Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day Drinking: Two Options

Meet the "cocktail psychic" or have a champagne cocktail.

February 1, 2010

Just two weeks out from the so-called Hallmark Holiday, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to do.

First, from the Valentine’s Day press release pile, a drinking event:

Kerry Colburn is the author of a book called Good Drinks for Bad Days who calls herself a “cocktail psychic.” (I spent this morning struggling through the first four stages of grief with that term before arriving at acceptance. Really she just means she can tell you what to drink in order to cheer up a bad day. Can she really do this? I don’t know.) Colburn is hosting a Valentine’s Day party—pardon me, Anti Valentine’s Day party—at the bar at the Pan Pacific on February 11. It begins at 6pm.

Whatever your feelings about V-Day, you can’t deny it’s a great excuse to drink a champagne cocktail, otherwise known as joy in a flute. The basic model is pretty easy to make at home: you put a sugar cube at the bottom of a glass, douse it with a dash of Angostura bitters (the Angostura shortage that had bartenders stockpiling should be over by now, last time I checked it was in stock at DeLaurenti), slowly pour champagne to the top, and garnish with a lemon twist.

But it’s kind of a drink that is more fun to imbibe while out at some place romantic where they will offer all sorts of flavor embellishments, places like Bricco della Regina Anna on Queen Anne, like Sambar and Hazlewood in Ballard, like Poppy on Capitol Hill, or like 35th Street Bistro in Fremont.

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