I love Valentine’s Day. It’s my favourite holiday; that fact remains whether I’m single or coupled or somewhere in between. In fact, part of me prefers to be single on Valentine’s Day (but don’t tell my boyfriend [hereby referred to as ‘F’]). Indulging in a glass of wine, chocolate, and a cliché filled rom-com that I don’t have to convince anyone else to watch, nor concern myself with whether or not they’ll like it, is a recipe for a great night. Oh ya, and watching said rom-com on the couch with my adorable kitty cat. Perfection.
Tonight I’ll be at a Valentine’s Day Leonard Cohen Tribute hosted by a super talented friend of mine. I have the honour of reading a couple poems from Book of Longing—an incredible collection, mostly written during his time at Mount Baldy Zen Centre, that so perfectly captures his myriad of contradictions and willingnesss to find humour and profundity within them. F will be there too. His love of music runs deeper than mine, and oddly enough, the host is a mutual friend through two completely different sets of circumstances. There’s a good chance that we’ll both be doing precisely what we would have been doing if we were flying solo this evening, a pretty darn good indication that there’s no one better with whom to spend my night. Did I mention he’s also a fan of rom-coms 😉
Still, I desperately need one Valentine’s Day drink to myself, so I enjoyed this Campari-based cocktail last night, before watching a few episodes of Broadchurch (I’m still on Season One… please don’t tell me who did it!). I hope you’ll enjoy it too if you’re alone for the evening and, if you must, I guess you could make two.
- 3 oz coconut water
- 1 oz Campari
- 1 tsp rose water
- 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
- 6 dashes Dillon’s Pear Bitters
Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass.
Garnish with rose petals if desired.