Bust out those candy hearts and get ready to pucker up.
Valentine’s Day is a magical time when you can let your sweetheart or crush know how you really feel about them. And despite the criticisms of the holiday (the pressure!), it sure is nice to treat the one you love, whether that’s your boo, or just yourself! No matter who your Valentine is, here’s a handy guide of libations and the like to indulge with this holiday.
For the classy Valentine:
St. Agrestis Bottled Cocktails
Let’s say your Valentine loves the pure class that comes with an expertly crafted cocktail. The only problem is, you don’t have a clue how to make one. Let the boys from St. Agrestis help you out. Based in Brooklyn, New York, the small company is all about Italian aperitivi and digestivi, and considering it’s the brainchild of brothers Louie and Matt Catizone, the son of an Italian father and Brooklyn mother, you know you’re in the right hands. Their line, which includes a delectable amaro and a to-die for spritz, it’s their bottled Negroni, pre-made for your convenience!, that could be just the thing to win over your sweetheart this holiday.
For the classic Valentine
If you’re looking for a traditional Valentine gift that’s a cut above the rest, may we suggest a gourmet bar of chocolate to sweeten things up? Since it’s a special day, Hershey’s won’t cut it: check out Omnom, the thoughtful company based in Reykjavík, Iceland. Proudly sustainable and using single-origin beans, Omnom’s arty packaging and distinct flavors (Raspberry, Coffee and Caramel among them), make it a bite above the rest. You could also wow your Valentine with their mouthful of a bar dubbed: Superchocoberrybarleynibblynuttylicious.
When it comes to spirits, you also can’t get more traditional than a quality bottle of tequila. Say goodbye to Jose Cuervo and hello to Dano’s. Hailing from Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Dano’s is made with 100 percent agave with 0 additives. Even better, its expansive line includes Blanco and Reposado variations, as well Pineapple and Jalapeno for all those sweet yet spicy lovers out there.
For the party-animal Valentine
‘Merican Mule Fire Mule
Speaking of spicy-sweet, let us introduce you to the canned concoction appropriately known as the Fire Mule. Just launched in December as a part of the ‘Merican Mule line and available for a limited time, the unique drink combines Bourbon whiskey, proprietary ginger beer and all-natural cinnamon, creating a wild trio that’s enough to make Valentine’s a party day. Its inventiveness was not for a lack of trying: created by three friends (Dean Mahoney, Pete Weil and Steve Pawlik), the trio perfected the Mule line after seven months of research and 70 different iterations.
For the jaded Valentine
For those unacquainted, Rakija is a favorite spirit of the Balkan region and for good reason. Beloved for generations, this fruit brandy was typically next-to-impossible to find in the United States. Yebiga has set out to change that, proudly making available a 100 percent true Balkan Rajika for the American marketplace once and for all, perfected through decades of family distillation. As a result, even the most jaded drinkers and cocktail mavens will be taken aback if you bust out a bottle of it to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
For the low calorie Valentine
Stewart’s Spiked Seltzer
For some low-key Valentine sips, look no further than hard seltzer. Lucky for fans of the stuff, a plethora have been flooding the market as of late, with two notable entries worlds apart. In one corner is Stewart’s, the beloved soda brand that’s been around since 1924, with a spiked seltzer that just launched last month and boasting flavors like Root Beer, Orange Cream and Black Cherry. Its homey, craft vibe will make you forget about White Claw in no time.
Biza Sparkling Cocktails
But if you’d rather warm up this chilly winter and transport yourself with a seltzer that has tropical undertones, take a sip of Biza’s line of sparkling cocktails will be your one-way ticket to paradise without the passport. Slightly sweet, what sets Biza apart are its unique flavors, Coconut Pineapple and Pomegranate Vanilla among them. All you’d be missing is a tan.
For a wine-soaked Valentine
Good Clean Wine
Of course one can’t go wrong with a bottle of wine, a chic option for both a day and night packed with love. And with a bevy of clean wines hitting the market, you have plenty of options. One star of the recent trend is Good Clean Wine, a company that prides itself on few to no additives, a natural process and minimal intervention while also using Italian winemaking traditions and grapes. The result is an extremely drinkable smooth wine served up in a modern bottle, all designed for a healthy lifestyle.
Goverre Portable Wine Glasses
Finally, you can’t drink wine this Valentine’s Day without the proper vessel. That’s where Goverre comes into play and their unique brand of wine cups you can enjoy at home or on the go. Made with real glass, protected by a silicone sleeve and outfitted with an easy drinking lead, Goverre’s loveliest attributes are its gorgeous colors and designs on every cup whether lavender, mint or pink leopard. Cheers to that.