compliments should go to my brother!
Kitchen B. March 21, 2011
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!
hardlikearmour March 21, 2011
Lucky for me, my brother has been pretty decent, so he doesn't have to make up for anything!
BoulderFoodie March 21, 2011
I love it! I am nominating it for official drink of the DNC! Thanks for the laugh!
hardlikearmour March 21, 2011
Maybe I should try to market it ;)
Midge March 21, 2011
This is fantastic, hla! And the name is brilliant.
hardlikearmour March 21, 2011
Thanks, Midge!
indieculinary March 20, 2011
Gorgeous cocktail! I'll find an excuse to try this as soon as possible.
hardlikearmour March 21, 2011
Thanks! If you get a chance to try it, let me know how you like it.
ellenl March 20, 2011
This is just amazing!
hardlikearmour March 20, 2011
Thanks, ellenl!
gingerroot March 20, 2011
This is amazing!! I loved the idea, and now that I can see it, I love it even more. Cheers, hardlikearmour!
hardlikearmour March 20, 2011
Bottoms up, gingerroot!
ALittleZaftig March 20, 2011
This is fantastic! Well done. Especially love the name.
hardlikearmour March 20, 2011
Thank you!
mrslarkin March 20, 2011
Wow!!!!!! Absolutely brilliant. I have to ask - did you chug it like a shot, or stylishly sip it? Or both? ;)
hardlikearmour March 20, 2011
I chugged, my brother stirred and sipped. It goes down really easily!