Whether you’re single, hitched, or somewhere in between, Valentine’s Day is as good excuse as any to sling back some booze. And hey, it falls on a Sunday this year so all the more reason to have a convenient opening for a Sunday Funday. Regardless of what kind of drinker you may be, we’ve rounded up the best wine and spirits to enjoy with Cupid this February.
For: Red Wine Lovers
Try: ONEHOPE Cabernet, $18.99
Sure, you could pop open just another glass of wine, but Valentine’s Day only comes once a year. Why not toast to the celebration with something that’s a bit more festive that’s still easy to pull off? And yes, the wine is a great California sipper on its own too.
For a mulled wine cocktail, ONEHOPE Cabernet recommends this recipe: Combine 4 cups apple cider with a bottle (750 ml) of ONEHOPE Cabernet wine, 1/4 cup honey, 1 orange zested and juiced, 2 cinnamon sticks, 4 cloves, and 3 star anise in a large sauce pan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Pour into mugs and garnish with orange peels and cinnamon sticks.
For: Whisky Enthusiasts
Try: Serpent’s Bite Apple Cider Flavored Whisky, $18.99
This uniquely flavored whisky beckons you to start your Vday evening off on a high note with a festive shot of the crisp libation. Whisky lovers will also surely appreciate the playfully decorated bottle to add to their collection in this gift they will be thanking you for months to come. For a Whisky Warm You Up, Serpent’s Bite Whisky recommends combining 1 part Serpent’s Bite with 1 1/2 parts each of Stout-style beer and sparkling wine into a pint glass, until the glass is half full. Drop the shot glass into the pint glass and drink with the same love and affection you show your partner in crime.
For: Presentation Kings and Queens
Try: Manhattan Moonshine, $39.99
Black, gold, and bold, we love this handsomely-designed bottle. Smooth and invigorating, this elegantly-packaged moonshine works great on the rocks for the brave of heart or in cocktails. Looking to mix up a cocktail? Try this festive, pink Seabreeze with your sweetie this holiday.
For: Vodka Hounds
Try: Svedka Citron Vodka, $16.99
Push your resident vodka guzzler out of his or her regular routine with this wonderfully vibrant lemon and lime flavored vodka that once you gift, will soon become their vodka go-to. Need some cocktail inspiration? Escape the cold with this drink, courtesy of Svedka, that combines 2 parts each of SVEDKA Citron and apple juice with 1 part ginger beer and ½ part fresh lime juice. Add all the ingredients to a tall Collins glass, stir, and garnish with a slice of ginger, and apple wedge, if you’d like.
Try: DeLeón Platinum Tequila, $57.99
We know what you’re thinking: Why would you gift a champagne-fan tequila? But why would you gift someone a thousandth bottle of champagne on a holiday where they already expect it? And, well, besides this line being P.Diddy’s, it turns out that adding a touch of DeLeón Platinum with a hint of sweetness and a dash of citrus will make an almost no-effort cocktail that feels more celebratory than regular champers. Teach your honey the beauty of this quick and tasty mixology booster as a fun little Valentine’s Day lesson and document your fun on social media with @DeLeonTequila.
For: Rosé All Day Folks
Try: PondView Cabernet Franc Rosé, $14.95
This pink wine comes from PondView Estate Winery in Niagra’s wine country in Ontrarios, where they draw on more than three generations of winemaking experience to deliver great flavor in each bottle. And be our guest, let this photo entice you and pair a glass with an assortment of your favorite cheese and breads (or crackers) before diving into your Valentine’s Day meal.
For: Rum Drinkers
Try: Appleton Estate 21 Year Old, $133.99
And last but not least, let us not forget the rum Lover, where a rare bottle of 21 year old Jamaican born and raised aged rum makes a fantastic gift. The coppery beverage has notes of vanilla, orange peel, cocoa and more with a dry finish. You’ll want to sip slowly on this well-crafted beauty that comes numbered in an elegant decanter-style bottle and gift packaging.
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