Sips: 3 Cocktails For Your Sweetheart

Standard Tap, a Philadelphia favorite, shares 3 cocktail recipes perfect for celebrating love!

The crowds, long waits at restaurants…sometimes the best (and even more romantic and special) option for a Valentine’s Day date might be to just stay in. Whether you’ve planned a home-cooked meal or a movie marathon, warming up the night with some spirits can be a nice addition. We teamed up with one of our favorite local spots — Standard Tap — to share 3 cocktail recipes that your sweetheart will love. Below, in-house mixologist Brendan shows us how it’s done. Enjoy!

Aperol Spritzer: A less sweet, but stronger take on the California favorite.


In a highball glass filled with ice pour:

1oz Rowhouse Spirits Gin

1oz Aperol

Top with sparkling dry rose, then garnish with a twist of lemon. 



Manhattan : A classic and approachable whiskey cocktail


In a chilled coup glass pour:

2oz Dad’s Hat Bourbon

1oz Antica Carpano sweet vermouth

3 dashes of Angostora bitters

Garnish with an orange twist and house-made bourbon cherries.



Handsome Stranger : Gorgeous ginger-spiced cocktail that’s worth the effort of mixing


In a chilled coup pour:

1oz of white rum

1/2oz of Art in the Age Snap Liquor

1oz of Barretts ginger beer

1/2oz of lime juice

1/2oz of spicy simple syrup*

2 dashes of both Angostora bitters

2 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters

Garnish with a sprig of rosemary

*The spicy simple syrup recipe is a 1:1 ratio of very hot water and raw sugar, with ground chilis from our rooftop garden to taste. Chili powder is a great substitue. Allow the mixture to reduce over medium heat for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat, allow to cool and pass through a sieve to remove any residual pepper chunks. 



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Photography by John Ciuppa

A big thank you to Standard Tap and our favorite local spirits!




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