Hating the fact that Valentine’s Day is approaching?
Instead of staying home bashing that ex, why not have an anti-Valentine’s Day-themed bash instead? Forget that lonely night you have planned with a bottle of wine & Netflix and invite some single friends over to mix up some great cocktails! Cheers to being single and free! Happy (or not happy) Valentine’s Day!
Bite Marked Heart
Recipe Courtesy of Joe Davis, Bartender at Three Degrees, Portland Oregon
- 1 1/2 oz. Vida Mezcal
- 1 oz. Red Bell Pepper Purée*
- 3/4 oz. Lime Juice
- 1/2 oz. Starvation Alley Cold Pressed Cranberry Juice
- 1/2 oz. Serrano Syrup
Preparation: Combine mezcal, lime, purée**, cranberry juice and Serrano Syrup in shaker tin. Shake and fine strain into a coup glass.
*Red Bell Pepper Puree Recipe
- 1 oz. Water
- 1 Medium Red Bell Pepper
Preparation: Combine 1 oz. of water per medium bell pepper (seeds removed) in a blender and puree. Fine strain end result.
Recipe Courtesy of Executive Chef Caprial Pence, Executive Chef, Bookstore Bar & Café (inside Alexis Hotel, Seattle)
- 1/2 oz. Ginger Liqueur
- 1 oz. Raspberry Liqueur
- Prosecco (to Top)
Preparation: Combine ginger and raspberry liqueur in champagne flute. Top with Prosecco.
Leaving You Behind
Chad Phillips, Bartender at Pennyroyal, Seattle
- 1 1/2 oz. Hibiscus-infused Gin*
- 1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1/2 oz. Vanilla Syrup**
Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a tin, add ice, shake, strain into a flute, and top with bubbles. Garnish with a lemon twist and hibiscus flowers.
*Hibiscus Gin Recipe
- 1 bottle Gin
- 1/2 cup Dried Hibiscus Flowers
Preparation: Combine 1 bottle of gin with 1/2 cup of dried hibiscus flowers, let sit 30-45 minutes, then strain flowers out.
**Vanilla Syrup Recipe
- 2 Vanilla Beans
- Simple Syrup (1:1 ratio)
Preparation: Split 2 vanilla beans and add to 1:1 simple syrup. Let sit 12-24 hours.
Never Love a Wild Thing
Recipe Courtesy of Steva Casey, Bar Manager at Saturn, Birmingham, Alabama
- 1 oz. Clyde May’s Whiskey
- 1 oz. Cynar
- 1 oz. Dubonnet Rouge
Preparation: Combine ingredients. Stir and serve in an old fashioned glass over ice.
Love on the Rocks
Courtesy of Punchbowl.com
- 1 1/2 oz. Cherry Vodka
- 4 oz. Ginger ale
- splash of Grenadine
Preparation: Mix ingredients in a glass filled with ice and garnish with a cherry.