How to Flame an Orange Twist for Cocktails

A cocktail is just more fun when it involves (intentionally) setting something on fire. In this case, it’s an orange peel. Aside from the spectacle, the point of a flaming orange twist garnish is to impart some citrus oil and a little smoke to your drink. It’s wholly optional—an unflamed citrus twist will do the job, too—yet wholly entertaining.

This garnish is for drinks with aged dark spirits or a lot of bitterness. So it’s too intense for, say, a Martini or Mojito and definitely overkill for a PiƱa Colada. But enough no, here’s some yes. Try it with these drinks:

Watch the video from Bon Appetit to learn how to do it … and be safe!

Watch Cocktails Slowly Explode

Beastie Boys + Slow-Mo Cocktails = Hell yes!

The shots in the video are 5,000 frames per second (or more). As a comparison, a typical movie is around 24 frames per second. So what’s happening is that this special awesome camera is shooting more frames of something that happens quickly, so that the frames can be played back in slow motion to show the details we wouldn’t normally see.

And now to the exploding drinks! (Don’t try this at home … or do. I’m not the boss of you.)

Phantom Cocktails from Ty Migota on Vimeo.