The Batts Hill Cucumber & Clementine Old Flame Cocktail for Bonfire Night

Burning effigies and setting off fireworks may be fun, but kindling the fire inside with a warming gin cocktail is even better. This one has a spectacular twist to it, so keep reading to the end and please let us know how you get on...
  • 30ml Batts Hill Cucumber & Clementine gin 
  • 15ml Tripple sec
  • 15ml Vermouth rosso 
  • 10ml Campari 
  • 45ml orange juice 
Pour all the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with orange zest or tweel.

As it's Guy Fawkes and we like to set the night alight we think this drink calls for a twist in the form of a flamed orange peel.

This is a spectacular technique in a bartender's bag of tricks. At a crowded bar, a quick burst of flame always turns heads and sparks conversation and best of all, you can try this one at home!

Simply cut a fresh piece of citrus fruit at least an inch in diameter. Try finding a thicker piece of peel as it will be easier to squeeze over a lit match. Once your cocktail is made and you are ready to impress your guests, hold the citrus peel side down above your cocktail. Now light a match and wave the peel slowly over the match for a couple of seconds which will help warm the natural oils. Now twist and squeeze the peel over the lit match. Snap your forefinger and thumb together pretty sharply and strongly to press out a lot of oil quickly and you should have a momentary burst of fire 🔥

Be patient. The first few times you do this, it might not work very well, but keep practicing. Be sure to use fresh oranges, and you'll eventually get it right!

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