Desert Companion

Cocktail of the month: Two cocktails at the Cromwell

Early evening, on or around Valentine’s Day, and you lovebirds blow into the Cromwell for a night of — hey, none of our beeswax. This is where we will butt in, however: cocktail advice. Begin at Bound Bar with the Spicy Fifty. Sixteen bucks worth of Stoli Vanil, elderflower, honey syrup and chili pepper (!), the Fifty’s complex, lusty flavor interplays will propel you onward to whatever’s next. Later, deep in the night, slip into Bar 25 for the Tease (left). Muddled strawberries, lemon and basil atop a base of Hedrick Gin, Giffard Lichi Li liqueur and Martini Rose, the tastes bound and filled out by egg white — don’t get weird about the egg white — the Tease is as crisp and smooth as the perfect romance. Topped with a rose petal, no less.

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