Casual Thursdays: Valentine’s Day Love

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Happy Valentine’s Day, Hoyas! Love is definitely in the air, and if you have been by Leo’s today, the sweet aroma of chocolate and chicken fingers are as well. It’s Cupid’s favorite day of the year, so why not get a little festive? Whether you are out tonight celebrating with that special someone, in a hot pursuit of said someone or simply embracing the fact that being single is the way to go, we’ve got you covered for another weekly edition of “Casual Thursdays”.

The drink selection for this week is classy, sexy and delicious, a.k.a everything Valentine’s Day should be. Appropriately, it is called the “Amore Vietato,” which means “Forbidden Love” in some fancy-schmancy “romance” language (with a name like that, you know it has to be delicious) and is very easy to make! Strap on those heels, button up those collars, embrace the pink and the red and whip up this cocktail to get the night going.

Amore Vietato

  • 2 oz. Hendricks gin
  • 1 oz. blood orange juice
  • Dash simple syrup
  • 2 strawberries
  • 4 slices of cucumber

1. Muddle fruit with simple syrup

2. Add gin and blood orange juice

3. Shake and strain into a martini glass

3. Garnish with strawberry, cucumber spiral and orange peel hearts.

“Valentine’s Day” with Bradley Cooper

If you would rather kick back and enjoy a relaxing night in with your TV, dog, boyfriend, or friend, why not pop in a movie? As it is Valentine’s Day, there are a ton of movies that can get you in the lovey-dovey mood, but why not stick with the classic V-Day selection of … you guessed it, “Valentine’s Day”! The great thing about this choice is that you will most likely be able to relate to at least one character in this movie, even if you loathe cuteness and chocolate. ALSO, not only is the movie literally about Valentine’s Day, but one of the stars in the amazingly awesome cast is Bradley Cooper. If you haven’t guessed already, we really, really love Bradley Cooper here at 4E.

Have a great holiday G-towners and here is to hoping that, at least for today, your Thursdays are casual and not your relationships!

Photo: Cosmopolitan, Wikipedia

Casual Thursday: Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue

Today is my second favorite holiday of the year, and it’s also Thursday. You know what that means? A very special Flag Day edition of Casual Thursday!

I know what you’re thinking – Flag Day is super lame. Wrong! Flag Day is like a mini 4th of July—fewer fireworks, less day drinking, but just as much excitement about the American flag. But just because we didn’t get off work today doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate with drink that has some unnatural blue food coloring.

This patriotic margarita from Coastal Living has all the requisite colors for a Flag Day party.

It also features Hypnotiq, which according to Wikipedia, was created by a college dropout living with his parents on Long Island after he saw a bright blue perfume at Bloomingdale’s and wanted to create a liqueur of the same hue. If you’ve never had it before, it tastes like the color blue.

Ingredients:
Frozen strawberries
Dark Rum
Coconut Milk
Pineapple Juice
Lime Juice
Ice
Hypnotiq

 

 

1. Puree thawed frozen strawberries.

2. Blend 2 tablespoons each of the strawberry puree, dark rum, coconut milk, pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, and ½ cup crushed ice in a blender until smooth.

3. Pour 2 to 4 tablespoons Hypnotiq into a glass, and top with 2 to 4 tablespoons of the strawberry mixture.

And what better way to relax, celebrate Flag Day and be a little nostalgic than to watch some classic Nickelodeon: Salute Your Shorts. Camp Anawanna always welcomes you. You can find episodes from the first season on iTunes and Amazon.

Stay casual, Hoyas.

Photos: costalliving.com, ioffer.com