Valentine’s Day cocktails by Caprice Bar’s Lorenzo Antinori


“Being single is not a bad thing. Sometimes it is even the right time to spoil your single self,” shares Lorenzo. “For the Single & Fabulous Martini, the idea was to create a boozy cocktail, which would lift the spirits of any lonely heart!” The drink is a Martini twist with olives, pickled onion, lemon twist – you can even add some cheeky side dishes to pair with it – which combines well with the calming properties of chamomile. “It’s a perfect concoction for a self-care kind of night,” he adds. 

Ingredients:
30ml gin or vodka 
20ml dry vermouth infused with chamomile tea (use two tea bags of chamomile tea in 750ml of dry vermouth and allow to steep for one hour; strain and bottle)
10ml St Germain elderflower liqueur 
3 drops Apple cider vinegar 

Garnish: lemon, pickled onions, blue cheese stuffed olives, or green Italian olives

Tools you will need:
Mixing glass (or any stainless-steel or glass cup)
Large spoon
Strainer
Jigger (or a shot glass/measuring cup) 
Martini glass (or any regular glass) 

How to make the drink:
1) Steep two chamomile tea bags in 750ml of vermouth for one hour. Strain the mixture in a bottle and set it aside. 
2) Combine all the ingredients (except the garnishes) into a tin or mixing glass, and stir for about 20 seconds, allowing the drink to hit the right dilution.
3) Strain into a Martini glass.  
4) Garnish with lemon peel, pickled onion, and olive. Alternatively, you can also add a side of fried chicken and caviar or roe. 
5) Serve and enjoy!

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