THIS VALENTINE’S DAY, your cup runneth over. We tasked top bartenders to create four sexy sippers inspired by love, lust and their favorite shows.
INSPIRATION: Ted Mosby, How I Met Your Mother
LOCATION: The Stanton Social
99 Stanton St.
Inspired by Ted’s quest to find his true love, New York City bartender Beate Kiser concocted a seductive sipper that could swoop a single lady off her feet—or at very least, take the dating edge off.
-1 1/2 ounces Godiva Chocolate Infused Vodka
-1/4 ounce ginger liqueur
-1/4 ounce orange juice
-2 fresh mint sprigs
Combine Godiva vodka, ginger liqueur and a sprig of mint in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well and strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Top with sparkling wine and a sprig of mint.
INSPIRATION: Serena van der Woodsen, Gossip Girl
LOCATION: Vanderbilt Grace
41 Mary St.
Romantic and discreet, this restored luxury mansion is just the kind the place Gossip Girl’s Serena van der Woodsen would disappear to for a torrid weekend. Mixologist Mathilde Krug von Nidda at the hotel’s Muse Restaurant adapted this lavish and lusty libation in honor of the privileged princess.
-1 ounce X-Rated Fusion liqueur Veuve Clicquot champagne
Shake liqueur with ice, then strain into a chilled champagne flute. Fill with champagne. Garnish with an orange triangle, if desired.
INSPIRATION: Kalinda Sharma, The Good Wife
Hosting a Valentine’s Day party? Whip up a big batch of this antioxidant-rich, bootylicious brew created by lifestyle expert Max Tucci and inspired by The Good Wife’s sultry Kalinda Sharma.
-1 cup Oscar’s Delmonico Vodka
-2 10-ounce bottles no-sodium club soda
-1 cup AriZona Pomegranate Green Tea
-1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
-10 thin lemon slices
-10 thin cucumber slices
-10 cups crushed ice
-10 springs of fresh mint
In a large pitcher, mix vodka with club soda, tea and lemon juice. Place one slice each of lemon and cucumber in a highball or rocks glass. Fill with crushed ice and punch. Garnish with a sprig of fresh mint. (Order Oscar’s Delmonico Vodka at 866-ODVODKA or at horseneck.com.) Serves 10.
INSPIRATION: Molly Flynn, Mike & Molly
LOCATION: Maggie’s Pub
Lake Placid Lodge
144 Lodge Way,
Lake Placid, NY
For Mike and Molly’s first Valentine’s Day together in chilly Chicago, what better way to celebrate than snuggled up with tipples for two? Bartender Lori Kudelski whipped up a warming treat that will stimulate all the senses.
-1.5 ounces Hennessy Cognac
-2 ounces cayenne chocolate sauce*
-2 ounces cream
Shake all ingredients with ice, and serve in a chilled cocktail glass.
To make cayenne chocolate sauce*
-1/2 cup cocoa powder
-1/2 cup sugar 1
-teaspoon cayenne pepper
-2 cups boiling water
Combine cocoa, sugar and cayenne pepper; add boiling water whisk until smooth. Chill.
NOHO: The Hangover Defense
With this vitamin-enhanced miracle elixir, too much tippling doesn’t have to leave you hurting. Packed with hydrating ingredients from prickly pear extract to potassium, NOHO helps you bounce back from the booze. $5.98 for a 2-pack, nohodrink.com.
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