Happy Hour [12/2/21]

I need a drink.

Sunday is Valentine’s Day. How do you woo the object of your affection? Do you keep it simple with a card, go all out with flowers, chocolates, and a candlelit dinner for two? Or stick with a tried and true classic like chloroform and a soundproof room in your cellar?

This year’s cocktail will be the Barefoot Contessa’s Pomegranate Gimlet. I don’t drink gin so I’ll substitute vodka. You could even use white cranberry juice in place of alcohol for a virgin gimlet.

  • 1½ cups gin, such as Tanqueray
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice, such as Pom Wonderful
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (6 to 8 limes)
  • ½ cup simple syrup (note page 35)
  • Pomegranate seeds, for garnish
  • 6 lime slices, for garnish

Combine the gin, pomegranate juice, lime juice, and simple syrup in a large pitcher. Fill a cocktail shaker half full with ice and add the drink mixture until the shaker is three-quarters full. Shake for a full 15 seconds (it’s longer than you think!). Pour the mixture into chilled martini glasses and garnish with a slice of lime. Repeat with the remaining drink mixture and serve ice cold. Listen to Ina’s Valentine’s Day Playlist while sipping. That’s a lot of alcohol, but Ina and Jeffrey have been married for 53 years so I think they know how to do romance. Maybe it’s supposed to serve a group. I’m not judging.

Happy Valentine’s Day Deadsplinters!



  1. I’ll probably have to resort to the “tried and true classic” since my wife is the LEAST romantic person in the world.  She thinks Valentines day is just an excuse to break out her red decorations and for me to spend hours in the kitchen making her & my daughters a nice dinner.  If I ask her to “talk dirty to me”, I will get a gardening story or some other mood killing conversation inappropriate for the moment.  That drink looks good though…maybe if I make that and add roofies I have a chance?  (Kidding…I do not condone roofying anyone!)

  2. If you can get her to drink a couple of those I don’t think you’d need roofies! I’m just kidding too, I know I drunk person can’t consent. Maybe once the girls are both out of the house. Having kids around can be a buzz kill. 

  3. hmmm…can i just put her in a soundproofed room on principle?
    (just kidding…im not doing anything this year…which actually suits me fine as i always hated writing those cards out…..ugh… mushy mushy crap ewww cooties!)
    sooo…just sunday for me 🙂

  4. Lol, maybe build yourself a soundproof room. Or buy yourself an expensive pair of noise cancelling headphones as a be your own Valentine gift. Let everyone yak all they want. 

    • i actually have a pretty nice headset…im a big fan of sound quality
      i do find myself wearing it more than i used to tho..anyhoos…its just me and the missus here for the weekend…like every weekend…so really theres not much yakking i need to cancel out
      anyhoos..ill probably just go out an amuse myself on the ice

  5. After the dentist this morning I went to the store so I could sleep in tomorrow morning.  I thought about getting flowers today, but decided I would get them tomorrow while she was at work so she could come home to them on the eve of Valentine’s day.  Well, the joke was on me because she bought me flowers on her way home!

  6. I get a pass on Valentine’s Day. My wife is allergic to chocolate, eggs, and milk. You may recognize those ingredients as essential to anything good on this planet. There’s no need for me to try to come up with something. 
    I do grab candy for my kid. She’s not allergic to good stuff. 

  7. She lets you off easy, jewelry contains none of those things! I sent my bug crazy daughter a gift from the Bronx Zoo. Named a cockroach(Mr Roachester) and she gets a plush Madagascar Hissing Coackroach. 

  8. Shhh… we’re not supposed to discuss the soundproof room!
    I got surprise early Valentine’s gifts from Other-Husband (a giant rainbow sloth stuffie, a box of jelly heart candies, and a really sweet card) a couple of days ago. Husband usually gets me a little something, but we’ve never been big gift givers. I usually cook something special for them. This year, I don’t know, but I think we might order takeout!

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