How to make an Orange Flambe garnish for a cocktail
If you've ever ordered a Cosmo in a half decent cocktail bar you've probably seen the bartender do something with an orange zest and a lighter which looks pretty cool...I'll show you how!
What you'll need:
Cut a piece of zest around 5cm long and 2-3cm wide.
Hold the zest by the edges, and gently heat with the lighter.
Hold the lit lighter on the outer side of the peel. Hold over the drink you are preparing.
In one movement squeeze the zest to release the oils which will sparkle and flame in the lighter's flame. Discard the zest.
The oils will have left a haze around the top of the drink which will add flavor when sipped.
The fresher the orange the better, as the skin will be oilier.
Make sure hair is tied back
Make sure the zest is resonably large so as not to burn your fingers
Never play with fire, lighters or matches