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Friday nights are usually a cause for celebration, as it means the end of the workweek and a chance to meet with your partner, friends, or co-workers to unwind. The current COVID-19 restrictions may have limited these gatherings, but more intimate date nights for couples are still possible, whether outside or at home.
To get your next date night started, here’s a Date Night playlist we made for you and your partner!
Aside from a loved one, another good companion for these Friday date nights are different alcoholic drinks from all over the world offered by Boozy that can suit any type of date that you’re having. Here are some drinks you can consider on your next date night:
Developed in Cognac, France in the 1990s, the Grey Goose vodka claims to be the “World’s Best Tasting Vodka.” Its ingredients originate from different parts of France, like the soft winter wheat from Picardy and pure spring water from Gensac. This vodka, which has an alcohol by volume of 40%, has an uncommon balance, unparalleled smoothness, and exceptional taste. Pairing the Grey Goose vodka with caviar would serve as a perfect complement to a romantic Friday date night for couples.
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With its fruity and smoky smell and smooth and rich taste, the Johnnie Walker Black Label is a classic whisky for all occasions, be it a night out with friends or an intimate Friday date night. The Black Label is made using whiskies aged for a minimum of 12 years, with the whiskies coming from different parts of Scotland. The smokiness of this whisky should highlight the flavor of dishes like tuna and pork belly, and salmon.
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The Captain Morgan Original Spiced Gold is another classic, and is made using real vanilla and matured in bourbon barrels. This meticulous process gives this rum a rich, sweet flavor, and a smooth, warming finish, making it perfect for different occasions such as catch-up with a group of friends or an intimate date to cap off the workweek. The Original Spiced Gold, like other brands of rum, goes best with cheese and fish-centered meals.
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Made from the finest Weber Blue Agave, the Patron Silver boasts as being the perfect white spirit. It is carefully distilled in small batches in Jalisco, Mexico, with the process giving this tequila a smooth and sweet aroma with hints of smooth and citrus and a light pepper finish. When having the Patron Silver on a Friday date night, one should naturally consider pairing it with Mexican food such as tacos, but it also goes well with fish, grilled seafood, and different vegetables.
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The Ballantine’s Finest is one of the world’s best-known Scottish standard blended whisky. It has soft, elegant aromas with a hint of spice with well-balanced, subtle flavors and a sophisticated finish. Aside from drinking this whisky as is, another way to consume Ballantine’s Finest is with a cola, which goes well with other types of whisky. When having this whisky on a date night, try serving it with pork ribs along with fruits, chocolate, and cheese.
6. Crows Gin
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Known as the Philippines’ first small-batch craft gin, the Crows Gin is infused with both local and foreign ingredients, such as juniper and dalandan. It has a complex aroma, with the Philippine citrus standing out, a simplified taste, and a long finish that leaves hints of citrus and spice. When having the Crows Gin on a date night, it is best paired with foods that usually go well with gin such as smoked salmon, prawn or shrimp, fish and chips, and cheese.
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The Bombay Sapphire is known for its distinctive blue bottle, which contains 10 botanicals handpicked from exotic locations from around the world. It has a ripe citrus aroma, a gentle, aromatic taste, and a sweet, long, peppery finish. As with other types of gin, the Bombay Sapphire would enhance a date night when paired with seafood, nuts, berries, and meat and cheese platters.
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The Suntory Kakubin is another classic, and is a go-to whisky for many Japanese, whether on nights out with friends or on dates with partners. Kakubin means ‘square bottle,’ which derives from the whisky’s square-cut, tortoise shell bottle design. That bottle and the drink’s quality has remained the same over the years, with a sweet aroma, rich flavor, and dry backs. This classic blended whisky goes best with sushi, steak, cheese, and chocolate.
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With its distinct yellow gold color, the Jose Cuervo is another well-known tequila and is made from a blend of reposed or aged as well as younger tequilas. It has freshly ground peppercorn, spice, and orange peel aromas, a dry, rounded, and smooth taste, and hints of toffee and vanilla on the finish. As with other tequilas, the Jose Cuervo can be paired best with Mexican food on date nights such as quesadillas, empanadas, and taquitos.
10. Absolut Blue
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From a small village in Sweden called Åhus, the Absolut Blue reaches different parts of the globe, making it the world’s largest locally produced vodka. The Absolute Blue is made exclusively from natural ingredients and is clean and crisp with hints of citrus on the nose. Meanwhile, it has a rich, full-bodied, and complex taste, and a subtle grain and dried fruit finish. When having the Absolut Blue for a Friday date night, you won’t go wrong with caviar, smoked fish, and dried or smoked beef.
11. Santa Ana Gin
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Manila undoubtedly has a rich history, and the Santa Ana Gin draws from it, specifically the Santa Ana Cabaret, which was one the largest dancehall in the world. Even though it is distilled in Charente, France, it contains four Philippine botanicals: ylang-ylang, alpinia, calamansi, and dalandan. With a floral aroma and a fresh tropical palate that evokes the nostalgia of a champagne room, the Santa Ana Gin goes well with seafood, pork, and vegetables.
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Hendrick’s is known for its iconic medicine bottle shape, but its taste is the furthest thing from medicine. It is made from eleven botanicals such as juniper, coriander, and lemon peel, as well as rose petals and cucumbers, making the gin balanced and giving it a unique flavor. This gin, when paired with food such as cheese, vegetables, and berries, would be perfect for any picnic, a meeting with friends, or even a quiet Friday date night.
A Friday date night, whether at home or at a fancy restaurant, would not be complete with a drink in hand. Whether it’s gin, vodka, or tequila, there are many to choose from and pair with meals to make a romantic night even better.