Happy Valentine’s Day!
While I hope y’all have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and an excellent Friday, I hesitate to even call today a “holiday.” I was going to try to do a gift round up, but Wheat and I aren’t even exchanging gifts! So that seemed silly and fake. Don’t get me wrong, I love giving and receiving gifts! But if I’m not even giving or receiving them, it seemed ridiculous to tell y’all what to buy or do. Wheat and I had planned on getting some oysters and building a fire tonight, but plans changed and he is working for Storm Services (his other day job), helping the power companies turn to power back on for all the folks in North Georgia.
So instead, I’ll be toasting to a Happy Valentine’s Day by myself, and I suggest you do the same. This red drink is perfect for this holiday full of pink and red and sparkles.
If you’ve never heard of Spodee, don’t fret. Neither had I, until last week. They offered to send me a bottle to try, since they are recently available in Georgia. Not one to turn down the bottle (usually I prefer to turn it up), I promptly said yes.
Spodee swag, anyone?
I’ll be honest. I’m not usually a liquor person. I can drink the vino with the very best of them, and I love an ice cold beer. But liquor has never really been my jam. I think it’s because I’ve never been a very confident bartender. Cooking and baking, I got. Drink mixing, not so much. So I was a little nervous about this stuff, but the fact that is had wine in the name calmed my nerves a little. Spodee is “Depression-era hooch,” country wine fortified with moonshine, chocolate, and herbs. The chocolate really threw me for a loop. Wine + chocolate + ‘shine + herbs? Could this stuff possibly taste any good?
I do love that it comes in an old milk bottle. Y’all know I’m a sucker for a bottle I can save and reuse!
I read that Spodee is good for sipping, and it just so happened that I had also just been gifted a set of these:
The third grade boy inside me cannot stop laughing. These whiskey-chilling Balls of Steel (dying) are so named in order to raise awareness about testicular cancer. Normally, I might have passed, but the timing was eerie. A coworker’s husband was just diagnosed with testicular cancer a couple of weeks ago, so I couldn’t ignore the coincidence. Anyway, these Balls of Steel had me laughing for a good cause, so I accepted. I decided that it couldn’t have been coincidence, either, that I was gifted a sipping hooch and these balls of steel within the same two weeks, so I decided to try sipping Spodee.
I cannot tell a lie. It was intense. I liked the flavors, but it was too sweet for my taste. The Balls of Steel had done their job, but Spodee sippin’ ain’t for me.
After that, I looked up some Spodee drink recipes, and settled on a Spodee Spritzer for my solo Valentine’s Day toast. Lemons are in season here in the South, so although it sounds summer, it’s actually quite seasonally appropriate. And I just so happened to have a few straggling lemons leftover from the pre-polar vortex harvest.
Spodee Spritzer Recipe
This bev was so surprisingly refreshing! It felt like a great summer drink, but with the herbs and chocolate in the Spodee, it felt… winter-y and warming. It’s super smooth, but the lemonade and club soda cut through the heavy Spodee and made it really drinkable.
It was the perfect little Valentine’s Day toddy.
So to all my readers out there…
Cheers! And Happy Valentine’s Day!
It may not be a real holiday, but it’s as good an excuse as any to have a cocktail and hug the ones you love.
Disclaimer: Although this bottle of booze was gifted to me, all opinions of the hooch are mine and mine alone. You can order Spodee online from Super WIne Warehouse, or check your local Georgia liquor store.