It is no secret that Valentine’s Day will be a little different this year. With a lot of options off the cards, it's time to fire up your imagination, because conceding to an early night simply will not cut it.
For some, romantic gestures and getting creative comes naturally, but for others it might be more of a struggle. Not to worry though, we’ve got a handy guide to help you pick the perfect gift and point you in the right direction to make this year’s Valentine’s day truly special.
Let your love “cherry” blossom.
Roku is Japanese for six and blends six natural Japanese botanicals in a stunning hexagonal bottle to create the essences of each of the seasons. Sakura leaf and sakura flower are for spring, sencha tea and gyokuro tea for summer, sansho pepper for autumn and yuzu peel for winter, this gin is a seasonal sensation. Crafted with centuries old traditional methods and commitment to quality native ingredients, this truly is a gin full of culture and Japanese spirit.
In Japanese culture chocolate means love but you’ve got to get it right as there are five different kinds of chocolate to give to the different people in your life. Honmei-choco is reserved for that really special person, and the ultimate gesture is to make it yourself. That might be a bit of a tall order but why not create a little Japanese romance by wrapping your chocolate gift beautifully and present it with a lovingly poured Roku and tonic.
Date night with the lady.
Elegant, sophisticated and lovely inside and out. No we aren’t talking about your partner, however accurate that may be. We only have eyes for Lady A.
When Soho House coupled up with Château la Coste, a love affair was formed and Lady A was born. The collaboration resulted in a light and crisp rosé which offers up flavours of citrus, pink grapefruit, peach, and raspberry with a long and refreshing finish.
Lady A is the perfect picnic wine, so why not surprise your partner with a romantic picnic in the living room. Cucumber sandwiches, strawberry tarts and a little taste of summer in a glass. Don’t forget the napkins!
Vodka and gin for a Valentines win.
From LA, the land of clean living and quality, AMASS brings to us their carefully crafted gin and vodka. AMASS Dry Gin is bright and fresh with plenty of citrus, supported by spicy notes of cardamom and herbal accents from the California Bay. AMASS Vodka takes its inspiration from across the pond, using traditional Nordic processes to distill flavours of marigold, chamomile and lemon to create a light and elegant spirit.
We may not have that hot LA sun over here, but that doesn’t mean we can’t pretend. Why not grab a bottle of gin in one hand and a bottle of vodka in the other, set up a beach bar in the sitting room, unfurl the cocktail umbrellas, kick off your shoes and live the Californian dream wherever you might be.
Gie yer lassie a dram this Valentines.
From the remote, wild and windswept Scottish islands of Orkney, meet a distinctive single malt whisky, Highland Park 12 Year Old. Aged in sherry seasoned European and American oak casks, this single malt whisky has warm, wintery spices with heavy waves of smoky honey, fruitcake and heather. It is a true winter warmer that will whisk you away.
Rabbie Burns isn’t just for Burns Night. The old bard was one of the world's biggest romantics and knew a thing or two about romancing the lassies. We’re sure he would approve of shaking up Valentine’s Day with a dram or two. Our Highland Park bottle comes with a complimentary cocktail kit for mixing a Salted Honey Old Fashioned. Perfect for a Scottish themed Valentine’s Day celebration.
Pour the Bolli and have a jolly.
Bollinger’s Rosé Champagne consists of pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier grapes, and is seductive and crisp, providing a rich yet subtle taste of strawberries, raspberries and cherries. This bottle is the very finest fizz and needs to be tasted to be believed.
Why not pull your glad rags out of the cupboard, dust them off and dress up. There may not be any fancy restaurants to go to but that isn’t to say you can’t make one in your own home. Choose a recipe, doll yourself up, pop a bottle of Bollinger Rosé and have a romantic meal in for two. Food, bubbly and your special someone, what could be better than that?
You might be lucky enough to have your special person close at hand, but even if you have to go virtual, 31Dover can share the love between two addresses.