Cocktail creativity is blooming in Acadiana, inspired  by St. Valentine. Pamplona Tapas Bar bartender Luke Tullos has come up with another charmer for the romantic occasion, a blushing beauty called “Kissed By A Rose.” He builds the drink with brandy, Campari (a bright red bittersweet Italian liqueur made from artichokes), Tuaca (a brandy based Italian liqueur with notes of orange and vanilla), lemon juice and a sip of simple syrup for sweetness. Note the balance between sweet and sour, bitter and rich, classic cocktail building blocks. Tullos shakes the cocktail and pours it into a chilled champagne flute. Topped with a froth of Spanish cava, a bouquet of rosewater foam and a dash of Pechaud bitters, it’s as much an olfactory experience as it is a libation.

Pamplona will be open on Sunday, Feb. 14 for Valentine’s Day, as well as regular hours this weekend. Call 232-0070 for more info.


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