How are you two planning on celebrating Valentine's Day this year?
Cyndi: "As I'm sure most New Yorkers know, it's impossible to get a decent reservation on Valentine's Day. no one likes a prix fixe, and if you plan within one week of Valentine's Day, you get stuck with a 5:30 reservation. This year, we're considering taking a day trip to Hudson. Their restaurants are cozy and lovely, and it's a nice departure from the V-Day/Fashion Week madness. We also plan on getting a little crazy with our Love & Paint kit. I'll let you figure out what that means..."
What's your favorite thing about each other?
Cyndi: "Adam is a superhero to me. He's smart, hardworking, generous, warm, loving, understanding, supportive, handsome. I don't know how he does it. But what I love and appreciate most about him is his ability to make me feel like a million dollars. I'm a more confident person because of himâhe makes me feel like there's nothing I can't do."
Adam: "This question is rigged! It's impossible to name one singular trait of your significant other that you identify out as favorite in some way. If I had to single out one thing just for today, maybe it's her unwavering pursuit of a good time. I can get into some funks where I don't want to do this or that, and she always helps pull me out to appreciate the moment."
What's on the menu at the Garret this February 14th?
Adam: "Our cocktails are pretty damn sexy. My favorite is the Detroit Dancehall: It's Rhum Barbancourt Blanc, Rhum Barbancourt 3 Star, beet juice, lime, orgeat, vinegar and a salt rim. It doesn't sound particularly sexy, but the color is so sultry."
Onto the cocktails....tell us about the drink you chose to make for us.
Adam: "We turned to our beverage director to help us with this because he's better at whipping up cocktails than us (shoutout to Grant Wheeler!). We opted for a smoky, sweet and citrusy concoction called Salty Lips."
Salty Lips Cocktail, serves 1
- 1.5 oz Mezcal
- 0.5 oz Dimmi
- 0.75 oz Orgeat
- 0.75 oz lime juice
- A hibiscus salt rim
- Shake and pour over ice
If you had to choose, what would be your relationship's signature cocktail?
Cyndi: "A Mezcal Negroni. It's smoky, sometimes bitter, but overall smooth with a balanced finish."
What five things should your bar cart always be stocked with?
- A shaker and strainer
- A bar spoon
- A good bourbon
- Orange bitters
- A delicious sweetner, preferably agave
So many fancy tools...what's really necessary?
Adam: "Tin shaker, a strainer, muddler and a small grader."
Shake or stirred?
Cyndi: "We don't discriminate."
Photo Credit: Lydia Hudgens