They say fire purges evil, but in the case of the flaming phantom drink, you need fire to release the sweet caramel sugar that makes this drink both delicious and memorable.
Born in a green inferno, spiked with a liberal amount of spirits and citrus, and with a fizzy head of foam, the Flaming Phantom is a smooth drink, but I warn you…too many of these, and you’ll find yourself exercising your own demons the next morning.
To make your own flaming phantom you will need:
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup vodka (in a spray bottle) + 3/4 oz (I’m using Virus Vodka)
- 3/4 oz Absinthe
- 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
- 1 egg white
- 1/4 cup lemon-lime soda
- Green food coloring
The first thing we need to do is make a sugar cube. I’m using a skull mold I got here.
Place your 1/4 cup sugar into a bowl. Using your spray bottle of vodka, wet the sugar just enough that it becomes damp. (If you don’t have a spray bottle, slowly drizzle your vodka in.) You want it to have the consistency of wet sand. Too much liquid? Just add more sugar.
Press your damp sugar into your skull mold. I used a spoon to really pack it in there. Place a cookie sheet on top of your mold and press down to help pack your sugar down even more.
Flip the whole thing upside down, so your mold is on top and your cookie sheet is underneath.
Allow to sit for 10 minutes and then gently lift off your mold. Your sugar skulls should slide right out.
Pop them into a 200F/93C oven for about 15 minutes. The warm air will help evaporate all the alcohol and the sugar will dry rock hard.
Your sugar skull cubes are now done and, if stored in a dry spot, will last months!
Now let’s get boozy!
In a shaker glass (if you’re wondering how to get your own spooky dead set, go here), combine your lemon juice, a few cubes of ice, and your egg white.
In a separate glass, combine your 3/4 oz vodka with 3/4 oz absinthe and a drop or two of green food coloring.
In a shallow dish, spoon a small amount of absinthe onto one of your sugar skulls. You want just enough to get it damp, but not so much that it dissolves.
Place a sugar spoon across the top of your glass (I just picked up this one) and put your boozy sugar skull on top.
Ignite the sugar with a flame. It will bubble and melt, caramelizing the sugar. As it melts, the flaming sugar will also ignite the top of your drink. Don’t worry, just let it continue to burn until all your sugar drips into your glass.
(I don’t think I need to tell you to be careful with this stuff…I mean, it’s pretty obvious that flaming alcohol is dangerous and you should make sure not to do something stupid like knock it over or try to drink it while it’s still on fire…but then again, there are directions on cans of Easy Cheese telling you to take the cap off for best results, so yeah…I’m gonna just state the obvious just in case…DON’T BE STUPID…THIS SHIT IS ON FIRE!)
Swirl to mix and then gently blow out the flame.
Add your sugar/absinthe/vodka mix into your egg white and lemon juice (be sure to get all the sugar out of the bottom of the glass and mix that in…mmm….).
Add in your soda, and shake for 10 seconds to really mix.
Now crack open your shaker and pour your flaming phantom into your glass, making sure to get a nice foam on top.
Here’s the whole process in about 40 seconds…
And if you’re looking for another way to use both our sugar skull mold and absinthe, why not make eerie glowing absinthe gummies next???
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