ell, now that the Superbowl is over, all the grocery stores have changed over their merchandising to Valentine's day goodies! Pink flowers and chocolate everywhere! Valentine's Day has never been my most favorite holiday, but as I get older I enjoy taking any excuse to celebrate! I don't have any plans for Valentine's day this year, but whatever we do it'll probably be a homegrown festivity. Growing up I loathed pink. I wouldn't touch anything pink with a ten foot pole. My mom's best friend used to make fun of me for it and give me pink gifts as a joke. Nowadays I'm not so much of a militant tomboy and can enjoy the color now without notable aversion. I'm not big into chocolates (unless it's dark chocolate) or roses, but I am into cocktails and a few sweet treats, so I thought I'd share a few of my favorite pink libations and sweets if any of you all are also into whipping up your own sugary delights to share with your love (or a Galentine, or yourself. Valentines day is about love, right? Treat yo'self).
Do you guys have any favorite valentine's day traditions or sweets? The time of year between new year's eve and summer always seems to drag on forever, so these little holidays are a nice way to lift spirits and do a little something out of the normal routine. Plus, it's nice that they're more low-key, participation-optional holidays, especially after the madness of Christmas. Some years I'm more "meh" about stuff like V-day, but others it's nice to get gussied up and do something more fancy!
(above) French Macarons
Red Velvet Cake Pops
Clover Club Cocktail
Strawberry Basil Lemonade Sparkler
Blood Orange Rosemary Gin Cocktail