Cupid’s Weekend Cocktails: It Takes Two

Vintage_Valentine_02Whew! With so much chatter about Fifty Shades of Grey, bondage and Valentine’s Day, who doesn’t need a drink either before or after? In honor of Cupid’s holiday, here are two cocktails to jump start the weekend of love!

Hot Kiss

E.E. Cummings said it best: “Kisses are a better fate than wisdom.”

1/2 ounce white creme de menthe
1 ounce Irish whiskey
1/2 ounce white creme de cacao
6 ounces hot coffee

Pour liqueurs and whiskey into an Irish coffee glass.
Add coffee.
Stir.
Top with whipped cream.
Garnish with a chocolate-covered mint.

Hanky Panky Cocktail

Too little hanky panky can leave your mate very cranky.

1 3/4 ounces gin
3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
1/4 ounce Fernet Branca

Fill cocktail shaker with ice.
Add gin, vermouth and Fernet Branca.Stir.
Strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with an orange peel.

Suzi Parker, TBS’ resident mixologist, is an Arkansas-based political and cultural journalist and author of “Echo Ellis: Adventures of a Girl Reporter,” “Sex in the South: Unbuckling the Bible Belt” and “1000 Best Bartender’s Recipes.” She writes frequently for The Christian Science Monitor, The Economist, and numerous other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @SuziParker.

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