Staying Home For Valentine’s Day? Why Not Celebrate With A Fancy Drink?

Valentine’s Day will be much different this year, as many look to save money during the COVID-19 pandemic. A new study conducted by Lending Tree reveals 4 out of 10 Americans will be skipping Valentine’s Day this year to save money. So, if you are staying home on Valentine’s Day to save some cash — but you still want to celebrate, why not have a special cocktail?

Yahoo has some cocktail suggestions for you to share with your significant other. So if you’re budget is tight, stay home and enjoy a fancy cocktail. Do you have some bourbon in your liquor cabinet? If so, you may want to try this recipe for a cranberry-spiced whiskey sour from Salt and Wind:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 cup Pure maple syrup
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • cloves
  • Zest of 1 medium blood oranges  peeled off in a long, 1-inch-wide strip with a vegetable peeler (be careful not to include any white pith)
  • ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 ounces good-quality bourbon whisky
  • 3/4 ounce fresh egg white beaten until smooth
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • Dried Orange Slices for garnish

Instructions

Make The Cranberry-Spiced Simple Syrup: Combine the cranberries, water, and maple syrup in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, then immediately reduce heat to low. Add the cinnamon stick, cloves, and orange peel. Simmer until the majority of the cranberries collapse, which should take about 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and set aside to let cool slightly for about 5 minutes. Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve and let sit until the liquid has drained from the cranberry mixture, at least 10 minutes.TIP

The cranberry simple syrup can be stored up to 4 days before use. Store refrigerated in an airtight container and whisk briefly before using.

Make The Whisky Sour Cocktail: Place a few ice cubes and some water in a coupe glass to chill the glass, then set aside until ready to use.

You can do something like that, or just keep it simple with a bourbon on the rocks. Either way, we hope you enjoy your Valentine’s Day weekend.