For far too long, a box of mystery chocolates and a gigantic teddy bear have become the norm when it comes to Valentine’s Day. It’s almost as if a little thing called “creativity” disappears as soon as Cupid shows his pudgy, little face. Chocolate is great and all and I have nothing against teddy bears, but if you really want to impress your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day then look no further than your at-home bar (or the local liquor store if your bar is looking a little famished).
When V-Day rolls around this Friday, find your favorite cocktail below and get to work fixing your Valentine a dessert cocktail that’s far tastier than anything Russell Stover himself could have created.
Espress Your Love (Pictured Above)
50 ml Belvedere Vodka
20 ml chilled espresso
20 ml vanilla infused simple syrup
Combine all ingredients and shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass or coupette. Garnish with 3 espresso beans.
If you happen to hate Valentine’s Day, that is fully understandable, but instead of punching pillows all day or throwing pictures and various other memento’s of your ex into a fireplace, why not enjoy a cocktail or two? While there are plenty of cocktails dedicated to Valentine’s Day there’s also plenty of drink recipes that are a little more anti-Valentine’s Day friendly. Take for instance EFFEN Vodka’s “EFFEN Bitter Truth,” that name alone just screams “Valentine’s Day is for chumps.” And if you’re hoping to make the holiday a little more relaxing there’s also Van Gogh Vodka’s “Dutch Tea” which is a decadent combination of Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka, tea, heavy cream, and sugar.
Personally, I think that if you’re without a boo on V-Day you should celebrate the holiday with friends and EFFEN Vodka’s “Toast Of The Town” is ideal for that kind of occasion. If those cocktails haven’t quite tickled your fancy then I’ve also included drink recipes from Pinnacle Vodka, Jim Beam, and Cruzan Rum.
Dutch Tea – Created By James Labe (Pictured Above)
4 oz. Prepared Numi Chocolate Pu-erh Tea
2 oz. Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka
1 oz. Heavy Cream
Steep one Numi Chocolate Pu-erh tea bag at normal strength with freshly boiled water for three minutes, then remove bag. Add Vodka and stir. Whip cream with a little sugar and float on top. Dust with Powdered Cocoa to garnish.
With all the roses, assorted chocolates, and over-sized stuffed animals, it’s pretty easy to forget about the guys on Valentines Day. Sorry guys, I’m just keeping it real. But with my first Valentines Day drink recipes post I wanted to post a few recipes for all the men out there. So I’ve got the bacon-infused “Basil Hayden’s Bacon Sour,” a mojito packed with plenty of “Mojo,” and the so-simple-yet-so-tasty “Lord Panama.”
Since Valentines Day is celebrated by a variety of people in different ways I figured I’d break my V-Day drink recipes post into three different stories. The first is obviously geared towards men, the second is for those in love, and lastly I’ll have a drink recipes post just for all the love haters. But for now we toast to the men as they begin to make their last minute trips to Victoria’s Secret, Godiva, and the jewelry section at Macy’s.
Lord Panama (Pictured Above)
2 oz Ron Abuelo 7 Años
5 oz lightly sweetened iced tea
Pour the Abuelo over ice in a highball glass then fill with iced tea. Squeeze in a lime wedge. Stir to mix.
Unless you live under a rock, chances are pretty high that you’ve heard Carly Rae Jepsen’s mega-hit “Call Me Maybe.” Whether you like the record or not (I’m with the latter), you really can’t pass on the opportunity to indulge in a pair of “Call Me Maybe” shots at Del Frisco’s Grille in Atlanta this Valentine’s Day. The set of two shots will only be available on Valentine’s Day for a modest $8 and is a Lushworthy combination of Crown Royal, Peach Schnapps, and cranberry juice.
No Valentine’s Day date? Fret not my friend because you can always share your other “Call Me Maybe” shot with the bartender or even have your spare shot sent over to another restaurant-goer at Del Frisco’s in the hopes of attaining a Valentine before the night is up. And once you’re finished with your “Call Me Maybe” shot you can always move on to one of Del Frisco Grille’s handful of craft cocktails including the Jack Daniels-heavy “Georgia Peach” or the calorie-conscious “Skinny Cosmo.”