Here are a couple of suggestions for a special night with a special someone. Our first selection reminds us of a furtive romp in the barn that results in a shotgun wedding.

Moonshiners Daughter The Moonshiner’s Daughter

  • 2 ounces Stills Crossroads Alabama 'Shine
  • 1 ounce grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce Pama
  • 1/4 ounce passion fruit syrup
  • white of one egg
  • three drops pear bitters

Add all ingredients except the bitters to a mixing glass. As with any egg white cocktail, shake first without ice. Then add ice and shake again. Strain into a coupe and carefully drop pear bitters into the foam.

Use a stirrer to draw the bitters into a heart shape, or a puppy, or whatever.

Our second selection is more of a dessert drink with just a little nip of a bitter bite on the back end. Because, you know, that's how love really is. This one is frisky.

Chocolate Cherry 2

It Happened One Night

  • 2 ounces E&J XO brandy
  • 1/2 ounce Campari
  • 1/2 ounce Cherry Heering
  • 1/2 ounce creme de cacao

Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice and stir. Strain into a brandy snifter. Add a Luxardo maraschino cherry for extra fancy decadence.

While enjoying, listen to the 1997 hit song “Valentines Day” by my old band PopCanon.