Halloween is near, and revelers everywhere are looking for appropriate drinks to celebrate with. Recently, I discovered a tasty cinnamon flavored drink called the Flaming Pumpkin Pie. This shooter is simple to make, and perfect to serve to guests during any of the autumn or winter holidays. A typical home bar will already have the four ingredients necessary, so let’s proceed to take a closer look at the Flaming Pumpkin Pie.
The non-flaming version of this drink is sometimes referred to as a Carrot Cake or (erroneously) a Gingerbread Man, but the latter one is an entirely different drink.
Flaming Pumpkin Pie
- ½ oz Kahlúa
- ½ oz Baileys Irish Cream
- Splash of Goldschläger
- Dash of Cinnamon
In a 2 oz shot glass, layer the Kahlúa on the bottom, the Bailey’s Irish Cream in the middle, and splash the Goldschläger or other cinnamon schnapps on top. Some variations of this recipe call for the Kahlúa and Baileys to be shaken with ice and strained, with the Goldschläger still layered on top. Other variations call for Bacardi 151 or white tequila instead of Goldschläger. Whichever variation on the Flaming Pumpkin Pie recipe you use, now is the time to light that top layer of liquor on fire. While the Goldschläger layer burns, sprinkle the cinnamon onto the drink. You should see the fire jump as the cinnamon ignites, and you’ve successfully made the Flaming Pumpkin Pie shot. Extinguish the flames and then chug the drink down. Be careful not to burn yourself on the hot shot glass. Yeouch!
Preparing the Flaming Pumpkin Pie shot for serving should take no more than two minutes, including the time taken to turn it into a flaming shot. The Flaming Pumpkin Pie shot is most commonly seen during the autumn and winter holidays, but many people love it all year round. Something about the way the Kahlúa, Baileys, and Goldschläger combine reminds everyone of what they love most about Thanskgiving and Christmas, the great desserts.
Whenever you prepare flaming drinks, you must exercise caution, or you could end up having an unfortunate incident.
Convincing the Devil To Buy You a Round
Fun facts: The tradition of carving Jack ’o’ lanterns for Halloween comes from an ancient legend of a man who tricked the Devil into buying him a drink! According the story, this drunkard named Stingy Jack wanted to go drinking with the Prince of Darkness, but of course he didn’t want to actually pay their bar tab. He convinced Lucifer to turn himself into a coin so they could pay for their drinks. Jack double-crossed the Devil by putting the coin in his pocket right next to a silver cross, preventing Satan from turning back to his true form. Jack eventually freed the Devil but made him agree not to bother him for ten years. At the end of the decade, the Devil came seeking Jack’s soul, but this time, on the way back to Hell, Jack tricked the Devil into climbing an apple tree and then trapping him there by carving a cross on the tree trunk. Jack agrees to let the Devil go free, but this time Satan must promise that Jack will never serve a single day in Hell. Jack eventually died from alcoholism and tried to enter Heaven, but Heaven refused to take him. Jack then tried to enter Hell, but now the Devil finally delivered Jack his comeuppance and denied him entrance into Hell. Jack was forced by mutual exclusion to wander the earth with a piece of fiery brimstone inserted into a turnip to light his way with. Later on, when Irish immigrants came to the New World and found that pumpkins were easier to carve than turnips, the jack ’o’ lantern we know became part of the Halloween mythology. A different variation of this story is also told where the protagonist is named Wicked John.
The burning coal from the legend is analogous to the flame of the mixed drink. The drink tastes like pumpkin pie, like the pumpkins we carve for Halloween. See how I tied that all together? If you think this drink is pretty good, you should check out our recipe for Pumpkin Pie Martini. The Kahlúa is a common ingredient, but otherwise they are two completely different but delicious drinks perfect for autumn.