Here are a couple of suggestions for a special night with a special someone. Our first selection reminds us of a furtive romp in the barn that results in a shotgun wedding.
- 2 ounces Stills Crossroads Alabama ‘Shine
- 1 ounce grapefruit juice
- 1/2 ounce Pama
- 1/4 ounce passion fruit syrup
- white of one egg
- three drops pear bitters
Add all ingredients except the bitters to a mixing glass. As with any egg white cocktail, shake first without ice. Then add ice and shake again. Strain into a coupe and carefully drop pear bitters into the foam.
Use a stirrer to draw the bitters into a heart shape, or a puppy, or whatever.
Our second selection is more of a dessert drink with just a little nip of a bitter bite on the back end. Because, you know, that’s how love really is. This one is frisky.
- 2 ounces xo brandy
- 1/2 ounce Campari
- 1/2 ounce Cherry Heering
- 1/2 ounce creme de cacao
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain into a brandy snifter. Add a Luxardo maraschino cherry for extra fancy decadence.
While enjoying, listen to the 1997 hit song “Valentines Day” by my old band PopCanon.