Flame of Love – A Sherry Martini Riff

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.

Since returning, I love sipping sherry as a way to get me, well, as close as I can to Spain in 2020. Neat is always an option, but one of my favorite ways to drink sherry is via a Martini.

One of the best-loved Sherry martini riffs is dubbed The Flame of Love. (With a name like that, what’s not to like? )

It was originally made by bartender Pepe Ruiz in 1970. Ruiz held down the fort at West Hollywood’s then-celebrity hotspot Chasen’s, and as the story goes, the cocktail was originally made for Dean Martin.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.

Image from Grey Goose

The Flame of Love

Orange peel

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

Kate Dingwall
Kate Dingwallhttps://www.kate-dingwall.com/
Kate Dingwall is a writer and editor, primarily covering the spirits and travel world. Her work has appeared in Forbes.com, Wine Enthusiast, Liquor.com, MAXIM Magazine, DuJour Magazine, Eater, VinePair, Culture Trip, Canada's 100 Best Restaurants, and a number of other publications, online and print. Outside of writing, she is a sommelier and an avid martini drinker.

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