We’re not big romantics here at Booze Nerds, but we still like to throw ourselves into the spirit of any holidays that come our way. Never decline a chance to celebrate, right? So we felt it was only right that we do a take on what we would consider to be a proper Valentine’s Day cocktail.
With both of us being somewhat curmudgeonly by nature, the whole hearts-and-flowers thing isn’t really our style. But the heart theme is certainly a central one for Valentine’s Day, so what could we do? We decided to create a drink in honor of our own dark, shriveled organs 😉
- 1 oz rye
- 1 oz cognac
- 1 oz Punt e Mes
- 1/2 oz Campari
- 1/4 coffee liqueur
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
Stir with ice, strain into a glass, garnish with a cherry.
- Nose: Cola, horehound candy, caramel-y oak. Fainter notes of black cherry and coffee, plus a hint of meatiness, kind of like bacon.
- Palate: A lot going on. Bittersweet cherry/berry on the start, with some oak and cola as well. Caramel on the mid-palate along with a big hit of coffee and some spice from the bitters, then mint and horehound notes from the Punt e Mes. Smoky, bitter finish, drier than you’d expect. For Shaun, a final punch of sweetness after the original dryness of the finish.
Whether you are single or paired, a romantic or not, we hope you’ll give this one a whirl on Valentine’s, or any day really. In the meantime, get off our lawn!