The Flame of Love

Time 6 minutes
Yields Serves 1
The Flame of Love
(Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)

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.


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.

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.

Betty Hallock was the deputy Food editor, covering all things food and drink for the Saturday section and Daily Dish blog. She started at The Times in 2001 in the Business section and previously worked on the National desk at the Wall Street Journal in New York. She’s a graduate of UCLA and New York University.
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