5 ways to impress your SO on your next night out

A memorable date doesn’t have to be as extravagant as a fancy candlelit dinner at the hottest neighborhood bistro. There are plenty of ways to show your partner you care, all in the comfort of your own home. And no, we’re not encouraging another round of streaming roulette before calling it a night. We’re talking about really fun and innovative ways to spend time together – right in your backyard, living room or kitchen.

Engage in a friendly cocktail competition

A little healthy competition is always a good time – and so is a tasty drink. Why not marry the two and challenge each other to a mixology competition? Choose a single spirit, e.g Johnnie Walker High Rye, then collect two identical baskets of ingredients. Turn on some tunes and start mixing, each of you creating a unique cocktail for the other. Swap drinks, give a shout, take a sip and rate each other’s drinks on a scale of 1 to 5 for presentation, creativity and taste. The winner is exempt from clean-up duty.

Play – or learn – in cyberspace

Board games can wait. There is an emergence of online experiences that will make you feel like you have been transported far beyond your four walls. Check out a virtual event platform where you’ll find all kinds of games – murder mysteries, trivia, bingo, escape rooms – as well as classes such as whiskey tastings and chocolate making. Choose an activity and spend some quality time making memories with your boo. For even more fun, make it a double (or triple) date and invite some friends to join you.

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Create a spa night

For something a little more low-key, turn your bedroom into the ultimate spa experience. Go all out in terms of setting the mood – put on your coziest clothes, turn down the overheads, light lots of candles, and turn on some new age music. Break out your essential oils and give each other a warm massage, run a bath, set up a home pedicure station, or lay back on the couch with homemade face masks on your skin and cucumbers over your eyes. Use this time to relax together at the end of a long week and reconnect with your partner.

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Host a Staycation

Don’t want to fly to the tropics for the weekend – take the island with you! Pick a destination and then go all-in on it. “Travel” to Hawaii and dress like you’re headed to a luau—even if you’re just rolling into the living room. Whip cocktails made with Johnnie Walker High Rye and tropical favorites like pineapple and coconut, turn on some yacht rocks and relax in beach chairs set up right on your blanket. Make yourself a tourist and embrace the steamy feelings of the coast.

Go camping…

…in your backyard, that is! On a clear, balmy evening, there’s nothing better than spending the evening under the stars with your partner, complete with a romantic fire to cozy up around. Pitch a tent with plenty of soft pillows and blankets, then mix up a pitcher of your favorite cocktail made with Johnnie Walker High Rye. Create a s’mores bar, light your fire, then sit back and relax. For bonus points, drape a white sheet over a low-hanging branch and project your partner’s favorite rom-com onto it for a movie under the stars.

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