Updated: Feb 2
Oh, Valentine's Day, how I love to anxiously overthink everything about you. Most Valentine's, I have a hard enough time just being stuck in an endless cycle of "Do I reinvent the wheel, or go the classic chocolates & teddy bear route?" Add to that a global pandemic, a scarcity of restaurants/nightlife open, your Netflix queue being less than inspiring, and, you know, everything else that quarantine life has to offer us right now, and you get a very restless me.
But, I decided something today whilst sipping my nitro cold brew and sitting down to write some wedding blogs. I'm not going to let the Valentine's overthinking train of doom get me this year. I, here and now, simply refuse it. And I'm not going to let it get you either. Even in isolation, we can make this a Valentine's for the books. How? Let me show you. I've compiled my best list of everything you need for a quarantine V-Day. Let's get started.
1). The Drinks
I've got the perfect drink for you & your Valentine to sip on. I call it, Cupid's Kiss. Actually, it's really just a New York Sour, but doesn't Cupid's Kiss sound way better/appropriate? Here's the recipe courtesy of liquor.com:
2 ounces rye whiskey or bourbon
1 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
3/4 ounce simple syrup
1 egg white (optional)
1/2 ounce red wine
Add the whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup and egg white (optional) into a shaker with ice and shake hard until well-chilled.
Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice.
Slowly pour the red wine over the back of a bar spoon so that the wine floats on top of the drink.
This cocktail has a really great full body texture which is in large part thanks to the egg whites. To thoroughly cook the egg whites, make sure to shake vigorously. Or, if egg whites freak you out a bit, feel free to skip them! The drink can totally stand on its own without it.