February sucks, no matter how you look at it. The main complaints are usually some version of the following three reasons.

1. Regardless of relationship status, the existence of Valentine's Day and all that it entails often has people feeling a certain type of way: annoyed.

2. The novelty of cold weather and snow has worn off by this point. What was once a welcome excuse to sport the trendy, layered look is now just a huge pain in the ass.

3. All the warm and cozy feelings everyone had at the beginning of November are long gone. No amount of time spent drinking hot tea while snuggled up reading an actual book is going to bring back The Hygge.

All of us in jail *cough* I mean in the middle of February.

While we may be smack in the middle of the worst part of the winter season, that doesn't mean you have to settle for a crappy drink to get yourself through it-- or that you even have to settle for one type of alcohol, for that matter.

Seasonally depressed person, I present to you your newest favorite beer cocktail-- the black velvet.

The traditional black velvet provides the grounding you need to get through February via a hearty stout while also keeping things light with equal parts bubbly to stout.

Things are looking up, my friend.

Black Velvet Cocktail

To make a black velvet, you will need:

  • a bottle of champagne
  • a bottle of stout

It could not be any simpler to prepare: starting with the stout, pour equal parts stout and champagne into the same glass.

Aaaand voila: you've got yourself a black velvet.

If you're feeling a little extra, you can serve it in a champagne flute as per tradition, but TBH it'll probably be just as good from a coffee mug or whatever else you've got that's clean... although it definitely won't be as Instagrammable.

Your call on that one.

Cheers, fellow February inmate/doggo!