If you don’t have romantic plans for Valentine’s Day, how about inviting friends for cocktails?
You can set up a bar buffet with pitchers of three or four red or rosy cocktails:
Sparkling wine is perhaps the most festive way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. In fact, to keep things simple, you can simply serve sparkling wine.
You don’t have to spring for champagne. Here are much more affordable sparkling wines.
Want a theme? Have a Kir party.
The drink was named after Félix Kir, a mayor of the city of Dijon in Burgundy (the same city of mustard fame).
As an apéritif, he added a splash of crème de cassis, a liqueur specialty of Burgundy, to aligote, a local still white wine.
The “Kir,” as it was known, became very popular and led to a the Kir Royale, substituting Champagne for the still wine*.
Your menu can include:
Add your favorite nibbles, including some Valentine chocolate.
It’s a DIY Kir Valentine Party!
1. ADD 1 tablespoon or more of liqueur to each wine glass or champagne flute. The less liqueur, the drier the drink; the more liqueur, the sweeter and fruitier the drink.
2. FILL up each glass with wine or champagne. You can stir the wine to blend the two ingredients, but give champagne only one delicate swirl with a swizzle stick. Otherwise, you break some of the bubbles.
*There are many variations of Kir and Kir Royale using different liqueurs. Take a look.
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