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Published September 15th 2014
The Little Prince does a very impressive shot that involves bewitching drunk people with fire. It's called a Russian Roulette, and it is all kinds of wonderful.
One of the best things about these types of fancy drinks is that you're paying for both a drink and a show. The skilled bartender lines up the shot glasses on a silver platter before filling them with a tantalizing concoction that I can only remember smelling and tasting distinctly of licorice and cinnamon.
A bit of online research tells me the shots are primarily made up of vodka, Galliano, Sambuca and a slice of lemon – but bars usually add ingredients here and there to make it their own or enhance the recipe, and I'd be surprised if The Little Prince hasn't done exactly that.
The bartender haphazardly spilled alcohol down the sides of the shots, pooling on the tray, and I have a vague recollection of wondering why she was wasting absinthe? Before she lit the wine glass filled with it on fire and proceeded to let the flaming liquid lick over the tray and shots.
As the alcohol lit up, the sugar in the lemon slices caramelized, leaving a sweet, baked lemon tart scent that mingled beautifully with the aniseed in the Sambuca. After oohing and aahing over the pretty colours, we blew out the flames and quickly downed the warm, sweet, spicy alcohol before cramming the caramelized lemon wedge into our mouths. The now sweet lemon added an extra layer to the shot, taking the bite off the alcohol and leaving a mouthwatering and exotic taste in the mouth, and a warm and fuzzy feeling in the brain.
The perfect winter drink, and if memory serves (it doesn't) they were on special for $10.