This year, spare a thought for the Ones That Got Away. The bar manager at Notting Hill’s Lonsdale has named two cocktails after the girls who broke his heart. The S. Brach is made from Absolut Wild Tea, Aperol, Punt e Mes and orange bitters to reflect her dry wit. The N. Macnaughton (above) pays homage to a sweet, but brutally honest, Glaswegian – with raspberries, Auchentoshen, creme de mure, apple and egg white.
Bag a love bagel
Get the love sparks flying from the get-go on Valentine’s Day, by dishing up the eggs with a special edition heart-shaped bagel. You have to be clever to get your hands on one, though. The only way is to visit the New York Bakery Co Facebook page and write, in no more than 30 words, why such a bagel would make an ideal gift for your lover. Get your creative juices flowing.
Time to rub it in
If cooking delectable feasts doesn’t come naturally, but you want to impress, get some Spicentice rubs. Slather the ready-prepared herbs and spices on to a chunk of meat or add to a pasta dish. There’s herby fish flavour, barbecue, harissa, Italian, peppery, tandoori and ras el hanout (which has rose petals in it, if you’re cooking for Valentine’s Day). Each tub costs £3.99. See the website for recipes.