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How To Flame An Orange Peel For Cocktails

Popular bar trick was revived by Dale DeGroff
Jul 8, 2014 2:00 pm

One popular trick behind the bar today dates back to 1970 in Los Angeles, was revived by Dale DeGroff in New York in the 1980s, and continues to be popular among bartenders everywhere, and that’s the flamed orange peel. Reportedly invented by bartender Pepe Ruiz for the Flame of Love Cocktail created for Dean Martin, the trick involves holding an orange peel close to an open flame and briefly igniting the volatile oils over the surface of the drink. Read about the process and mystery behind the trick, after the jump.

The Versailles Cocktail

A flaming display of cocktail pyrotechnics
Jan 27, 2012 2:01 pm
flaming orange peel
Photo: Brian Quinn

After visiting Momofuku's new cocktail bar, Booker & Dax, I was reminded of the importance of a good show, as well as a good drink. One of the feats their bartenders perform is to stick a 1500-degree "red hot poker" into a mixing glass (filled with booze and a little extra sugar and water), which immediately sends flames shooting a foot out of the glass.

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