I've always loved old Valentine cards with their corny sayings and attendant graphics - "If you wanna be mine, fork over your heart" or "Hot Dawg, won't you be my Valentine?" So this year I decided to create my own version of a retro Valentine card for my husband.
I knew I wanted to give him a used whiskey barrel to experiment with aging cocktails, so I started with the barrel as a theme. I purchased it from Tuthilltown Spirits, New York's first whiskey distillery since Prohibition (and fitting, since my husband is from New York). Then I found a vintage Valentine from the Prohibition era, scanned and enlarged it, and added my own Valentine sentiment.
I think it's one of the best cards I've ever made him, and as luck would have it, the barrel I received was originally used to age "Hudson Baby Bourbon" which was the bourbon I gave Michael to commemorate his first Father's Day as Hudson's dad. It seems like a good omen and I'm looking forward to whatever aged cocktails should come from this barrel (I'm betting it'll be a Manhattan for the first round). I'll keep you posted.
Hope you had a happy Valentine's Day!