Whether you’re seeking sour, sweet or maybe even sparkly – the Independent in Union Square is your destination for Boomerang-worthy Valentine’s Day sips.
The Indo's Beverage Director Lauren Vigdor created a series of clever, shimmering cocktails exclusive to this year's ode to love. Her How To Make A Love Potion blends Applejack and Benedictine with three dashes of both Angostura and Peychaud’s bitters, topped with bubbles for your fancy pleasure. While Shade & Honey is a combination of vanilla spice rum, Velvet Falernum syrup and citrus. Both drinks include a pinch of Petal Luster Dust, a sparkly secret weapon found in the cake decorating aisle of any local arts and crafts store.
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Vigdor says she came up with the idea to create the cocktails while working at River Bar, where she also serves as bar manager.
“We wanted to do a special cocktail menu for the premiere of 'Star Wars: Rogue One,' and I thought it would be fun to make a cocktail that looks like a galaxy," she explains. "I had used luster dust before in cake decorating, but wasn't positive it would work in a cocktail. I was pleasantly surprised by the results!”