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Valentine’s Ready?!?!!

small hearts

$130.97: Dollars spent on average by a person celebrating Valentine’s Day 2013

February 14, 2014 is rapidly approaching.

Flowers? Check.

Candy? Check.

Wine? Wine? WINE?!?!?!?  No worries there are plenty of places to visit and try the latest offerings.  Most of you have a favorite spot to purchase your “liquid courage.” Be it a local Kenwood or Binny’s or that spot around the corner, this weekend you will be bombarded with tasting opportunities galore.

This weekend stop by your favorite Jewel, Ultra Foods, Strack & Van Til’s or CVS (yes CVS) and try out some of the offerings from wines and sparkling wines to Tequila.

Don’t forget to take a look around. This time of the year stores begin to realign their inventory and drastically slashes prices on product didn’t do as well as others.  Example – a local Jewel-Osco recently sold Jack Daniels Winter Jack retail price $16.99, clearance $4.00.  (Really? REALLY? And no one called me?)

Bacardi OakHeart

2014-02-08 15.48.26-1 (2)September 2011 Bacardi introduced OakHeart, a smooth spiced rum. Dare I say that I was skeptical, never happy with the taste, smell and look of most spiced rums as they often remind me of “liquid gingerbread.” Then along came Bacardi OakHeart…..duh, duh DUHNNNNNN. Personally I fell in love. I tried the recommended Oak & Coke – smooth, easy-peasy. Then I thought why not in a rum punch. Using OakHeart instead of gold in the recipe elevated it to a level my taste buds had never heard of.
Recipes to try:

Oak ‘n’ Coke
1½ ounces Bacardi OakHeart Rum
3-4 ounces Coke

Oak and Ginger
3-4 ounces ginger ale or ginger beer
Fresh lime, squeezed

Oak and Apple Cider
3-4 ounces apple cider

“BACARDI OakHeart (70 proof/35 percent ABV) is created with the finest amber BACARDI rums mellowed in charred American white oak barrels for 1-3 years. Choice spices such as maple, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, and vanilla are added to the rum which is then filtered through a proprietary process. The result is a bold, spiced rum straight from the heart of charred oak barrels for a hint of smokiness and a unique, velvet-like smoothness. BACARDI OakHeart tastes great straight or combined with cola and served over ice in a chilled stein glass. “