Love Potion

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This cocktail has a lot of ingredients, but trust me when I say it delivers.

In this variation of a Between the Sheets, Michael Pedecine (head bartender at Gabriel Kruether, NYC) calls upon a dark pot-still rum, rather than the light rum his inspiration uses, to stand up to the intensely flavored alchermes he includes, which, he says, plays beautifully with the vanilla and spice notes of the cognac. He adds pinot noir grape juice for its balancing acidity, which also serves to bolster the cognac’s fruity notes.

The cocktail represents “a perfect celebration of love, health and better days ahead,” says Pedecine. Let’s all raise a glass to that.


  1. Add all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well-chilled.
  2. Strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube or a martini glass.
  3. Express the oils from an orange twist over the drink, then garnish with the twist.\
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