Thursday, February 14, 2013

St. Valentine's Day: Why do we do this?

    Valentine's Day is a day we celebrate every February 14th, but why?  Hallmark is the beneficiary, but what are we really celebrating?    We are celebrating the execution of a man named Valentine during the rein of Claudius the Cruel, as Emperor of Rome.   Valentine, a priest in Rome would perform secret marriages for young lovers in a time that Claudius had ban all marriages and engagements in Rome.   Claudius felt that the attachment to family and wives would keep young men from joining the army that he needed to maintain control of Rome.    When Claudius discovered that Valentine was doing this, he was arrested and ordered to that he be put to death.     There is a legend that Valentine became friends with the jailer's daughter and left her a note on the day of his execution that was signed "From Your Valentine".   For his service to the church and the young lovers of Rome at the time he was named Saint Valentine posthumously.   Today on February 14th, we celebrate a day to share your love with your "Valentine".

Bahama Bob's Saint Valentine's Day Cocktail

·         1 ½ oz. Rhum Barbancourt Pango
·         ¾ oz. Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
·         ¾ oz. Licor 43
·         ¾ oz. Pomegranate Liqueur
·         ¼ oz. Agave Nectar
·         1 Dash of Angostura Bitters
Place all of the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled.  Strain into a Martini glass and garnish with a strawberry or lime.
Spend some time with your special person today and enjoy a fun and loving cocktail.  ;o)