Valentine’s Day is tomorrow! And whether you’re sharing it with someone or having some me time, why not relax with a yummy drink at the end of the day? Just take a few minutes to be good to yourself and unwind.
Try out this quick tip to give that drink some love too...
Skip the spoon and treat yourself to a gourmet lollipop stirrer. Yes, ma’am. I stopped into a small, locally owned sweets shop in downtown Portland called Quin and picked up lemon and caramel pops for myself.
What you’ll need:
• You're favorite drink
• A delicious lollipop
I chose apple cider for my caramel, and a Tom Collins for my lemon. Not only was it super fun to stir my drink with a lollipop ('cause I’m like twelve years old when it comes to how much I like candy), but it really gave those drinks an extra kick of flavor. So check out my ideas for drink/pop combos just below, or start brainstorming to come up with your own.
2 ounces vodka
1 ounce lime juice
1 full ginger beer
Lime wedge for garnish
2 tsp sugar
6-8 mint leaves
1 lime, halved
2 ounces light rum
Prep: Mix sugar, mint leaves, and a little club soda and muddle to release the mintiness. Squeeze in juice from both halves of the lime, add the rum a little more soda, and garnish with a sprig of mint.
Extra tidbit: When researching lollipops, I stumbled across this treat: www.candyblog.net. It’s a candy blog, about EVERY kind of candy, indexed by brand, country, and kind (including ethically sourced sweets). I really enjoyed poking around on it. The writing is intelligent and personable, and the photos are fantastic. Definitely check it out.