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Movie and cocktail ideas for Valentine's Day 2014

Strawberry Kiss cocktail
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While it can be a fun evening to get dressed up and go out for dinner and drinks on Valentine’s Day, that is not what the day is about. Valentine’s Day is spending time with the person who lights your fire, the one person who you love above anyone else, and would lie in court under oath for.

Instead of going through the ritual of going out, try and evening at home with dinner and a couple of movies. Chinese take-out or delivery, a couple of Meg Ryan films, and a well-executed cocktail will do the trick.

Sleepless in Seattle: A recently-widowed man's son calls a radio talk show in an attempt to find his father a partner.

Singin’ in the Rain: A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound.

Casablanca: Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.

Princess Bride: A classic fairy tale, with swordplay, giants, an evil prince, a beautiful princess, and yes, some kissing (as read by a kindly grandfather).

Before starting your movie, try your hand at mixing one of these Valentine’s Day inspired cocktails.

Kerasi (cherry in Greek)

  • 2 oz. peach vodka
  • 1 oz. cherry puree
  • 1/2 oz. peach liqueur
  • 1/2 oz. cherry brandy
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • Sparkling wine

Shake all ingredients (except for the wine) over ice and strain into a flute. Top off with your sparkling wine. Garnish with a cherry.

Strawberry Kiss

  • 1 1/2 oz. Absolut Vanilla
  • 1/2 oz. strawberry liqueur
  • Splash of Pineapple juice

Combine ingredients and top with champagne.

French Cosmopolitan

  • 3 oz. pineapple juice
  • 1 1/2 oz. vodka
  • 1/2 oz. cassis
  • Garnish: pineapple slice or leaf

Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled stemmed glass. Garnish with pineapple slice or float a leaf from the fruit in the drink.

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