By OCinSite At-Large | January 30, 2012 9:25 PM
Valentine’s Day brings out the romantic hedonism in all of us. Raise your glass and don’t deny it. Here’s how-to: L.A.’s top femme mixologist Tricia Alley (Rolling Stone Restaurant & Lounge, Eva, Providence, First & Hope) has crafted the Breathless Charm cocktail featuring SF’s handcrafted No. 209 gin, blood orange juice, Hibiscus blossom syrup, decanter bitters, Prosecco, and sage.
The balanced fruit, floral and spiced notes support the citrus and spice botanicals of the gin, and the Prosecco provides effervescence to tickle one’s senses. This sensual cocktail is sure to delight your mate on Valentine’s Day!
1 ½ oz. No. 209 Gin
2 dashes Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas’ Own Decanter Bitters
½ oz. blood orange juice
½ oz. hibiscus syrup
Prosecco, sage leaf garnish
Combine ingredients minus Prosecco in mixing tin. Add ice and shake vigorously for six seconds. Strain into champagne coupe or flute and top with Prosecco. Float sage leaf on liquid for aromatherapy.
Hibiscus syrup: Combine 1 cup (loose) dried Hibiscus flowers with 1 ½ cups of water and boil for approximately five minutes. Strain out flowers and blend with 2 cups of evaporated cane sugar, stir until dissolved.