Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Flame of Love


Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday this year which is the perfect day for a fabulous and romantic evening. And, as a bonus, you have all day Sunday to recoup. While it never seems smart to play with fire while drinking, the Flame of Love martini is a dangerously sexy concoction that is sure to make an impression.

The Flame of Love was created by Pepe Ruiz in 1970 for Dean Martin and was a very popular drink among the Rat Pack. Not only can you prepare Flame of Love for your significant other but you have an instant cute story and Rat Pack music to create atmosphere.

2 oz. Vodka
2 drops Dry Sherry
2 oz. Oranges

The art of the drink
Before filling the glass, light a wooden match a few inches above the rim, and pinch thick strips of orange peel into the flame, oily skin side toward the flame. The oils ignite and flare up over the glass. A few more strips are pinched and their oil ignited over the glass. You are oiling up the glass with this method to prepare for the finale. Then the drink is poured in, and one last strip of orange peel is flamed over the glass in the same manner. In a flash, the spray of orange oil falls over the martini, giving the first sip a citrus zing.

No comments: