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Galentines or Valentines ?

Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14.

Did you know the Feast of Saint Valentine was established by Pope Gelasius I in AD 496 to be celebrated on February 14 in honour of Saint Valentine of Rome, who died on that date in AD 269. The day became associated with romantic love in the 14th and 15th centuries when notions of courtly love flourished, apparently by association with the “lovebirds” of early spring. In 18th-century England, it grew into an occasion in which couples expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). Valentine’s Day symbols that have long-lived the test of time include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

So to today’s mass commercialism of Valentines Day – where singletons have the opportunity to date or wallow bereft in their box of chocolates, or couples feel the pressure from retailers to make a Valentine’s gesture that no doubt isn’t cheap, we really can’t place that kind of pressure on our whiskey fans!

After delving into what is trending we found the word Galentine which we really liked !

What is Galentine’s Day?

Made famous by Amy Poehler’s Leslie Knope in the TV series Parks and Recreation, this fictional holiday has gained a lot of traction in the real world ever since the initial “Galentine’s Day” episode aired in 2010. And as Leslie describes it, “It’s only the best day of the year! Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it—breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies.”

No matter what your relationship status, the bond you have with your besties is something none of us should ever take for granted. So we say celebrate Galentine’s Day,  call up your girlfriends, book an unforgettable trip, organize a yearly tradition, set up a virtual lunch date—whatever catches your eye!

Lambay Your Galentines Day with our Black Manhatten Valentines Cocktail

  • 2oz Lambay Small Batch Blend Whiskey
  • 1oz Averna Amaro
  • 1 Dash Angostura Bitters
  • 1 Dash Orange Bitters
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Rose petals – if feeling romantic!

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass, add ice and gently stir until well chilled. Strain into your glass and garnish with a plump Maraschino cherry.