February 14th can ignite ooey gooey feelings of love, a burning desire for a cocktail, and very often even both! Whether you plan to cheers to love or are just in dire need of a drank to help get you through Valentine’s Day, today we’re sharing the It’s Complicated cocktail recipe from 86’d in Toronto.
Tucked away along the trendy Dundas West strip, you might be surprised to find such a laid-back spot among some of the busiest bars in the city. This cocktail recipe is part of their special Valentine’s Day Menu, so if a low-key (but delicious) date night on the west side is what you’re looking for, a visit to 86’d could be a match.
Self-described as a speakeasy, it’s almost surprising to discover that there is a kitchen hiding at the back of the intimate space, and even more so when you see what emerges from it in the hands of Chef Rory Kennedy. That’s right, Chef himself comes out to serve his dishes and explain what you’re about to consume which is a true delight for any hungry food nerd out there. For the special Valentine’s Day menu, expect to find the likes of his freshly made Chicken Liver Ravioli, Pan Seared Pork Belly and Marsala Custard and more.
See below for the ‘It’s Complicated’ cocktail recipe from 86’d:
‘It’s Complicated’ Cocktail by 86’d
1 ounce Aperol
1 ounce Campari
1.5 ounce simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water)
1 ounce lemon juice
1 egg white
Angora bitters for garnish
1. Put all ingredients in a shaker without ice and shake.
2. Then add ice, shake vigorously and double strain into a coup glass.
3. Add a few drops of angora bitters to the top and pull tip of knife through it to create flower image/design on cocktail foam
86’d is located at 1321 Dundas Street West in Toronto. For more information visit @eightysixedto or call 416-908-8913 for reservations.
(Story by Editor-in-Chief, Gracie Carroll)