Valentine's Day is a time for celebration, so to help you impress your other half this year we called in a big name for help.
Majken Bech Bailey, one half of the powerhouse husband-and-wife team behind Aimsir, is known for her innovative juice pairings and exciting wine choices. To help cement your status as a Valentine's Day champion, Majken has given us her top wine recommendations for you to try, as well as a perfect Michelin-worthy juice that you can easily whip up in your home.
What to drink
"What better way to celebrate love than to start your evening with the beautiful champagne from Larmandier–Bernier, Latitude Blanc de Blancs. This Champagne is immaculately crafted with a purity, minerality, and succulent notes. It’s a beautiful first glass to start your romantic dinner with but it’s also a bottle that you could continue throughout your dinner." Stockist - Terroirs
"If you’re in the mood for a good bottle of white I would recommend Alexandre Bain, Mademoiselle M 2015 . This is 100% Sauvignon blanc in its best form, it has been aged in barrels for 18 months which gives this grape an elegance and silkiness in texture with notes of citrus and white fruit. Serve it in a bigger glass at home and linger over it as it opens over the evening." Stockist - Le Caveau
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Romance in a glass: non-alcoholic cherry juice
"As we all know, Valentine’s Day is a time for love and champagne. Therefore, I have chosen a recipe that can be used both as a non-alcoholic drink and as a Kir Royale." – Majken
Serves 2 people
- 250g cherries (fresh or frozen)
- 3 teaspoons honey
- 3 teaspoons pink peppercorn (or Alexandre seeds if you want to keep it Irish)
- 2 teaspoons dry rose petals
- Place the cherries in a pot and heat them slowly until they start to simmer, then add the honey and simmer for 15 minutes. Do not boil.
- When the consistency starts to loosen, turn the heat down and add the pink peppercorns. Infuse for 10 minutes.
- Take the mixture off the heat and stir in the dry rose petals.
- Let the mix could down to room temperature and then strain the liquid.
- Move to the fridge to cool.
You will need two champagne glasses and a bottle of tonic water.
Fill half of each glass with the homemade cherry juice and then top off with the tonic water. Or, if you would rather an alcoholic variation, add your favourite champagne instead of tonic water. Dry Champagne works best in my opinion.
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