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Eliminator Cocktail Recipe

The Eliminator is your basic one-ounce shot comprised of three different liquors – well, four, if you count the rum that burns off when you light it.

Who doesn’t love a cocktail you can set on fire, right? Well, probably the many people who sued Bacardi until eventually Bacardi stopped selling its 151 product in the US.

I know, right? And yet, they had a point. Setting cocktails on fire should be done with the utmost caution, and you should be sure you know what you’re doing. 

Now that I’ve done my best to appease the lovely people who insure my business…

Eliminator drink with flame from top

This is a fun shot featuring Jack Daniels, Jägermeister, tequila, and any 151 proof rum you can still get. Curzan is still around, so that’s what I recommend. It has a nice flavor too.

This shot has a fairly strong black licorice flavor, which people tend to love or hate. If you love it, you will enjoy this shot a lot.

One more note about setting drinks on fire: literally no cocktail actually needs to be set on fire. It doesn’t change the flavor. You can always just make the drink, not set it on fire, and drink it. It’s safer.

It’s also easier. Lighting cocktails on fire is a pain in the proverbial. It’s a hard thing to do. Every time I do it, which is only for photographs for you guys, it takes me a few times to get it right.

If you have any safety concerns, do the lighting for the first round of the evening, while you’re still sober, and then move on to saner things. And always remind your guests to blow out the flame before drinking.

Because you’d be surprised how many people forget. I really question the idea that humans are the most intelligent species.

Angled view of Eliminator drink with flame from top
Eliminator drink with flame from top
Yield: 1 drink

Eliminator Cocktail Recipe

The Eliminator is your basic one-ounce shot with four different liquors - Jack Daniels, Jagermeister, tequila and any 151 proof rum you can find.


  • 1/2 ounce Jägermeister
  • 1/4 ounce Jack Daniels
  • 1/4 ounce tequila
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cruzan 151 rum


  1. Pour the Jägermeister into your shot glass.
  2. Next add the Jack Daniels.
  3. Now pour in the tequila.
  4. Gentlypoon the rum on top.
  5. Using a long lighter or match, light it on fire to serve.

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