Thursday, April 27, 2006

Celebrity Sips

Pursuant to last week’s "Celebrity Sips," Sipster, Tony Sachs, sent in an intriguing concoction enjoyed by the late, great crooner, Frank Sinatra.

Tony says, “I'm a Sinatra freak, and a major-league cocktailian, so I especially enjoyed the Sinatra entry. In my comment, I mentioned "Pepe's Flame Of Love Martini," which was a favorite of Sinatra's (although actually created for Dean Martin) by Pepe, the bartender at the legendary Chasen's, in Beverly Hills. Here's the recipe:

Pepe’s Flame of Love Martini
(created by Pepe, of Chasen’s, presented to The Liquid Muse by Tony Sachs)

Pour just enough sherry to coat the inside of a chilled cocktail glass.
In another glass, add 4 oz. vodka and several ice cubes.
Flame a wedge of orange peel over the first cocktail glass, containing the sherry, so that the oil from the peel shpritzes a fine mist into the glass.
Strain the chilled vodka into the sherry-coated glass.
Flame the orange peel again, then rub the rim of the glass with it.

Serve and wait for your guests' eyes to roll back in their head while they sigh, "Ooooohhhh...."

Dean reportedly said it was "the greatest thing I've ever had in my mouth." Ed McMahon's a big fan of it, too. You can watch the drink being made for Ed in the documentary ‘The Last Days Of Chasen's.’”

Thanks, Tony!
(directions on how to ‘flame an orange peel’ to follow!)

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