Make Your Own Flaming Spanish Coffee


This coffee is fire. Keep an extinguisher handy. Photo by Kaity Schultz.

If you’re anything like me, you like to spice up your coffee recipes every once in a while to keep things interesting. What sounds better than coffee mixed with a relatively “harmless” high-content alcohol? As we all know, nothing mixes better with flammable liquids than fire, so we’re gonna be using some of that as well. Today, we’re making one spectacularly dazzling drink called the Flaming Spanish Coffee.

The drink calls for 151-proof rum, which Bacardi discontinued; however, Don Q and Cruzan should still be producing theirs. Also, make sure the mouth of your stemmed (FIRE RESISTANT) glass is wide enough to allow oxygen to reach the contents inside, otherwise the fire will get snuffed out.

This interactive cocktail is guaranteed to entrance anyone who witnesses the sparks and flames that emerge from the glass. It’s delicious, but more importantly, it looks super badass (just don’t light your house on fire!).

Be sure to have a fire extinguisher standing by, just in case (once again) you’re anything like me and remain one small mistake away from epic disaster at all times. Let’s begin!

flaming Spanish coffee

A dash of cinnamon adds exciting sparks. Photo by Kaity Schultz.

Photo by Kaity Schultz.

Flaming Spanish Coffee Recipe

Items Needed:

  • Heat-resistant stemmed glass
  • Utility lighter or long match
  • Lemon juice
  • Brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 ounces 151-proof rum
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • 3 ounces freshly brewed coffee
  • 1 1/2 ounces coffee liqueur
  • Whipped cream


  1. Rim your glass with lemon juice, then brown sugar.
  2. Pour rum into glass.
  3. Tilt glass slightly, and use the lighter or match to light the rum on fire.
  4. Hold the stem of your glass and gently swirl the flaming rum in a circular motion to caramelize the sugar above it.
  5. Sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg over the drink. This adds flavor as well as aesthetically pleasing visual sparks.
  6. Add the freshly brewed coffee and coffee liqueur.
  7. Garnish with whipped cream and sprinkle cinnamon on top.


This article first appeared in the Spring 2022 print edition of Coffee or Die Magazine as “Bitter Barista: Flaming Spanish Coffee.”

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Heather Lynn is a staff writer for Coffee or Die, and a producer and influencer for BRCC, creating hands-on content for its social channels. Originally from Nicholasville, Kentucky, she was raised to love fishing, riding horses, and spending much of her time outdoors. Heather is passionate about acting and content creation. She enjoys the innovation involved in the process, especially since she began working with BRCC’s marketing department. She spends much of her time with her German Shepherd dog, Arya, working out at the gym, and writing new skits.
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