How to Make a Blue Blazer Style Hot Toddy

The Blue Blazer was invented by Jerry Thomas while he worked at the El Dorado in San Francisco. It might not be the earliest known heated alcoholic beverage but it's preparation is very unique. This version is essentially a Hot Toddy done Blue Blazer style. After a few practice rounds, (BE CAREFUL!) this is a great drink to bring behind the bar or to impress your friends at home. Don't forget to make your Old Fashioned Simple Syrup first.


Water 3 Ounce , boiling
Overproof rum 30 Milliliter
Maker's 46 30 Milliliter
Cognac 30 Milliliter
Angostura bitters 4 Dash
Old fashioned simple syrup 30 Milliliter
Cinnamon 1⁄4 Teaspoon



1. In a large metal mug, add boiling water.

2. Add remaining ingredients to another mug and ignite with fire.

3. Slowly begin rolling the alcoholic ingredients and the water back and forth from one mug to another.

4. As you roll the drink, position your mugs and farther and farther apart vertically to increase the length of the flame.

5. Once thoroughly mixed, add cinnamon and quickly cap one mug with the other to snuff the flame.


6. Serve in a goblet or snifter with a slice of lemon.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 10 Minutes
Servings: 1