Photography: Courtesy San Manuel Casino

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here’s a cocktail recipe sure to set hearts aflutter.

Owned and operated by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and located on the outskirts of the San Manuel Indian Reservation, the San Manuel Casino in Highland, California, offers more than 4,700 of the latest slots, live poker, Vegas-style blackjack, and high-limit gaming. There are also several entertainment and dining options, including the Tukut lounge, presided over by resident mixologist Chris Rosano. Each month Rosano and his team feature a cocktail that lets their talents — and maybe your luck — shine. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here is the recipe for Cupid’s Kiss, February’s cocktail of the month, courtesy San Manuel Casino, followed by a special dish courtesy The Pines Modern Steakhouse at the San Manuel Casino. It’s sure to send hearts aflutter.

Cupid’s Kiss

1¼ ounces Deep Eddy Peach vodka
½ ounce Chambord
¾ ounce pineapple juice
¾ ounce strawberry purée
Dollop whipped cream
Strawberry, for garnish

Shake and strain over ice. Garnish with a strawberry.

Pines Sautéed Mushrooms

Mushrooms have a reputation for being aphrodisiacs. Whether it’s true or not, what we do know for sure is that the enticing aroma of sautéed mushrooms will stimulate your appetite and eating them will satisfy it. Here’s how they fix them at The Pines Modern Steakhouse at the San Manuel Casino.

4 ounces portobello mushrooms
Olive oil, as needed
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 thyme sprig
4 ounces oyster mushrooms
½ ounce butter
1 tablespoon shallot, minced
1 teaspoons garlic, minced
1 teaspoon thyme, chopped

Coat portobellos with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place on sheet pan with sprig of thyme and roast at 375 degrees for 15 minutes. Let cool and slice. Meanwhile tear oyster mushrooms into pieces. Sauté oyster mushrooms in a hot sauté pan with oil. Sear until brown and then flip. Add portobellos, butter, shallots, garlic, and chopped thyme. Sauté for 20 seconds. Turn off heat, plate, and serve.

For more information, visit the San Manuel Casino’s website.

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