St. Valentine

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, if there’s a special lady in your life, you need to do something special for her tonight. This is true whether she’s made it clear she expects you to go all out with an expensive dinner at her favorite French restaurant, flowers, and fancy chocolates, or if she believes that Valentine’s Day is just another way to sell tacky greeting cards and heart-shaped boxes.

The St. Valentine cocktail keeps you safe in both camps — you can have a couple at home before you go out, or keep it flowing all night. And while it is intended to please the lady, I think you’ll enjoy it, too.

A ménage à trois of booze, this bubbly French-themed cocktail doesn’t mess around with mixers. It features St. Germain, a French liqueur flavored with elderflower; Domaine de Canton, a French ginger liqueur (ginger is a known aphrodisiac); as well as a must for Valentine’s day, champagne. Two or three dashes of bitters perfectly temper the sweetness.

The St. Valentine

½ ounce St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
½ ounce Domaine de Canton French Ginger Liqueur
Angostura Bitters

Glassware: Coupe or cocktail glass

Method: Add the St. Germain and Domaine de Canton to a chilled glass, give it one quick stir, then top it off with chilled champagne. Add a dash or three of bitters and stir again. Enjoy again and again and again (after all, now that you’ve opened a bottle of champagne, you should probably finish it tonight).