Valentine’s Day is usually one of the busiest for restaurants, but Covid has hit them especially hard. I worked as a server during my undergraduate years and when I finished my Master’s Degree. Bill worked as a restaurant General Manager for decades. Clearly we have a fondness for the hospitality industry and find ways to support it during these trying times. Many restaurants adapted admirably to social distancing for in-house dining with carry-out and home delivery as other viable options.
But sometimes a gal’s got to put on a party dress and enjoy her man cooking a romantic dinner for two at home.
I need to contribute to our dining experience. This is my first Valentine’s Day with a new love and I don’t want it to be my last, so I am not cooking. I am also a horrible baker. But I make great cocktails! Before I start to shake things up, I put on my Audrey Hepburn cosplay complete with a little black mask, and head to Target for some Valentine supplies. https://www.target.com/p/smiley-heart-cheeks-sugar-cookie-1ct-archer-farms-8482/-/A-78062606#lnk=sametab See, I don’t even pretend to make cookies. You can see that big red bullseye. These turned out to be both cute and tasty.
Now let’s get down to my actual contribution. I found this recipe on Lulu’s. https://www.lulus.com/blog/recipes/valentine-cocktail/ This has become one of my favorite on-line fashion brands with a fun blog. The quality is amazing with good prices and great customer service. My LBD https://www.lulus.com/products/margaux-black-one-shoulder-maxi-dress/507782.html fits like a glove and is really well made. Hopefully I will be able to wear it to a public event in the future. Maybe we will all want to dress up more once we put away the stretch pants? Anyway, it felt Mad Men glamourous to use a vintage cocktail set while wearing a long evening dress. My three dogs were impressed. Oh, yeah….Bill Angell kinda liked it too. I think I may swoosh around the house more often!
Prep time: 10 minutes Serves 2 (I doubled the recipe)
Add 1cup of water to 1 cup of sugar in a small pot on the stove and whisk it together. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer, whisking until the sugar is dissolved. Set aside to cool.
For the Cocktail:
Use a shot glass to measure-1 and 1/2 ounces is equal to one shot. Mix 6 ounces of Cherry Juice and 3 ounces of Gin. I am using Aviation Gin https://www.aviationgin.com/ -seriously click on the link. Yes. This is Ryan Reynolds’ gin. You’re welcome….
Add 3 ounces of the simple syrup and shake over ice to blend and chill.
Strain into glasses. Add 4 ounces of Club Soda for that fun fizz. You may add more cherry juice or club soda to taste. Garnish with gummy hearts.
My drink looks Valentine’s Day perfect and tastes great. The kitchen not so much. I really need to paint my cabinets, but for once my hands look some what nicer. Later I will exchange my party frock for overalls. But for now-Cheers!