Valentine’s Day. It’s one of the most polarizing days on the calendar. And it’s almost here.
Are you celebrating with your sweetheart? Or are you hiding in your bedroom with a pint of ice cream?
No matter what your situation is, I think a cocktail is not only appropriate, but also highly necessary. You can shake one up for yourself. Make two and share one with the person that you love. Or take the third option: make two and drink them both yourself. This is a 100% judgment free zone.
I find a lot of Valentine’s Day stuff to be overly girly. Even for me. And I’m a girl! It’s like an undulating sea of big puffy pink glittery hearts out there. And frankly, it’s kind of overwhelming. So I wanted to design a cocktail that, while still color appropriate for the occasion, was a bit more masculine.
When I think of a “manly” cocktail, a Negroni always comes to mind. So I started playing with the ingredients in a classic Negroni, and eventually my taste buds landed on this Beet-Pomegranate Cocktail with gin and a splash of Campari. It’s not nearly as intoxicating as a Negroni (which is all booze, by the way). And it’s much more earthy and a little bit sweet. But the flavors are well balanced and this drink certainly hasn’t lost it’s bitter bite.
Oh and that deep red color. It’s sexy and fierce and totally screams “I’m undressing you with my eyes”. You got this.
If bubbles are more your thing, try my Grapefruit and Sage Champagne Cocktails. They are the perfect understated shade of pink!
Hi Friends! How are you? How was your Christmas? Did you eat ALL the cookies?
We had some crazy warm weather here in New England. I wore flip flops and a tank top. Sat outside in my beach chair. Grilled lamb chops. And even debated going for a swim in the ocean. Which I decided against doing in the end, opting instead to send this cake into the crashing waves in place of myself. It was all very bizarre.
Anyways, now I’m busy trying to avoid consuming any more cookies and thinking about New Year’s Eve plans. What do you traditionally make or eat on New Year’s Eve? Do you slurp noodles? Sauté fish? Or just skip straight to the champagne?
I hope you answered “skip straight to the champagne”. Because if so, then I have the perfect drink recipe for you today.
The history of this blog tells me that I apparently have a thing for grapefruit juice + champagne on New Year’s Eve. Last year, I posted these Pink Grapefruit-Champagne Sorbet Floats. And this year, I’m sharing these easy Grapefruit and Sage Champagne Cocktails. I suppose the brightness of grapefruit juice is what makes it such an appealing way to celebrate the start of something new. And grapefruits are at their peak right now, so I just can’t help buying up armfuls of them at the grocery store. And of course, bubbles are a must-have for any New Year’s Eve party!
Given the seasonal abundance of grapefruits, squeezing your own juice is ideal. But if you’re going to be making these Grapefruit and Sage Champagne Cocktails for a big crowd, then store bought grapefruit juice would do just fine.