The Independent is serving glitter cocktails for Valentine’s Day – Metro US

The Independent is serving glitter cocktails for Valentine’s Day

Whether you’re seeking sour, sweet or maybe even sparkly –the Independentin 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 atRiver 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!”

Vigdor notes that How To Make A Love Potion’s light and slightly bittersweet taste is a great drink to start off the night with, while Shade & Honey’s sweet-tart spin on a daiquiri would pair well with something spicy.

Speaking of food, the Indo will offer a $45 three-course prix fixe for two to share in addition to their usual full menu for Valentine’s week. This special menu and cocktails will be available Feb. 10-14, with an annual sour beer celebration on Feb. 12 called “Sour Sunday.”

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And for the love lorn, we asked Vigdor, who has witnessed her share of bad (and great) dates from behind the bar, for her best advice. She says: “Don’t try too hard to impress each other! You’re just going to come off as a jerk. It seriously happens all the time. Respect one another and have a good time. If the first date takes that much work, I can’t even imagine what a relationship would be like.”

If you go:

Feb. 10-14 at 5-11 p.m.
The Independent
75 Union Square
Sequin dress code is encouraged.

If you can’t go:

How To Make A Love Potion

1 oz. Laird’s Applejack
1/2 oz. Benedictine
3 dashes Angostura bitters
3 dashes Peychauds bitter
Pinch of Petal Luster Dust (Lauren recommends a combination of deep red and silver)

Stir ingredients together over ice, then s train into a champagne flute. T op with sparkling wine.