Last year, I spent a lazy few weeks in the South of Spain, working on a story, eating almadraba tuna, and strolling the white-walled streets to pass the time. Part of passing said time was dotting between tapas spots, sipping local beer, or, as I quickly grew a penchant for: sherry.
It was originally made by bartender Pepe Ruiz in 1970. Ruiz held down the fort at West Hollywood’s then-celebrity hotspot Chasen’s, and as the story goes, the cocktail was originally made for Dean Martin. He was so obsessed with this cocktail he would routinely drag in his buddy Frank Sinatra to sip the drink. Apparently Sinatra ordered one for the entire bar.
Myth or not, the cocktail is definitely a showstopper—it’s got a lit orange peel, afterall.
The Flame of Love
2 ounce Ketel One Vodka
0.25 ounce Fino Sherry Pour sherry into a chilled glass, swirl to coat and discard the excess (I like keeping the sherry). Use a lighter or match to express the oils from an orange peel so the burnt oil coats the inside of the glass. Shake vodka with ice and strain into a glass