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Michael Arenella, St. Germain host Sweetheart Soiree February 15

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Looking for a last-minute Valentine's Day option that will knock the socks off your paramour? Old-timey jazz singer Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra are set to perform on Saturday, February 15 at the 5th Annual Sweetheart Soirée with St. Germain.

The elderflower liqueur, a go-to for bartenders, and a popular addition to Champagne cocktails (see recipe below), is a perfect partner for the 1920's-themed jazz dance party. The event takes place at the members-only Norwood Club in Chelsea and, in addition to the Dreamland Orchestra, features other popular local vintage-inspired entertainers includding Queen Esther and her Trio, The Minsky Sisters and accordianist/singer Nicole Renaud.

"Cupid Approved" cocktails, featuring St. Germain, will be served at a cash bar all night, including the La Rosette (Brut Rosé sparkling wine and St. Germain), and the signature St. Germain cocktail with club soda (on arrival guests are welcomed with a complimentary drink). Participants are encouraged to dress in black tie / evening period attire. Dance lessons for both singles and couples are available from Roddy Caravella beginning at 9:30, and guests receive a free portrait at the St. Germain Kissing Booth.

Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra's Sweetheart Soirée with St. Germain takes place at the Norwood Club on Saturday, February 15 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $75 per person and available at eventbee.com.

La Rosette Cocktail
(from St. Germain)

  • 1 1/2 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine to top

Combine chilled ingredients in a Champagne Flute and garnish with a strawberry slice.

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FTC Disclaimer: The author sometimes receives product samples for review, which carry no cash value and cannot be re-sold, and sometimes attends press events such as lunches or cocktail parties, designed to promote a given product. The author is not paid by any alcohol manufacturer, retailer or distributor, or provided compensation apart from revenue from an assigning publishing company for editorial publication. Opinions are the author's own. By the way, you should be 21 or older to read this page. Author has been invited to attend as a media guest, which means he will not be in trouble with his wife for underplanning Valentine's Day.

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