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Romance Rebellion!

No date on Valentine’s Day? No worries. If the hokey holiday and all its trappings leave a bad taste in your mouth, nurse one of these anti-love antidotes on February 14 instead.

Daikaya’s Bitter Off Dead cocktail

No date on Valentine’s Day? No worries. If the hokey holiday and all its trappings leave a bad taste in your mouth, nurse one of these anti-love antidotes on February 14 instead.

1. My Bitter Valentine
This bouquet-of-roses-gone-bad cocktail at Rye Bar shakes Boyd & Blair Vodka, Botanical Spirit St. Germain, Luxardo and bitters. It’s also garnished with a dried rose petal. “It’s a beverage to exorcise all the negativity from your ex—and celebrate moving onto better days ahead,” says Tomas Vanderboomgaard, Cappella Hotel’s food and beverage supervisor. $18, 1050 31st St. NW, 202.617.2400

2. Cupid’s Last Dance
Jack Rose Dining Saloon bartender Nick Lowe’s Amaro-based libation mingles herbal-orangey Ramazzotti, Campari and Regan’s orange bitters with Averna and grappa-based Nonino. The anti-love potion is served up and garnished with a flaming orange peel, a sprinkle of kosher salt and a dash of cynicism. $13, 2007 18th St. NW, 202.588.7388

3. Off to Sea Once More
Iron Gate offers a bourbon-based libation with citrusy Cocchi Americano and mirto, a Sardinian myrtle berry liqueur. Neighborhood Restaurant Group Beverage Director Jeff Faille takes the name from an old folk song about a hard-living sailor who regrets spending all his money and has to once again head out for a tour at sea, leaving his loved ones sad and salty. $12, 1734 N St. NW, 202.524.5202

4. Wilted Bouquet Cocktail
At Firefly, Campari and Smith & Cross Navy Strength Rum are stirred with rose water and lavender bitters. Bar Manager Jon Harris says the drink is garnished with a brandied cherry that’s squeezed over the glass “to mimic the effect of what you’d like to do to his evil, conniving heart and how you could possibly get away with it.” Ouch. $12, 1310 New Hampshire Ave. NW, 202.861.1310

5. Bitter Off Dead
Daikaya’s Beverage Director Lukas B. Smith mixes French red wine aperitif Byrrh Grand Quinquina with Salers Gentiane Aperitif and Amaro Sibilla, and adorns it all with a rose-shaped lemon peel. “It leaves a refreshing aftertaste—the opposite of all failed loves,” he says. $13, 705 Sixth St. NW, 202.589.1600