You can say what you want about Valentine’s Day but I’m into it and I feel like a drink is in order.
There are many edible treasures you can find throughout history that represent or are said to conjure love, lust, and romance. I’ve identified a few of those gems and blended them carefully into a love potion sure to sweep your love off their feet.
Here’s what you’ll need, and why…
- 2 oz brandy – Because brandy is romantic. It’s pretty, it’s a adult beverage with it’s roots in antiquity, and it’s delicious.
- 2 oz cava – Bubbles are required on Valentines Day…this is a non-negotiable.
- 3/4 oz lavender-quince syrup – Lavender has been used for thousands of years for it’s scent and seduction. And the quince was also favored by Aphrodite and used by newlywed Greek brides to sweeten their first kiss.
- 1/2 oz lemon juice – Acid balances sweetness AND lemon juice has about 80% of the vitamin C you need for your day.
Combine the above except for the cava and shake into a coupe or a wine flute. Top with cava and garnish with a lovely flower (make sure it’s not poisonous!). Have one or two and let the love flow.
Wait…how do you make that syrup?!
Bring 8 oz of water to a boil and add 4 oz of honey, 4 oz of quince jam (or membrillo from your local latin market), and a teaspoon of dried lavender. Turn down the heat and simmer for about 10 min or until the quince jam has completely dissolved. Strain out the lavender while the mixture is still pretty warm but be careful, the mix will be hot and thick. This should yield about a pint or so of syrup so you can make a few rounds.
Enjoy your Valentines Day and thanks for reading.