Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Valentines Day Cocktails

It's been a long time since I last posted anything to the blog. However, 2012 is a new year and so here we go with the first post for 2012.

Valentines Day is just around the corner and for most guys it means stressing about what to do, paying way too much for flowers, trying to get a reservation for dinner somewhere (anywhere! Argh I waited too long and everything is booked up) and hoping that your girlfriends significant others don't show you up with their thoughtful romantic gestures.

In the spirit of fiscal responsibility (the hot trend right now) and creativity, why not scrap the overpriced dinner and evening out with a romantic evening at home? If you are like most men, then romance just doesn't come easily. Fortunately for you, I've pulled together a list of ideas for impressing her this year and they don't even all involve alcohol (though you could certainly incorporate it into the ones that don't). Here you go:

Dinner In - I'm not talking about Dominos or White Spot. How about Pan Seared Duck Breast ported cherry flambe jus with creamy risotto and fresh vegetables? Our good friends at Emelles Catering have got you covered. They'll put together a complete romantic dinner for two and deliver it for you at home. It's creative, it's different, and it's thoughtful. You can't go wrong.

Demonstrate your Mixology Skills - While you're waiting for dinner to arrive, get her in the mood and impress her with a few special, signature cocktails? Here are a few ideas. Prior to the evening, figure out which one(s) you're going to make and learn how to make them. She'll be blown away with your mixology prowess. Trust me, I cannot understate the appeal of a man who knows how to mix great cocktails. Just ask your local bartender.

Get Creative with the Wine - We all know that you can't go wrong with the old standards, but if you really want to impress her, you'll put some thought into the wine selection. It's a special occasion so why not go for something a little out of the ordinary. A couple suggestions that are good value, White Bear Pinot Blanc, BC, Escorihuela 1884 Reserva Malbec, Argentina. Or check here for a list of great wines under $20. Again, it's all about creativity. She will appreciate it.

Get Out for Some Fresh Air - After dinner, head out for an evening stroll in the neighbourhood. Not really original, but always a winner. If you feel so inclined, bring a warmer for the road. A few of the standards can be found here.

So there you go. Simple evening at home turned into a memorable, thoughtful, and romantic valentines day. Far be it from me to claim to be the expert. If you've got some other ideas (preferably involving cocktails), please share.

Happy Valentines Day.