Posted on | January 21, 2016
Written by | Sara Kay
This month, known for its frigid cold (and for 29 whole days this year!), is also home to Valentine’s Day. Couples of all types, ages and interests make good use of February 14th to exchange gifts—often including wine and spirits, meaning retailers should be ready to make their gifting dreams come true, if not their romantic ones.
For wine, RED is the obvious way to go. For a smooth, fruit-powered sipper, Apothic Crush is back for a seasonal turn. Feeling varietal? Garnet wines put their namesake red gemstone front and center. Big-red lovers will find plenty of structure in Penfolds Bin 389 (aka Baby Grange) in a handsome red box.
Then there’s bubbly. Nicolas Feuillatte’s “D’Luscious” is a classy Champagne with a vivid pink hue and a touch of sweetness. And if someone is looking for a wine for chocolate, Banfi’s “Rosa Regale” Brachetto d’Acqui—a bottled freak show, being a fully sweet red sparkler—will make Romeo (or Juliet) look like a genius (make sure the chocolate’s dark).
In the spirit realm, sensuous cocktails are on the calendar, whether whipped up by home mixologists or enjoyed at the local craft cocktail destination. Some examples for V-Day 2016…
Figs…the timeless aphfrodisiac
2 oz Figenza Fig Vodka
2 oz Champagne or Prosecco
Add ingredients in order in a Champagne flute. Garnish with a raspberry.
Ty Ku Sweet Kiss
2 oz Ty Ku Coconut Saké
Combine, strain and garnish with strawberry. (Ty Ku Coconut has the added bonus of an especially silky texture.)
Think vodka can’t be sexy? Try This
1 oz Grey Goose Vodka
1 oz Pineau des Charentes
½ oz Crème de Cassis
2 tsp Lemon juice
1 dash Angostura bitters
1 small cluster red currants
Fill a shaker with ice and all liquids. Shake well and strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with twist and currants.
From Prairie with Love
1½ oz Prairie Organic Vodka
1½ oz Pomegranate juice
Squeeze of fresh Lemon juice
Shake over ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with fresh mint leaf.
A sparkling cocktail for two (or more?)
Pomegranate Cava Martini
1 Lemon, juiced
Twists from lemon peel
1 cup Pomegranate juice
1 cup Orange Liqueur
1/3 cup Pomegranate seeds
2 cups Freixenet Cordon Negro Brut Cava
Stir first four ingredients in a pitcher with ice. Add pomegranate seeds to glasses, fill halfway with cocktail and top with Cava. Garnish with rosemary.