Blog Special - "Bartender Wisdom For Valentine's Day"

I meant to put this post together later in the week, but due to coordinating and doing three events this week, this V-day post comes early in the week. Giving you plenty of time to get the ingredients and perfect these cocktails before your date arrives.

Some of you may not be aware, but in my former profession, I was paid (not very handsomely though) to read people. More specifically, I was trained to psychologically evaluate what people were thinking and what was the impetus for their resulting behavior, choices, and actions. Thanks to six years of schooling, seminars, workshops, continuing ed,  training, and plenty of hands-on experience, I was pretty good at what I did and it continues in this industry. Fast forward to the present, it really hasn't changed much. I still perform these psychological tests, but applied to the world of drinking, bartending, and libations. Check out a few of my favorite V-day cocktails at the end of the post. Although the cover photo is not listed, I thought it was too pretty to leave out.

Whether you love or hate Valentine’s Day, the truth is that many celebrate the holiday with old-fashioned courting and seduction. That usually entails drinking at a favorite restaurant, watering hole or a romantic dinner at home.

While no two people are the same, there are some generalizations that can be deduced from one’s choice of tipple. So, if you wish to read into your date’s personality by what he or she orders, here are a few observations that I have made over the years providing counsel to poor souls behind the bar. There is no exact science to them, but a fun way to determine if the night will be a successful one or not. Use them at your own risk.


He orders straight liquor, neat or on the rocks: Experienced drinker, knows what he wants. Set in his habits.

He orders stirred, boozy, (classic) cocktails: Hipster or just past hipsterhood, but still in touch somewhat, likes mezcal and rye whiskey, and no doubt has his own bitters recipe. Judges people by what they drink.

He orders Champagne: Careful! Either a player or serious foodie with dough. Can be extremely enjoyable if you know how to dance with him, which he will love you for.

He orders fruit cocktails (and you’re not at the beach): Unless he is Ernest Hemingway or French, he is definitely not interested in drink trends. Might be a person with more flexibility and desire to grow.

He orders beer: Not much to say here. Everybody drinks beer. Maybe he is driving?

He orders what you’re having: Possible first-class lover? Interested in listening, learning and serving. Comes with a double edge though—he might be doing it all for his own selfish reasons.

She orders the Valentine’s Day special: Clearly, the day is very important to her. She will expect you to call her mom and wish her a happy Valentine’s Day down the road.

She orders white wine: Possibly a light drinker. Probably watches her calorie intake. Might be a person who needs constant emotional support. Are you man enough for that?

She orders a type of Old-Fashioned: Follows the trends and wants to be in the know: If it was 1999, she would be ordering a Cosmo with fresh lime juice. Probably a very strong intellect.

She orders Champagne: Lady or a gastronomical junkie. Either way, she is likely to have high standards and expectations. Beautiful women cost money, my dad used to say.

She drinks beer: Possibly more of a buddy than a date. She might play foosball and all the other pub sports better then you. Take her out to a dive bar, but don’t forget to pay for the shots.

She drinks whiskey, a lot of it, neat or on the rocks: Ten years ago, she was just starting with vodka and soda or cranberry. Today she drinks too much…


Valentine's Day Gifts for Him - Elegant whiskey tumblers to comfy socks to tickets for a special sporting event, pick up these presents for the special man in your life.

Valentine's Day Gifts for Her - Wine and dine to a massage to a heartfelt gift, like a charm with your picture in it, pick up these presents for the special woman in your life.


Velvet Rose

My version of the "French Martini". This elixir offers some sweetness and bubbly to celebrate the occasion. For a more a bolder/less sweet taste, add 2 oz of vodka instead of 1.5. If not served for V-day, eliminate the candied hearts and use a fresh raspberry instead. This is one of the popular cocktails for all type of events at Raise Yoir Spirits. Both men and women and men enjoy this liquid heaven...Book Now!!!

  • 1.5 oz Premium Vodka, like Ketel One, Belvedere (my preference), or Grey Goose (makes it French)
  • 1/2 oz Chambord
  • 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
  • Top with a Brut Champagne or Sparkling Wine

Prep - Add all ingredients except champagne to a mixing tin. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish candied hearts or fresh raspberry.


Lady Killer

The Lady Killer cocktail recipe tastes mainly like pineapple and passion fruit juices, but with hints of orange, apricot and some citrus-herbal notes from the gin. It’s a pretty sweet drink, but most of the sweetness comes from fruit juices rather than liqueurs. This one is definitely for the ladies!

  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1/2 oz Apricot Brandy
  • 2 oz Passion Fruit juice
  • 2 oz Orange juice
  • Top with Sparkling Wine or Prosecco (optional)

Prep - Shake everything together with ice in a shaker. Put some crushed ice into a champagne flute and strain the mixture into the glass. top with sparkling wine (optional). Garnish with a cherry.


Enjoy Responsibly!!!

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