On November 21, 1991, The Flaming Homer cocktail was unleashed on the world via “The Simpsons”. Here is how the drink was created, taken from The Simpson’s episode [Flaming Moe’s] summary page on Wikipedia.
Moe and his tavern are in serious financial trouble. After he runs out of beer, Homer decides to tell him about a drink recipe that he accidentally invented one night, called the “Flaming Homer”. He explains that after Patty and Selma made the Simpson family watch slides from their latest vacation, he was unable to find a beer (after Patty took the last can). He decided to mix together drops of liquor from near-empty bottles and accidentally included a bottle of Krusty Brand non-narcotic cough syrup. When Patty dropped cigarette ash in the drink and set it on fire, Homer discovered that fire greatly enhanced the flavor of the drink.
The Flaming Homer ends up being a hit at Moe’s Tavern, with Aerosmith being drawn to the tavern due to the drink’s popularity. Things get all dramatic after that.
Well, I tried making the Flaming Homer last night, and let me tell you, it does NOT work. It doesn’t light on fire, and it tastes like a g lumpy, Robitussin stew of death, or basically alcoholic cough syrup. Jägerbomb anyone?