The Flaming Mandarin

A couple of years ago we celebrated one of our dear friend’s birthday at Katsuya Restaurant in Hollywood. It was a real treat: private room, a fantastic menu, and a continuous flow of amazing cocktails that put the smile on everybody’s face. Since that evening The Flaming Mandarin has become one of our obsessions, and every time the same group of friends now gets together, this is what we drink, regardless if we are dining or not… we are just incredibly proud we could re-create a recipe that is now become even better than the original one.

In fact The Flaming Mandarin seems to be a relatively new recipe, somewhat of a secret-of-the-trade for the above mentioned establishment. We tried to scout the web for its recipe, we tried to convince the bartenders at the counter to reveal its secrets, we downloaded on our phones all the possible applications for mixologists that are currently available… no luck.

Then finally our friend Jason “Broke The Code”, and this past Christmas surprised us all with a fantastic evening during which he proudly shared with us the results of his incessant experimenting. None of us really know how many bottles of Absolute Mandarin Jason had to drink empty during the past few months to accomplish this incredible task, but one thing is certain: we do now have a great recipe!

The Flaming Mandarin is dry, smooth, flavorful and loaded with happiness. Enjoy Responsibly!


Prep Time: 5 min

2 parts fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 part fresh squeezed orange juice
1 part simple syrup (1:1 sugar boiled with water)
1 part cranberry juice (bottled - no added sugar)
3 parts Mandarin Orange Absolut Vodka
2 slices Serrano Chili

Take 2 slices Serrano chili and muddle them in the bottom of a martini shaker. Fill about 1/3 of the shaker with the mixture and add some ice. Shake it like you mean it!


Makes 2 drinks per shaker. Obviously you can shake more at a time, just muddle more Serrano in it.


Rub the rim of the glasses with a slice of orange and dip them in the sugar. Fill 'em up and drop in one more slice of sugar-coated Serrano.


Drink and repeat!