5 drinks designed for Valentine’s Day to prepare at home

5 drinks designed for Valentine’s Day to prepare at home

Do you want to surprise your sweetheart with a different drink than usual? 5 mixology experts have created 5 cocktails to replicate at home for Valentine’s Day.

For many people in love, Valentine’s Day is the most beautiful holiday of the year. February 14 is the right day to celebrate love once more. However, few know that it is a purely Roman festival. Before today’s Christian version, there was a totally pagan one that apparently took its name from the she-wolf who nursed Romulus and Remus, the Lupercalia . So what better occasion to celebrate in Rome, perhaps toasting with an extraordinary drink dedicated to love, at home or in a nice place? We have decided to tell you about 5 drinks from 5 great Roman interpreters of the art of mixing designed just for Valentine’s Day .


  1. Far From You by Mario Farulla , Baccano bar managerin Rome. Mario wanted to pay homage to that love that suffers because it is often far from home and far from one’s city, from our country. And so the ingredients become the Italian flag with the green of the pistachio grains, the red of the Peychaud’s bitter and the white of the VII Hills Italian Dry Gin, with its seven spices (scent of chamomile, pomegranate, celery, artichoke, dog rose, juniper and blood orange) just like the seven hills of the capital. Ingredients: 50 ml VII Hills Italian Dry Gin, 50 ml Baccano Cordial, 5 ml Peychaud’s bitter. For the Baccano Cordial: vacuum cook at 55 ° C for 2 hours and filter 200 g of sugar, 200 ml of fresh squeezed lime, 1 sprig of thyme, 15 g of Jerusalem artichoke. Glass: low tumbler.
  2. Amore Formidabile (cover photo) by Roberta Martino , co-founder of the ShakHer collective. In this drink there is the strong and courageous passion of a woman. One of the seven protagonists of an all-female story. Roberta decided to set her explosive mix through warm alcoholic nuances that are enriched with sweetness thanks to the apricot of the brandy. Then, in a crescendo of spicy notes comes the vermouth which is followed by a succession of gin and amaro as in contrast. All concluded by the cognac, the element of surprise, stealthy and intriguing like a lover in the closet. Ingredients: 1/2 teaspoon Amaro Formidabile, 4.5 cl VII Hills Italian Dry Gin, 4.5 cl Vermouth Cocchi After Theater, 1/2 teaspoon Apricot Brandy Giffard, Aroma of Cognac Hine Rare VSOP Fine Champagne. Glass: Elegance cup.
  3. Ruscio de Mare by Ilaria Bello , bartender of Talea di Torvaianica (RM). Ilaria imagined a drink that told of an impossible love, of a poignant story. Through the myth she too found inspiration for her Ruscio de Mare  (Sound of the sea). The absolute prince is the cretamus , an uncommon and precious ingredient (even Shakespeare talks about it) known to many as the St. Peter’s wort .. Behind it lies the story of his perpetual search for the sea that even leads him to break stones in the hope of touching it but that instead, in the end, he has to be content with seeing it up close without ever reaching it. And the rustle of the sea represents the continuous sound of the sea that finds an echo in the minds of those lovers who, bitten by impetuous and overwhelming passions, live impossible loves. Ingredients: 5 cl of Don Papa rum; 2,5 cl pink grapefruit juice, 2 cl cretamus syrup, Aria with wild fennel. Glass: cocktail glass.
  4. Selfie by Valeria Bassetti , co-founder and partner of Drink-It. Valeria’s cocktail is a self-celebration, a magical moment for oneself where loving each other is also loving love. Valeria defines him as selfish and romantic, to love more and love better while being in harmony with oneself. And it is precisely the harmony factor that characterizes this drink. Anyone who knows her knows of a smiling, sociable and dynamic woman who when she prepares drinks gives you the impression that she is conducting an orchestra. Ingredients: 30 ml Jefferson’s Ocean Aged at Sea bourbon, 10 ml organic cocoa liqueur, 10 ml fresh raspberry and chilli syrup, 1 tablespoon of fresh and filtered lemon juice.
  5. Tusculum by Max La Rosa , owner and barman of Divan Japonais in Frascati (RM). Max, on the other hand, thought about the love that never leaves you. Tusculumit is the drink of feeling and belonging. Of memories: the first kiss or the first date, of your people, of your family; love for the places where you grew up, for cooking and traditions. Often it is difficult to talk about love as this makes us more vulnerable, helpless. Instead Max wanted to give this drink the strength that only those who love can have. The mother, Frascati, his youth and the porchetta, an inevitable stamp that certifies a large territory such as that of the Castelli Romani. So, a pinch of madness as the best synthesis of to combine the art of cooking with the love with which it is created for others. Ingredients: 1 part and 1/2 Jefferson’s Rye Whiskey infused with porchetta (to do it you need 250 g of porchetta and 1 liter of whiskey, to be filtered with a cloth strainer); 3/4 part lemon juice; 1/2 part black pepper and rosemary syrup (to make it, infuse 20 g of fresh rosemary for 30 minutes in a liter of water at 68 ° C); 2 splashes of wine Lemon bitter (to obtain it, mix half a liter of Malvasia puntinata del Lazio with half a liter of pure alcohol and 40 g of untreated lemon peels at -18 ° C and then filtered); egg whites; 1/2 Cesanese part of Lazio. Glass: cup.

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