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Scrappy’s Romance

Love is in the air! I hope you all have plans to spend some time this weekend with someone you love…because it’s Valentine’s Day on Sunday! Haters gonna hate, but I think Valentine’s Day is a fun way to spread good vibes. Also, it doesn’t have to be a romantic holiday per-se. I’ve seen lots of cute ideas for Galentine’s Day parties, which sound like a great excuse to host brunch for some lucky friends…and I also think making (and receiving!) old fashioned valentines for friends & family is a fun tradition.

Personally, we have plans for a night in with a home cooked meal (Anthony Bourdain’s French Onion Soup, a big salad and creme brulee for dessert). Whatever your plans may be we recommend you start the night with a sprtizy cocktail like this one. It’s perfect for Valentine’s because (1) it’s pink and (2) contains champagne and strawberries. It’s also incredibly delicious!



Scrappy’s Romance (recipe adapted from Design Sponge)

  • 1/2 ounce strawberry syrup (see recipe below)
  • 1/4 ounce Aperol
  • 1/2 ounce gin (such as Tanqueray No. Ten)
  • 3 dashes Scrappy’s grapefruit bitters (any orange bitters works equally well here)
  • Champagne or sparkling wine

To make the strawberry syrup combine 1/2 cup sugar with 1/2 cup chopped strawberries in a small saucepan. Simmer for 15 min, stirring to help break down the berries. Strain into a clean jar and let cool (syrup will keep in the fridge for up to 1 month).

For the cocktail, add the strawberry syrup, Aperol, gin and bitters into an ice filled cocktail shaker. Double strain into a champagne flute. Top with champagne (or sparkling wine). Cheers!


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Dior Kelley

Dior was born in Hawaii and spent her childhood in many wonderfully inspiring places including New Zealand, Sri Lanka and California. She studied Chemistry and Printmaking at UC Santa Cruz and got her PhD in Plant Biology from UC Davis. Her love for experimentation and precision (she studies hormone signaling in plants) carry over into crafted cocktails and homemade delights. Currently, she lives in Iowa with her husband, French Bulldog and a flock of hens.

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