12 February 2014
My Bloody Valentine
In the late '80s, I worked as an outside insurance adjuster in the DC/ Northern Virginia/ Maryland land of congestion. Traffic was criminal and I spent 10 hour days in a butt ugly light blue Nissan Sentra -- Not exactly what I had in mind when the boss promised a 'company car.' With only an AM/FM radio, music choices were mostly country, Christian or Barry White. I finally found an alternative station out of Annapolis that could just make it to Manassas before it was rolled over by, 'Three Rusty Nails.'
I was a sponge soaking up new sounds and bands out of Annapolis. The Feelies did a cover of Patti Smith's, 'Dancing Barefoot' that this one dj played over and over but never identified. I finally recorded it on my company, 'Olympus micro cassette' and played it for a kid at an alternative music store in Alexandria.
My Bloody Valentine, a band MIA in most everyone's vocabulary in Northern Virginia, had huge play on the Annapolis station. Again, like the Feelies, they were a unique sound, but they were a tad more more popular and every once in a while I'd hear them while eating crab at the Quarter Deck in Arlington or throwing back beers at the Tune In on the Hill.
I wanted to do a cocktail for Valentine's Day and I really liked the Negroni that uses Prosecco instead of gin. Along the same lines, I replaced the Prosecco with Blood Orange soda and while it's not a requirement, a couple shakes of Regan's Orange bitters really rounds this cocktail out. It's more refreshing than boozy. Bitter, but quaffable. I first used a martini glass but the Golf Foxtrot inherited a dozen or so coupes from her grandmother and while I'm not a big "colored glass" guy, they do pair well with the bloody red.
2 oz Aperol or Campari
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
4 oz Blood Orange Soda
2 shakes Regan Orange Bitters
Add ice and stir until very cold. Strain into a coupe. Maybe throw in a Whitman's Sampler for her. I gave one to a stripper on Valentine's Day in 1977. I was driving a '68 Dodge Charger and pulled into the parking lot behind behind the Suzy Wong Club when a cop...