When one has a cold, don’t reach for NyQuil or TheraFlu, a Blue Blazer is just what the doctor ordered! After all bartenders were considered chemists at one time, they can cure what ails you! Created in the mid-nineteenth century by ‘Professor’ Jerry Thomas while in residence at the bar of the El Dorado hotel in San Francisco. Thomas perfected the method of tossing the ingredients back and forth between two tankards while lit. “If well done this will have the appearance of a continued stream of liquid fire,” states Thomas in his 1862 Bartender’s Guide. This is a tasty concoction served hot that instantly warms and relaxes, try one with or without a cold.
1 3/4 ounces whiskey or Bourbon
1 3/4 ounces boiling water
1 bar spoon powdered sugar or clear honey
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
Heat the whiskey in a small saucepan on low (do not boil) and pour into a mug. Add the boiling water, fresh lemon juice and powdered sugar or honey and stir. For instructions on performing the lighted version, an excellent description can be found in Salvatore Calabrese’s Classic Cocktails.