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Sophisticated Valentine’s cocktails

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These classic drinks have been reinvented with a romantic, botanical twist. Below is a selection of sophisticated Valetine’s cocktail recipes that will impress your date on February 14th.

We recommend the premium tonic range, The London Essence Co. The tonic range is the first all-light mixer collection, and includes Classic London Tonic (made with juniper), Grapefruit and Rosemary tonic, Bitter Orange and Elderflower tonic and Delicate Ginger Ale. The skillfully distilled mixers have been created to enhance the flavour of their chosen spirit, and make the perfect cocktail.

Aromatic Cherry V&T

classic drinks

Ingredients
25ml Rye Vodka
100ml Bitter Orange & Elderflower Tonic
Cherries
(for the garnish)

Method
1. Put some ice in a glass
2. Pour the vodka over ice and top with tonic
3. Slice one cherry before placing in the drink so the colour disperses into a pale pink

The Elder Statesman

classic drinks

Ingredients
35ml Cognac
20ml Lime Juice
10ml Honey
5ml Cassis
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
100ml Delicate Ginger Ale
Cassis (for the garnish)
Star Anise (for the garnish)

Method
1. Take a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and Cognac, lime and honey.
2. Close and shake vigorously for 10/15 seconds.
3. Strain over ice into a glass and top with LEC Ginger Ale.
4. Garnish with a star anise soaked in Cassis.

Damson Spritz

classic drinks

Ingredients
5ml Damson Jam
10ml Elderflower Cordial
25ml Campari
100ml Grapefruit & Rosemary Tonic
Grapefruit Dust (for the garnish)

Method
1. Create the grapefruit dust by grating a pink grapefruit and ‘glue’ to the glass with lime juice.
2. Pour the damson jam, elderflower cordial and Campari into a cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
3. Strain into a flute and top with the tonic.

The Dark Side

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Ingredients
35ml Reposado Tequila
100ml Bitter Orange & Elderflower Tonic
Chocolate salt, mint sprig (for the garnish)

Method
1. Create the chocolate salt by mixing sea salt with cocoa powder.
2. Stick to the rim of the glass using lime juice.
3. Pour the Reposadao Tequila over ice and top up with the Bitter Orange and Elderflower Tonic.

The Cuban

classic drinks

Ingredients
25ml Havana Club 7 Year Old
100ml Classic London Tonic
Peach Slice (for the garnish)

Method
1. Pour the rum over ice
2. Top with Classic London Tonic.

For more delicious cocktails, browse our Wine & Spirits category. Or if you fancy browsing the London Essence Co. tonic rang, it is available to buy here at Harvey Nichols.

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