Date, no date, Galentine's, Singles Awareness Day — whatever your chosen way to mark the month of February, it's going to require a little sweetness.

To help you put together the perfect sugary spread, our friends at Colonial Wine & Spirits have created a cheat sheet for your next drinks and dessert bar that you're sure to fall head over heels for. You can see the whole guide here.

But for now, we're focusing on the spirits as a toast to ol' St. Valentine himself.

Cheers!

 

Wine pairings:

If you're eating chocolate, sip Brachetto D'Acqui like Rosa Regale.

If you're eating lemon, sip Moscato D'Asti or champagne like Kermit Lynch Moscato D'asti or Taittinger Champagne.

If you're eating nuts and nut butters, sip tawny ports like Taylor Fladgate Tawny Port.

If you're eating fresh fruit desserts, sip Moscato D'asti or a classic rum daiquiri.

 

The Five Types of Dessert Wine:

  • sparkling dessert wine
  • lightly sweet dessert wine
  • richly sweet dessert wine
  • sweet red wine
  • fortified wine

 

If bubbly is more your style, check out Colonial's champagne bar guide for all the pro tips.

 

Recipe: Cranberry Punch

  • 1 bag of frozen cranberries
  • 1 large orange, sliced and then frozen
  • 4 cups cranberry juice
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 2 cups Deep Eddy Cranberry vodka
  • 1 2-liter bottle of ginger ale

Combine all liquid ingredients except ginger ale into a pitcher and stir well.

Cover pitcher and store in fridge until completely cooled.

Once chilled and ready to serve, add frozen fruit and ginger ale.

Bonus: The frozen fruit in this punch acts as ice, keeping your punch chilled, but doesn’t dilute your drinks — score!

 

Signature Cocktail Recipe: Dark & Stormy

  • 2 oz. Gosling’s dark rum
  • 5 oz. Gosling’s ginger beer
  • lime wedge

Pour rum over ice in your favorite glass, fill with ginger beer, squeeze with lime wedge and enjoy!

 

For the full how-to guide to hosting your own drinks and desserts bar, head to the Colonial website.