pouring the rum

Oh my God, I can’t believe no one has told me about this before.

lighting the rum

Just sifting through some of Dave’s photos on flickr and came across this set.

careful not to spill any on the table

Feuerzangenbowle is basically German style mulled wine with flames ! You basically make a wine/spice/fruit mixture up in a bowl/pan/fire proof vessel, and then suspend a cone of sugar above it, which you then douse with rum and set on fire.
This so appeals to my pyromaniac tendencies. Too bad I can’t stand mulled wine.

the flames burn brightly

If anyone is interested, here’s a recipe I just found for how to make it.

this is why you use a ladle to pour the rum