Drinking outside the box on Valentine’s Day

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A glass of wine on Valentine’s Day is like having beer while watch the Super Bowl, you can’t have one without the other, right?

Wrong.

There are so many more options when trying to decide what drink to have to wind down or get going with your special someone.

Now to get you in the mood, you can do what I am doing right now and listen to You Make Me Wanna… by Usher. There’s nothing smoother than Usher on Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day Cocktails

Chocolate is another thing that you can’t help but associate with V-Day, but instead of just the heart shaped box this year, why not pour that chocolate into a glass?

A chocolate martini could start any date off on the right note or be perfect when snuggling in for a movie at the end of the night. Since it’s also Chocolate-Covered February in Hershey, it’s just the right time to break out your mixology skills to master the HERSHEY’S Kisses Signature Chocolate Martini (check out the Chocolate Martini Mixology class offered later this month — a great date idea).

Hershey's Kisses Signature Chocolate Martini

If a chocolate drink isn’t up your alley, perhaps you could try a new spin on an old classic.

A Manhattan with bacon rye garnished with chocolate covered bacon.

Manhattans are a classic cocktail, but if you serve this version you might find you’ll never look at it the same again.

It is a little bit more complex than the chocolate martini, but you get to eat bacon while doing it.

True LoveIf you ware looking for something lighter and a little more health-conscious, this sparkling cocktail from Fine Wine and Good Spirits should be perfect.

True Love

  • 2 oz St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  • La Marca Processo
  • Chill all ingredients, then pour into a Champagne flute; stir gently.

Craft Beer for Valentine’s Day

Have a beer drinker for a Valentine? No problem.

Beer seems to be left out of the libations surrounding the day of love, but it has a place all its own.

A Chocolate Covered Cherry could be a nice tart and decadent drink especially if you have an earlier date planned.

Take a chocolate stout of your choice (Troegs will have one in time. and ABC’s Chocolate Avenue Stout is out and available year-round now) and black cherry lambic (Lindeman’s Kriek) to make the perfect combination of sweet and tart. It really does taste like a chocolate covered cherry.

These ingredients can be found at any GIANT or Wegmans that sell beer.

Wine & Chocolate Pairings

If you want to impress someone this Valentines Day here are some wine and chocolate pairings suggested by Fine Wine and Good Spirits.

White Chocolate:

  • PX Cherry
  • Coffee flavored liquor (Kahlua or Baileys)
  • Sweet Champagne (any Demi-sec will do just fine) for an overall smooth taste

Milk Chocolate:

Dark Chocolate:

  • Sweet wines such as a Zinfandel
  • Port (Make use of the Ruby again and see the difference between the pairs)

Something else to try is pairing bourbon with a dark or milk chocolate that has an orange or cherry taste to it. A salted caramel would go with bourbon as well.

Valentine’s Day Treats

If you’re looking for a local chocolate shop in the area, there is no better place than Matangos Candies in Harrisburg. 

Now with all of this booze you are definitely going to need something to eat and what goes better with booze than, well, booze?

This chocolate-red wine cake combines both of the things that are quintessential to Valentine’s Day.

It only uses just over a cup of wine so you have the rest of the bottle to share while waiting for it to bake.

Valentine’s Day can be one full of stress, but these recipes could make for a delightful night at home or a little pre- or post-dinner treat that your loved one will always remember.

Happy Valentines Day!

James Werner
Author: James Werner

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