Flame of Love

Country of Origin: USA
Main Spirit: vodka

vodka, sherry, orange

The Flame of Love was invented in 1962 for Dean Martin by Pepe Ruiz of the (now extinct) Chasen’s in Hollywood. Ruiz created the drink for the famous Rat Packer after Martin grew tired of his usual dry martini.

This drink isn’t overly complex, but it is layered. Take the time to flame the peels correctly and remember that a little sherry goes a long way. Since vodka is the star here, avoid the bottom shelf and opt for a quality, clean bottling such as Chicago’s own Next Star.

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  • 2 1/4 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 teaspoon fino sherry
  • 2-3 large orange peels


Chill a cocktail glass and cut 2 or 3 nice swaths of orange peel. Over the empty glass, squeeze the oils from the peels through a lit match flame, coating the inside of the glass with caramelized essence.

In an ice-filled mixing glass, combine the vodka with a splash of sherry. Shake and strain into the prepared glass and squeeze the oil from one final orange peel (without flame) over the completed drink.