February is just flying by and that means Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. While it may not be everyone’s favourite holiday, sometimes all it takes is a change of perspective, and hey, maybe a great cocktail, to make you fall in love with this February holiday.
There are several origin stories out there for why we celebrate on February 14th. There’s the legend of St. Valentine, who earned martyrdom for performing clandestine marriages for Roman soldiers during wartime. Some cultures associate Valentine’s Day with the beginning of spring, focusing on roots, growing plants and coming warmth. It’s believed that it was Geoffrey Chaucer that first associated Valentine’s Day with romance in his poem Parliament of Foules, written to celebrate the first anniversary of the engagement of King Richard II of England to Anne of Bohemia. Fast forward to today, and Valentine’s Day has become somewhat more associated with marketing campaigns to sell jewelry, flowers and chocolate, but at its heart (pun intended) it’s definitely a day that’s all about love.
As the single gal that I happen to be, I choose to view Valentine’s Day as a day to celebrate all kinds of love, be it love for your partner, your family, your friends, or even and especially, yourself. Self-love isn’t just a set of buzzwords for memes on Instagram, it’s a necessary practice that we all should and really need to undertake for ourselves. And with self-love comes self-care. It can come in many different forms, from a quiet night in watching Netflix, a luxurious skincare treatment, or a session with your favourite therapist…maybe that’s just me. But in the end, all that matters is that it’s something you love that you do for yourself. And what better day to do just that than on that special day in mid-February.
I’ve been known to show myself some love with a cocktail or two. And roses just happen to be my favorite flower, so I’ve been known to treat myself to a long-stemmed beauty or two. I highly recommend doing that for yourself, whatever your version of roses may be. Whether you’re buying your own or have a rad partner pampering you with Valentine’s Day goodness, try out this rose bouquet-inspired cocktail made with Bombay Sapphire Gin that’s perfect for celebrating with someone you love, whether that happens to be you, or someone else.
Roses are red, Bombay Sapphires are Blue…
- 1.5 oz.’s Bombay Sapphire Gin
- .5 oz.’s honey
- .75 oz.’s lemon juice
- 2 dashes rose water
- 1.5 oz.’s Martini sparkling rose
- Rose petal (optional garnish)
Instructions: In a shaker, add the Bombay Sapphire, honey, lemon juice and rose water. Fill the shaker with ice and shake vigorously to chill. Double strain into a chilled flute or stemmed cocktail glass and top with Martini sparkling rose. Garnish with rose petals and enjoy.
Have the happiest Valentine’s Day, no matter how you spend it, or who you spend it with. And as always, please drink responsibly, and not just because that’s one of the best kinds of self-care you can practice.
*This post is a paid partnership between Addicted Media Inc. and Bombay Sapphire