Fall in Love with These Exotic 'Cupid Cocktails' this Valentine's Day

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Here are a few cocktail recipes created by various New York City and Los Angeles mixologists for some of the hottest and trendiest restaurants, bars and night clubs, including the popular SoHo restaurant Elizabeth, where the signature Redrum cocktail is topped with a red rose petal - the perfect touch for Valentine's Day.

Whether you dine in or dine out with your valentine, spice up the occasion with one of these exotic "cupid cocktails" made with Mekhong The Spirit of Thailand.

You will fall in love with this amazing new Thai spirit made mostly from sugar cane and rice and infused with a special blend of indigenous Thai herbs and spices. The highly secret Mekhong recipe delivers a distinctively rounder texture, delightful aroma and a smooth and more balanced taste than most golden spirits.

At 35% alcohol by volume, the product's smooth mixability makes Mekhong an ideal spirit for fascinating and flavorful cocktails. Mekhong has a golden, dark amber and reddish copper appearance and its flavor and aroma is both spicy and sweet with hints of ginger, honey, toffee, vanilla, floral, herbs and citrus.

Here are a few cocktail recipes created by various New York City and Los Angeles mixologists for some of the hottest and trendiest restaurants, bars and night clubs, including the popular SoHo restaurant Elizabeth, where the signature Redrum cocktail is topped with a red rose petal - the perfect touch for Valentine's Day.

Redrum (Recipe of John Freeman, Elizabeth, 265 Elizabeth Street, Manhattan)

2 1/2 shots Mekhong
½ cap rose syrup
6 brandy cherries
1 ounce egg whites
½ ounce fresh lime juice
½ ounce simple syrup
Sprinkle nutmeg
Rose petal

Directions: Coat martini glass with rose syrup. Muddle brandy cherries and add egg whites, fresh lime juice, simple syrup and shake -- no ice. Add ice and Mekhong -- shake again.
Pour into martini glass and sprinkle nutmeg on top and garnish with rose petal.

Cupid's Seeds of Love Martini

        2 shots Mekhong
        1 shot fresh squeezed lemon juice
        ¼ pomegranate fruit
        ¾ shot simple sugar syrup

Directions: In a mixing glass muddle pomegranate (leaving over a bar spoon of seeds to garnish) and sugar syrup. Add remaining ingredients, fill with ice and shake vigorously for 7-8 seconds and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with remaining pomegranate seeds.

Be Mine Martini

3 shots Mekhong
1 shot sweet (Italian) Vermouth
¾ shot Benedictine
Orange twist & a maraschino cherry

Directions: Pour Mekhong and the rest of the ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice and stir for 35-40 revolutions. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange twist and maraschino cherry.

My Silly Valentine

2 shots Mekhong
1/4 of a fresh lemon
1/2 packet of sugar
Splash of Frangelico

Directions: Squeeze lemon and rest of ingredients with Mekhong into a mixing glass. Shake vigorously and serve in a sugar rimmed martini glass.

Cupid's Indulgence

1.5 shots vanilla vodka
½ shot Mekhong
½ shot Bailey's Irish Cream liquor
½ teaspoon chocolate syrup

Directions: Pour Mekhong and the rest of the ingredients into a mixing glass. Shake vigorously and serve in a martini glass drizzled with chocolate syrup.

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