I’m sure everyone already has their Valentine’s Day plans well under control – here at F&B HQ it has so far consisted of a typical 6 Nations Saturday on the sofa – but if you still need inspiration for your evening’s plans, may we present a pre- and a post-dinner drink to set hearts racing?
This drink originates from Tony Conigliaro’s Drink Factory and spent some time on the menu at his 69 Colebrooke Row and Le Coq bars. Inspired by perfumer Ralf Schwieger’s Lipstick Rose creation this drink is sure to get the evening off on a romantic footing:
- Build 15ml rose infused vodka, 5ml raspberry and violet syrup and a dash of Peychaud’s bitters in a chilled champagne flute.
- Top with champagne and slightly stir.
- Finish with a twist of grapefruit peel (discarded) and a lipstick kiss on the rim of the glass.
The recipes for the vodka, syrup and lipstick can be found in Tony Conigliaro’s Drinks.
As for after dinner, who could ask for more than a little Hanky Panky? Created by Ada Coleman during her spell as head bartender at the American Bar of The Savoy, London, the Hanky Panky was developed for Victorian actor Sir Charles Hawtrey. Coleman worked on the recipe for hours and when she eventually deemed it good enough to serve Hawtrey drained his glass and exclaimed “By Jove! That is the real hanky-panky!” And Hanky Panky it has been called ever since:
- Combine equal parts gin and sweet vermouth with a large dash of Fernet Branca in a mixing glass.
- Add plenty of ice and stir for sixty seconds.
- Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a twist of orange peel.