In typical coco+kelley fashion, we can't properly celebrate a "holiday" without a cocktail. Regardless of your relationship status or views on Valentine's Day, I personally think it's a great excuse to get together with friends and celebrate love. Not in the sappy, romantic sort of way... but in a fun, 'I'm thankful you're in my life - cheers to that' type of way. Having a a few girlfriends over for drinks and desserts sounds like a great idea. Cue the cocktail recipe and two easy DIYs to accompany them!
In regards to the cocktail, I've got a thing for Italian liquor. After living in Florence, I was sad to see my stockpile of limoncello depleted. Luckily, someone gifted me a nice bottle for Christmas and I was eager to use it. I paired it with Campari and gin for an Italian version of the Pink Lady.
Italian Pink Lady // serves one
- 1 ½ oz. Gin
- ½ oz. Cointreau
- ¼ oz. Limoncello
- ¼ oz. Campari
- ½ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
- 1 Large Egg White
- Lemon Rind, for garnish
In a cocktail shaker, combine all of the ingredients with ice and shake very well. Strain the drink into a chilled glass and garnish with lemon and a stir stick. I've been in love with this marble tray and it is so fitting for serving these cocktails.
Alongside sipping cocktails, I opted for my favorite dessert: macarons. Being in the loving spirit, I thought it would be fun to send my friends home with a few of these sweet treats. The plain glassine bags were feeling boring beside these pretty cocktail napkins, so I decided to dress them up.
I had extra red crepe paper in my craft box, so I pulled it out, added a row of adhesive with a glue runner, and voila! I love the simplicity and texture it gives the take home bags.
Sweet treats and cocktails... is there really anything better? Everyone have a fun Valentine's Day. I hope you celebrate with the people you care about! For the record, I'm totally not against a romantic Valentine's Day (after all - I am married!), but sometimes it's nice to mix things up and host the friends you're thankful for. Cheers to spending it with your person... or people!