Recipe: The Flame of Love

The Flame of Love
(Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)
The Flame of LoveTotal time: 6 minutesServings: 1Note: From Audrey Saunders of the Tar Pit, inspired by a recipe from legendary bartender Pepe Ruiz of erstwhile Chasen’s. For the bay leaf-infused vodka, add 2 dried bay leaves (cracked in half) for each cup of vodka (Saunders uses Absolut for this recipe); set aside at room temperature 10 hours.5 pieces (each about 1 1/2 inches round) orange peel (4 for coating the glass, 1 for garnish)2 1/2 ounces bay leaf-infused vodka 3/4 ounce apple-infused fino sherry (see All About Eve recipe)1 dash Peychaud bitters1. Coat a cocktail glass with orange peel oil: Hold a lighted match in one hand a couple of inches above the glass. Hold a piece of orange peel (peel side down) in the other hand (between the thumb and forefinger) above the lighted match. Squeeze the orange peel sharply, propelling the oil through the lighted match and onto the inside of the glass. Repeat with 3 more pieces of orange peel (you should see a film on the glass), discarding the peels.2. Fill a mixing glass with ice, then pour the infused vodka and sherry into the glass. Add the dash of bitters. Stir to chill, then strain the contents into the orange oil-coated cocktail glass. Flame the remaining piece of orange peel and drop it into the drink for garnish.Each serving: 176 calories; 0 protein; 0 carbohydrates; 0 fiber; 0 fat; 0 cholesterol; 0 sugar; 2 mg. sodium.

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