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Originally from Binghamton, New York, Ashley Massis is a small town girl with big city dreams. After moving to Manhattan over two years ago, she is currently pursuing her two great career passions: fashion and writing. With over 7 years in the fashion industry and working for various companies as a freelance author and critic, she has become an expert in NYC nightlife and culture. She founded NYSocialStatus.com in 2012. Currently, she is training for the 2012 NYC Marathon while raising money for the charity Team for Kids.

Love Potion Valentine’s Day Special At Manhattan’s Royalton Hotel

For the secret mixologist at heart, the Royalton Hotel is offering a very special promotion this Valentine’s Day that will be sure to impress your sweetheart. Their “Love Potion” special runs from Saturday February 11th through Tuesday February 14th. For $40 guests will get to create their own personalized cocktail for their Valentine. The package includes a private consultation with one of their expert bartenders, two of the same personal cocktails and a take home recipe sheet so it can be your cocktail forever.

The "Bramashley"

On Tuesday night February 14th, the Royalton will be offering a three course pre-fix menu for $55. With dishes such as the Winter Ravioli, Halibut, and Crispy Chicken, it will make any taste bud happy. Add a cocktail and dessert such as the Apple Crumble, and you will be on top of your loved ones list.

As one who loves the “odds and unusual” of New York, I was eager to try this “Love Potion” special. Intrigued to create my own Valentine’s Day cocktail, I headed to the Royalton in search of the perfect combination. As always, I was greeted by a pleasant and helpful staff. Jason, the Manager of Food and Events at the Royalton, explained the process of the “Love Potion” special and as we awaited my turn to talk to one of Royalton’s best bartenders. Soon, I was introduced to Justin: one of the experts on staff.

After reviewing the personalized checklist of ingredients, and with Justin’s uncanny understanding of cocktails, he helped me create a twist on the classic Bramble cocktail. A Bramble, made with gin, crushed blackberries, lemon juice, sugar, and crushed ice, is the perfect sweet and sour cocktail. However, Justin suggested ginger syrup, which added a sweet but spicy taste, and crushed strawberries. With Jason’s help, he cleverly titled the cocktail, the “Bramashley”

The created cocktail was a work of art. Garnished with candied ginger and strawberry slices, my concoction looked not only delicious but it was also Valentine’s Day themed. Justin explained the special process of crushing the berries together with the lemon to create a “jam” like bottom. Then, adding the crushed ice and gin to create the layers of flavor. After taking the first taste, I was in heaven. After a second, I instantly regretted it, because I knew it would be closer to the bottom of the glass.


While my friends and I enjoyed the ambiance of the Royalton Hotel, sipped our drinks, and snacked on appetizers, I couldn’t help but think what an overall enjoyable experience it was. The lit fireplaces, dimmed lighting, and cozy couches created a romantic yet exclusive atmosphere. It was relaxing and intimate: the perfect way to spend special time with that someone special, or a close friend. It was fun to think of the different combinations possible with the listed ingredients, and an unusual way to spend a night with your loved one. With the help of the staff of the Royalton, I not only had a great evening, but learned a lot about the art of cocktails.

The Royalton Hotel
44 W 44th St (between 5th Ave & Avenue Of The Americas)
Manhattan, NY 10036
Neighborhood: Midtown West
Ph. 212-944-8844


Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Monday-Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Monday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday: 5 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Saturday-Sunday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Bar open until 4 a.m.

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