Welcome to that awesome time of year. We’ve gotten through January, some of us more frozen than others. Here are some tips that will hopefully at least get you through Valentine’s Day all warm and toasty, in one way or another!
If you’re all coupled up, start reading here. If you’re not, you can skip to the next section.
1. Whiskey + chocolate: The marketing for Valentine’s Day skews heavily toward wine, I’ll admit. But the same things that go with wine, also work with your favorite whiskey. Try pairing bourbon with chocolate covered oranges. If you’ve read any tasting notes or reviews of whiskey, you’ve probably seen descriptions like, “caramel notes”. To complement that, try adding a lovely dark chocolate truffle from Godiva or a local shop like Chuao Chocolatier if you’re in SoCal. Ginger works nicely, too – Trader Joe’s makes a great chocolate covered ginger.
2. Whiskey + food: Like suggestion #1, you’ve probably seen wine and food pairing dinners at your local restaurants. If you look, there are starting to be a few whiskey pairing dinners, too. If you can’t find one, make your own! Some restaurants/bars that have a decently-sized whiskey menu, often offer flights. Ask your bartender – they’ll likely have suggestions based on what you’ve chosen for dinner. If not, mix it up. Try something new!
3. Gifts + whiskey. I recently read an article that said if you get her a bottle of bourbon, she’ll know it’s really for you. Are you sure about that? I’d be stoked to get a nice, sweet bourbon in lieu of chocolates! But, in case your +1 isn’t up for it (there’s always next year, start working toward it now!), you can get them other interesting liquor-related things. How about handwash called “whisky & water” or a perfume that smells like bourbon?
If you’re celebrating Singles Awareness Day, welcome! (And cheers to whoever thought that one up!) You’re in good company, trust me.
1. You + you. Be your own valentine, damnit! No one says you have to have someone else to be happy, today or any other day. Treat yourself – well! If you go out, you can often get the same food at the bar – without the reservation or staring at an empty chair. Also without having to say my personal favorite phrase, “Yes, just me”. Take yourself somewhere that has a whiskey selection that extends beyond Jack. It’s a great way to try something new, without having to commit to the entire bottle. Want to try a spicy rye, but aren’t sure? Do a little online sleuthing first, so you’ll know what they have. You can always ask your bartender what they suggest, too. Here’s a great recipe for a Scofflaw – it’s tasty, the right color for the holiday and easy enough to either make at home or ask your favorite bartender to make for you. But please: like any other night, drink responsibly – call a friend or a cab!
2. Liquor + liquor. OK, fine. Some of us don’t want to go out and surround ourselves with that happy smushy stuff. Guess what? You don’t have to. Grab your favorite whiskey (cocktail or not), something to eat, Netflix and you’re done.
3. You – liquor. For those that followed suggestion #2 a little too vigorously, you may need some help. Enter hangover cures. There are a ton of tips and tricks that the gods of the internet will tell you about: greasy food, carbohydrates (like toast or rice), coffee, coconut water. Even Mythbusters have an episode called, “Hangovers for Science“! Personally, a combo of sleep, coconut water and a nice cheeseburger (the next day, not 2am!) works wonders.
Hopefully these tips will help get you through February 14th, no matter your +1 persuasion. Cheers!
Article by: Jeanne Runkle