Bartenders Share Their Favorite Ways To Drown Valentine’s Day Sorrows

Sometimes, love hurts. But it hurts less when you have a drink to soothe the aching, numb the pain and mend a broken heart — if only for the night. Three bartenders offer up their remedy to Valentine’s Day with three lip-smacking cocktails, plus their suggestions on what to eat and watch, cocktail in hand. Here’s to love!

Midnight In Paris

  • 1 ½ oz bourbon
  • ½ oz Meletti 1870 Bitter
  • ½ oz cranberry liqueur
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • ¼ oz honey syrup*
  • 3 drops rosewater
  • 1 red rose petal, for garnish

Directions: Combine all ingredients. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with rose petal. *For the honey syrup, combine equal parts clover honey and hot water. Shake or stir to mix.

Lettre Écarlate

  • 1 ½ oz gin
  • 1 ½ oz Roi Rene Rouge
  • ½ oz Licor 43
  • 1 lemon twist, for garnish

Directions: Combine ingredients into a mixing glass, add ice and stir. Strain and serve up with a lemon twist.

The Heartbeet

  • 2 oz beet-infused vodka*
  • ¾ oz Raspberry-cilantro syrup**
  • ½ oz fresh lemon juice
  • Cilantro leaf, for garnish

Directions: Combine in a mixing glass, add ice and shake to mix. Strain and serve up in a coupe with a cilantro leaf garnish.

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