Enter IOL's #MyHeart competition and stand a chance of winning a premium Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned Kit.

Champagne and strawberries for date night are so last year, this month of love why not treat your date to a Classic Old Fashioned cocktail and spiced pecans.

Both elements are quick, simple and easy to make. In the recipe below we used super-premium bourbon, Woodford Reserve, which is particularly suited to the Classic Old Fashioned cocktail.

The Classic Old Fashioned:

  • 50 ml Woodford Reserve bourbon
  • 1tsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 Dashes Bitters
  • Orange zest garnish
Add sugar, bitters, 25ml Woodford Reserve into a mixing glass and half fill with ice. Stir well and add 25 ml Woodford Reserve and fill with ice. Stir well and strain into a tumbler glass filled with ice. Garnish with fresh orange zest.

Spiced Pecans by Myrna Robins

  • 2 TBS brown sugar
  • 1 TBS butter
  • 1 TBS maple syrup
  • half cup pecan nuts
  • quarter tsp chilli powder
Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper. Stir the sugar, butter and maple syrup together in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add the pecans and stir until well coated. Sprinkle with chilli powder and continue stirring for a few minutes. Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and allow to cool.

Enter IOL's #MyHeart competition and stand a chance of winning a premium Woodford Old Fashioned Kit, consisting of a bottle of Woodford Reserve, a stirrer spoon, a jigger, two glasses, a strainer and mixing jug.

The super-premium small batch craft bourbon, Woodford Reserve, has the perfectly balanced taste of more than 200 delectable flavour notes from sweet and spicy aromatics to fruit and floral notes. 


How to enter our #MyHeart competition:

Tell us who you love and why: whether it's the love of your life, your BFF, your cat, your mom, your boss or your second-removed cousin on your grandmother's side, we want to know why you appreciate them so much. If you are our pick for the best story of the day, you will win one of our amazing prizes, which includes a Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned Kit, and be entered into our grand prize draw sponsored by Protea Hotels by Marriott. 

Whether it's an urban escape, going off the beaten track or a romantic seaside soiree you’re after, Protea Hotels by Marriott has just what you're looking for. Visit  protea.marriott.com/valentines-day for some unbelievable couple's experiences and imagine the possibilities this Valentine’s month.  

So send an email to [email protected] telling us your #MyHeart story.

You can also DM us on Facebook or Twitter, or tag us on Instagram.

Or download our app on Android or IOS and use our MOJO feature to send us your entry.

TIP: The more words the better, and if you have pics and videos, you can send that too. 

The competition runs from February 1 to 28.

Winners will be notified by March 1.

Winners will be notified by email or phone, so please send us your contact details with your entry.

Competition Rules:

Selected story entries, pictures and videos will be published on iol.co.za and our social media pages. The winners' names will be published on our website and social media pages.

Your privacy is important to us. When you enter a competition with us, we ask for your name, email address and mobile number. We use email addresses to notify winners to let them know they have won a prize. We use the mobile numbers provided in order to contact the winner and for prize delivery.

The competition is only open to people residing in South Africa.

Employees of Independent Media, the sponsors & their agents, or any company associated with the competition & their immediate families are not eligible to enter. • Prizes are not redeemable for cash. •  The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. •  Receipt of entries will not be acknowledged. • The entrant accepts that entry to the competition does not constitute a contract or any form of legal commitment between the entrant and IOL.