Credit to: Eric Mower & Associates

Valentine’s Day is slowly approaching for all the lovebirds out there in the best city in the world!  There are so many different ways a couple can celebrate this special day (seeing as I am single, I’ll probably celebrate it with a burrito and some Netflix, yay) that goes outside of the basic dinner with champagne and chocolates.  That is too typical.  Why not spruce it up with some incredible recipes made by some of the top Award-winning hotels across the country?  Well look no further, because Manhattan Digest has got you covered.  Whether it is a tasty Red Velvet Molten Cake or a delicious drink like a Fiery Mandarin, we take a peek as to what you should really be enjoying when the biggest day of love in the year comes around.

Credit to: Eric Mower & Associates
Credit to: Eric Mower & Associates

Red Velvet Molten Cake

Executive Pastry Chef Brittani SzczecinaPalm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa, Fla.

Hearts will melt along with the molten center of this classic chocolate dessert, reinterpreted in Valentine’s red.

     Yield: 4


  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate, melted
  • 1/8 cup bread flour, sifted
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 4 tbsp. red food coloring


  • Bring eggs, yolks and sugar to ribbon stage on speed 3 with a whisk.
  • Melt butter and chocolate together.
  • Pour the chocolate mixture into the ribbon eggs and pulse a few times.
  • Add in the sifted flour and pulse a few times again.
  • Finish folding by hand and add the red coloring.
  • Spray 4 4 oz. tins on all sides and portion batter in tins 3/4 high.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes, being sure to rotate and not overbake.
Credit to: Eric Mower & Associates
Credit to: Eric Mower & Associates


 Deep Affection

Lead Mixologist Zachary BlairThe Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, N.Y.

Red berries make this jewel-toned cocktail the perfect choice for an evening of romance.


  • 3 whole strawberries (reserve an additional strawberry for garnish)
  • 1 oz raspberry liquor (Merlet)
  • Splash of lime juice and simple syrup
  • Dash of orange bitters (Bittermens)
  • Splash of brut champagne


  • Muddle first four ingredients.
  • Double strain in high ball.
  • Add ice and top with brut champagne.
  • Garnish with flared strawberry.

Lover's Lagoon

Lover’s Lagoon

McCoy’s Oceanfront at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, Fla.

Think of as a moonlit stroll on the beach — in a glass.


  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz spiced rum
  • 1 oz peach juice
  • 1 oz pear juice
  • 1 oz plum juice
  • ½ oz blue curacao


  • Stir all ingredients in a glass without ice.
  • Pour mix into a chilled glass.
  • Garnish with a mint sprig.
Credit to: Eric Mower & Associates
Credit to: Eric Mower & Associates

Fiery Mandarin

Lead Mixologist Eddie Garcia, jade bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Guaranteed to add heat to any romance.


  • 2 oz Absolut vodka
  • 1 slice jalapeno
  • 1/3 of an orange zest
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • ¾ oz simple syrup


  • Muddle jalapeno, add zest and liquids.
  • Add ice, shake and double strain.
  • Serve up in chilled martini glass with jalapeno slice garnish.
Credit to: Eric Mower & Associates
Credit to: Eric Mower & Associates

The Wink

Henry’s Hotel BarHarbor View Hotel, Martha’s Vineyard

The name of this cocktail says it all.


  • 1 2/3 oz. gin
  • 2 tsp. triple sec
  • 1/2  tsp. sugar syrup
  • 3 dashes of Peychaud’s Bitters
  • 1/2 oz. absinthe, to coat the glass
  • Orange twist


  • Combine gin, triple sec, sugar syrup and bitters in a shaker over ice and shake.
  • Strain into the absinthe-coated rocks glass.
  • Finish with a spritz of orange zest and garnish with the orange peel.