You know what I think is a more appropriate, cost-effective and fun way to spend Valentine’s Day? Have some delicious cocktails in the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re drinking with your sweetie, your fellow single friends, or if you’re drowning your singledom sorrows alone, Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to stay in your PJs and whip up something festive in a glass.
Festive for me is a stiff drink that’s slightly bitter. Not because I am bitter, per se, but I’m trying it on and I think it fits.
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I’m whipping up two cocktails, a “his” and a “hers” with one common component: Campari. Campari is an Italian liqueur. It is an infusion of herbs and citrus fruit that’s a deep red color and is extremely bitter. But when mixed with the right ingredients, it can create a beautifully balanced drink. So now for the good part, the cocktails:
Campari is an Italian liqueur. It is an infusion of herbs and citrus fruit that’s a deep red color and is extremely bitter. But when mixed with the right ingredients, it can create a beautifully balanced drink. CONTRIBUTED
THE “HIS” COCKTAIL: THE BITTER BEAU
1 oz. Campari
1 oz. rye whiskey
½ oz. sweet vermouth
Splash of grapefruit soda
Served on the rocks and garnished with kumquat
Tequila, Campari, and grapefruit juice are three key ingredients for a Valentine’s Day “Her” cocktail: The Bitter Betty. CONTRIBUTED
THE “HER” COCKTAIL: THE BITTER BETTY
1 oz. tequila
1 oz. Campari
½ oz. grapefruit juice
¼ oz. lemon juice
¼ oz. simple syrup
1 egg white
Shake ingredients vigorously in a cocktail tin, strain into a martini glass and garnish with Angostura bitters.