St. Valentine's Mixology

With that special day just around the corner, and all your anticipation of said day, we offer you some fine original libations whipped up by yours truly.

Cherry Blossom

  • 1 ½ ounces of Plymouth Gin
  • ¾ ounces of Cherry Heering
  • ¼ ounces lemon juice
  • bar spoon of cherry jam
  • cherry for garnish

Put Gin, Heering, lemon juice and jam in shaker with ice and shake for 1 minute. Pour through fine mesh strainer into cocktail glass and add cherry for garnish. ***If you want a little more burr in your bristle... you may substitute Whisky for Gin.



The Cherry Blossom is a tasty Valentine (or anytime things need dropping) drink using Leopold’s Small Batch Gin, which is made by the Leopold brothers in Denver, Colorado. Each bottle is handled with a great deal of attention to every detail. The hand labeled bottles are filled with no less than six botanicals that each undergo a separate distilling process before being combined to create this amazing gin. The next ingredient, Cherry Heering, comes from Peter Heering who was a Swedish spirits maker in the late 1700’s. Heering adds a rich cherry note to any cocktail with its’ syrupy red hue, while adding to the Valentine’s Day theme. Then a touch of lemon juice and a spoonful of cherry jam to complete the cocktail. I chose the cherry jam in order to add some cherry flecks and that extra sweetness that let’s your partner why this drink is a panty dropper.


Après Ski Cocktail

  • 1 ½ ounces Laird’s Applejack Brandy
  • 1/2 ounces of Velvet Falernum
  • ½ ounces apple cider (add hot or cold)
  • 1 dash of orange bitters
  • Slice of apple and cinnamon stick for garnish

Stir all ingredients into cocktail glass 30 seconds. Garnish with slice of apple skewered with cinnamon stick and grated nutmeg on top. This drink can be served hot by heating the apple cider before mixing or serve cold by adding ice prior to mixing.


The Après Ski cocktail came from a desire to make a drink that could be served hot or cold. The drink is designed to do just that. You can put all of the ingredients together and add hot cider for a nice post ski warm up or you can make a cold version as a nice accouterment to dinner or as a nightcap. The ingredients are meant to remind the drinker of hot apple cider with a kick or maybe two kicks. One kick being the Applejack brandy as it is 100 proof.  Velvet Falernum is the other kick as it used to be a common ingredient in Tikki drinks. You know those drinks that are served on islands in large ceramic bowls that resemble totems and have fruit and other assorted nick-knacks hanging out of the top. They also come flaming to your table literally. Falernum has only been available for consumption domestically for the past couple of years. Prior to that it was lost like many other spirits during Prohibition. The great thing about Falernum in a mountain ski drink is that it contains a lot of the classic winter flavors. The spirit tastes of vanilla, almond, allspice, clove, lime and ginger. So Falernum was an obvious choice in creating this cool weather cocktail.

Simon giving it a good shake.



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