Best wine for the night

Best wine for the night

Best wine for the night


The Inspiro Tequila Luna Blanco tastes great on its own and in the cocktail. Roses are optional.

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Valentine’s Day can sometimes seem like all the big moves – big dinners, big nights in town, big hearts, even bigger roses. But what if you don’t want to be part of a big celebration? Sometimes all you want is a tequila in bed or a whisky in a shot glass to sip by the fireplace. Sometimes the best nights are the best nights, and here’s a spiritual roundup to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Inspiro Tequila Luna Blanco, $52.99

Inspiro founder and CEO Mara Smith started drinking tequila while looking for a gluten-free, clean spirit for her active lifestyle, but struggled to find a taste that appealed to her Additive-free tequila. When this Chicago lawyer couldn’t find the perfect tequila, she decided to create it. Together with legendary distiller Ana María Romero Mena, she created Tequila Luna Blanco, a gluten- and additive-free tequila. “You have enough sugar in your Valentine’s Day gift — you don’t need it in your drink,” Smith said. “For a perfect Valentine’s night at home, Inspiro Tequila is a guilt-free indulgence.”

This 18 year old Canadian whisky is perfect for sipping on Valentine’s Day.

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Crown Royal 18 Year Old Canadian Whiskey, $139.99

Rich and smooth, this delicious Canadian whisky has a rich, rich flavor with an incredible smoothness. If you’re looking to treat yourself to Valentine’s Day – or share a romantic evening with that special someone – then this whisky is perfect. It’s great on its own, but it tastes especially festive in a cranberry crown buck, with lemon juice, cranberry juice, and ginger beer.

Veso Strawberry Solstice is made from real fruit, served with ice alone or mixed… [+] Serve with sparkling water as an aperitif.


Veso Strawberry Solstice Aperitif, $35

Veso founder Chris Beyer fell in love with European aperitif culture, but wanted to adapt it for the modern drinker. Instead of using chemicals or non-vegan colorants, Beyer sources whole fruits and spices from California and infuses them into the white wine. Strawberry Solstice is made with strawberries, raspberries, grapefruits and Valencia oranges with a pinch of cane sugar. It’s delicious on ice on its own, topped with soda or shaken into a cocktail. Equally outstanding is Strawberry Solstice’s twin brother, Vanilla Nightfall.

World-renowned UFC fighter Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal owns Recuerdo Mezcal, “recuerdo” means… [+] “Memories” in Spanish. The Recuerdo 5″KO Limited Edition Reposado Mezcal can present a Valentine’s Day or an evening to remember.

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Recuerdo Mezcal 5″ KO Limited Edition Reposado Mezcal, $60

Recuerdo Mezcal 5” KO Limed Edition Reposado is made from a selection of agave espadín plants in sustainable and biodiverse estates, aged for five months in new American oak barrels, then finished with 5 gusanos (agave orchid worms) finish, adding a silky texture. With notes of vanilla, citrus, vanilla and chocolate, the palate is smooth, with subtle smoky notes and a spicy, crisp finish. Perfect for sipping and lingering this Valentine’s Day.

Lo Siento blanco tequila is perfect for Valentine’s night.

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Lo Siento White Tequila, $34.99

Sometimes, the perfect Valentine’s Day is a margarita in bed. Or just plain tequila. Lo Siento has you covered. This family-owned and operated distillery in the Jalisco Heights makes tequila completely free of additives…so you’re less likely to get a hangover. Its sleek profile appeals to tequila lovers and novices alike. Equally good is the rest of it.

If you want to celebrate like James Bond, try Vido Vodka in a Martini. You can stir it if you want… [+] arrive.

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Victor Vodka, $34.99

If you’re saving the world every day and want to spend a quiet night at home drinking vodka martinis like James Bond, then consider VIDO Vodka. This wine-grape vodka from Washington Estate vineyards produces a silky vodka with a vibrant aroma. Distilled in small batches, it is named in honor of Monson family patriarch Arvid, known to his family and friends as Vido.

Cupid Cherry Cocktail is easy to shake – just mix 1.5 oz. 0.75 oz Wolf Moon. … [+] Pomegranate Molasses, 0.75 oz. lime juice, shake well. Top with sparkling water and garnish with cherries.

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Wolf Moon Straight Bourbon, $24.99

Jason Aldean and the Florida Georgia Line created Wolf Moon Bourbon to celebrate the wonderful moments of life…and sound just right for Valentine’s night. Ready to use right out of the bottle, but also memorable in a Cupid Cherry Cocktail.

Zacapa 23 rum is delicious on its own to celebrate Valentine’s Day at home, but it’s even better… [+] in its Moments cocktail set.

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Zacapa 23 Rum and Moment Cocktail Set, $99

Want to create a special moment with someone? Or just need a little time for yourself? Either way, Zacapa’s Limited Edition Moments Cocktail Set is all you need to make it. The kit includes a bottle of Zacapa 23, cocktail smoker with oak chips, mole bitters, honey, bell caps, two vintage glasses and a candle. The kit also includes a detailed list of the perfect pairings with cheeses and charcuterie, and a curated playlist to set the mood.

Pour yourself a cocktail at home with The Botanist Islay Dry Gin.

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Botanist Islay Dry Gin, $45

Made with 22 hand-picked plants from Islay, this gin will transport you to Scotland without leaving your living room. Served on its own or mixed in a gin cocktail, The Botanist is a great gin to celebrate at home.

If you’re planning to make a classic cocktail like a margarita, drinking Cointreau is a great idea… [+] Have it on hand as it is an indispensable ingredient. It tastes delicious in a cider margarita.


Cointreau Orange Liqueur, $45

Fancy a margarita? universe? Sidecar? If you are, then you need a smooth and delicious orange liqueur to mix, and Cointreau fits the bill better. This liqueur is creamy and rich orange, created by Édouard Cointreau during the Industrial Revolution, who wanted his orange liqueur to be balanced, three times more concentrated and sweet than other liqueurs of the era lower degree. His liqueur has stood the test of time…and it will stand tall in your universe too.

Mount Gay Black Barrel is from Barbados and is perfect for sipping while gaming… [+] Card for Valentine’s Day night.

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Mount Gay Rum Dark Barrel, $39.99

Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum is first matured in ex-American whiskey casks and then finished in ex-Bourbon barrels, and takes its name from the charred bourbon casks. This process makes it a smooth and bold rum. It’s perfect in a daiquiri, but it’s also great to celebrate alone with just a drizzle of ice.

Frankly, organic strawberry vodka tastes great when mixed in equal parts with limoncello, kinda… [+] Strawberry Simple Syrup, Lemon Juice, and Soda to make Valentine’s Day cocktails at home.

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Frank Organic Vodka Strawberry Vodka, $19.99

Husband and wife duo Kristen and Philip love that their vodka is completely free of GMOs, pesticides and more. They are very concerned that they will become the first spirits brand in the world to list all ingredients and nutrition facts on the label. While their vodka comes in five flavors — original, strawberry, pomegranate, grapefruit and apple — strawberry is a Valentine’s Day symbol.

Scapegrace Black Gin turns purple when you add a little tonic water, transforming your cocktail into a… [+] Magic tricks.

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Scapegrace Distillery Black Gin, $39.99

Sometimes you need a spirit as black as your heart…and Scapegrace Black is a most unusual black gin. This New Zealand-made gin has beautiful botanicals, but most notably, its lustrous black turns a lovely lavender hue when mixed with tonics. So, if your heart feels black, or just a little purple, then this gin is for you.

If you’re looking for a special rum to celebrate Valentine’s Day, look no further than Holmes Cay… [+] Single Barrel Barbados 2012.

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Holmes Cay Barbados 2012 Limited Edition Rum, $94.50

This limited-edition rum is aged for eight years, followed by an additional year of secondary aging in port barrels. This lovely rum has no added sugar or colouring. If you want to treat yourself this Valentine’s Day, this might do the trick.

Virginia Distillery’s Courage & Conviction Single Malt Whisky offers you a smooth night… [+] Valentine’s Day.

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Virginia Distillery Courage & Conviction American Single Malt Whiskey, $74.99

Courage & Conviction Made from 100% barley malt and fresh spring water, aged for at least three years in bourbon, sherry and cuvée barrels, this whisky is very smooth and creamy with some butterscotch, red fruit and cocoa the taste of. Courage & Conviction is the perfect whisky to celebrate an intimate Valentine’s night.

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