Going out on Valentine’s Day can be fun and festive, but sometimes it’s nicer to celebrate at home and avoid the crowds. Try the Red Ruby as a prelude to your own romantic dinner. And if you don’t have a Valentine, never fear - it’s every bit as good if you enjoy it solo.
“The Red Ruby is an elegant cranberry and Champagne cocktail that is very simple and requires just three ingredients,” says Patrick Chapman of Plymouth Haskell's.
For one serving:
- 1/2 oz. Tattersall Orange Crema
- 3 oz. cranberry juice
- 3 oz. Louis Bouillot Brut Champagne
- Orange twist for garnish
Chill Champagne flutes. Into the chilled flute, pour the orange crema and cranberry juice. Stir well. Top with Champagne, and add garnish.
Good Wines to Drink When It’s Cold Out:
Chapman offers these picks:
RED: DNA Vineyards Russian River Valley Pinot Noir ($19.99)
“This deeply colored Pinot bursts with aromas of rose petal, honeysuckle and cardamom. Flavors of ripe Santa Rosa plums with hints of new French oak.”
WHITE: Pacific Heights Chardonnay ($19.99)
“This Russian River chardonnay has full fruit maturity and retention of crisp acidity. Aromas of Meyer lemons, honeydew melon and roasted coconut. The mouth-feel is full and viscous with integrated toasted oak flavors. The bright, crisp finish cleanses the palate.”