Bloody Valentine

February 13, 2015

We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day at our house. In fact, this year there’s a chance I’ll be hanging out with my mother-in-law playing bridge . . . but I digress. The truth is that my wife is a picky eater (shhhh…) and all those special prix fixe menus you find out on Valentine’s Day don’t quite suit her taste. Not to mention the prices! Consequently, it has been long established that Valentine’s Day is a stay at home holiday at our house. And I think this year with baby Fiona, that’s exactly what we’ll do. Don’t get me wrong, the drinks will still be Flowing (yeah that’s right . . . capital F). This is one of those, why didn’t I think of it sooner cocktails. Three of my favorite ingredients mixed into one: blood orange, amaro, vermouth. I’ve been obsessed with Amaro Nonino lately. It is both bitter and sweet, mellow but complex, and bursting with citrus. So if you’re like me and Valentine’s Day is more of an on-the-couch affair, do yourself and your pickier half a favor and give this cocktail a try.
Bloody Valentine Cocktail | HonestlyYUM

Bloody Valentine Cocktail | HonestlyYUM

Blood Orange | HonestlyYUM

Blood Orange | HonestlyYUM

Blood Orange | HonestlyYUM

Blood Oranges | HonestlyYUM

Bloody Valentine Cocktail | HonestlyYUM

Bloody Valentine Cocktail | HonestlyYUM

Bloody Valentine Cocktail | HonestlyYUM



  • 1 1/2 oz Amaro Nonino
  • 1 1/2 oz Carpano Antica
  • 1 1/2 oz blood orange juice
  • blood orange garnish


  • Combine all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  • Shake for 10 seconds.
  • Strain into a tumbler filled with cracked ice and garnish with a blood orange heart.

(images by HonestlyYUM)


These pictures are very ‘Dexter’, especially the one with the knife, haha.

I’m in love with the name of this boozy beverage. I’m with you. V-Day is over-rated. I stayed home and braised a brisket and had homemade whiskey sours. Everybody wins.

This looks absolutely amazing! I don’t think I’ve ever had/used Amaro before, but as soon as baby #2 shows his face (in 2 wks) I’ll be pulling up this recipe for a much needed drink. I hope you and your family have an amazing day at home! Thanks for sharing!

Definitely an on the couch affair here…and the photo of the juiced blood orange is a killer!

Incredible fotos! Awesome! Actually, I’m absolutely sure, the best among the bloggers who write about cocktails.

Love all of these backlit photos! Totally agree with V-Day plans, going out is SO not worth it. I’m staying in and making dinner too! 🙂 And then, I plan on drinking several of these…

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