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Boys On the Side – Valentine’s Cocktail

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Last Updated on March 4, 2020 by Heather Wibbels

cocktail garnished with raspberries
Boys on the Side Cocktail with a raspberry and mint garnish.

Ready for your new favorite Valentine’s cocktail? I created this special cocktail specifically for the Bourbon Women. Once a month I contribute a bourbon or whiskey cocktail to them to showcase the versatility and balance found in bourbon cocktails. So while we celebrate relationships in February, let’s take a moment to celebrate the strong women and best friends that lift us up when life gets hard. These are the ladies we cherish and the bourbon women we count on day in and day out to party with us, cry with us and lend us strength when we need it.

I designed a cocktail with bourbon and chocolate, paired it with raspberry because we all want friends that are sweet, but a little tart and sassy when we need it. Along with bourbon, we’ve got a small amount of amaro – a bitter digestive to take the sweet down a notch – and a few drops of a smoke and salt bitter to add just the suggestion of something mysterious.

For this Valentine’s cocktail, I used Foro Amaro, my new favorite amaro. It’s got deep chocolate and coffee tones and has a very rich mouthfeel. It’s also amazing in a Manhattan and a spritz. It’s used in a classic Manhattan at Michter’s Distillery (one of my favorites) so as soon as it became available here I had to splurge to get a bottle.

So whether you are looking to celebrate a relationship or your best friend, or both, mix this one up for your night on the town with your loved ones. Take a few sips, but make sure you drink responsibly, this one could get dangerous!

cocktail garnished with raspberries

Boys on the Side

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A celebration of the sweet and sassy women in our lives! This combines raspberry, chocolate and amaro in a balanced cocktail of sweet and bitter.
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Course Drinks
Servings 1


  • 1.5 oz bourbon
  • 0.75 oz black raspberry liqueur
  • 0.25 oz chocolate liqueur
  • 0.25 oz Foro amaro (or any amaro with hints of coffee and
  • chocolate in it)
  • 2 drops of Crude “Pooter” smoke and salt bitters
  • Garnish: fresh raspberries


  • Combine the cocktail ingredients in a mixing glass and add
  • ice. Stir until well-chilled and strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass.
  • Garnish with fresh or frozen raspberries and enjoy with your best friends.
Keyword amaro, bourbon cocktail, chocolate manhattan, chocolate raspberry, valentines cocktail
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By on February 14th, 2020
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About Heather Wibbels

Heather Wibbels is a whiskey and cocktail author (Executive Bourbon Steward, no less) with a passion for cocktails. She loves researching and designing cocktails, drinking cocktails, and teaching cocktails. Mostly whiskey cocktails, given her Kentucky location.

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