Valentine’s Day Cocktail Recipe: Primrose Proper

Our friends at Cocktail Caravan are sharing the recipe for a delicious pink cocktail, the Primrose Proper – perfect for Valentine’s Day! “Smooth and subtle floral notes with bright citrus liveliness make this beauty perfect for sharing with your sweetie.” Cheers!

xo, Calluna


Primrose Proper

Smooth and subtle floral notes with bright citrus liveliness make this beauty perfect for sharing with your sweetie. 

.5oz        Hibiscus tea

.5oz        Rose hip tea

.25oz     Simple syrup

.25oz     Fresh lemon

.5oz        Fresh lime

.5oz        Leopold Brothers Orange Liqueur

1.5oz     Suerte Blanco Tequila

Combine all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice, shake until exterior of the shaker is frosted. Strain into chilled coupe glass and garnish with a lime wheel. Optional: Kiss the side of the glass with a tiny bit of pink Himalayan sea salt for an extra kick.

Rose Hip and hibiscus Teas:

Bring one cup of water to boil, add two tablespoons dried flower (available at most grocery stores) and reduce to simmer for five minutes. The longer it simmers and the more flower added will result in stronger tea, if desired. Allow to cool before mixing in a cocktail.

Simple Syrup:

Bring one cup of water to a boil, remove from heat and add one cup of sugar. Stir until dissolved. Allow to cool before mixing in a cocktail.

About Cocktail Caravan

Cocktail Caravan is an exclusive beverage catering service with a passion for vibrant cocktails, beautiful bars, and engaging staff. Our vintage mobile bar, Lolita, is on the road year-round serving cocktails at private events, weddings, parties, and dinners. Learn more at CocktailCaravan.com.


Feature image courtesy of Cocktail Caravan

What to Do: Valentine’s Day 2019

We are in the business of love, so of course, Valentine’s Day has a special place in our hearts! Whether you are celebrating with your boyfriend, girlfriend, hubby, wife, friends or just treating yourself, we think Valentine’s Day is a holiday to celebrate! Don’t have plans? We’ve got you covered!

Xo, Calluna


VALENTINE’S DAY IDEAS: BOULDER + DENVER

Valentine’s Day Menu at The Kitchen Bistro

“We are a relaxed American Bistro dedicated to serving delicious, real food sourced from American farmers… Share the love! Our culinary team has whipped up the recipe for love this Valentine’s Day with some decadent features!” Check it out.

Denver Art Museum’s Heart for Art 2019

“Once again the Denver Art Museum is ready for Valentine’s Day! Join us and other museums across the country to spread the love with Hearts for Art. From February 11–February 15, you’re invited to show your love for a favorite work of art by placing a paper heart on the floor in front of your artwork crush.” Learn more.

San Valentino: A Valentine’s Day Dinner at Frasca Food and Wine 

“Frasca pays homage this weekend to San Valentino, Rome’s patron saint of courtly love and the inspiration for Valentine’s Day with a luxurious four-course menu in a perfectly romantic setting.” Find out more.

Valentine’s Weekend at Comedy Works Denver

Join Chris Distefano and Nick Guerra to celebrate Valentine’s Day all weekend long! Check out the Comedy Works calendar for more information and to book your spot!

Valentine’s Day 4-Course Dinner at Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse 

“Nothing is more romantic than the Teahouse in the evening where you’ll be indulged with delicious dishes prepared by our creative chefs.” Book your spot.

Valentine’s Day Macarons Class at Sur la Table 

“Great cooking is about more than recipes—it’s about techniques. In our classes you’ll work together with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by our professional chef instructors.” Learn how to make: Classic French Macaron – Champagne Buttercream with Raspberry Dust – Dark Chocolate Ganache with Strawberry Jam. Reserve your seat.

Treat Yourself at Alchemy Face Bar

This Valentine’s Day, treat yourself and your sweetheart or bestie to some skin love at Alchemy! Check out their Facials and other services!

Valentine’s Day 4 Course Dinner at D Bar Denver

“Grab your sweetie for a 4 Course Prix Fixe Dinner complete with Dessert Buffet!” For details, visit the D Bar events page.

Valentine’s Day at The Bindery

The Bindery in LoHi, Denver is offering a Prix Fixe Valentine’s Dinner at 6pm and 8:30pm. For make your reservation, visit The Bindery website.


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Venue | C Lazy U Ranch

A Sweet Valentines Day Cocktail

With Valentines Day just around the corner, it’s time to start prepping for your day. What better way to celebrate the day of love than with cocktails?!  A spin on a Martha Stewart recipe, we’ve put together this easy and yummy cocktail to help cheers to your special someone. Spending the day with your friends? It’s also a great cocktail for a Gal-entines celebration!

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Step 1: Fill glass with ice and add your vodka of choice.

 

 

Step 2: Add  pomegranate juice until about 3/4 full.

 

Step 3: Next up, the bubbles! Top the cocktail with a sparkling wine of your choice.

 

Step 4: Add a splash of Grand Marnier and stir.

 

Step 5: CELEBRATE! Raise your glass and cheers to you and yours! A quick, easy, and delicious Valentines Day cocktail to help celebrate your day!

 

Ingredients:
Vodka
Pomegranate Juice
Sparkling Wine
Grand Marnier

Valentine’s Day Gift ideas with special discounts :: #CallunaLove

Valentine’s Day may be one of our favorite holidays. It gives you an opportunity to show that someone special how much they truly mean to you with roses, chocolate, love, and more! For this pink and red holiday we can’t help but dream up some ideas for you and your sweetheart. Here we have compiled the perfect list to assist in making this day as picture perfect as possible! From blooms to spa deals and everything in between – keep an eye out for the hot spots that are offering a discount when you mention #CallunaLove. Most importantly, happy love day to you and your love bug! xx, Calluna
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Florists
Fiori Flowers
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Our friends at Fiori are doing a tulip special, $1.00 per stem, and right now they have LOTS of fun and unique flowers to choose from to make that special flower arrangement that much better!
Tip: If you mention #CallunaLove you will receive a 10% discount! Score!

 

 

Fawns Leap

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Fawns Leap is offering custom creations to suit your Valentine’s taste! They are stocked with an incredible variety of blooms! They’re taking walk in customers and delivery orders through Sunday! Fawns Leap Valentine’s special this year is a hand-tied dozen roses wrap bouquet for $65.
Tip: Mention #CallunaLove and receive a 10% discount!
 
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Restaurants

 

Frasca

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Frasca is offering a special 4-course menu Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening to celebrate Valentine’s all weekend long. The menu is $110 per person, and offers two options per course. An optional wine flight to accompany the menu will also be available for $95/additional per person. We can promise you, you don’t want to miss out on this delectable opportunity!

 

Cured

The one and only Cured is doing a very special Valentine’s Dinner as well as two amazing gift boxes, that are filled to the brim with some of our personal favorites!
Tip: If you mention #CallunaLove you will receive a 10% discount

Cured Ladies Box

Cured Guys Box

 

Blackbelly 

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One of our favorite farm to table restaurants is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a pre-fixed menu for $75 with optional $35 drink pairings. Our mouth is watering just looking at the menu that this talented group has put together in order to make your night just that much more special! Be sure to call today and reserve a spot!

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Alchemy Face Bar

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Our favorite ladies are offering a Valentine’s special of full face makeup or organic facial for your Valentine! What could be better than showing up with a fresh face and professionally done make up for your night on the town?

Tip: Mention #CallunaLove to receive 10% off if booked before the 14th

 

JLounge

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The lovely ladies at JLounge are offering 10% off of any Valentines day gift item that has the word love on it.  They have love butters, loving oil, and more! Be sure to mention #CallunaLove
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Retailers

 

Boulder Wine Merchant 

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Looking for the perfect bottle of wine to tie your perfect planned evening into a perfect package? Look no further than Boulder Wine Merchant. This Valentine’s day they are running a deal on three different Rosé sparkling wines! What could be better than celebrating with some pink bubbly?
NV Moncontour Brut Rosé, Crémant de Loire $16.98
NV  Bottex Bugey-Cerdon ‘La Cueille’, Méthode Ancestrale $30.98
NV Ruinart Brut Rosé, Reims $110.00
Tip: If you mention #CallunaLove you will receive 15% off on any of these bottles!
 

 

Todd Reed

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Are you looking to really wow your favorite person this holiday? If so, we give our stamp of approval with Todd Reed Jewelry! Every piece they carry has us swooning and hint, hinting at our sweeties to take a look for us! After all, diamonds are a girl’s best friend.
Tip: Mention #CallunaLove to receive a free bottle of champagne with purchase

 

Boulder Cycle Sport

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Our favorites over at Boulder Cycle Sport are running two amazing deals for this holiday! We can promise you don’t want to miss these deals, especially with summer just around the corner!
1) When jewelry is not her thing check out the link here. With this deal you can get your bombshell a pretty incredible Yeti ASRc Beti for an even sweeter price!
2) Looking for other deals? Check out the coupon link here for deals including $15 dollars off any $75 purchase and more!

 

Blackbird and the Snow

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Blackbird and the Snow is doing a major Valentine’s Day promotion… many pieces are marked down 40%! For boulder residents, they can receive same-day delivery and for people out of town, they will receive free overnight shipping. Our hearts are aflutter with these too good to be true deals! Be sure to head over and take a peek at the sale and get in on all the excitement!
Hint: Mention #CallunaLove for an additional 5% off their current SALE!

Mile High Style

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Is your special someone in need of a personal shopper or perhaps a wardrobe facelift? Look no further than Mile High Style. Liz of Mile High Style can help the love of your life completely revamp their closet and do it in style! We speak from personal experience, we have worked with Mile High Style both personally and professionally, and each time we are blown away by the high quality tastefulness that Liz brings to the table!

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Breakfast in Bed! Be sure to mention #CallunaLove for 10% off!
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Valentine’s Day Special :: Alternative Assortment

A classic bouquet of red roses is notoriously known as the traditional gift for your sweetie on Valentine’s Day… but why not go the nontraditional route and deliver so much more?

And the best part you ask? It will more likely than not, lend your Valentine’s wallet a relief as well (so hint, hint, nudge, nudge – send this his way). Or if you are feeling very generous on this Valentine’s Day send your favorite arrangement below to your BFF. Everyone is always in need of some love on this Hallmark holiday!

We hit the field to discuss this floral heavy holiday with some of our favorite local florists and get their spin on the perfect alternative assortment. The result? A perfectly crafted, “there’s an arrangement for everyone” guide for Cupid’s favorite celebration. Happy love day, dear readers!

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Bare Root Flora summed up our thoughts perfectly:

“As much as we adore roses, we LOVE when people think beyond the traditional red rose arrangement for Valentine’s Day! There are so many gorgeous alternatives to the traditional dozen roses and as designers; we love to play with all the beautiful early spring blooms in season in February!”

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“This arrangement features anemone, ranunculus, parrot tulips, and, yes, even a few spray roses for tradition’s sake”

| Design by Bare Root Flora, photo by Ali Brannan |

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The Perfect Petal is showcasing their newest arrangement, the Tampa, designed by Senior Designer Tara Huston for this Valentine’s Day treat!

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“This is a perfect gift for a sweetheart on Valentine’s Day for those who are comfortable thinking outside of the box. Ranunculus comes in such incredible but subtle variations of color so I wanted to include this romantic bloom as the foundation for this design. Sexy, bold, and brilliant.”

| Design by The Perfect Petal, Photo + Cover Photo by Rebecca Caridad of Manzanita |

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Fiori Flowers is also keeping up with the ranunculus trend with their enchanting alternative assortment.

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“We love to think beyond the traditional roses and although we have many favorites, peonies and ranunculus really take the cake. In this picture we have featured the coral charm peony, which may just be the hottest flower around these days. We love roses keeping in tradition, but in a non-traditional way!”

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Plum Sage Flowers thinks outside the box but making sure all the flowers chosen for their alternative arrangement are in season, which can sometimes be limiting  in the middle of February.

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“We prefer to suggest other magnificent blooms in romantic and happy colors other than red! Roses are often overpriced due to the demand and are not always healthy. This arrangement consist of hydrangeas, tulips, Juliet garden roses, rice flower, dusty miller, and pink and white cymbidium orchids. All the blooms in this arrangement are available this week!”

| Design by Plum Sage Flowers |

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Brighter Day Floral Design brings a very sophisticated twist to the alternative assortment.

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“At Brighter Day Floral design we strive for three things: Unique and elegant designs + extra-long-lasting flowers + vases you want to keep. This floral design captures all three. The elegant calla lilies last a remarkable 8-10 days making this design dramatic and memorable. The best part… it can be easily purchased on our website for an irresistible price. What lucky lady {and her man} wouldn’t fall in love with that?”

| Design by Brighter Day Floral Design |

10 Ways to Spend Valentines Day – Single or Not!

Whether you are flying solo, enjoying the company of friends and family or spending the night with your beau do something a little different this year.  Check out our 10 alternative ways to spend Valentine’s Day!

1. Play in the Snow – there sure is lots of it!

2. Game Night – cards against humanity is too much fun!

3. Dinner Party – cook up some tasty aphrodisiacs!

4. Go Bowling – nothing cuter than bowling shoes!

5. Tasting Tour – beer, wine, and spirits – toast to love!

6. Pamper Yourself – massages and facials – go to your happy place!

7. Check out the Arts – hit up a local gallery!

8. Go to a Show – dance the night away!

9. Movie Night – throw back to all the best romantic comedies!

10. Treat Yourself – something sparkly would be lovely or just eat lots of chocolate!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

photo courtesy of the Perfect Petal Denver 

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