In Greek mythology, Aphrodite is the goddess of beauty and love, and she’s often depicted nude with voluptuous curves and come-hither eyes. It makes sense, then, that she gets a little extra attention come the second week of February. This year, the goddess even has her own namesake cocktail at Wynn’s Parasol Up & Down bars.
On the menu from February 10-14, the Aphrodite ($18) by master mixologist Patricia Richards does everything a Valentine’s Day cocktail should do. Champagne lends the drink a flirty presence, while Absolut Raspberri and organic raspberry syrup add just a hint of fruit, and a rim of dried raspberry and sugar finishes things off on a sweet note. It’s dangerously easy drinking, and as Richards puts it, “all about feeling good.” Which is exactly how we should all be feeling come February 14.
4 oz. Perrier Jouët Grand
.5 oz. Absolut Raspberri vodka
.5 oz. Flavorganics organic raspberry syrup (available at Whole Foods)
Extra fine sugar
Method: Pulverize the dried raspberries in a food processor with sugar to taste. Rim a champagne flute with a thin rim of the raspberry/sugar mixture (the color should be dark pink). Build cocktail, by first pouring the vodka, then the syrup and finishing with the champagne. Garnish with one fresh raspberry.