Late Night Valentine’s Late Night Crusta

Author: Max Veenhuyzen
Photography: Scott Hawkins

This nightclub's calling card isn't exactly traditional, but it's a perfect fit for Late Night Valentine's brand of grown-up hospitality. "It's an old-school drink that's really flexible, as well as sexy," says bar manager Patrick Carpenter. "The idea is this is the first drink people are going to have, so it's not going to be too heavy, but still complex and interesting. We rim our drinks with orange sugar, but using normal sugar is absolutely fine, although I'd garnish it with an orange twist."

Late Night Valentine, 446 Beaufort St, Highgate, WA, 0421 867 806,

Shake 30ml Tanqueray gin, 20ml Aperol, 30ml lemon juice, 10ml sugar syrup and three dashes of Regan's orange bitters over ice. Double-strain into a coupette rimmed with sugar and serve.

Styled by Aimee Jones

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