We’d like everyone reading this article to pause for a minute and give your self a pat on the back. Perhaps a little golf clap, if you prefer. You made it, people. You survived February, that month of the year that’s dominated by candy hearts and saccharine movies where the guy finally realizes that the soul mate he’s been looking for was standing right in front of him this whole time: his dog walker.
Whether you’ve got someone in your life or have yet to realize that your dog walker is a perfect match, Valentine’s Day is an exhausting “made up” holiday that leaves a hangover that clouds the entire month. And you know what they say about hangovers—the only cure is a hair of the dog. Right?
So kiss goodbye to the month of love with these heart-breakingly good cocktails.
Divine Is The Diligent Heart
4 ounces Prosecco
2 ounces Cranberry juice
Sprig of Mint leaves
Pour the Campari then cranberry juice into your favorite champagne style stemmed crystal. Top with the Prosecco and place the sprig just so right after pressing it between the fingers. This makes one drink for a happy person who is not yet in love, and one happy drink for the person already in love. Looking for love? Cast about the crowded room recalling this line from Englishman John Donne: “We give each other a smile with a future in it.” Divine is the diligent heart.
Lacrima Amor (Tears of Love)
1.5 ounces Absolut Vodka
2 teaspoons Rosewater
4 ounces Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco di Valdobbiadene
Dash of bitters (you knew that was coming, right?)
Turn up Johnny Lang’s first album. Fill a single flute in the order shown here top to bottom making sure to be extra dramatic with the dash on top, flinging it from afar, right before the tears start to flow. Let them flow. By the second glass they’ll be staunched. This prosecco drink does that.