A behind-the-bar take on Valentine’s Cocktails with ANGOSTURA®

A Valentine’s dinner without the perfect cocktail is like a love story missing its plot twist – which is why we are taking a look behind the bar at some of our favourite local experts’ go-to V-day sips.

Matthew Cox from Queen’s Bar keeps it simple with an effortlessly elegant Champagne Cocktail – easy to make, easy to enjoy!

All you have to do is “soak a sugar cube in ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters, then drop it into a Flute [glass] with a healthy pour of quality brandy, topped with your favourite sparkling wine and garnished with an orange twist” and voila!

Champagne Cocktail


  • 75ml sparkling wine
  • 10ml brandy
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3-5 dashes ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters
  • Orange twist


Soak the sugar cube with the bitters, then place into a flute glass. Add in the brandy, then top up with sparkling wine. Finally, garnish with an orange twist.

Tjing Tjing’s Phillip Burrows attests that a ‘good old Manhattan’ is his cocktail of choice for the holiday of love (you can’t go wrong with a classic!). “ANGOSTURA® aromatic and orange bitters, a good bourbon and quality vermouth with a spray of rose water” is all you need to make the evening special!

Good Old Manhattan


  • 75ml bourbon
  • 30ml sweet vermouth
  • 2-3 dashes ANGOSTURA® aromatic bitters
  • 1-2 dashes ANGOSTURA® orange bitters
  • Spray of rosewater
  • Orange peel


Fill a martini glass with ice to chill while you mix the Manhattan.

Add the bourbon, vermouth, bitters and a spray of rosewater to a shaker with a few ice cubes, then stir or shake gently. Remove ice from the glass and strain Manhattan into glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

Nick Crouse from Talking to Strangers says he “like[s] to make a twist on a French 75 with a sous vide strawberry syrup and a dash of ANGOSTURA® orange bitters”.

French 75 (with a Valentine’s twist)


  • 35ml London Dry Gin
  • 20ml strawberry syrup
  • 20ml fresh lemon juice
  • 50ml MCC
  • 2 dashes ANGOSTURA® orange bitters
  • Rose petal


Add the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup into a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a flute glass. Top with MCC, and garnish with a rose petal.

So, as you intricately plan out the perfect Valentine’s evening, make sure to mix up these behind-the-bar recommendations!

For more information on the Angostura range and delicious food and cocktail recipes, please visit www.angosturabitters.com.

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