Female friendship is something that should be celebrated every day. But that doesn’t always happen between work and other commitments which is why this unofficial holiday is a perfect excuse to go all out for your next girl’s night. Thanks to everyone’s favorite fictional city council member, Leslie Knope of TV show “Parks and Recreation,” the day before Valentine’s Day has become known as Galentine’s Day or as Knope refers to it “only the greatest day of the year.” Here are some drinks that will help you and your closest girlfriends celebrate each other.
Freeland Spirits Geneva
In an industry dominated by men, Portland’s Freeland Spirits is owned and run by women. This small-batch craft distillery started out producing an excellent gin. But don’t overlook their gin for their other spirits. They also produce a fantastic bourbon and geneva — the Dutch grandmother of gin. This grain-forward spirit with hints of hazelnut is perfect to sip on neat or in a cocktail.
Union Wine Co. Rosé Bubbles
If you plan on taking your Galentine’s Day celebration on the go but don’t want to lug around a big bottle of bubbly Champagne or rosé then consider Union Wine Co.’s canned beverages. This canned sparkling rosé from the Oregon company is not only sleek looking but it also goes down easily. So on this day of celebrating ladies, don’t feel like you have to sacrifice wine in favor of an outdoor activity.
Reuben’s Brews Razzmatazz
The can itself screams Valentine’s Day with its pink and magenta design. But this beer from Reuben’s will also work for your Galentine’s Day celebration. The sour beer is low in alcohol so if you plan on having a long night in — or out — then you can keep throwing back this beer without fear of the consequences of tomorrow. A Berliner weiss-style beer, with raspberry flavors that are tart but balanced, this drink will be as refreshing as the day of celebrating your closest female friends is.
Bakerville Brewing Co. 18 Karat Ale
This brewery is the only all female-run brewery in British Columbia which is something that you know Leslie Knope would be bursting with pride about. And since Galentine’s Day is all about celebrating lady friends, why not give them what they deserve — a gold standard ale. The amber is smooth and balanced, built on malted barley and a bit of wheat, plus Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops.
Boedecker Cellars 2015 Athena Pinot Noir
Is it really a girl’s night if there’s no red wine? Here’s a Pinot Noir that calls to be saved for a special occasion. Athena and Stewart Boedecker of Boedecker Cellars are a husband-and-wife team passionate about Pinot Noir. But the two of them have different preferences for how they like their red which resulted in the different Pinots they offer. With bright red fruit aromas, the Athena will be great with the sweets that are sure to accompany the night.
Alpenfire Cider Sparkling Rosé
Here’s an option for those who aren’t feeling like wine but still want something for the celebratory occasion. Alpenfire Cider uses organically grown Aerlie apples is a semi-dry cider with a subtle sweetness to it and beautiful pink hue. Enjoy it with dinner or save it for when you dive into the desserts.