Valentines day is almost a month away so put your entertaining hat on and try these Valentines Day inspired cocktails, You’ll thank us later!
Thanks @David Graver from Cool Hunting
While making no promises about love potions or secret tonics, what we can guarantee is the quality of taste in the following eight drinks. Made with care and concern, they exemplify many ideals surrounding the holiday of love: spice, smoke and flavor. There’s something here to warm the heart and whet the palate—even if you’ll be spending this one alone.
Approaching its third year of operation, Swine in NYC’s West Village strikes a smoky note with their “Pit of My Heart.” While minimal, it’s inspired and the potent mezcal base adopts a delightful balance from honey and lime. It’s as enticing as it is intoxicating, with more than a hint of sophistication.
2 oz Fidencio Clásico mezcal
.75 oz honey
.75 oz lime juice
Muddle the blackberries, add the honey, lime and mezcal. Place in the ice and shake the mix vigorously. Garnish the cocktail with a lime wedge and a blackberry for additional taste.
For the more excitable, a “Blood Orange Margarita” marrying Milagro tequila and Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, offers a celebratory yet thoughtful twist to the classic. Solerno lends more than a citrus edge, it delivers a thicker mouthfeel to the drink. As much as this cocktail hints at spring, it also hints at letting loose.
1.5 oz. Milagro Resposada
1 oz. Solerno Blood Orange Liqueuer
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
1/4 oz agave
Pour over ice in a tall glass and garnish with an orange slice—or a blood orange slice, when in season.
For those with Valentine’s Day party plans, the warmth and delicious spice of a hot buttered rum is easy to deliver on a large scale—and just as easy to enjoy. This classic drink swells with flavor, offering up comfort with the high-proof content. We tried one made with Sailor Jerry Rum and found it to be the ideal option, lending further spice to the mix. Our recipe below serves four.
2 cups water
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/8 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup Sailor Jerry Rum
Bring the water, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt to a boil in a two quart saucepan, over moderately high heat. Reduce heat and allow the mix to simmer, whisking occasionally for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in rum. Serve hot.
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