Valentine’s Day is my favorite fake holiday, stemming from kindergarten when even Jared Levine, the class heartthrob, had to give me a doily-covered cardboard. Beyond the bliss of teacher enforced equality, Valentine’s Day holds true significance for me because it’s when I drank my first cocktail (if you’d consider a cranberry-Popov a cocktail). No, I wasn’t pouring my post-break-up tears into a Solo cup, if that’s what you’re thinking. It was a tumbler.
Since that landmark occasion, I have celebrated every Valentine’s Day like most romantics do: by drinking. Whether you’re toasting your best “Gal-entines” or sharing a solo evening with your own Jared Levine, the “Rosé Kiss” created by Moses Laboy of NYC’s Red Rooster, makes a sweet start to your night of swooning.
To create it at home, muddle pineapple (canned is fine) and mint in a cocktail shaker. Then, add 2 parts Courvoisier Rosé, ½ part French dry vermouth, ½ part fresh lime juice, 3 splashes of bitters and ¼ part simple syrup (or less if you don’t want to be cursing Cupid’s hangover). Shake well and pour into a rocks glass. Garnish with a fresh pineapple chunk and gaze longingly.