From a traditional date night to an evening with friends, three ideas for how to toast Valentine's Day.
Enjoy girls’ night in with a sweet and sparkling pink drink.
Girls’ Night: Leah Caplanis’ Social Enjoyments are the ultimate way to cheers a girls’ night in—they’re organic, gluten-free, and contain less than 100 calories. The sparkling pink drink is concocted with organic brown rice and lightly sweetened for a refreshing hibiscus-cucumber flavor. Available at Whole Foods, 30 W. Huron St., 312-932-9600
A Red Velvet beer is perfect for guys’ night.
Guys’ Night: Beer isn’t usually associated with Valentine’s Day, but local brewery Baderbräu deliciously breaks tradition. Red Velvet is the second original recipe from Baderbräu since its late 2012 launch, and gets its deep mahogany red color from the mix of Munich malt, Vienna and honey malts, and the unusual carawheat. Available at Binny’s, 213 W. Grand Ave., 312-332-0012
BIG Bar’s Cupid’s Kiss cocktail.
Date Night: Take your sweetheart on a tasting tour of the city’s best specialty cocktails this Valentine’s Day. Start with the Cupid’s Kiss at BIG Bar in the Hyatt Regency (151 E. Upper Wacker Dr., 312-565-1234), a milkshake-like cocktail featuring Stoli Strasberi strawberry vodka, Godiva light and dark chocolate liqueurs, an ice cream mix, and strawberry and chocolate garnishes. Then skip over to Sepia (123 N. Jefferson St., 312-441-1920) for head bartender Griffin Elliott’s aphrodisiac libations; and finish the night at Jimmy (610 N. Rush St., 312-660-7191), where bubbly cocktails come served with Vosges truffles.