V-Day Cocktail Matches

Roses are Red

Violets are Blue

Sometimes all a girl needs is a

Nice big cocktail to get her through!

No matter if you are flying solo this Valentine's day and possibly in need of a little liquid courage, or if you are in fact paired up and simply in search of the perfect pre-date libation, one of these adult beverages is sure to fit the mood. Check out our list of seven drinks to see which cocktail is your 100% match!

Indulge Yourself

Image via  Punch

Image via Punch

Made with rye whiskey, plum tea, an egg white and bee pollen for garnish, the Red Velvet from Bemelmans Bar may not be an every day occurrence but is sure to be your next guilty pleasure.

Have you met my main bae, Tequila?

Image via  Saveur

Image via Saveur

Le Mexique may not be for the faint of heart but this twist on a margarita with mango and ginger, Domaine de Canton - a small batch ginger liqueur from France - and chocolate shavings, nothing quite says February 14th like a few shots of tequila.

The Netflix and Chill of Drinks

Image via  Eater Drinks

Image via Eater Drinks

If a cozy night with your main squeeze is the plan, this silky, eggnog style beverage is sure to keep you two snuggled up on the couch. The Angostura Flip uses a whole egg for its luscious texture and goes down oh-so-smooth.

Girls Nite

Image via  Martha Stewart

Image via Martha Stewart

If a Galentine's Day celebration is in order, the Rose Noir is the perfect balance of tart and sweet. With a vodka base, a hint of acidity from the Meyer lemon and all the pink bubbles you could want, this pleasant mixer is sure to get the girls talking!

The People's Party Punch

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If Valentine's Day calls for a punch bowl, the St. Charles Punch recipe will have your guests on their knees in no time! Made with cognac and ruby port, raspberries and sugar, this recipe goes down quick and is sure to wash away any lingering V-day regrets .

For the Lonely Heart

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Image via Liquor.com

While the Aviation may be a year round favorite, sometimes it is nice to see a familiar face on such an occasion as V-day. With four ingredients and a bright violet hue, this gin-based sipper is quick to make so you can get back to Facebook stalking your ex or drowning your sorrows in terrible romcoms - any Hugh Grant film will do!

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Image via  Epicurious

Image via Epicurious

While the Aperol Spritz may be one of the best warmer weather libations around, this float style twist was made for the dreary days of February. Gelato lends a silkier, seductive vibe to the dessert cocktail and with a little coaxing this after dinner treat may just be the highlight of the evening.

As always, please drink responsibly and cheers!

'Til next time,

KCH

Friendsgiving Brainstorm

With the advent of Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving is no longer reserved for simply time with the 'rents. If it is your turn to host the annual event or if you are just an attendee, we have listed below some tricks of the trade to make this year's get-together your best one yet! 

Entryway Etiquette

Image via  Homey Oh My  

Image via Homey Oh My 

Nothing beats an elaborate and bright entryway to let all your guests know it is party time! Whether you grab some gourds and pumpkins, paint them up in various shades á la Homey Oh My, or hang a few dried corn cobs on your front door, either way, a little extra care when it comes to the entryway adds a classic holiday touch to any home.

Garland Central

Image via  Alice & Lois

Image via Alice & Lois

If you are a little light on extra cash - who isn't this time of year?! - but still want to get your house looking party-ready, hang a few homemade garland options on the wall to keep spirits high and your money in your wallet. Alice & Lois feature quite a few distinct and modern garland signs as a starting point for your decorative theme and, best of all, they are free! Just click and print. 

Ditch the Tech

Image via  The Pretty Blog

Image via The Pretty Blog

Though the dinner spread may be aching for an Insta post or your FB feed may be blowing up with everyone's own Friendsgiving highlights, we love this creative and, dare we say, necessary, sign from The Pretty Blog declaring "Take a Drink. Leave your phone." Nothing beats a self-serve cocktail bar stocked with all the fixings and when you finally get all your friends to put down their phones, what better a time to let the games and turkey-fueled debauchery begin?

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Paper Table Runner

Not only does a kraft paper table runner make for easy after dinner cleanup but also allows for you and your guests to get creative. Draw names above plates for quick and simple name cards or take last week's tablescape inspiration and save space for guests to write down what they are thankful for this year.

Time Saver Big Batch Cocktails

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Image via Saveur

If your Friendsgiving has grown to a sizable amount, you may want to think about making a big batch cocktail to save time. This recipe from Saveur for Chilled Cider Punch is seasonal, light and refreshing. Just what all of us need on a day when we stuff ourselves silly with food. Otherwise, as a guest, always bring a bottle of wine or libation just to be safe. Trust us, your host will be most grateful.

Consider a Buffet Style Meal

Image via  Bon Appétit

Image via Bon Appétit

Though my mother would have a fit if the words buffet were even uttered on Thanksgiving, for Friendsgiving, a buffet style meal might be the easiest and best option. No need to worry about passing plates or having a grand dining room table. The buffet style - broken down in Bon Appétit step by step here - allows for guests to mange at their own pace and takes the pressure of cooking down a notch for the host. Buffet style for the win in our opinion. Just don't tell mom!

Takeout Boxes

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After the food has come and gone, be sure to have a few boxes for leftovers on hand in case anyone wants to lighten your turkey load. For the detail-oriented, add a classy touch of ribbon and a handwritten note. Better than giving away all your tupperware, these to-go boxes are a sweet and delicate finale to a successful evening.

The Ultimate Checklist

Image via  Buzzfeed

Image via Buzzfeed

And finally, this hosting checklist, compiled by Buzzfeed of all places, has all the little details so often overlooked. Helpful as can be, for those who are hosting especially, we recommend printing this puppy out and hanging it on the fridge.

Gobble gobble! Happy Friendsgiving!

Image via  NBC

Image via NBC

- KCH