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Four Roses Offers Up Its Version Of An Ultimate Valentine’s Day Menu

This year, Four Roses Bourbon is looking to take the Valentine’s experience to the next level.

For the first time ever, the bourbon brand whose founding involves a 130-year-old love story, has partnered with chefs around the country to curate menus for Valentine’s Day to be prepared and enjoyed at home.

Chef and TV personality Stephanie Izard, as well as chefs and restaurateurs Ford Fry and Chad Colby, have each crafted a recipe to be paired with a signature Four Roses Valentine’s Day cocktail by Natalie Migliarini, mixologist, author, and founder of Beautiful Booze.

Old Fashioned Valentine
Old Fashioned Valentine (image via Four Roses)

“Growing up, I found myself always hovering next to anyone doing the cooking at home, and I have yet to fall out of love with the experience of dining,” said Chef Fry in a prepared statement. “Cooking at home with loved ones can be so special – no matter how casual, it’s all in the experience you’re having together.”

As more diners are expected to stay in for Valentine’s this year, the themed menus created by the chefs take the signature cooking styles visitors would find at their respective restaurants in Chicago, Atlanta and LA. The plan is to make them into easy-to-prepare recipes, perfect for a romantic dinner for two.

Chicago-based Chef Izard’s menu starts with shrimp-strawberry lettuce wraps, followed by beef short ribs with caramelized onions and finishes with a decadent chocolate cake; Atlanta’s own Chef Fry suggests serving crispy sourdough with n’duja and burrata, “little ear” pasta with heritage breed pork, broccoli and fennel, and a salted chocolate budino to end the meal; and Los Angeles-based Chef Colby offers another tasty option with burrata caprese, antico steak with salsa verde, and no bake ricotta budino.

Migliarini created a unique array of specialty cocktails to sip alongside the meals.

Using Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon and ingredients like chocolate bitters and strawberry syrup, couples can pair their curated meals with Valentine’s Day inspired cocktails like the Strawberry Bourbon Smash, Strawberry Love, or the Old Fashioned Valentine.

“We, more than anyone, understand that a perfect recipe can create a one-of-kind tasting experience, and the feelings that a good meal, good drinks and even better company can evoke.” said Brent Elliott, Four Roses Master Distiller. “Given our rich history built on a story of love and romance, Valentine’s Day is a holiday meant for Four Roses to be enjoyed. We’re excited to partner with incredible chefs and a world-class mixologist to elevate at-home experiences this year.”

Four Roses Bourbon’s connection to the holiday is said to be rooted in its founding, a love story in which Paul Jones, Jr. proposed to a Southern belle … to which she replied that if her answer was yes, she’d wear a corsage of roses to an upcoming grand ball. On the night of, she adorned a corsage of four red roses, which later became the namesake of his bourbon.

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