Saturday, November 14, 2015


Hey pallies, likes yet 'gain today, we have to apologetically say better late then never to all youse Dino-holics.  At least this time it is not a matter of bein' years late on the Dino-draw, but a matter of 'bout a couple of months.  From new-to-ilovedinomartin web pad, "A HISTORY OF DRINKING" comes Gregory Priebe's drinkin' salute to the 50th anniversary of the first episode of The Dean Martin Variety Show that premiered on September 16, 1965.

In honor of this deeply delightful day in Dino-history, Priebe's post, "DEAN MARTIN: THE FLAME OF LOVE COCKTAIL" shares a groovy pose of our Dino and Miss Florence Henderson taken from the Dino-show 'long with some historical Dino-details 'bout how our Dino was snagged to host the show.  In addition Gregory shares some patter on our Dino's drinkin' habits and the recipe for
the liquid libation, the Flame of Love, that was created in huge homage of our King of Cool.

Mr. Priebe has put together a most appropriate celebratory post in honor of this incredibly important date in the life, the times, and the teachin's of our Dino and we swankly salute Gregory for this wonderful way of coolly celebratin' this Dino-date.  We are simply sorry that only most recently has this Dino-devotion come our way through google Dino-blog searchin'.  To checks this out in it's original source, simply clicks on the tag of this  here Dino-report.   Dino-salutin', DMP

September 16, 2015 by Gregory Priebe

Flame of Love


September 16, 1965 – “The Dean Martin Show”, debuted on NBC-TV. This comedy/vareity show was also known as The Dean Martin Variety Show and featured Martin’s 1964 hit “Everybody Loves Somebody” as its theme. At first, Martin was leery of accepting the job, fearing it would interfere with potential movie and nightclub gigs, so much so that he turned in a potentially outrageous list of contractual demands to the network bosses. To his surprise, they agreed. When he broke the news to his family, Martin was reported to have said, “They went for it. So now I have to do it.” Ultimately the Dean Martin Show would run for 9 seasons from 1965 – 1974, totaling 264 episodes.

By design, the show did much to reinforce Martin’s (largely put-on)”drunken playboy” image, but the truth is that his ubiquitous old-fashioned cocktail, was usually merely apple juice in disguise.

Though his on-air cocktails may have been fake, one cannot escape the classic Rat Pack image of Dean Martin on Stage with a Martini in hand. Though this may once again have been more for the mystique of it. Martin’s son, Ricci stated “I never saw Dad drink a martini”, and that his father usually enjoyed a watered-down glass of scotch on stage.

Another classic drink linked to Dean Martin fame is the Flame of Love,  created by Pepe Ruiz, bartender at Chasen’s in Beverly Hills. Weary of ordering the same Martini again and again, Martin asked Ruiz to make him something special the next time he came in. Ruiz pondered a bit and then settled on some version of the recipe below. You can see that quite a bit of meticulous time and effort goes in the prepping of the glass. Imagine the chagrin of the bar staff on the night that Martin ordered a Flame of Love for buddy Frank Sinatra. Sinatra was so impressed that he ordered a round of them for the entire joint…

At Tales of the Cocktail 2014, I had the pleasure of drinking one created and served up by King Cocktail himself, Dale DeGroff and I’ve been a bit scared to attempt one myself, fearing that I’d ruin the memory, but if you’d also like to get in the proper mood to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Dean Martin Show, we have included the recipe below:


recipe adapted from Robert Hess

2 oz Vodka
Splash of fino sherry
Coat a chilled martini glass with the sherry and pour out the excess. Flame several orange peels into the glass (about 8 times). Stir the vodka with ice, then strain into the glass. Squeeze an orange peel over the drink and then rub it around the rim to coat it well.


BlueisCoool said...

Dean and a cocktail go hand and hand, although as i keep reading it was more of a entertainment prop then heavy drinking. I read this very interesting blog with fascination. I never herd of a 'Flame of Love' cocktail but is sounds very good, although a lot of work for the poor bartender. lol. Some day when i get back out and about i should order one and see for myself. Thank you my friend for a fascinating read.

Have a nice weekend.


dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes Scotty-o, we are always most delighted to gets patter from our ever-growin'-in-Dino dude! Gotta 'fess up that we are a bit concerned for you when you sez, "Some day when i get back out and about..." How are you our brother in Dino? Keeps lovin', keeps sharin' our most beloved Dino!

Danny G. said...

Hey pals...I have actually brought this recipe to my bartendin' pallie & it is yummy! DEF I NATE LY should try it, mi amici! Make sure the bar isn't too busy...cause like Scotty's "a lot of work for the poor bartender"! haha!!

dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes Danny-o, thanks for the testimonial...but then we know that anythin' dedicated to our Dino has to be the coolest of the cool! Keeps lovin' our most beloved Dino!

BlueisCoool said...

I'm glad to hear from someone we all know, Danny G., that the drink has received his personal stamp of approval! It will give me something to look forward to when i get out and about in the future. Thank you for your concern DMP, i am doing well but am unable to get out very much these days. Now that it is getting very chilly here in New England it mite be a good thing esp since i can't take the cold. lol

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!


dino martin peters said...

Hey pallie, likes Scotty, we are pleased to hear that you are "doing well." Well, likes it you musta stays in, be sure to use some of that time to digs on our Dino! Keeps lovin', keeps sharin' our most beloved Dino!