Burnt Citrus Cocktail

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 5 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 drink
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1 ounce bitter orange liqueur, such as Aperol

1 ounce white rum 

1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice, from 1/2 lemon, shell reserved 

3/4 ounce simple syrup 

1/4 to 1/2 ounce 151-proof rum 


  1. Combine the orange liqueur, white rum, lemon juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake for 30 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass or large coupe.
  2. Float the lemon shell in the glass and fill with the 151-proof rum. Using a long match or lighter, very carefully ignite the rum. To extinguish the flame, use a spoon or stirrer to press the lemon into the cocktail.