In Honor of the Hunger Games: Cocktails Catching Fire

Tonight, I’m going to see the new Hunger Games: Catching Fire and I’m so very excited! In honor of this film, I’ve collected a few cocktail recipes that require an extra SPARK to pull off. Presenting, three cocktails on fire.

Cocktail One: Lavender-Smoked Martini

recipe via the Measure and Stir blog


  • 1.5 oz Lavender-infused gin
  • .75 oz Dry Vermouth (Dolin)
  • Dash of lemon juice
  • Dash of simple syrup


  1. Stir together gin, vermouth, lemon juice and simple syrup in a shaker
  2. Light a teaspoon of lavender on fire
  3. Place a large glass over the smoldering flowers, so that it fills with smoke.
  4. Stir the drink and then strain it into the smoke-filled glass.

Note: More information on creating smoked cocktails via Manmade DIY.

Cocktail Two: Flaming Corpse Reviver #2

our very own Geeks with Drinks recipe


  • 3/4 ounce Hendrick’s gin
  • 3/4 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce Cointreau
  • 3/4 ounce Lillet Blanc
  • 1 dash absinthe
  • Cherries (optional garnish)
  • Fire starter (kitchen torch, candle lighter, match)


  1.  Fill shaker with ice
  2. Add gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc and lemon juice to the shaker and shake until chilled
  3. Coat a rocks glass with absinthe by swirling it around inside the glass
  4. Ignite absinthe using a kitchen torch (or try your handy candle lighter) or a match and after giving it a few seconds, add the drink to extinguish it  (please don’t set yourself on fire).
  5. Garnish with a cherry if you desire (or 3 if you’re me) and sip!

Cocktail Three: Smoky Grove (flaming the orange twist)

Recipe via Kindred Cocktails


  • 2 oz Scotch
  • 1⁄2 oz Sweet vermouth (we love Carpano Antica)
  • 1⁄2 oz Dry vermouth
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
  • 1 dash Orange bitters
  • 1 twist Orange peel (flamed)


  1. Stir Scotch, both vermouths and bitters into mixing tin filled with ice
  2. Strain into coupe glass
  3. Flame orange peel over glass, garnish

Note: Great instructions on how to flame an orange peel via Serious Drinks.


And may the odds be ever in your favor!


original photo: ylegrand (creative commons)

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