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New East-West Inspired Valentine Day Cocktails

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Valentine’s Day inspiration for new cocktails goes international this year.   The Raymond 1886, lives up to the famous bar’s reputation for drinks so good you almost forget to eat.  Peter Lloyd Jones’  features hibiscus, cava, and lemon in his red Cupid’s Arrow . 

The Cupid’s Arrow Cocktail at The Raymond 1886 (photo courtesy Jerica Coert)

The Sazarac Lover cocktail, also at the Raymond 1886  and created by Peter Lloyd Jones, is sophisticated and subtle. It features Ritten House Rye, Peychaud Bitters, Absinthe Rise, sugar cube, and a lemon peel canopy.

The The Sazarac cocktail at the Raymond 1886 (photo courtesy Jerica Coert)

The Raymond 1886 will be open for Valentine’s Day for Dinner, Wednesday, February 14th, 2018, from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm, with 1886 open until 12:00 Midnight 1250 South Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105; 626.441.3136; www.TheRaymond.com

Read about our experiences at the historic gem of a landmark restaurant, The Raymond 1886 at http://localfoodeater.com/pasadena-raymond-makes-american-regional-history/

For other cocktails you might love as we did at The Raymond 1886, please see,

The Raymond 1886’s New Cocktail Menu Honors International Inventors, Innovators

To get an idea of the restaurant’s “family” staff, read the “Cinderella Story” Bartender at the Raymond 1886 by Jose Martinez at http://localfoodeater.com/cinderella-story-bartender-at-raymond-1886-bar/

Red as the classic color of the day highlights the Angel Face Cocktail created by Shaun Summers at The FLATS.  The Angel Face cocktail shows off a cranberry- infused apple brandy and gin blend, apricot liquor and finally, Nocino, the drink garnished with a housemade fruit roll-up.   Nocino is a sweet Italian-style spirit infused with green walnuts and spices, is traditionally sipped as a digestif on its own after a meal.  With the current rise in popularity of Italian liqueurs, more bartenders are mixing it into modern concoctions

The Angel Face cocktail at The Flats ( Photo courtesy of acuna-hansen)

The FLATS will be open for Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 from 11:00 am to 12:00 Midnight; Happy Hour is from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Late Night Happy Hour is 11:00 pm to 12:00 Midnight; 8400 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90211; 310.909.7549;   www.TheFLATSRestaurant.com

 

Created by Marco Currasco, the  Shot At Love at CHAYA Downtown has a far-eastern flair by using yuzu, a Japanese fruit.  The contents include Deep Eddy Vodka, Yuzu Sake, muddled strawberries, lemon juice, simple syrup and egg white, garnished with a Campari heart and lime twist.

 

“Shot At Love” Cocktail at Chaya Downtown Restaurant  ( Photo courtesy of Jerica Coert)

 CHAYA Downtown will be open for Valentine’s Day for Dinner and includes a special $65 prix fixe menu,  from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm; 525 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071; 213.236.9577; www.TheChaya.com

 

Erica Venning created Love Potion at CHAYA Venice. The Love Potion cocktail is a sophisticated, clear version of a classic comprised of vodka, lemon, simple syrup, egg white, and pomegranate elixir.

The “Love Potion” cocktail at Chaya Venice (Photo courtesy of Moretti Photo)

CHAYA Venice will be open for Valentine’s Day for Dinner  from 5:30 pm to 10:00 pm; 110 Navy Street, Venice, CA 90291; 310.396.1179;www.TheChaya.com

 


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Gerry Furth-Sides

Gerry Furth-Sides

Content Editor/Columnist

Photo-journalist Gerry Furth-Sides has been covering the ethnic and American culinary scene in California since it first came into prominence 25 years ago.