Republique is a bona fide date spot any night of the week, but a trip there on Valentine’s Day is sure to be extra special. Case in point, bar Director Shawn Lickliter will be preparing his specialty cocktail, Strawberry, a riff on a chocolate-covered strawberry. Cocoa-nib infused tequila is combined with lemon, raspberry powder and, of course, strawberry. The addition of rose-scented egg white provides a creamy and floral component that makes this simply named drink wonderfully complex.
Foggy Hill Negroni
If you’re looking to provide your significant other that Valentine’s Day wow factor (at least when it comes to cocktails) then a night at the Bazaar should be in order. The Jose Andres temple of tapas will be serving the Foggy Hill Negroni, a modern take on the Italian classic. Mescal and a combo of Cynar and Aperol stand in for gin and Campari, adding a smoky twist to your standard negroni. Speaking of smoke, the cocktail is finished tableside with a thyme and citrus cloud to ensure it will be a night to remember.
Lost Property Bar
There’s no better way to cap off a romantic Valentine’s Day evening than at this charming Hollywood hotspot. LBD (short for Little Black Dress) unites the standard Manhattan trio of bourbon, sweet vermouth and bitters with a sweet and sour combo of cacao and citrus. It’s a sultry sipper that truly lives up to its name.
Brentwood favorite Bar Toscana is offering several Valentine’s Day specials including an elegant libation appropriately named Ti Amo. You’re destined to fall in love with this sparkly and floral treat which marries prosecco, lavender, rose water, cherry liquor, and splash of lemon. Forget that plain Jane glass of champagne and go big for V-Day.
Toast to a day of playful romance this Valentine’s Day with a cocktail that is sure to quench your thirst and be just the tasty treat you crave. With a cranberry infused apple brandy and gin blend, apricot liquor, Nocino, garnished with a housemade fruit roll-up, the Angel Face is sure to be almost as sweet as your Valentine!
The Sazerac Cocktail
The Raymond 1886
With a cocktail this good, one sip and you and your sweetheart will be dreaming of the next round. Cozy up with your date at 1886 on Valentine’s Day with The Sazarac Lover, a cocktail that is sure to warm your hearts with Ritten House Rye, Peychaud Bitters, Absinthe Rise, sugar cube, and a lemon peel.
Drink, Pray, Love
Raise a glass and Drink, Pray, Love as you cozy up in Spring’s romantic Springside lounge. Prepared with Hangar One Rosé Vodka, Dolin Blanc, Luxardo Maraschino, and rose water, this cocktail embodies all the classic, whimsical romance we all look forward to each Valentine’s Day. Spring will also be offering their ‘Actually Love Actually’ cocktail with Burnett’s London Dry Gin, strawberry, basil, and lime., as well as ‘Just Footloose,’ an elegant libation is prepared with Tarea Silver Tequila, Grand Marnier, blood orange, agave nectar, and lemon.
Midnight in Paris
Leave it to the expert mixologists at Blue Collar to reveal how the holy trinity of Valentine’s Day gifts would taste in a cocktail form. Chocolate (Aztec bitters), strawberries (muddled), AND flowers (by way of rose water) are all represented in the intimate Fairfax District bar’s Midnight in Paris cocktail. Reposado tequila, pomegranate grenadine and fresh lime juice also join the party, creating an refreshing ode to the city of love.
Strawberries and sparkling wine go together like George Clooney and Amal. But, even the greatest of couples could use a little extra somethin’ somethin’ to spice things up once in a while. Sushi Roku’s Butterfly Kisses does exactly that, uniting prosecco and gin, strawberry and blueberry puree, plus edible violas for an extra sexy touch. If you’re planning on seeing “Fifty Shades Freed” this is the ideal pre-viewing beverage.