What do you do for Valentine’s Day? I always felt like it was a manufactured holiday, and yet would feel stressed about it. If I was single, it became a day of self-bashing. And if I was in a relationship, the day challenged me to make a “romantic and memorable” event. Why?
How much did I miss. It took me awhile, but I discovered that being without a “plus one” meant that I could treat myself to a mani/pedi, shop for yummy new pajamas (fleecy, fuzzy, and warm!), indulge in a chick flick DVD, eating takeout of my choice, and snuggling with my pups. And really? Who could not adore these little faces?
And now being in a happy relationship, romance has taken on a very different meaning for me. I think it is romantic when my guy knows how I like my coffee in the morning (stevia and cream, please), or when he covers me with the shawl when I fall asleep on the sofa. And it is a HUGE turn on when he whips up my favorite cocktail perfectly every time and serves it to me with a smile. Swoon! And the best part? It happens all year round – not just on February 14th. Nice.
So in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I suggest my version of my fav libation: a blood orange cosmopolitan. Yes, yes, I know that it has become a bit of a 90’s cliché, but I love them! And honestly, it is the perfect V-day cocktail – cool, sweet, red, and delicious. So whether you are having a hedonistic evening at home with your sweetie or pampering yourself, channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw and give this one a whirl.
Blood Orange Cosmopolitan
1 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce Vanilla vodka (this smooths out the flavor and is amazing!)
1 ounce blood orange juice
1/2 ounce Triple Sec
1/2 ounce lime juice (I like key lime juice)
Pour all into an ice-filled shaker and shake it hard. Pour into your favorite martini glass and garnish with a slice of lime, or a blood orange slice.
I think you will agree…..it tastes like…..more! Enjoy!