A Flaming Doctor Pepper is a flaming cocktail said to taste like the soft drink Dr Pepper, although Dr Pepper is not one of its ingredients. It is usually made by filling a shot glass with 3 parts Amaretto and 1 part high-proof liquor, such as Everclear or Bacardi 151. The two liquors are not mixed; the high-proof alcohol is layered on top of the Amaretto. The shot is then set on fire and dropped into a glass half-filled with beer. The flames are extinguished by the beer, and the cocktail should then be drunk quickly.
As with many modern cocktails, the origin of this drink is disputed.
The earliest claim to origination of this drink is the Ptarmigan Club in College Station, Texas, in the 1960s.
Since Dr Pepper (without a period) is a trademark of a soft drink company, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, this cocktail has been marketed under several names to avoid trademark infringement. “Flaming Dr. Pepper” (with a period) and “Flaming Dr. Peppar” (a misspelling of “Pepper”) appear most often in Internet search results.
In popular culture
Author Tucker Max, known for his alcohol-fueled adventures, mentions the drink in the story “The Austin Road Trip” in his book I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell. After seeing a round of Flaming Doctor Peppers prepared in a bar and drinking one, Max......