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.
KALINDA’S CUCUMBER-POMEGRANATE PUNCH
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.
MOLLY’S HOT CHOCOLATE MARTINI
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.