Valentine’s Day drinks for an intimate mood

John Saringo-Rodriguez

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Bitter Crush 

So your crush is oblivious and you’re feeling depressed? There are two
outcomes: you find yourself in the bottom of the bottle, alone, and
contemplating your sorrows, or you have delusions of grandeur and think
of the “what if’s?” You might need a drink and Bitter Crush may just be the right remedy. Bitter Crush is a strangely different, yet curiously
delicious combination of rum, bitters, and lemon.

Ingredients

2 oz Aperol (bitter orange apéritif)
1 1/2 oz White Rum
1 tsp Lemon juice
2 dashes Orange bitters
1 tsp sugar
Strawberry or Lemon Twist for Garnish

Directions

1. Fill
a highball glass with crushed ice.
2. Stir together Aperol, rum, lemon
juice, and bitters in a small glass measuring cup.
3. Add sugar and stir
until dissolved.
4. Pour over ice.

 

 

Flirtini

This
Valentine’s Day you may find yourself at a kickback and end up bartending
for friends, but when you spot someone that you absolutely have to
meet, work up the nerve to get their attention by mixing yourselves a
Flirtini. The Flirtini is a sweet concoction that may be all you need
to break the ice.

Ingredients

2 pcs Fresh pineapple
1/2 oz Cointreau
1/2 oz Vodka
1 oz Pineapple juice
3 oz Chilled champagne strawberry/maraschino cherry for garnish

Directions

1. Place the pineapple pieces and Cointreau in the bottom of a mixing glass.
2. Add vodka and pineapple juice.
3. Stir well.
4. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
5. Top with garnish and combine with champagne.

 

 

Screaming Orgasm

If you haven’t had a Screaming Orgasm, you’re definitely missing out. For
the licentious drinker this is definitely one best shaken not stirred.
Although this recipe doesn’t call for garnishings, be sure you
have a chaser to wrap your lips around, but be advised, one “Screaming
Orgasm” is in most instances, never enough.

Ingredients

1 oz Irish cream (Bailey’s)
1 oz Cointreau
2/3 oz Grand Marnier

Directions
1.Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
2. Strain into glass. Garnish as needed.

 

 

Sweet Surrender

If you have a romantic evening in mind, prove to them that chivalry is not dead by mixing your lover a Sweet Surrender.
The combination of peach brandy and champagne are sure to satisfy the senses.

Ingredients

1/2 oz Peach Brandy
1 oz Orange Juice Fill with Chilled Champagne

Directions

1. Rub
a champagne flute with a slice of orange and dip the glass in sugar.
2. Add OJ and peach brandy to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well.
3. Strain into flute and fill with champagne.

Photo credit: John Saringo-Rodriguez / Daily Sundial

Threesome

If you’re one with an unconventional appetite and you’re feeling a bit
bold, indulge yourself with absinthe and tequila, and top it off with
Irish cream. This tantalizing orgy-in-your-mouth will be a mix that you
will never forget!

Ingredients

1/2 oz Absinthe
1/2 oz Aquavit
1/2 oz Irish Cream (Bailey’s)
1/2 oz Galliano
1/2 oz White tequila
1/2 oz Grenadine sugar

Directions

1. Rim
three shot glasses with Aquavit and sugar.
2. Add absinthe and Aquavit to
the first shot glass, tequila and grenadine to the second, and Galliano
and Bailey’s to the third.
3. Light the first glass on fire and serve.

 

 

Bitter Crush

So your crush is oblivious and you’re feeling depressed? There are two
outcomes: you find yourself in the bottom of the bottle, alone, and
contemplating your sorrows, or you have delusions of grandeur and think
of the “what if’s?” You might need a drink and Bitter Crush may just be the right remedy. Bitter Crush is a strangely different, yet curiously
delicious combination of rum, bitters, and lemon.

Ingredients

2 oz Aperol (bitter orange apéritif)
1 1/2 oz White Rum
1 tsp Lemon juice
2 dashes Orange bitters
1 tsp sugar
Strawberry or Lemon Twist for Garnish

Directions

1. Fill
a highball glass with crushed ice.
2. Stir together Aperol, rum, lemon
juice, and bitters in a small glass measuring cup.
3. Add sugar and stir
until dissolved.
4. Pour over ice.