Flaming Lithuanian Shooter

If taking the time and effort to make a Pousse-café - then use the best top shelf liquors as in this drink, Kahlua & Baily's
If taking the time and effort to make a Pousse-café - then use the best top shelf liquors as in this drink, Kahlua & Baily's

Pousse-café Takes Time

A layered drink is an alcoholic parfait using various liquors of different alcohol content, the lowest at the bottom and the highest on the top. It takes time to make and can either make the entire batch to be served ahead of time or can make a show of it while making in front of your friends.


Since it takes so much time to make, I suggest making multiple drinks at one time. These types of fancy drinks are high dollar served in fine restaurants and not in a roadhouse bar. A simple pousse-café can be Kahlua® coffee liqueur and Baileys® Irish cream. Instead of having coffee and dessert after a sumptuous meal, Kahlua and Baileys is both in one.. These drinks are NOT meant to be stirred! That would defeat the entire purpose of having a Pousse-café!

There is an easier way to make a coffee and cream liqueur pousse-café that takes zero skill. It is two bottles in one, with two different size necks openings to make the perfect layered drink without fuss or time. The special cap covers both at once. Hard to find, SHERIDANS Irish Coffee Cream Liqueur has an impressive dispenser design.

With the colors of the Mexican flag, the Mexican Flag Shooter perfect for Mexican fiestas like Cinco de Mayo
With the colors of the Mexican flag, the Mexican Flag Shooter perfect for Mexican fiestas like Cinco de Mayo

Mexican Flag Shooter - Bandera Mexicana

The Mexican Flag Shooter has three layers and is served in a double shot glass. Never make one at a time. From bottom to top it is grenadine, white tequila and green crème de menthe that is of higher in alcoholic content than the tequila.

Avoid high-octane tequila. Tequila is most often at 76–80 proof. For example, Siete Leguas Blanco 100% de Agave Tequila is 80 proof, the green crème de menthe will just fall right through and you'll have a mixed drink and not a layered one.

If using green crème de menthe of 72 proof, (36%), then the tequila must be of lower alcoholic strength such as Chili Pepper Tequila Infusion at 42 proof.



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Flaming Lithuanian Shooter (single shot)

  • 1/3 oz Rose's grenadine
  • 1/3 oz DeKuyper green crème de menthe
  • 1/3 oz Jose Cuervo Tequila Especial Gold
  • very small amount of Everclear, (highly flammable)
  1. Using an inverted spoon that is touching the edge of the glass, slowly pour into a single shot, grenadine, green creme de menthe, Cuervo Gold. Do not fill up to the top, leave a little less from rim glass for the Everclear. Watch the video to see the technique.
  2. Carefully pour a tiny amount of Everclear
  3. While shot glass is on the bar, light up the Everclear and very quickly suck through the small red bar straw from the top to the bottom leaving only the taste of the sweet syrup in your mouth.

The Flaming Lithuanian is more complex because there are four layers and is served in a shot glass. The layering is more precise because of the smaller amounts. Never make one at a time.

How to drink it is also special. By taking the little red straw and sipping through it from top to bottom in a smooth control manner while the shot glass is on the bar will leave only the taste of Grenadine, a non-alcoholic red syrup.

The pièce de résistance is lighting on fire the top layer. Have to be quick to drink. That's why the drink in on the table! Safety first.

How to layer, show & tell technique

More cocktails with grenadine & green creme de menthe

What are you going to do with all that leftover grenadine & green creme de menthe? Here are some links for your next holiday cocktail.

Santa Shot - grenadine, green crème de menthe, peppermint schnapps

Mexican Flag Shooter - grenadine, green crème de menthe, Tequila Gold

Bob Marley - grenadine, green crème de menthe, 151 proof rum, banana liqueur

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Rochelle Frank 7 months ago from California Gold Country

Looks pretty-- but dangerous!

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