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5 Bottles Of Champagne for the Perfect Valentine’s Day Date

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Champagne, they say, is the official drink of celebration – and Valentine’s Day is one special occasion worth celebrating for lovebirds.

From all the bubbly goodness to the exciting flavours, champagnes are worthy pairs for celebrating love and romance.

So with February 14th hours away, we have picked out 5 luxe picks for you and that ‘specialo uno’ to toast to.

MOET & CHANDON NECTAR IMPERIAL ROSE

Rich, luscious and vibrant, this Champagne is a perfect accompaniment to a romantic evening meal by candlelight. The fruity flavours of the champagne are in sync with the elegance this champagne exudes.

LAURENT PERRIER DEMI SEC

Fresh and racy, Laurent Perrier Demi Sec can be the first spark of sweetness for your Valentine’s night. It is a classic aperitif and its mineral character offers a refreshing sip.

VEUVE CLICQUOT BRUT

A fine balance between fruity aromas and subtle toasty notes blends easily with resounding hints of honeydew melon, nuts, and organic blossom to give you a sweet wine for Valentine’s date. Romance couldn’t be complete without Veuve’s yellow label present in all the redness of rose flowers.

DOM PERIGNON BRUT

A bottle of Dom Perignon is a bold step towards impressing your lover on a special day. Enjoy Dom Perignon chilled at 50-54 Degrees Fahrenheit, with seafood and strawberries. It is delicate with floral notes and fruity flavours like peaches and lemon on the nose, with great depth and complexity on the palate.

G.H. MUMM DEMI SEC

A deep golden yellow colour and amber glints bring an abundance of lively bubbles to your Valentine’s Day date. Beautifully paired with fruit salad, blue cheese, apricot or caramelised peach crumble, this is one champagne worth ordering for your romantic meal.

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#ValentinesDay: Top 5 Drinks for the Perfect Nightcap

Valentine’s Day is usually full of red roses, chocolate, and love; for Valentine’s night, the romance of the day should be crowned with a perfect nightcap.

So whether you just returned from that romantic date with your significant other; or you are alone feeding your lines on a late night movie; or maybe that old line: “How would you love to come to my place for a nightcap?” worked for you; you still have to come up with the perfect drink.

What is the best nightcap for Valentine’s Day?

Making the perfect nightcap is not just any activity – it’s an art. For Valentine’s night, that art should be at the peak of creativity. The general rule of thumb is to go for something with the right balance – not so weak (that’s a buzzkill), but not too strong as well (you might become too weak afterward). To make it romantic, play around with candle lights, rose petals and sweet snack.

Here are five options for a nightcap fit for Valentine’s Day:

Gin & Tonic

Simple, quick and classy. It is a perfect fit for those Valentine nights when you can’t wait to hit the bed or put hands on each other.

What you need

How to make

  • Pour ingredients over ice and serve garnished with a lime wedge.
*You can switch the lime flavor out for honey or mint if you happen to have those on hand instead.

White Russian

You don’t have to be white or Russian to whip this fantastic nightcap up. This is smooth and calming, helping ease away the tension that comes before going in for the kiss.

What you need

How to make

  • Fill an Old Fashioned glass with ice.
  • Pour all the ingredients, stir, and serve with a cherry.
 *Where there is no cream, milk can suffice. We bet your night will become sweet from the very first sip.

Lavender Honey Cream

Valentine’s nights should end on a luscious note, no matter your relationship status. So if you are looking for a drink that is as beautiful as it is seductive, here is one to go for.

What you need

  • 12 oz Gordon’s Dry Gin
  • 1 oz Organic heavy cream
  • 1 oz Organic egg white
  • 1 oz Lavender Honey Syrup

How to make

  • Pour all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice.
  • Shake gently for 30 seconds.
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with a few lavender blossoms.

Dracarys

If you are a ‘Game of Thrones’ fan, you must be smiling right now. Just like Daenerys Targaryen uses the word ‘dracarys’ to get her dragons to breathe fire, this nightcap will make the passion in you burn for that fiery Valentine’s night. The heat builds as you drink and before you know it, it’s a rain of fire breaths.

What you need

How to make

  • Slice up 3 large ancho chiles and place them into a jar along with 1 L bourbon. Let sit for 24 hours, then strain out solids. (Do this the night before Valentine)
  • Pour all the ingredients into a double Old Fashioned glass with ice and stir.
  • Garnish with a lime wheel.

A Glass of Classic Red

We won’t judge you if you are out of ingredients for cocktails or have never had any. You can still enjoy Valentine night with a glass of sweet red wine. We would prefer white wine, but for the sake of Valentine’s day colours, pick a red on your way home. There is the talk of red wine being an awesome aphrodisiac, so be sure all those fruity flavours will make your night grand.

What you need

How to make

  • Open a bottle
  • Pour
  • Drink with grace

 

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Check Out These Perfect Wine and Food Pairings You Should Follow #HappyValentinesDay

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Happy Valentine’s Day! It’s a day for couples, so why don’t we celebrate those perfect food and wine pairings we’ve discovered and come to love over the years? Why not share these at dinner with family, friends or that special person tonight?

Indulge your senses by experimenting with these fourteen perfect pairings:

Pinot Noir with Earthy Dishes

Recipes made with ingredients like mushrooms and truffles go well with reds like Pinot Noir and Dolcetto because these reds are light-bodied but full of savoury depth.

Chardonnay with Fatty Fish

Silky whites like Chardonnay from Australia or Chile are great with fish like salmon or any other kind of seafood in lush sauce.

Champagne with Salty Dishes

Champagne is great with anything salty. Most sparkling wines such as Brut Champagne and Spanish Cava pair well with salty foods because they have a faint touch of sweetness.

Cabernet Sauvignon with Juicy Red Meat

California Cabernet, Bordeaux and Bordeaux-style blends are perfect with steaks or chops like lamb chops with frizzled herbs as the firm tannins in these wines refresh the palate after each bite of meat.

Sauvignon Blanc with Tart Dressings & Sauces

Tangy foods don’t overwhelm zippy wines such as Sauvignon Blanc, Vinho Verde from Portugal and Verdejo from Spain.

Dry Rosé with Rich, Cheesy Dishes

Though some cheeses go better with white wine and some with red, almost all pair well with dry rosé, which has the acidity of white wine and the fruit character of red.

Pinot Grigio with Light Fish Dishes

Light seafood dishes like seafood tostada bites, tend to take on more flavour when matched with equally delicate white wines, such as Pinot Grigio or Arneis from Italy or Chablis from France.

Malbec with Sweet-Spicy Barbecue Sauces

Malbec, Shiraz and Côtes-du-Rhône are big and bold enough to drink with foods brushed with heavily spiced barbecue sauces, like these chicken drumsticks with Asian barbecue sauce.

Moscato d’Asti with Fruit Desserts

Moscato d’Asti blends with fruit desserts. Moderately sweet sparkling wines such as Moscato d’Asti, demi-sec Champagne and Asti Spumante help emphasise the fruit in the dessert, rather than the sugar.

Syrah with Highly-Spiced Dishes

Heavily-seasoned meat like cumin-spiced burgers with harissa mayo go quite well with red wine rich in spicy notes. Syrah from Washington, Cabernet Franc from France and Xinomavro from Greece are are good examples of these.

Grüner Veltliner with Fresh

Grüner Veltliner pairs with foods that have lots of fresh. The wine’s citrus-and-clover scent is lovely when there are lots of fresh herbs in a dish, like zucchini linguine with herbs. Other go-to grapes in a similar style include Albariño from Spain and Vermentino from Italy.

Zinfandel with Pâtés, Mousses & Terrines

If you can use the same adjectives to describe a wine and a dish, the pairing is likely to work. For example, the words “rustic” and “rich” describe Zinfandel, Italy’s Nero d’Avola and Spain’s Monastrell as well as creamy chicken-liver mousse.

Off-Dry Riesling with Sweet & Spicy Dishes

The slight sweetness of many Rieslings, Gewürztraminers and Vouvrays helps tame the heat of spicy Asian and Indian dishes, like a Thai green salad with duck cracklings.

Rosé Champagne with Dinner

Rosé sparkling wines, such as rosé Champagne, cava and sparkling wine from California, have the depth of flavour and richness to go with a wide range of main courses.

 

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5 Valentine’s Day Cocktails You Can Mix for That Perfect Date

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Of all the days set aside generally for us to express our love, Valentine’s Day gets a bad rap for feeling coerced, overpriced and overly schmaltzy. But even for those of us that agree with this, there’s a tiny part of that wants to be part of it all.

No matter what side you’re on, we can all agree it always feels great to open a bottle or mix a drink of something special on the day with each sip calling back to memory our first dates and care-free holidays with friends, or just helping us appreciate that the day is finally over and we can enjoy the quiet calm of the evening ahead.

Recognising this, the following are five amazing red, pink or violet cocktails with rich, delicious flavours and romantic names you can celebrate the occasion with.

Chocolate Cherry Cha-Cha

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When you put together a right mix of coconut rum with chocolate and cherry flavours, you get what tastes uncannily like chocolate-covered cherry. The coconut rum and mineral water add the required sweetness and bitterness, making this a truly refreshing cocktail. Note that all your ingredients should be chilled beforehand.

Ingredients
  • 1 oz. cherry liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz. Malibu Coconut Rum
  • 1/2 oz. chocolate vodka
  • 1/2 oz. club soda/sparkling water
How to make
  • Pour your cherry liqueur into a martini glass.
  • Follow up with your Malibu Coconut Rum, chocolate vodka then club soda/sparkling water
  • Stir lightly

The Soft Love

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This intriguingly titled reddish-pink cocktail tastes like banana and cherry. It is perfect for drinking before dinner as it pairs well with salty treats like nuts and pretzels or creamy foods go well with fruits.

Ingredients
  • 3/4 oz. creme de bananes
  • 3/4 oz. cherry vodka
  • 3/4 oz. heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine
How to make
  • Fill your cocktail shaker halfway with ice
  • Pour in all your ingredients
  • Shake well
  • Strain into a cordial glass

The Kiss on the Lips

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This aptly-named sweet and fruity cocktail is a blend of peach, mango and berry served on carnival cruise lines. The fantastic dessert drink will keep you going on a night of dancing.

Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 oz. peach schnapps
  • 5 oz. frozen mango mix
  • 1 tablespoon grenadine
  • 2 cups crushed ice
How to make
  • Put your peach schnapps, frozen mango and crushed ice into a blender and blend in spurts until smooth.
  • Pour your grenadine into a cocktail glass
  • Pour the blended mixture in over your grenadine.
  • Garnish with a pineapple slice and cherry.

The Love Bite

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This mix of cherry, orange and cream is a delightful layered shooter. As its name suggests, it does carry a bit of a bite in the tart edge of the cherry and orange. The love Bite is ideal for that intimate date at your house. To pull this off, you have to learn how to layer cocktails.

Ingredients
  • 1 oz. cherry liqueur
  • 1 oz. orange liqueur
  • 1 oz. cream (light or single)
How to make
  • Pour your cherry liqueur into a cocktail glass (not a shot glass).
  • Layer on your orange liqueur.
  • Top it with a layer of cream.

The Ruby Red

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The Ruby Red features grapefruit juice and grapefruit vodka with Campari and soda. Some recipes involve vodka, others use gin. Some recipes add brandy, others Campari, so feel free to try all recipes so you know which works best for you.

Ingredients
  • 2 oz. Absolut Ruby Red vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Campari
  • 3 oz. ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz. 7-Up
How to make
  • Build the ingredients into a highball glass.
  • Stir
  • Garnish with a cherry or two.

 

 

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