Pagan Idol's Daniel Parks Achieves the Perfect Tiki Flame

Liz Grossman

Flaming cocktails have always been a part of tiki tradition, but at Pagan Idol in San Francisco, Daniel Parks and his team are shaking things up a bit—at least when it comes to the source of the flame. Rather than rely on the ubiquitous Bacardi 151 to ignite their punch bowls, they douse sugar cubes with lemon oil and light them for a taller, more concentrated flame that burns yellow-orange. “The...