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Imbibe it: a toast to romance

Pairing your flick with themed cocktails for two


Ready for a new Valentine’s Day tradition? Why not add adult flair to the evening by pairing your flirty flick with themed cocktails for two? Here are some suggestions:


The Princess Bride is a perfect example of a love story with more. Set in a fairy tale land of princesses and giants, swashbucklers and evil geniuses, it is a tale of love, adventure, and danger. Couples will find ninety-eight minutes of tender, loving, action-packed fun in this classic. As for appropriate drinks for this movie, if you are a person of wits, like the hero, Westley, or his nemesis, Vizzini, you could go with the Brain:


the Brain
1.5 oz. Peach schnapps
1.5 oz. Bailey’s
Dash of grenadine syrup

If you are more of a strong-as-nails type, like Fezzik (Andre the Giant), you should try the Rusty Nail:


Rusty Nail
.75 oz. Scotch
.25 oz. Drambuie

Or, since Westley is also known as the Dread Pirate Roberts, perhaps a Pirate’s Cocktail is the drink for you:


Pirate’s Cocktail
1.5 oz. dark rum
.75 oz. sweet vermouth
Dash of Angostura bitters

If the two of you prefer a little mystery and comedy, you might like Groundhog Day. This is the story of Phil Connors, a weatherman who finds himself repeating the same day over and over. The only way for Phil to end the curse is to get the day right by winning over the affections of Rita, his producer. His first move, in classic break-the-ice style, is an offer to buy her a drink. For your Groundhog Day experience, you could follow Phil’s initial choice: Jim Beam, ice, and water. Or you could emulate Rita, who drinks to world peace and enjoys sweet vermouth on the rocks with a twist. But perhaps the most appropriate choice is a native Pennsylvanian creation (the weather-predicting groundhog lives in Punxsutawney, PA)—The Clover Club:


The Clover Club
2 oz. gin
1 egg white
5 oz. lemon juice
3 tsp. raspberry syrup
A lemon twist or raspberry garnish

Finally, there’s always When Harry Met Sally. This movie is perhaps the quintessential romance story of the 1980s, and has received a great number of positive reviews over the years. This is the kind of movie during which a couple might be inclined to feed each other champagne-saturated strawberries in front of a toasty fire. A good alternative may be to enjoy a cocktail popular among the bars around Katz’s Deli (the famous deli featured in the film), called Sweet Dreams: raspberry vodka, blended raspberries, and Sprite. Or you could try a Downtown Manhattan:

Downtown Manhattan
2 oz. rye whiskey or bourbon
 .75 oz. sweet vermouth
3 dashes of Angostura bitters

On the other hand, you could choose simply to have what Sally was pretending to having while dining at Katz’s—an Orgasm:


an Orgasm
.5 oz. white crème de cacao
.5 oz. Amaretto liqueur
.5 oz. Triple Sec; .5 oz. vodka
1 oz. light cream.


Happy Valentine’s Day!        


Rob Vanwey writes for the Global Group.


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