I don’t do Valentine’s Day. As far as I’m concerned, if you feel the need to go all out on a holiday that exists so you’ll buy overpriced prix-fixe dinners and super clichéd roses, you’re probably a shitty partner the rest of the year. But that doesn’t mean I won’t be enjoying a cocktail at home with my husband that night. Because I will. You know, just like every other Tuesday evening.
If you’re also planning a quiet (or bangin’) night in on February 14 — whether you’re spending it with your significant other, Netflix or both — consider mixing up a couple of these whiskey-based cocktails with ruby red grapefruit juice, ginger liqueur (I use Domaine de Canton), ginger beer and Angostura Bitters. Ginger is supposedly an aphrodisiac — though it takes a lot more than that to get me in the mood — and thanks to the ruby-red grapefruit juice and bitters, this almost counts as a pink drink. Almost. But it doesn’t fucking taste like one, and that’s a good thing.
A Pink Drink To Get You in the Fucking Mood
2 ounces whiskey
1 ounce ruby red grapefruit juice
½ ounce ginger liqueur
6 dashes Angostura Bitters
Add the whiskey, grapefruit juice, ginger liqueur, and bitters to a double rocks, Collins or stemless wine glass. Stir and add a handful of ice. Top it off with cold ginger beer and enjoy!
NOTE: When buying ginger beer, be sure to get a good one, like Gosling’s, Fentiman’s, Reed’s or Cock’n Bull, and definitely don’t try to substitute ginger ale, unless you want your drink to taste like some, sad watered-down version of adulthood.