“From your Valentine” is a term most of us are familiar with. It definitely rings a bell, right? But, how many of us are familiar with the historical chronicle behind it? Well, one of the many theories around the origin of Valentine’s Day that has remained popular, dates back to 270 A.D. when Claudius II ruled the Roman Empire. It is said that Claudius strongly disapproved men getting married during the time of war. He believed bachelors would make efficient soldiers. There was someone who disagreed with this idea and went on to perform secret weddings between lovers. It was ‘Bishop Valentine’, who was consequently jailed and executed on the date of February 14th following the Emperor’s order. While incarcerated, the bishop wrote a love letter to the jailer's daughter that read, “From your Valentine”.
So now that you have an insight into the background of Valentine’s Day, what have you thought of to please your better half with February 14 just around the corner? Chocolates, flowers, greetings cards, soft toys – too common to bowl over your beau. If you are not quite as prepared as you thought you would be, perhaps refurbishing your cocktail skills will give you that extra edge to make the day extra special. Whether it is your lady love or your beloved fair-haired-boy who digs quality whisky, here are few exotic cocktails with whisky twists, which are sure to turn up the romance and make your Valentine beam with joy.
Marriage of Figaro
Created by Judy Bronson, this intriguing digestif cocktail will go a long way to impress your beau. The beauty of this spectacularly romantic cocktail is the infusion of whisky with fig, a natural aphrodisiac.
Stir your favourite bourbon whiskey, dried and diced Turkish figs (flat yellow), dried and diced Mission figs (black) and ice in a mixing glass full of ice. Strain the infusion into a cocktail glass, garnish with a lemon twist and serve!
Manhattan Love Story
This is pure love in a glass. Celebrating Japanese flavours-- whisky and sake come together to create this flawless harmonious cocktail sure to spark romance. The added ginger liqueur adds an interesting touch of flavour while Peychaud Bitters rounds it off to perfection.
Take your favourite whisky (Chivas Regal if you have a taste for quality whisky), dry sake, ginger liqueur and Peychaud Bitters. Stir them well in a mixing glass filled with ice. Keep aside cocktail glass to chill in the meanwhile. Pour the infusion in the already chilled cocktail glass, garnish with an orange peel on the rims and you are good to go!
This is an easy and classic mix for sipping in style. You are likely to find all the required ingredients for this timeless and classic cocktail right there in your bar. The quintessential characteristic of this cocktail is in the sour mix-infused soda water. Combine a blended Scotch whisky like Royal Salute, juice and syrups with ice in a shaker. Shake the infusion and strain into a Julep Cup filled with shaved ice. Top it with soda and garnish with mint or seasonal fresh fruits.
Dubonnet was the 1970’s Sexy Libation for Love, so it’s no surprise that it found a way to slip into this classic cocktail. Soul Kiss – the name itself spews lovely sentiments, quite fitting for Valentine’s Day. This classic and ageless cocktail has made a charming addition to Valentine’s Day for countless lovers over the ages and is sure to do the same to you. This fancy cocktail however has a very simple mix. Dry vermouth paired with whisky is complemented with an infusion of Dubonnet and orange juice.
Scotch doesn’t get much love from cocktails as people prefer drinking it straight up. The Brogue is one gaudy cocktail that has a delightful infusion of good quality Scotch whisky and honey-lemon lavender syrup along with Drambuie, courtesy Leo Robitschek of Eleven Madison Park, NYC. The cocktail is a fantastic mix of the herb along with Scotch leaving a refreshing and summery taste that is unlikely whisky cocktails. Combine The Glenlivet with lemon juice and honey-lemon lavender syrup in a cocktail shaker and shake well with ice. Strain the infusion into an Old Fashion or Rocks Glass and garnish with dried lavender.
Move from the norm and try this nice switch to celebrate your relationship and welcome the upcoming spring.
Infuse your love story in a glass this Valentine’s Day and take a hit from Cupid’s arrow in style!