When it come's to Valentine's Day, people tend to be either all for it. or totally against it. Who would have thought the day of love would be so polarising?
Whether it be with our bestie, S.O., family or fur-baby, here at TLSE, we love a good V-Day celebration - and if 2020 has taught us anything, it's that pretty much everything can be done from home. So, whether you're a hopeless romantic, or you couldn't get yourself further enough away from sappy heart-shaped cards, we've taken the thinking out of your at-home, V-day plans this year. All you have to do is sit back, and pick your favourite drink to make.
With a few romantic buffs here at TLSE, we've managed to compile a list of boozy treats you can spoil your special someone to this Feb 14th without having even leave your house, so keep reading to get those last minute plans in order.
If you haven't heard of Gin Loot and Whisky Loot yet, you're in for a treat. Created by Liquor Loot, Gin Loot and Whisky Loot are alcohol subscription services that send gin or whisky to your door monthly, so you can refine your palette from novice to expert from the comfort of your own home. What better way to treat your Valentine than by bringing a gin/whisky tasting to them?
This year, Liquor Loot is releasing a Valentine special edition pack for both Gin and Whisky: the Lover's Valentines Bundle. What better way to share the love this V-day than with six gin or whiskey tasters for you and partner?
If you or your Valentine is a lover of gin, the Gin Lover's Valentine's Bundle includes three tasters from the Flavour Odyssey Tasting Pack, AND three Australian tasters from the Best of Australia Tasting Pack, so there's plenty of variety to really refine those palettes. If you're a whisky drinker on the other hand, the Whisky Lover's Valentine's Bundle might be more up your alley. With three Scotch Whisky tasters from the Traditionalist Tasting pack, and three from the Australian Tasting Pack, you'll be an expert in no time.
So, you've planned a delicious dinner for your special someone, and now you're looking for the perfect drop to pair it with? Look no further, because The Hidden Sea Wines are what you've searched far and wide for. It's no secret that wine can sometimes be a hit or miss, but there really is nothing quite like spoiling your Valentine with a nice bottle of wine (a classic but timeless option). It's easy to fall into the trap of playing it safe and sticking with a well-known, nice bottle of champagne that errs toward the pricy side. BUT, if you really want to knock the socks off of your Valentine this Sunday, try surprising them with a bottle (or 2) from The Hidden Sea Wines.
Not only do these premium vinos taste delicious, the creators are committed to cleaning our oceans - with each bottle consumed removing 10 plastic bottles from the ocean. Not that we needed an excuse to a buy a nice bottle of wine for our significant other, but if we did, this would be it. Take wining and dining your Valentine to whole other level with The Hidden Sea Wines, and give them something to feel good about (other than a lovely glass of wine).
Calling all cocktail lovers! If that's you - listen up. If you want to really impress your Valentine this lover's day, a bar-grade cocktail might do just the trick. Think you need to settle for mediocre, mixed drinks just because you're at home? Think again. Skip those pre-made, bottle shop drinks and WOW your date with some (very impressive) romantic refreshments.
Before you start panicking about how you're going to acquire all of the different ingredients (and skills) before Sunday - Cocktail Porter has got it all sorted. With each mini kit inclusive of all the ingredients and measurements, all you have left to do is read the instructions and assemble these tasty apertifs. Whether you're in the market for a classic Espresso Martini or an Elderflower French '75 - Cocktail Porter's range has something for every couple.
This one really is for all the homebodies out there looking to spend this weekend at home - so grab your Valentine and do something special from the comfort of your living room.
WORDS | Brittany Ross