Valentine’s Day: a time to rejoice in the splendor that is your love by professing your undying devotion to each other through sappy Hallmark cards, heart-shaped boxes of candy and free-flowing Champagne.
*cue the violins*
Or maybe yours is more like this:
Valentine’s Day: a time to pull out that pic of you and your ex, shred it to bits, then stick pins in it, voodoo-style, for good measure.
There’s a drink for that too.
Whether you’re celebrating your love today — or your breakup — the new “Romantic Cocktails” (Whalen Book Works, $19.95) book has just the recipe you’ll need to toast the occasion. Chapters include “Vintage Romance” (complete with drinks like the Good Night Kiss, Hanky Panky and the Honeymoon), “Pretty Drinks,” “Drinks for Two” and “Modern Craft Cocktails” (with anti-Valentine’s Day potions such as The Friend Zone, I Love You Like a Punch in the Head and It’s Not Me, It’s You).
Each recipe is even given a designated icon to show which “romantic occasion” it’s appropriate for, whether it’s a heart for “new love and crushes,” broken heart for “breakups,” the stink eye for “jealousy, sour grapes” or a diamond ring for “engagements and weddings”.
Written by Alabama-based craft bartender Clair McLafferty, the book contains more than 100 recipes, most with color photography. Even the pillowy red cover, with its satiny finish, will get you in the mood.
Perfect for thumbing through in bed with your SO — or pint of Halo Top.
What could be better than Champagne? Silk with Champagne, of course. The liqueur, juice and brandy soften up the sparkling wine. “With the vanilla ice cream, the drink gains a rich, sensuous texture. But all together, this drink is as luxurious as drinking Champagne while lying on cool silk sheets.”
Soyer au Champagne
(Silk with Champagne)
2 tablespoons vanilla ice cream
2 dashes maraschino liqueur
2 dashes pineapple juice
2 dashes orange curacao
2 dashes brandy
Scoop ice cream into a parfait glass and pour maraschino liqueur, pineapple juice, curacao and brandy over top. Fill with Champagne and garnish with a straw. Serve with a spoon.
Yield: 1 cocktail
Source: “Romantic Cocktails” (Whalen Book Works, $19.95) by Clair McLafferty