Yes. Valentines Day is a Hallmark Holiday; a corporate concoction that plays on our deepest feelings for the purpose of selling us stuff. That's not what perturbs me most about the occasion. What really gets to me is that this corporate creation is a good idea.
Why not set aside a day to celebrate love? Yes, I know. I've heard it and I understand it and I agree with it: We ought to celebrate our love and the love of our life on a daily basis. Still, there is something I like very much about the idea of setting aside a day for the contemplation of the love in our heart.
This year I will spend Valentines Day with a remarkable woman that stops me in my tracks every time I lay my eyes on her. And as I got to thinking about what I can offer her as a symbol of my feelings for her on this February 14th, I began to realize that perhaps I could create something new for her, create something that was inspired by her, present her with something that was original.
So, I've done just that. And I want to share it with my readers.
3 oz Sparkling Wine
1.5 oz Gin
3 Dashes Peychaud Bitters
1 Sugar Cube
1 Orange wedge
1 Luxardo cherry
In a cocktail shaker place the sugar cube, bitters and orange wedge and muddle thoroughly. Fill shaker halfway with ice cubes and add the gin. Shake for 7 seconds and pour liquid into a cocktail glass. Top with Sparkling wine. Drop in Luxardo cherry. Present to your love.
Perhaps this drink already exists under another name. I don't know. But if it does, in my home it can no longer go by whatever name it may have. Forever more it is called the MY LOVE. Here's the idea and inspiration.
The MY LOVE tells a story. It is the story of what's happened to my heart. It has been enveloped. It has been enveloped in warmth and excitement. My heart glows at her touch and her words.
The gin in MY love provides the warmth. The sparkling wine is the excitement. The bitters and sugar cube and orange wedge remind me that MY LOVE is a complex lady. The Luxardo cherry, enveloped by the liquid and glass, beams out from the bottom of the vessel, just like my heart beams when she holds my hand.
This is the first cocktail I've ever created on my own. Those of you who know me and have read this blog will know that for the most part I am a bourbon man. So it may come as a surprise that this gift of a cocktail does not include it. But, what's lovely about love is that it tends to open our eyes to new things.
I'll make a MY LOVE on Valentines Day for me and for her. Hopefully she'll know that this creation by me for her comes from a heart that has been enveloped.