Monday, January 25, 2016

Swoon-Worthy Romance Novels Inspire Valentine’s Day Cocktails at Knightsbridge Restaurant Group

Anna and the French Kiss from nopa Kitchen+Bar

From our friends at Knightsbridge Restaurant Group...

Ashok Bajaj of Knightsbridge Restaurant Group is pleased to introduce eight lusty cocktails, each priced at $12, and served at his collection of Washington restaurants. The new libations will be featured Valentine’s week (February 8-14th) and are inspired by the novels listed on NPR’s Happy Ever After:100 Swoon-Worthy Romances.

First up is the Bombay Club, which will feature a Lord of Scoundrels, in tribute to the Regency romance novel by American author Loretta Chase. Published in 1995 by Avon Books, it is the third installment of her Débauchés series. The cocktail is made with Cîroc vodka, Godiva chocolate liqueur, half and half, Chambord, and garnished with pink sugar. The Bombay Club is located at 815 Connecticut Avenue, NW. For reservations or additional information please call (202) 659-3727 or visit

The Indigo makes its debut in a glass at Rasika. The cocktail is an artful blend of lemon juice, JMW Hibiscus liquor and Botanist gin garnished with an orchid leaf, to celebrate Beverly Jenkins’ epic novel, a story about passion, love, hope, fear, faith, deception and friends during one of the darkest times in U.S. history. Rasika is located at 633 D Street, NW. For reservations or additional information please call (202) 637-1222 or visit

Ravished, which is made with an assertive Bulldog London Dry gin, a delicate Amaro Tagliatella, and Rothman & Winter Pear liqueur with sage will appear at Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca. Amanda Quick’s novel takes readers from the cozy confines of a tiny seaside village to the glittering crush of a fashionable London soiree; an enthralling tale of a thoroughly mismatched couple, poised to discover the rapture of love. Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca is located at 1100 New York Avenue, NW (corner of 12th and H Streets, NW). For reservations please call (202) 216-9550 or visit

The Oval Room will feature a new Chocolate Kiss, created with Crème de Cacao, Truffle liqueur, cava with an orange twist. International bestselling author Laura Florand’s enchanting novel welcomes readers to La Maison des Sorcieres, where in their tiny blue kitchen, Magalie Chaudron and her two aunts stir wishes into bubbling pots of heavenly chocolat chaud. The Oval Room is located just steps from the White House at 800 Connecticut Avenue, NW. For more information and reservations please call (202) 463-8700 or visit

Guests at Ardeo+Bardeo will enjoy the new cocktail, Something About You, inspired byJulie James’ highly suspenseful novel involving politicians, sex, scandal and murder, all shaken and stirred perfectly for an exciting read. The featured libation is made with Bulleit bourbon, grapefruit juice, strawberry purée, honey lemon syrup and basil. Ardeo+Bardeo is located at 3311 Connecticut Ave, NW. For more information and reservations please call (202) 244-6750(202) 244-6750, or visit

Sex Straight Up finds its way on 701 Restaurant’s cocktail list. Named for Katherine O’Reilly’s steamy novel about sex, and scandal at family auction house, the cocktail is concocted with Leopold Brothers Peach Whiskey, orange juice, Cynar, grenadine and sparkling wine. 701 Restaurant is located at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling (202) 393-0701 or by visiting

Rasika West End will introduce The India Fan cocktail priced at $12 incorporating mezcal, Genepy des Alpes liqueur, Crème de Pampelmousse Rose liqueur, Campari, a dash of Scrappys Cardamom Bitters garnished with a flamed orange twist. Victor Holt’s novel centers around the inheritance of an extraordinary fan with a beautiful and fateful curse! It is a knock-out novel of mysticism and murder.  Rasika West End is located at 1190 New Hampshire Avenue, NW. For reservations or additional information, please call (202) 466-2500 or visit

Anna and the French Kiss finds its way onto nopa Kitchen+Bar’s cocktail list. The libation is made with house-infused orange vodka, white creme de cacao garnished with a white chocolate kiss and orange zest. The cocktail is a nod to Stephanie Perkins novel about Anna’s adventures whisking her suddenly from Atlanta, Georgia to Paris, France for her senior year of college. nopa Kitchen + Bar, Ashok Bajaj’s American brasserie is located at 800 F Street, NW. Reservations are recommended, and can be made by calling (202) 347-4667 or by visiting