LAS VEGAS ( MainStreet) -- As Valentine's Day approaches and thoughts turn to roses, chocolates and romantic rendezvous, TravelsinTaste has searched the continent for the perfect complement to a romantic escapade in a lively city: the sexy cocktail. Here are some of the more romantic libations we found for your holiday pleasure.
Venture outside the box with a floral arrangement that won't fail to impress your date. Created at Sage, helmed by Shawn McClain in Las Vegas' Aria Resort & Casino, the Tea Rose cocktail features a fragrant mix of rosewater and St. Germain elderflower liqueur balanced with the earthiness of tea-infused vodka and pine nuts and brightened by an acidic splash of lemon. Meanwhile, the heat gets turned up at Bellagio's uber-popular nightclub Hyde Bellagio, which has an organically crafted signature "Love Unit" cocktail made with Stoli vanilla vodka, freshly pressed lime, grapefruit and red bell pepper juice. Garnished with a red bell pepper slice and a Thai basil leaf that is "spanked" by one of Hyde's sexy bartenders, this red-hot libation is sure to fire up guests' taste buds.
For another take on the chocolate-covered strawberry, try Tender Steak & Seafood at the Luxor. The Chocolate Covered Strawberry Martini comes complete with vanilla vodka, Godiva white chocolate and strawberry puree garnished with floating Godiva chocolate shavings. A chocolate strawberry lover's dream! For pure decadence the bars, lounges and select restaurants at The Mirage are the place to be. Peter Brattander, director of beverages there, has created the My Sweetheart for starters: "When I think of romance I think of an intimate dinner for two. What better way to end a good meal than sharing this extraordinary blend of strawberries and coffee flavors with your sweetheart, as I do with mine?" he explains. For something more provocative, try his French Kiss. "Cherries and Champagne make a beautiful partnership, and it's a great icebreaker on a blind date. People usually think of combining strawberries and champagne but forget about the wonderful flavors of cherries," he says. For a drink that is true to its name, try the Surprise and Delight. "Chocolate being an aphrodisiac, with added flavors of vanilla and a touch of cream
this creates a delightful pleasure upon consumption. This is truly a cocktail that will satisfy all your senses with a little surprise," he says.
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