Valentine’s Day drinks as intoxicating as love.
Winin’ and dinin’. There’s no better way to kickstart your Valentine’s Day celebrations than treating your partner to a candle-lit dinner accompanied with sweet and tart cocktails gently gracing your palate and invoking the fuzzy daydreams of honeymoon. Read on to discover 11 exclusive Valentine’s Day drinks around town; and if you’re based elsewhere on the continent, check out this list of the best Valentine’s Day drinks in Asia by Holly Graham, author of Cocktail of Asia.
During the entirety of February, Jordan hot spot Terrible Baby has in store for couples and minglers two limited-time librations to celebrate the sweet feeling of love. For the hopeless romantics, the gin-based Last Call for Love (HK$100) is infused with honey, strawberry, red dragon fruit foam and citrus to imitate an aromatic bouquet; those more adventurous can sip on Raincoat (HK$100), where velvety chocolate meets nutty hazelnut, coffee and vodka as the mixologist’s interpretation of sexy.
Available from now until February 28 at Terrible Baby, 4/F Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, +852 2710 1866
Check yourself and the apple of your eye into Eaton HK through its Valentine’s Day package and gain access to two exclusive cocktails at Terrible Baby (context for those who need it: Terrible Baby is the terrace bar of Eaton HK). Opt for Pink Madness for a refreshing gin-based fix, and don’t miss Blue de Blue if you’re fans of tropical flavors such as umeshu, guava, yuzu and coconut.
Available from now until February 28 (bookings open from now until February 26), 4/F Eaton HK, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan, +852 2782 1818
Dial your gourmet satisfaction all the way up with Artisan Lounge’s special Valentine’s Day Whisky and Dessert pairing menu. Basing their creations on Glenmorangie’s various whisky flavors, Artisan Lounge presents Cacao Orangie — a complex mixture of sour citrus and rich cocoa — with a side of Orange Crème Brûlée (HK$208 per set), as well as a combination of Raspberry Marble Tart and Tain’s Ruban, a medley of raspberry and chocolate notes topped with toasted marshmallows (HK$208 per set).
Available from now until February 28 at Artisan Lounge, Shop G008-G008A, K11 MUSEA, Victoria Dockside, 18 Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2601 3428
Thai restaurant Chachawan finds its rendition of the love potion in Thaitini Rose Martini, a vibrant concoction of raspberry gin, lime juice, Thai basil plus a dash of Hale’s Blue Boy syrup. If sweetness overload is what you and your partner are looking for in a Valentine’s Day meal, make sure to drop by on February 14 to receive a complimentary serving of heart-shaped mango sticky rice — how cute!
Available from now until February 28 at Chachawan, 206 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan, +852 2549 0020
Meet Sergie and Ballet Russe (HK$130 each), the hottest pair at Bianco & Rosso. While the former championing Beluga Nobel Vodka, dry Vermouth Cocchi and olive to drive home its spirit-forwardness, the latter is a refreshing wave of Aperol, strawberry and yuzu. They’re designed as His & Hers cocktails, but no one would blame you if you ask for a second round. You do you.
Available from February 11 to 19 at Bianco & Rosso, G/F, 29 Gough Street, Central, +852 2813 1669
Homegrown Young Master Brewery has brewed up something for the very special occasion that is Valentine’s Day, and that “something” are limited-edition imperial sours of the raspberry and peaches and cream varieties. Perfect for the holidays, both offerings are juicy and tart with just the touch of romanticism shown through their ruby liquor. If wine and dine isn’t your jam, just say “beer me, babe”.
Available at 170 selected Circle K stores while stocks last
Image courtesy of Artisan Lounge