By Jaweed Kaleem
Still figuring out your Valentine’s Day prospects? Maybe a ”love potion” is what you need — like Love at First Pisco, a sweet pink cocktail made from grape-based pisco brandy, the national spirit of Peru.
”Pisco has its own flavor; you can’t miss it,” says Gil Lopez, head bartender at the new Kobe Club on South Beach, ”but I think the love-potion part depends on who you’re with.”
• Place five muddled strawberries, 1 ounce pisco (e.g., Montesierpe), 1/2 ounce raspberry liqueur (Chambord), 1/2 ounce orange-flavored liqueur (Grand Marnier) and a splash of simple syrup in a shaker with crushed ice.
• Shake vigorously.
• Strain into a stemmed cocktail glass.
• Garnish with a halved strawberry and orange peel.
The Love at First Pisco is $12 at Sushi Samba Dromo, 600 Lincoln Rd., and $14 at Kobe Club and China Grill, both at 404 Washington Ave., Miami Beach.