Cocktails with a Touch of Class

Friday, February 12, 2016 | 8:53 pm

Take a trip back in time to and enjoy a romantic cocktail that’s reminiscent of a Prohibition era drink. Although many things have changed since the 1920s, love and cocktails have endured.

Lounge in the outdoor patio or take a seat at the bar for a sip back in time at the The Raymond. Peter Lloyd-Jones, the bar manager, explains that his cocktails are made the way they would have been in 1926. The Raymond focuses on vintage flavors with a few modern updates and their Valentine’s menu is no different.

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Fresh, vibrant and seductive the 1926 Vodka Cosmo is shaken up with vodka, fresh raspberries, fresh lemon and house-made simple syrup. This fresh, fruity cocktail shaken – not stirred has a bright taste. Lloyd-Jones explains that in Prohibition it would have been made with raspberry preserves instead of fresh berries but we’re glad for the update.

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My Valentine is perfect for sharing with your Valentine; mixed up with Cognac, Peychaud bitters, Absinthe spray, sugar and a lemon peel. The spray of Absinthe is an alternative to rinsing the glass and provides a flavor and aroma that lingers. This Valentine’s themed drink is a play on their popular Sazerac and includes the supposedly medicinal Peychaud bitters which come from a New Orleans apothecary.

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Treat your Valentine to a step back in time and enjoy a drink in style.

The Raymond 1886 is located at 1250 South Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 441-3136 or visit www.theraymond.com.

 

 

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