My husband John is really into cocktails, but he is awfully particular about it. He does not like cream liqueurs, like Bailey's and Kahlua. He is not into very sweet things, like Chambord. He prefers classic-style cocktails shaken into small glasses over jumbo-sized smoothie-like beverages.
A few days ago, he was lamenting how all the Valentine's Day cocktails advertised at bars and restaurants are sickly-sweet, or chocolate-drizzled, or feature gross specialty liqueurs with stupid names like Hypnotiq.
"There are no Valentine's Day drinks made with whiskey," he complained.
"So make one up," I said. And he did.
This drink is super delicious, and has a lovely reddish-pink hue without being over the top. Perfect if you want to impress your whiskey-loving dude (or lady!) with a Mad Men-esque tipple, and equally perfect for a couple planning to celebrate Valentine's Day on the couch in comfy clothes with takeout (ahem).
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: The Old Flame