Our Quest For The Flaming Moe

In June 2010, we sought out a way to re-create The Simpsons' famous Flaming Moe from Season 3, Episode 10: Flaming Moe's (duh).  We watched the episode several times, we consulted the intertubes, and we went through several bartending books for ideas.  Here is the closest we can manage to the "Original" recipe from watching the episode:

The Flaming Homer

  • Tequila
  • Schnapps
  • Creme de Menthe
  • Krusty's Non-Narcotik Cough Syrup
That recipe looks... horrifying.  Even with this in mind, one of the I.G. team members was willing to test it... he never regained his sight.

Then a pint glass came out several years back with the Flaming Moe recipe:

  • 1 oz brandy
  • 1 oz peppermint schnapps
  • 1 oz sloe gin
  • 1 oz blackberry liqueur
  • 1 oz strawberry juice
  • cough syrup
This one adds several fruit-based liqueurs to the mix, combines the schnapps and menthe, and nixes the tequila.  Still... we have no morals here at Insatiable Geek, and we won't even recommend this recipe.

It became obvious we had to make our own Flaming Moe. 

First, we tried several variations of the popular Flaming Dr. Pepper.  In this recipe, you fill a shot glass three quarters full with amaretto, top it with 151-proof rum, and drop it into a pint of beer.  If you chug quickly, the drink should taste like Dr. Pepper. The trick is, if you screw up the first two times, anything will taste like Dr. Pepper after chugging two beers, two shots, and some 151.  We tried changing the amaretto to blackberry liqueur for that purple color.  Then, we switched the beer to Dr. Pepper and rum.  None of our changes made it look any more like the drink, nor did they taste good.

Next, we tried a mixed drink with 151 floated on top.  Again, we couldn't get that color or style right.    

The problem is the secret ingredient.  What makes a Flaming Moe so special?  According to one reputable scientist, it's "love".  Since Hallmark won't sell us any prepacked love, we need a good substitute.

As the Insatiable Geek tests new drinks, we will one day achieve the Flaming Moe.  Until then, send in your ideas on our Facebook page!