February 7, 2022

TextNow's Valentine's Day Cocktails and Pairings

Ah, Valentine's Day. That one day in February when we as a culture decide to come together to ignore the fact that it's February and instead concentrate on romance.

And nothing says "romance" like sweets and drinks - the way to a person's heart being the stomach and all. Let's be honest, if a person I was dating whipped up any of these ideas on Feb 14th I'd probably just marry them on the spot. So, in that spirit (so to speak) I asked my co-workers for some of their most romantic recipes for cocktails. Spoiler: there's a lot of chocolate. Like a LOT.

Let's get your Valentine's Day kicked off with some cocktails:

The Gabriela

There are quite a few recipes floating out there for this Brazilian love in a glass. This was the recipe one of my co-workers gave me and I can't wait to try it.

  • cloves (or ground cloves)

  • cinnamon

  • 2 limes

  • sugar

  • Cachaca

  • passion fruit concentrate

Muddle the lime, sugar and cloves and cinnamon add a little passion flower concentrate and a shot or two of cachaca, mix it all up and pow! Serve in a highball glass and drink while watching Brazilian soap operas.

The Grinch's Own Gingerbread Martini

This is technically Christmas cocktail, but grinches need love too, right? Besides, if this doesn't warm you up on a cold February night, nothing will.

  • 4 ounces Irish cream liqueur

  • 4 ounces vodka

  • 2 ounces coffee liqueur

  • 2 ounces of gingerbread syrup

  • 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream

  • whipped cream (for the topping)

  • small handful of gingerbread cookies, crushed

Combine the Irish cream liqueur, vodka, coffee liqueur, gingerbread syrup, and ice cream in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake well. Pour into four chilled martini glasses. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle some gingerbread cookie crumbs over each.

Chocolate pairings

If you wanna get all fancy, you can pair chocolate (everybody's favourite aphrodisiac) with wine, coffee, or even beer. Try these:

French press coffee + crunchy cacao

Pick a nutty Colombian coffee that'll compliment the crunchy cacao and the smooth chocolate.

Espresso + 70% cacao chocolate

A nutty Espresso with 70% cacao chocolate will pull out the notes of orange and vanilla from the dark chocolate.

Chocolate + wine

This all depends on the type of chocolate and percentage of cacao. Here's some suggestions:

  • 70% + Merlot

  • 78% + Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 85% + Zinfandel

  • roasted almond chocolate + Malbec

  • raspberry chocolate + Shiraz

Chocolate + beer

What if you don't like wine or cocktails? Then crack open a cold one with these:

  • 78% Cacao dark chocolate + Imperial Stout

  • 70% Cacao dark chocolate + English Pale Ale

  • Orange dark chocolate + Belgian Tripel

If you thought reading that made you crave drinks and chocolate, you should try writing it. I think I'm going to blow off my New Year's resolutions now.

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