Matters of the Heart

Opposites Attract

As served Valentine’s Day at Shadow Bar in Caesars Palace, $15

With Valentine’s Day on his mind, beverage specialist Eddie Perales took a stroll through the pastry kitchen and the idea came to him to marry cocktails and dessert—in the same glass. “With treats to munch on on one side and a perfectly sweet drink on the other, Opposites Attract creates a culinary-cocktail marriage,” Perales says. “It’s the best of both worlds!” The cocktail will be served only on Valentine’s Day, 5 p.m. to close. Go on, get your heart on.

For the drinkable portion of the cocktail, combine ¾ ounce Belvedere Citrus vodka, ¾ ounce Sailor Jerry spiced rum, 2 ounces fresh orange juice, a dash of orange bitters, a small sprig of rosemary and 1 ounce of Amarena Fabbri cherry syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, shake and strain just before service into a chilled cocktail glass already dressed with the edible portion of this treat, a homemade chocolate Sebastian (recipe at Garnish with an exotic flower petal and an Amarena Fabbri-soaked cherry.

A Shot Through the Heart

Created by Darby Kelly,

“This one goes out to the lonely hearts,” says bartender Darby Kelly, a.k.a. The Bitter Barman. “If you’re tired of the cliché Valentine’s Day chocolate-passion-strawberry-sugar-fest, put your lips up to this cocktail and enjoy the reprieve.”

Inspired by his grandmother’s nostalgia for the Grasshopper cocktails of the ’60s, Kelly adapted this cocktail from one he created for a Bombay Sapphire competition. Delicious and tart, sweet yet bitter (thanks to his own line of D.M. Kelly’s Fine Bitters), it’s certainly one to enjoy while mingling with the singles at your next in-home Black Hearts Ball.

In a mixing glass, combine ¾ ounce Bombay Sapphire gin, ¾ ounce aged rum, ½ ounce white cacao liqueur, ½ ounce blackberry brandy and ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice. Add ice and stir for 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass rimmed with a mixture of sugar and crushed cocoa nibs, garnish with two bitter lemon-soaked and brûléed blackberries (recipe at