We’ve all been there–young, bursting with enthusiasm and unfashionably single on Valentine’s Day. Anywhere you go in the city, the holiday mocks you–gaudy red paper hearts in stores, pyramids of first class and dreadful chocolates and sentimental greeting cards ready to express the sweetest words to your beloved.
Ah, what a few years can bring. I eventually realized that you can either feel sorry for yourself and be disappointed about it year after year, or you can stand up and own it. Say it loud and proud: “I’m a Bitter Bitch, and I’ll enjoy this day like any other. Let’s party, my way.”
This recipe is a nod to all the singles out there. So gather with a friend or a crowd, make a batch of cocktails and toast to everyone important in your life. After all, Valentine’s Day is about love, and quoting RuPaul, “If you don’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love someone else?”
Yield: 1 cocktail
Glassware: wild mouth champagne glass
Tools: shaker, bar spoon
2 oz (30 ml) limoncello
2 oz (30 ml) gin
1 oz (60 ml) tangerine juice
1 oz (30 ml) lemon juice
2 dashes of orange bitters
1/2 oz (15 ml) Aperol
tangerine peel for garnish (optional)
1. Add limoncello, gin, juices and bitters into a shaker filled with ice. Cap the shaker and shake vigorously until well combined, about 20-30 seconds.
2. Pour into chilled champagne glass. With an upside down spoon touching the side of glass, pour Aperol slowly on top of spoon (liquor will slide along the edge of the glass and sink to bottom). Serve chilled.
Ken Leung is a contributor at The Boys Club and blogger at Hungry Rabbit.