I suppose without Valentine's Day we would just have an unusual amount of celebration and sales on Presidents and Groundhog Day. It is February's sweet spot day today. While most people may tell you that it's just another day and that we should never be so busy that we have to pencil love in on a calendar, I prefer to look at it through a different pair of lenses. Or perhaps through two spirit-filled glasses.
So this is the day that you either clink two glasses together and toast your love or clasp the stem of one glass and drown out the state of no love. For whatever you choose to do today I should hope that you'll do it no less celebratory even if there's just a party of one. You may think champagne in tall flutes, but a well-curated cocktail can be just as appropriate if made with love by your own hands for that some special or made with special ingredients, such as pomegranate syrup, by you for you.
Speaking of pomegranate syrup or pomegranate molasses, having that handy doesn't just provide a nice half sweet half tart ingredient, but also opens up your bar to more palatable possibilities for your selection of spirits. Here's a great recipe that had a really great two-fold flavor profile of tart pomegranate and citrusy lemon, the sweet ushering-in of a vibrant syrup and a florally rich honey, the herbal savory bite of fresh thyme and the robust flavor of the always incredibly smooth and perfect Patrón Silver Tequila.
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1 ounce Patrón Silver Tequila
1/2 ounce Lemon Juice
1/4 ounce Pomegranate Syrup or Pomegranate Molasses
1/4 ounce Honey
2 Dashes of Peychaud's Bitters
Add all the ingredients into a shaker. Shake then strain into a glass that can have an optional spritz/drop of absinthe. Another optional, but yummy move, is to float some Prosecco on top then finally garnish with a fresh sprig of thyme.
Salaciously satisfying for the single cosmopolitan or appropriately romantic for the dining couple. For whatever fuels your motivation this Valentine's Day, as always, please remember to drink responsibly. Happy Valentine's Day folks!