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By now your honey probably thinks you forgot about Valentine’s Day. Which makes it the perfect moment to launch your snuggle attack! But first, you might need to sweet-talk your way out of the doghouse. And who can say no to a lovingly handcrafted cocktail?

Since you’re celebrating your sweetheart and your joint cuddles, champagne is clearly the way to go. The Bloody Good Punch from Winter Cocktails: Mulled Ciders, Hot Toddies, Punches, Pitchers, and Cocktail Party Snacks will put your darling in a bubbly, nuzzly mood. Also, pink!

Happy Valentine’s DIY from Quirk Books!

Bloody Good Punch

a crimson sparkler.

Makes about 12 1 ⁄2 cups (about 3 quarts), serves 24

Bourbon is the smoky backdrop for this champagne-based quencher. Blood orange juice, one of winter’s most stunning offerings, adds tart berrylike notes, and the whole is rounded out by the perfume of almond liqueur.

4 cups bourbon

1 1⁄2 cups Blood Orange Sour Mix (page 128)

cup amaretto or other almond- flavored liqueur

(750-milliliter) bottles champagne, chilled

Ice mold (page 17)

Stir bourbon, sour mix, and amaretto together in a punch or other serving bowl. When ready to serve, stir in champagne and slide in ice mold. Serve.

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Suzanne Wallace

Suzanne is an associate publicist at Quirk Books. When she's not churning out press releases, she enjoys fairy tales, Welsh Corgis, and searching for an entrance to Narnia. If you've seen any mysterious wardrobes, please let her know. Email suzanne@quirkbooks.com with requests for press materials.