So, you deliberately missed Valentine's for several reasons: you're single, you're bitter, just getting over a breakup, or you're just not up for all the cheesy pressure the love month has cast in the air. Well, V-Day has passed, so it’s time to celebrate with an anti-Valentine vibe. What will you drink to ring in the occasion?
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5 drinks to celebrate post-V-Day for the singles and the bitters
Not for the faint of heart or novices, this three-ingredient cocktail is simple to make but packs quite the punch. Just like love, it is sweet, bitter, and leaves a lasting impression. It is sharp upon first sip, just like the feelings of despair that weigh heavy on your chest, but the floral and herbal notes from the gin and vermouth also evoke sweet memories. An acquired taste it may well be, but once you get used to it, it'll keep you wanting more.
For starters, try the tea-infused Darjeeling Negroni from Tell Camellia, it's exactly how a Negroni should be, but deeper as the dark tea taste lingers longer and complements the bittersweet notes of the cocktail. The Negroni twist at The Old Man is also something you can explore; however, we'd recommend The Sun Also Rises, not quite a Negroni but a bitter spirit-forward drink with copra fat-washed applejack, curry leaf-infused gin, sweet vermouth sous-vide pandan leaves, and lime kaffir. The Diplomat's mini Negroni is something to order as an aperitif, but their heavier Boulevardier is great for long sipping; made with a rye-bourbon blend, Campari, and Punt e Mes vermouth.
This one is usually seen on holiday menus because of its fizzy quality, but it’s also appropriate to celebrate the death of V-day for another year. It is called a French 75 because it is a high-calibre drink, named after the French 75mm field gun used during World War I. The drink has gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar. It is so strong that a few glasses of this bubbly will knock you out of your wits, and help you to forget not only hurts of the past, but also what exactly it is that you are drinking for.
It is the most iconic cocktail and one you'd often find on bar menus. It is strong and straightforward; ordering a Martini is a serious business. Whether you are mustering up a little liquid courage to walk up and chat to that attractive person by the bar, or to drink alone, quietly and secretly smiling about post-V-Day blues, a mixture of gin, dry vermouth, and olive can do the trick. And sorry, James Bond, we like to recommend drinking Martini stirred not shaken, because a diluted Martini is a bad Martini.
Head up to Tsim Sha Tsui's Darkside to try their Martini vs Vesper cocktail made from vodka, gin, vermouth secco, vermouth bianco, peach bitters, and wakamomo (baby mountain peach from Japan) in place of the more traditional olive. You can also try Martini twists at renowned bar PDT, and hidden bar 001.
One of the most infamous and misunderstood spirits in the bar is tequila or any strong agave spirit like mezcal or sotol. People usually run away once shots are lined up by the bar. However, we urge you to be brave and dive in head first to enjoy this spirit as part of your post-V-Day adventure. Contrary to how most people serve or drink tequila, we recommend not shooting it like there’s no tomorrow! Instead, take a sip and savour it, or enjoy it as the base of a cocktail, like a Margarita, Paloma, Rosita and others.
Find these gems at any of the best tequila and mezcal bars in Hong Kong.
Yes, one of our post-Valentine's drink recommendations is not a carefully crafted cocktail or spirit but a good old beer, an IPA craft beer to be exact. Beer is a go-to heartbreak drink for some people as it's easy to drink, consistently dependable, and you can drink a few while you are crying your heart out.
Often stronger with a higher alcohol content than lagers or wheat beers, IPA, or India pale ale, is a refreshing, hop-forward, fruity-bitter style beer. Hong Kong has a lot of IPA beer brewers in town, and it's up to you to take your pick from this list of the best craft beer bars in Hong Kong.
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No Valentine’s Day celebration is complete without the quintessential romantic dinner at an intimate restaurant. If you are looking to treat your partner to something special this year, check out our picks of the best restaurants that have created special romantic menus for you and your loved one to remember. From indulgent tasting menus and elaborate eight-course Italian feasts to special vegetarian selections and drinks for the single and broken-hearted, our list covers it all. Don't forget to book beforehand! RECOMMENDED: Looking to celebrate Valentine’s Day on a budget? Check out our picks of date ideas that won’t break the bank.
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