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Editor's Note: Jeff Faile is the bar manager of Fiola in Washington, D.C.
Before I was lucky enough to meet my wife and get out of the rat race otherwise known as the dating game, I dreaded Valentine’s Day. I hated being on the other side of the bar while all the happy couples celebrated their love, rubbing my face in it. Each February 14, I’ll admit it, I was bitter.
Looking back on it, there’s nothing wrong with it. To really appreciate finding “the one,” you have to experience the bad. So, let’s be bitter together.
Five Bitter Drinks for Valentine's Day
3. Nuovo Inizio
To make it even better, it is aged in used Pinot Noir barrels giving it more flavor. I combine it with the beautiful Bassano Amaro from the Nardini distillery, which has notes of orange and peppermint, Campari, Cointreau, and a few drops of orange bitters. It’s dark, it’s bitter, it’s you in a glass.
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