The director of cocktails for The Duke Lounge in Bloomfield Hills shares two recipes to try if you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day at home.
By Alexa Caccamo
Photography by Derrick Martinez
End your Valentine’s Day on a sweet note by stopping by The Duke Lounge for a drink at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in Bloomfield Hills.
Dan McCarthy, 31, is the director of cocktails and beverages at The Duke Lounge and is in charge of creating novelty beverages for The Duke’s drink menu. The drinks are named after and inspired by films from the Golden of Era of Hollywood. McCarthy says they create a unique experience for guests and uphold the values of The Duke: opulence, luxury and the finer things. Along with their regular drink menu, The Duke will feature Valentine’s Day specials that will make your evening even more romantic. If you don’t want your date night to end, stop by The Duke and check out the beautiful interior design of the bar while sipping away on a drink that will make you fall in love.
Or, if you’re making a romantic dinner at home, Dan McCarthy offers a few recipes you can concoct from your own bar.
Vieux Carry Me Away
1.5 ounce Martell Blue Swift
0.5 ounce Carpano Antica 0.25 ounce Campari
1 ounce Knob Creek 100 proof rye
Stir the Martell Blue Swift, Carpano Antica and Campari in a mixing glass with ice and pour into a large rocks glass over large rock ice, citrus ice and an orange zest rose.
Pour 1 ounce of Knob Creek 100 proof rye into a metal milk steaming carafe and ignite. Throw the flaming Rye whiskey back and forth between the two metal carafes until your date is thoroughly impressed (three to five volleys). Pour the flaming whiskey over the orange peel on top of the cocktail, cooking and charring the orange zest on top. (Note: Do not try this part of the recipe at home. Leave it to the Duke professionals!)
2 ounce Absolut Elyx
0.5 peppermint liqueur
1 ounce pom juice
0.25 lime juice
Combine all ingredients into a shaking tin and shake thoroughly for 30 seconds. Pour and double strain into frosted martini glass. Garnish with lime wedge and dry ice.