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This year’s Valentine’s Day toast comes from Sahil Mehta, the well-respected mixologist who can be found shaking things up at Boston’s South End tapas restaurant, Estragon. Mehta has a self admitted love affair with sherry, the complex fortified wine made with grapes from the Jerez region of Spain, and has created all manner of sweet, savory, salty and bitter drinks with his favorite ingredient. Here he offers a wonderful chocolate Negroni variation, which is absolutely my favorite type of Valentine’s day drink. I’ve made my own versions over the years with bourbon, but Mehta relies on mezcal as a base to bring interesting rich and sultry flavors to the party. Of course, sherry is the real star here, and lends a dry and nuanced counterpart to the mezcal. The Campari and crème de cacao balance things out with some bitter and sweet components, and the result is sensational. Give this a try, or check out some of the previous Valentine’s Day toasts we’ve made in past years. Here’s to love, in a box, in a glass, or simply in your heart. Cheers!

Mon Sherry Amour by Sahil Mehta

1oz mezcal

1oz manzanilla or fino sherry

.5oz Campari

.5oz Creme de Cacao

2 dashes of chocolate bitters

Stir ingredients with ice and strain into a favorite glass. Share with someone you heart.

For prior Valentine's Day toasts see:

A Heart Shaped Box

Puzzled by Love

Heartbeat